April 23, 2024

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Hyundai Ioniq 5 review, test drive

The ‘born electric’ Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s upcoming wager for India. Hormazd Sorabjee drives a slice of the foreseeable future.

There are electric powered cars and there are electric powered cars and trucks. And they are not all the identical. There is the Hyundai Kona EV and there’s the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and they aren’t the exact same possibly. If you place your hand on the badge, you would not imagine they the two belong to the identical parent. In actuality, you wouldn’t even consider they share an electrical powertrain! The Kona EV was created initially with an IC motor and for this reason appears to be like like just another petrol (or diesel) SUV. What offers you a modest clue that it is not a person is the blanked-out grille and all the EV facts and info that pops up on the display screen screens when you start out the motor vehicle. But there is no acquiring away from the Kona’s IC engine roots, which is obvious in the in general stance and condition. That is legitimate of numerous other EVs in the Indian industry, together with the bestselling Nexon EV.

So, what is an EV intended to glimpse like? Properly, radically distinct and futuristic, for starters EVs are the upcoming, following all. And supplying us a superior glance at the future is the Ioniq 5, which you can quickly explain to is no everyday automobile. Which is mainly because the Ioniq 5 is ‘born electric powered,’ a phrase that is very significantly a component of the EV lexicon these days and stands for exactly what it implies – vehicles that have been conceived to be driven purely by battery electrical power and never ever with a typical Interior Combustion (IC) motor.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 side

Styling is futuristic, nevertheless reminiscent of ’80s hatchbacks.

The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s 1st ‘born electric’ EV, a new breed that is free of charge from the packaging and layout constraints of a lump of a transmission and driveline underneath the ground, an even even bigger lump of an motor less than the nose, and a fuel tank underneath the rear seat. It’s crafted on a bespoke platform, or ‘skateboard’, that is been optimised for cost, room efficiency and, of study course, electrification. And this skateboard is the Hyundai Group’s E-GMP (Electric World-wide Modular System) crafted all over a battery pack, electric powered motors and allied elements, with enough versatility to spawn a vast vary of system types.

The Ioniq 5 will be the to start with of 6 all-new EVs that Hyundai will convey to India in the subsequent five decades. Slated for a mid-2022 start, the Ioniq 5 will direct the Korean automobile major’s ‘top-down’ approach into India. Having said that, the Ioniq 5 will not be low-cost. It will be released as an import, and nevertheless it’s an EV, it will not get any customs responsibility concessions. We estimate the Ioniq 5 to charge amongst Rs 45 lakh-60 lakh, depending on the battery dimension and overall specs, which are but to be resolved.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 C-pillar

C-pillar impressed by Lancia Delta?

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Hunting Ahead

For a automobile that doesn’t have to be created about the inflexible position of an engine and gearbox, the Ioniq 5, at initially look, appears to be like quite conventional, practically disappointingly so. Gape at it a little bit for a longer period and the one of a kind design and style blend of this bespoke EV starts to soak by. The angular proportions give it the silhouette of a 1980s hatch and the C-pillar has a touch of the Lancia Delta in it, but it’s the futuristic particulars that seize your consideration. The entire body is replete with extremely-sharp cuts and creases, and the spotlight is the Z-shaped slash on the flanks, which has a folded-paper effect. Flush doorway handles, the clamshell bonnet and 20-inch alloy wheels that appear like they’ve been intended in a wind tunnel glimpse quite futuristic, but it is the substantial-tech LED matrix mild clusters that are its most impressive characteristic. The lights have a pixel concept that is carried all over the car or truck, and the rear, in specific, has a comprehensive-width matrix strip with a series of sci-fi wanting square pixel lights. The coolest bit is the Daytime Jogging Lamp light-weight bar on the top edge of the front bumper, which you don’t discover right up until it is illuminated. The Ioniq 5’s one of a kind lighting signature is what actually can make it stand out and shows the earth what the long run of motoring appears to be like like.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 dashboard

Dashboard a slim panel with screens attached onto it. Difficult buttons not carried out absent with nevertheless.


The extremely extended 3,000mm wheelbase and brief overhangs are also clues that the Ioniq 5 is not a traditional crossover. Stretching the wheelbase as considerably as possible is a best priority when designing a ‘born electric’ car on a skateboard mainly because it is in the wheelbase that the battery pack is placed. As a result, a extended wheelbase implies a greater battery, which in flip signifies a for a longer period vary. Elongating the wheelbase has other strengths too – it frees up additional house in just the cabin and provides designers a lot more space to enjoy with.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 screens

Two 12.3-inch screens sharp and uncomplicated to read through.

