Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV debuts with razor-sharp design and 2-way charging


It seems to be small, however there is a ton of room inside.


Meet the primary member of Hyundai’s new Ioniq electrical car subbrand, the Ioniq 5 compact crossover. Making its debut Monday, this angular CUV has a surprisingly roomy cabin, a wide range of battery and powertrain configurations and each acquainted and new charging applied sciences. 

No shock, the Ioniq 5 seems to be equivalent to the shadowy teaser revealed final month, impressed by the Hyundai 45 EV idea from the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Present. The angular crossover (it is actually only a tall hatchback) contains a boldly styled exterior with sharp particulars. The simplified entrance finish forgoes a grille, however integrates its rectangular Parametric Pixel headlamps right into a contrasting entrance panel that stretches the width of the car, a design that’s echoed on the rear. The flank is punctuated by a powerful diagonal crease that slashes throughout the doorways; even the spherical wheel arches function sturdy linear tangent particulars.

The Ioniq 5 was designed and constructed from the bottom up as an electrical automotive, the primary on the automaker’s new Electrical-World Modular Platform. The electrical platform options drive-by-wire and steer-by-wire applied sciences, in addition to a flat battery ground. With out the necessity for transmission tunnels, a steering column or different intrusions, Hyundai was capable of design the 5 for optimum inside house, pushing the wheels to the acute corners of the physique. The result’s a car that appears tiny and slots between the Tucson and the Santa Fe in dimension, however has a wheelbase that is 4 inches longer than the three-row Palisade SUV.

Hyundai SUVs

Hyundai Tucson Hyundai Ioniq 5 Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai Palisade
Wheelbase 105.1 in 118.1 in 108.9 in 114.2 in
Size 176.4 in 182.5 in 188.4 in 196.1 in
Width 72.8 in 74.4 in 74.8 in 77.8 in
Peak 64.8 in 63.2 in 67.3 in 68.9 in

The glass roof has photo voltaic charging panels in-built.


Powertrain and efficiency

The Ioniq 5 will likely be out there in 4 major configurations, distinguished by Customary Vary or Lengthy Vary battery capability and rear-wheel drive (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).

The Customary Vary 2WD configuration begins with a 58-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack sending energy to a 160-kilowatt motor on the rear axle. With 218 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, the Ioniq 5 takes about 8.5 seconds to hustle from 0 to 60 mph, but it surely will get faster from there. The Customary Vary AWD mannequin provides a second electrical motor to the entrance axle, bumping internet system output to 235 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque.

The Ioniq 5’s Lengthy Vary power capability varies by area. In North America, we’ll get the largest, 77.4-kWh battery; globally, there’s a barely smaller 72.6-kWh pack. The smaller pack, when mated with the identical 160-kW rear motor because the Customary Vary, is estimated to cruise for about 300 miles per cost on the European WLTP testing cycle. Our EPA testing cycle is a little more rigorous, so anticipate that vary to probably drop when the Ioniq 5 reaches the US, even with our bigger battery.

The Ioniq 5 has bidirectional charging, which means it can be used to cost varied gadgets.


On the prime of the lineup is the Ioniq 5 Lengthy Vary AWD. It boasts a extra highly effective entrance motor than the Customary AWD mannequin, rolling out with a complete output of 306 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque. That makes it the quickest model within the 0-to-60-mph sprint, hitting the mark in simply 5.2 seconds.

With a good quantity of torque in all trims, Hyundai additionally estimates the Ioniq 5 ought to be capable of tow over 3,500 kilos.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Efficiency and Vary

Internet energy Internet torque WLTP vary 0-60 mph
Customary 2WD 218 hp 258 lb-ft TBD 8.5 sec
Lengthy Vary 2WD 218 hp 258 lb-ft 298 mi 7.4 sec
Customary AWD 235 hp 446 lb-ft TBD 6.1 sec
Lengthy Vary AWD 306 hp 446 lb-ft TBD 5.2 sec

There’s a variety of room contained in the Ioniq 5.


Bidirectional charging

Vary is nice, however means little in case your EV takes a very long time to recharge. Happily, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has the automaker’s newest technology of fast-charging know-how, in addition to just a few further methods up its sharply sculpted sleeves.

