Don’t make the miscalculation of thinking the Ioniq five bears any relation to the existing Ioniq small hatch that’s been on sale considering the fact that 2018. In spite of the equivalent nomenclature, they are brothers in title only.
And for the Ioniq five, that’s a very good thing. Its system is totally distinctive, in reality, it is the to start with of its variety to strike the current market, and 240 fortuitous Australians have managed to get their hands on one particular a mere 8 months soon after the Ioniq five was revealed in full. As significantly as journeys to the showroom go, the Ioniq five has arrived remarkably quickly.
For Hyundai, it is a harbinger of points to arrive. The Ioniq nameplate no for a longer period represents a model line, but a family members of automobiles – all electric, and all sporting the most futuristic interpretation of Hyundai structure each inside and out. That all-new system we outlined before (dubbed E-GMP) is important to separating the Ioniq five and the incoming Ioniq six (a large sedan) and Ioniq seven (a three-row family members SUV) from yard-variety Hyundais, as it liberates these cars from “the aged way of doing things”.
So, if the Ioniq five is as a result divorced from the “old way”, then what’s “the new way”? It is purely electric, for starters, and not like the existing Ioniq hatch there will under no circumstances be a combustion engine discovered in the Ioniq five. In Australia, there are couple of options – two models are obtainable, one particular rear-wheel travel (RWD) and one particular all-wheel travel (AWD), with each making use of the similar 72.6kWh Lithium-ion polymer battery.
In Europe a 58kWh battery is obtainable for each drivetrain configurations with reduced efficiency and vary, though US-spec Ioniq 5s will be bought completely with a seventy seven.4kWh battery pack. Neither are on the cards for Australia just but, however Hyundai Motor Firm Australia (HMCA) has pledged to keep an eye on consumer demand for smaller sized (and as a result cheaper) batteries and react if needed. For the time getting even though, the vary composition is small.
And that extends to specification, even though with all Australian-current market Ioniq 5s getting made available in a one quite hugely-specified grade, that’s no poor thing for the consumer. Absolutely loaded, just about every Ioniq five arrives with a substantial level of comfort and ease and ease engineering as conventional, creating the Ioniq five experience about a good deal more than just all-electric motoring. For Hyundai, this car or truck is the reducing edge – at minimum until finally the next-generation Nexo gas-mobile vehicle (FCEV) breaks deal with.
Becoming at the pointy stop of engineering does arrive at a selling price. The opening request is $71,900 for the “base” rear-wheel travel Ioniq five variant, though the AWD spinoff arrives in at $seventy five,900 – a respectable high quality taking into consideration that further $4000 spend nets you a energy up grade from 160kW to 225kW, a torque bounce from 350Nm to 605Nm, and a -100km/h sprint time of five.two seconds instead than the RWD’s seven.4 seconds.
Pricey, but crucially it manages to suit beneath the Luxury Auto Tax (LCT) threshold of $79,659 for minimal-emission automobiles.
But the concern most will have is what does the Ioniq five do in a different way from Hyundai’s former battery-electrics, the Ioniq Electrical and Kona Electrical? A pertinent concern, in particular taking into consideration the Kona Electrical Highlander is practically $8000 cheaper than the Ioniq five 2WD, but it turns out Hyundai’s latest electric arrival is a quite unique animal.