This is right away apparent the instant you slide into the Ioniq 5’s cabin. Guiding the wheel, it’s far more like an workplace seat than a cockpit due to the fact the standard centre console has been completed away with. This frees up place in advance of the entrance seats which would if not have been taken up by the air-con blower device, which has been moved to below the bonnet, the place an engine commonly sits. This relocation of the HVAC system is achievable only in a ‘born electric’ EV and is a fantastic case in point of the packaging rewards this bespoke architecture features. With no centre console, the entrance seats can be moved forward to launch more house in the rear. Not incredibly, the rear seat is exceptionally generous, with far more than ample area even for six-footers, and the completely flat flooring helps make sitting 3 abreast fairly effortless way too. The flat ground has other positive aspects as properly. It allows the console among the front seats to slide a good 140mm. So if you have to have a little bit more legroom for the center passenger behind, you can slide it ahead. But, if those people powering want effortless obtain to the pair of charging points behind the console, it can be slid again.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front seats

The missing traditional centre console frees up place ahead of the front seats.

There are also, having said that, shortcomings of the E-GMP, which have additional to do with the slab of lithium sitting below the ground. The battery pack pushes the flooring up and forces you to sit in a marginally knees-up place. It is not unpleasant but on prolonged drives you will pass up a absence of below-thigh support. The seats by themselves are pretty slender but you really don’t really feel a absence of cushioning, and the light-weight, eco-welcoming fabrics that adorn the rest of the seats have a minimalist attractiveness to them, which is in holding with the car’s ‘save-the-world’ ethos.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear seats

There’s loads of place in the rear and flat ground would make seating 3 effortless.

The dashboard is a uncomplicated and pancake-slender panel with a pair of 12.3-inch screens sitting down on the prime and a individual contact sensitive manage panel for the air-con housed underneath. The touchscreens are tremendous sharp, simple to read through even in broad daylight and give you all the information you require. They are a touch gradual to reply but a tweak in software must type them out. The outer edge of the touchscreen panel is magnetic so you can connect toll tickets, parking receipts or photos of your spouse, your favourite automobile (not a Kona EV, then!) or what ever you like.

On A Demand

The Ioniq 5 comes with a option of two battery packs. The base product gets a 54kWh pack that is great for 383km in the official examination cycle, whilst a 72kWh battery stretches vary to a claimed 481km. The E-GMP has a superfast 800V charging capability which, technically, can fully charge the battery in 18 minutes! But, in India, the place most chargers have a 25kW or 50kW output at ideal, it will be a while right before the Ioniq 5’s rapid-charging capability can be applied to the fullest.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear

Impressively quick, with 306hp, and it disguises its weight pretty perfectly.

There are various power outputs as properly the base variant places out 170hp and is rear-wheel-drive only. It is most likely that Hyundai will carry the major-spec variant that generates a far more energetic 306hp and is a 4×4 as nicely with two motors (one particular for each and every axle). It is this top rated-spec variant I briefly drove and, expectedly, it was impressively speedy straight off the bat. We be expecting EVs to dart forward the quick you prod the accelerator and the Ioniq 5 does just that, like a rabbit prodded with an electrical rod. It disguises its 2,100kg kerb body weight relatively well, be it in the way it accelerates or handles. Likely from to 100kph in a claimed 5.2sec makes it more rapidly than something else for the dollars, and the easy and noiseless way this vehicle lunges ahead is an added reward. Like most EVs, the Ioniq way too operates out of volts at the major close, and beyond 130kph, efficiency drops off fairly sharply. It is quickly and easy for most overtaking responsibilities and a flex of the right foot is fulfilled with a satisfying lunge to the horizon, but what is also apparent is that the Ioniq 5 is not a sporty, efficiency car and in simple fact feels fairly the contrary.

The battery pack ties it down nicely and the steering is swift and exact, but the over-all dynamics won’t tempt you to search for out a twisty road or toss the car into a corner. What you get is an exceptionally plush ride, a really calm and hushed driving experience, which, together with the spacious cabin, marks the Ioniq out as maybe the most snug EV you can get. Yes, it will be highly-priced, but what you are getting is a piece of the upcoming and ideal now, there’s no car as significantly ahead into the future as the Ioniq 5.