Hyundai IONIQ 5: a new generation of electric car?

With the IONIQ 5, Hyundai is bringing a chic mid-range crossover onto the market, with which the Korean automaker is opening a new chapter.

The Ioniq 5 is by no means the first electric car from Hyundai Motor, but it was developed from the ground up as an electric vehicle and represents a definite milestone in the history of Hyundai. The Ioniq 5 is the first of 12 Electric models that Hyundai will be offering over the next four years

The Ioniq 5 is largely based on the “Pony” designed by Giugiaro, the first production car from Hyundai, as well as the concept vehicle “Hyundai 45 “, which the car manufacturer 2000 presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The V-shaped headlight design also stands out from the current Hyundai product range. The headlight system was specially designed for the Ioniq 5. The small, circular clusters are also used for the taillights.

Hyundai will offer two battery sizes for the Ioniq 5 as well as the option to choose between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive . The model with the longest range has a 72, 6 kWh battery with a combined power of 300 PS and a torque of 600 nm transfers to the motors on both axes. This enables an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.2 seconds. The smaller battery has a capacity of 72 kWh, which in the 2WD variant 168 PS makes and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.5 seconds.

The new electrical drive of the Ioniq 5 supports both -V- as well as 800 – V-chargers, which means that it works with 350 – next generation kW chargers is compatible – so the battery level can be checked in just 18 Minutes from 10 on 80% bring. In comparison, the Nissan Ariya is only available with quick chargers up to 130 kW compatible, and ID.4 required 38 Minutes to start with a 125 – kW charger, currently the most powerful charger, the battery from 10 on 80%.

The other functions of the Ioniq 5 include the quick charge function, with which the vehicle can be charged for more than 100 can cover km. Hyundai has already announced that E-GMP vehicles will be able to carry over 100 can drive km.

Thanks With its Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function, the Ioniq 5 can also act as a charger and deliver up to 3.6 kW of power to devices such as electric bicycles or scooters. That’s enough juice to make powerful 110 V / 220 to operate V devices like an oven, a treadmill or five huge loudspeakers. This is not possible with Tesla – at least not without installing an inverter in the circuit, which can void the guarantee. The Ioniq is equipped with V2L sockets both inside and outside.

The interior of the Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai has made the interior of the Ioniq 5 as comfortable as possible and has it as a kind of ” Living space “. The flat battery and the long center distance of the E-GMP offer passengers and luggage a more spacious and flexible interior. The seats have a wide reclining angle and leg rests, which are more reminiscent of a leather armchair than a car, and are also 30% thinner, which provides more space in the trunk.

In keeping with the environmentally friendly image of electric vehicles, a large part of the upholstery is made from sustainably sourced materials such as recycled PET bottles and plant-based fibers.

The center of the cockpit is a 12 – inch infotainment screen, while in front of the driver there is a customizable digital 12 – Customs instrument cluster is located.

For the first time there is at Hyundai has a head-up display (HUD) that projects important information onto the windshield so that the driver does not have to take his eyes off the road as often.
One of the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is Highway Driving Assist II, which so far has only been used in vehicles from Hyundai’s luxury sister, Genesis – the brand is also being launched in Europe this year. The system makes it possible to maintain a certain speed and a certain distance to the car in front and helps to keep the car in the lane.

Optional solar roof

One feature that we are particularly looking forward to is the solar roof – not only because it is a useful extra, but because we are curious to see how many buyers there will be will decide for this option.
In an interview with Ruff Van Nuffel we learned that buyers with a reach gain of 2000 km per year, as long as they are in a relatively sunny place (for example the south of Spain).

The Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 will be launched in selected countries in the first half of 2021, but will be available in North America not be available until autumn. The prices have not yet been announced, but this information will likely be announced in time for the start of sales.

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