Plug right into a DC fast-charger by way of the usual J1772 mixed charging system (CCS) port and the Ioniq 5 will quickly recharge at as much as 350 kW, quick sufficient to go from 10% to 80% in simply 18 minutes. In a rush, plug in for less than 5 minutes so as to add a fast 62 miles of vary — sufficient for a day round city for many. Slower Stage 2, 240-volt and 110-volt dwelling charging will little doubt be supported as nicely, however cost occasions for these setups have not been specified simply but.

Along with being charged, the Ioniq 5 will be the charger because of a function referred to as Automobile-to-Load charging. V2L makes it so you may plug different gadgets — like computer systems, electrical bikes or tenting gear — into the 5, which will be recharged by way of the automotive’s battery with a complete output of about 3.6 kW. There is a port beneath the rear seats that is activated when the ignition is on and, with an adapter, high-power gear will be plugged into the Ioniq 5’s exterior bidirectional charging port, even when the car is turned off.

For comparability, the Hyundai’s 3.6 kW is about 70% extra output than the Ford F-150 hybrid’s customary 2.1 kW Professional Energy Onboard inverter — which I not too long ago put by means of a tailgating take a look at — however solely half of the Ford’s big-boy 7.2-kW upgraded unit. Plus, the Ioniq 5 does not generate power, so any energy you draw comes from the battery’s storage and the EV’s vary to get you dwelling, although a small quantity of charging output could also be offset by the roof’s glass photo voltaic panels.

Go on, stretch out and get comfy (whereas the automotive is stopped, duh).


Spacious cabin with numerous tech

Like most purpose-built EVs, the Ioniq 5’s design makes room for 2 trunks. Within the rear, you are taking a look at 18.8 cubic toes of house behind the seats, which expands to as much as 56.2 cubic toes when the 60:40 bench is folded flat. Up entrance, an 0.85-cubic-foot entrance trunk does not actually depart a lot room for something other than maybe a charging cable. In different elements of the world, the Ioniq 5 2WD boasts as much as 2 cubic toes of entrance stowage — in regards to the dimension of a carry-on suitcase — however right here within the US, each 2WD and AWD fashions have the identical fun-size frunk.

We do not but have a particular passenger quantity quantity, however the Ioniq 5 will make use of its cabin house with a reconfigurable “residing house” theme that features rear seats that slide as much as 5.3 inches and “loosen up and recharge” entrance seats with extendable leg rests. One of many 5’s most fascinating options is a motorized “common island” console (we noticed the island console in a teaser final week), which may slide ahead or backward, giving passengers in both row entry to its built-in 15-watt wi-fi telephone charger and gobs of storage. By sliding to the second row, the console additionally permits entrance passengers to exit from both aspect of the car with out climbing over a hump, which might be helpful in tight parking conditions.

The Ioniq 5’s dashboard is flat in design and lacks a cowl over its customary 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a stylistic selection that emphasizes the general theme of spaciousness. That is bolstered by a column-mounted shifter, simply behind the two-spoke steering wheel.

The Ioniq 5 is anticipated to go on sale within the US later this 12 months.


The digital cluster is complemented by a normal 12-inch touchscreen infotainment show, dwelling to the most recent technology of Hyundai’s BlueLink related providers and telematics, and options completely new graphics. If that wasn’t sufficient screens for you, the Ioniq 5 will even be the primary mannequin to function Hyundai’s new augmented actuality head-up show, a know-how that guarantees to show your complete windshield right into a display screen. Good.

Along with the dashboard tech, the Ioniq 5 could have the subsequent technology of Hyundai’s SmartSense driver-assistance techniques. This consists of the primary implementation of the automaker’s Freeway Driving Help 2, which provides lane-centering help, lane-change help and navigation-based adaptive cruise management to the function set. The Ioniq 5 will even have what we predict is one in every of Hyundai’s coolest driver assist options, Distant Good Parking Help.

Hyundai says it plans to make the Ioniq 5 out there in some international locations within the first half of 2021, then in North America within the fall. Pricing has not but been introduced, however we anticipate to have that data (and extra) nearer to the US launch.

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