January 29, 2023

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Hyundai Ioniq 5 review, test drive

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

There are electric powered vehicles and there are electric powered vehicles. And they aren’t all the exact. There is the Hyundai Kona EV and there’s the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and they aren’t the exact possibly. If you place your hand on the badge, you would not feel they both equally belong to the exact dad or mum. In reality, you would not even feel they share an electric powered powertrain! The Kona EV was intended initially with an IC engine and that’s why seems like just one more petrol (or diesel) SUV. What presents you a little clue that it isn’t a person is the blanked-out grille and all the EV info and knowledge that pops up on the exhibit screens when you get started the automobile. But there’s no having away from the Kona’s IC engine roots, which is apparent in the total stance and condition. Which is legitimate of lots of other EVs in the Indian current market, including the bestselling Nexon EV.

So, what is an EV intended to search like? Nicely, radically distinctive and futuristic, for starters EVs are the foreseeable future, soon after all. And providing us a superior search at the foreseeable future is the Ioniq 5, which you can promptly inform is no everyday automobile. Which is for the reason that the Ioniq 5 is ‘born electric powered,’ a expression that is very a great deal a section of the EV lexicon these days and stands for accurately what it implies – vehicles that have been conceived to be driven purely by battery electric power and in no way with a regular Interior Combustion (IC) engine.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 side

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

The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s initial ‘born electric’ EV, a new breed that is totally free from the packaging and style constraints of a lump of a transmission and driveline beneath the ground, an even more substantial lump of an engine beneath the nose, and a gas tank beneath the rear seat. It’s created on a bespoke system, or ‘skateboard’, that’s been optimised for expense, house performance and, of study course, electrification. And this skateboard is the Hyundai Group’s E-GMP (Electrical World wide Modular Platform) created about a battery pack, electric powered motors and allied parts, with more than enough overall flexibility to spawn a wide assortment of physique variations.

The Ioniq 5 will be the initial of six all-new EVs that Hyundai will convey to India in the future 5 years. Slated for a mid-2022 launch, the Ioniq 5 will lead the Korean auto major’s ‘top-down’ solution into India. Even so, the Ioniq 5 won’t be cheap. It will be released as an import, and though it is an EV, it won’t get any customs duty concessions. We estimate the Ioniq 5 to expense among Rs 45 lakh-60 lakh, relying on the battery sizing and total specs, which are nevertheless to be determined.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 C-pillar

C-pillar encouraged by Lancia Delta?

Searching Ahead

For a automobile that doesn’t have to be intended about the rigid situation of an engine and gearbox, the Ioniq 5, at initial look, seems quite regular, pretty much disappointingly so. Gape at it a bit for a longer period and the special style mix of this bespoke EV starts to soak as a result of. The angular proportions give it the silhouette of a 1980s hatch and the C-pillar has a contact of the Lancia Delta in it, but it is the futuristic facts that get your notice. The physique is replete with extremely-sharp cuts and creases, and the emphasize is the Z-shaped slash on the flanks, which has a folded-paper outcome. Flush door handles, the clamshell bonnet and 20-inch alloy wheels that search like they’ve been intended in a wind tunnel search very futuristic, but it is the higher-tech LED matrix light-weight clusters that are its most ground breaking feature. The lights have a pixel concept that is carried through the automobile, and the rear, in specific, has a total-width matrix strip with a collection of sci-fi wanting sq. pixel lights. The coolest bit is the Daytime Working Lamp light-weight bar on the top rated edge of the entrance bumper, which you really do not see right until it is illuminated. The Ioniq 5’s special lights signature is what genuinely will make it stand out and reveals the planet what the foreseeable future of motoring seems like.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 dashboard

Dashboard a slim panel with screens attached on to it. Really hard buttons not done away with nevertheless.


The extremely long 3,000mm wheelbase and brief overhangs are also clues that the Ioniq 5 is not a regular crossover. Stretching the wheelbase as a great deal as possible is a top rated priority when planning a ‘born electric’ automobile on a skateboard for the reason that it is within just the wheelbase that the battery pack is put. As a result, a for a longer period wheelbase suggests a more substantial battery, which in turn suggests a for a longer period assortment. Elongating the wheelbase has other advantages as well – it frees up much more house within just the cabin and presents designers much more area to engage in with.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 screens

Two twelve.3-inch screens sharp and quick to examine.

