The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has just introduced itself, correcting everyone who called it a hatchback – including us. Hyundai’s new electric vehicle is a CUV, even if it really looks like a hatchback. If that were the case, the Ioniq 5 would be a great 4.64-meter (182.7-inch) hatchback.
This makes it bigger than the VW ID.4 and almost as big as the Tesla Model 3. However, this is not the only impressive technical specification coming from the new EV. According to Hyundai, its 3-meter (118.1-inch) wheelbase is the largest among electric cars. For example, the Tesla Model S has a 2.96 m (116.5 inch) wheelbase.
In order not to look like the long vehicle it really is, Hyundai gave it 20-inch wheels and a height of 1.61 m (63.4 inches). The Ioniq 5 is 1.89 meters (74.4 inches) wide and holds 171 liters (18.75 cubic feet) of cargo.
For steak fans, the new EV offers one, albeit a small one. When powered only by its rear wheels, there is 57 liters of space under the lid of mussels in all markets except North America. There, the RWD and AWD versions of the electric crossover will have 24 liters (0.85 cubic feet) of space in this compartment.
As expected, Ioniq 5 is the first product built on the E-GMP platform. It will have two battery options: 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh. Unfortunately, Hyundai did not disclose the range of the unit of 58 kWh.
The 72.6 kWh battery attached to the AWD version of the Ioniq 5 will be able to reach between 470 km (292 miles) and 480 km (298 miles) within the WLTP cycle. Hyundai also did not say how far the RWD Ioniq 5 can go with this battery. Nevertheless, this is very likely the most effective option of all of them.
Curiously, the Ioniq 5 has four engine options. The 58 kWh battery offers 125 kW (168 hp) in its reversing option. AWD adds a 53 kW (71 hp) engine, but the rear engine loses 5 kW, offering only 120 kW. 161 hp) for a total of 173 kW (232 hp).
As for the crossover with 72.6 kWh battery, only the rear engine produces 160 kW (215 hp) AWD gets a front engine with 70 kW (94 hp) and the rear body loses 5 kW, which it makes a total of 225 kW (302 hp).
If you ask how much torque this steroid hatchback delivers, 255 Nm of the front engine adds 350 Nm of the rear body to represent a total of 605 Nm (443.2 pounds ft). The most powerful Ioniq 5 accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds, and the maximum speed for all derivatives is 185 km / h.
According to Hyundai, it can tow a load with a trailer up to 1600 kg (3527 pounds). We have no idea how much the car weighs or what clearance it has. For a crossover, this is relevant information. The brand can launch it in any market where Ioniq 5 is introduced in the first half of 2021.
As for the 800V battery and the ability to charge quickly, it is unclear whether the Ioniq 5 can beat the Taycan. It switches from 10% to 80% of the charge in a 350 kW fast charger in 18 minutes. Porsche claims to switch from 5% to 80% of charging in 22.5 minutes in a 270 kW charger. Ioniq 5 also has a built-in 400V capacity for fast charging.
In the new electric interior of the crossover, three things will attract the attention of future buyers: the 12-inch digital cluster integrated with the 12-inch touch screen for infotainment system, Universal Island and V2L.
The first element is self-explanatory, but the picture of the interior will show why it matters. The interior is minimalist and reminds us of the Honda e. In fact, the Ioniq 5 looks like a bigger Honda, one that many American customers would probably consider buying instead of just a few. Hyundai also promises that the HUD (head-up display) will offer augmented reality, something the VW ID family already presents.
Universal Island is a sliding center console that can be moved by 14 cm (5.5 inches). We have no idea what the benefits could be – maybe our readers will see the point in this. V2L (or the loading vehicle) is easier to understand.
Under the rear seats and on the charging port, two V2L ports allow the Ioniq 5 to deliver up to 3.6 kW of charging power to powerful electrical equipment using a converter. The V2L port on the charging port of the Ioniq 5 works even when the car is switched off.
The latest piece of relevant information about Ioniq 5 is Highway Driving Assistant 2 (HDA 2). What Hyundai suggests is that this is the company’s version of the Tesla Autopilot and GM Super Cruise, or else, a second-level driving assistant. The Ioniq 5 is the first vehicle to introduce it. We will have to wait to see how it compares to the competition.
From what has been presented so far and its appearance, the Ioniq 5 has incredible opportunities to compete with the VW ID.4, Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E for buyers looking for a stylish and spacious electric car. If its prices are as aggressive as they seem, it should be one of the best-selling electric cars in all the markets where it is offered.