This is immediately evident the moment you slide into the Ioniq 5’s cabin. Driving the wheel, it is much more like an place of work seat than a cockpit for the reason that the traditional centre console has been done away with. This frees up house in advance of the entrance seats which would if not have been taken up by the air-con blower unit, which has been moved to beneath the bonnet, in which an engine generally sits. This relocation of the HVAC method is possible only in a ‘born electric’ EV and is a superior case in point of the packaging benefits this bespoke architecture presents. With no centre console, the entrance seats can be moved forward to release much more house in the rear. Not incredibly, the rear seat is extremely generous, with much more than more than enough area even for six-footers, and the absolutely flat ground will make sitting down three abreast pretty effortless as well. The flat ground has other advantages as well. It permits the console among the entrance seats to slide a superior 140mm. So if you have to have a bit much more legroom for the middle passenger driving, you can slide it forward. But, if those people driving want quick access to the pair of charging points driving the console, it can be slid back again.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front seats

The lacking traditional centre console frees up house in advance of the entrance seats.

There are also, on the other hand, down sides of the E-GMP, which have much more to do with the slab of lithium sitting down beneath the ground. The battery pack pushes the ground up and forces you to sit in a somewhat knees-up situation. It’s not not comfortable but on long drives you will miss a deficiency of beneath-thigh assist. The seats by themselves are quite slim but you really do not experience a deficiency of cushioning, and the light-weight, eco-friendly fabrics that adorn the relaxation of the seats have a minimalist attractiveness to them, which is in retaining with the car’s ‘save-the-world’ ethos.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear seats

There is masses of area in the rear and flat ground will make seating three quick.

The dashboard is a easy and pancake-slim panel with a pair of twelve.3-inch screens sitting down on the top rated and a separate contact sensitive regulate panel for the air-con housed down below. The touchscreens are super sharp, quick to examine even in broad daylight and give you all the info you have to have. They are a contact slow to reply but a tweak in software package should really sort them out. The outer edge of the touchscreen panel is magnetic so you can connect toll tickets, parking receipts or shots of your partner, your favorite automobile (not a Kona EV, then!) or whichever you like.

On A Cost

The Ioniq 5 comes with a preference of two battery packs. The foundation model will get a 54kWh pack that’s superior for 383km in the official check cycle, while a 72kWh battery stretches assortment to a claimed 481km. The E-GMP has a superfast 800V charging functionality which, technically, can thoroughly demand the battery in eighteen minutes! But, in India, in which most chargers have a 25kW or 50kW output at very best, it will be a although before the Ioniq 5’s rapid-charging functionality can be applied to the fullest.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear

Impressively swift, with 306hp, and it disguises its body weight quite well.

There are a number of electric power outputs as well the foundation variant puts out 170hp and is rear-wheel-generate only. It’s very likely that Hyundai will convey the top rated-spec variant that produces a much more energetic 306hp and is a 4×4 as well with two motors (a person for each individual axle). It’s this top rated-spec variant I briefly drove and, expectedly, it was impressively swift straight off the bat. We hope EVs to dart forward the quick you prod the accelerator and the Ioniq 5 does just that, like a rabbit prodded with an electric powered rod. It disguises its two,100kg kerb body weight rather well, be it in the way it accelerates or handles. Going from to 100kph in a claimed 5.2sec will make it quicker than something else for the dollars, and the effortless and noiseless way this automobile lunges forward is an included reward. Like most EVs, the Ioniq as well runs out of volts at the top rated conclude, and outside of 130kph, efficiency drops off quite sharply. It’s rapid and effortless for most overtaking duties and a flex of the ideal foot is achieved with a fulfilling lunge to the horizon, but what is also evident is that the Ioniq 5 is not a sporty, efficiency automobile and in reality feels quite the opposite.

The battery pack ties it down nicely and the steering is swift and precise, but the total dynamics won’t tempt you to request out a twisty highway or toss the automobile into a corner. What you get is an unbelievably plush journey, a very calm and hushed driving knowledge, which, together with the spacious cabin, marks the Ioniq out as maybe the most snug EV you can buy. Yes, it will be high-priced, but what you are purchasing is a piece of the foreseeable future and ideal now, there’s no automobile as far in advance into the foreseeable future as the Ioniq 5.