The new Hyundai IONIQ 5 on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Hyundai IONIQ 5 on test for Changing Lanes!

The Hyundai IONIQ 5, the first model from Hyundai’s new IONIQ electric vehicle-exclusive brand, has just arrived in Ireland. The IONIQ 5 goes on sale priced from €37,995, with two batteries available – a 58 kWh with up to 384 km of range and a 73 kWh with up to 481 km of range. With striking good looks, revolutionary Hyundai interior, long range and fast charging, the IONIQ 5 makes a dramatic debut!

Styling

The IONIQ 5 marks a new direction for Hyundai in design. It is built on Hyundai Motor Group’s dedicated battery electric vehicle architecture called Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which allows it to have unique proportions on an elongated wheelbase. It looks like a concept car, new and exciting with a futuristic presence on the road. Yet still very handsome. The front of the car has Hyundai’s first clam shell bonnet that minimises panel gaps for the best aerodynamics. The front bumper has an eye-catching V-shape incorporating distinctive daytime running lights that provide an unmistakable light signature unique to IONIQ 5. Small pixel-like light clusters also appear at the rear of the vehicle. Auto flush door handles provide clean surface styling and enhanced aerodynamic efficiency. We love it!

Interior

The IONIQ 5 has an interior not like anything we’ve seen from the brand thus far. It’s futuristic yet functional with a strong feeling of space for the driver and passengers. There is a moveable centre console allowing more freedom of movement inside the vehicle. Hyundai reduced the thickness of the front seats by 30 percent, providing more space for those seated in the second row. You can also recline almost flat in those front seats! Digital technology is top of the game with 12.3” LCD audio, visual and navigation system with DAB, Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™, LCD drivers instrument cluster, wireless phone charging for compatible devices, rear view camera and smart navigation-based cruise control. Many of the interior touchpoints – seats, headliner, door trim, floor and armrest – use eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials, such as recycled PET bottles, plant-based (bio PET) yarns and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts, and bio paint with plant extracts. Fancy!

The interior of the new IONIQ 5
The interior of the new IONIQ 5

Practicality

The IONIQ 5 looks like a slightly raised hatchback on the outside but it’s got great space inside the vehicle thanks to the new dedicated EV platform. Rear leg room is really excellent because of the stretched wheelbase. This is no cramped electric car. In fact space is comparable to a D-segment SUV like the Hyundai Santa Fe. The boot has over 500 litres of space and a traditional hatchback style opening. The rear seats split fold 60:40. There is extra storage under the bonnet too.

Battery, range and performance

There is the choice of three battery and drive types: a 58 kWh rear wheel drive, a 73 kWh rear wheel drive, or a 73 kWh all-wheel drive. The 58 kWh model on test has 170 hp and 350 Nm of torque with 0 to 100 kmh achieved in 8.5 seconds. The range of this model is up to 384 km (WLTP).

IONIQ 5 features 800V charging as standard and can charge at 220 kW giving 80% battery charge in just 18-20 minutes. There is also a powerful 11 kW on-board charger with more flexibility for AC charging.

Driving it

On the road, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 is swift and supple. It’s fun to drive , well-balanced and predictable. Refinement of the transmission appears to be very good with hisses and whines kept to a minimum. It’s comfortable inside too. There is a raised driving position but it feels more like you are sitting on the car than in it so it’s a different sensation to driving a combustion engine car for example.

Simply stunning!
Simply stunning!

Pricing

From the Hyundai Ireland website as of August 2021.
Trim Engine Fuel Road Tax Band Road Tax Cost Recommended Retail Price* WLTP CO2
IONIQ 5 Executive 58 kW Battery Electric 1 €120 €37,995* 0
IONIQ 5 Executive Plus 58 kW 58 kW Battery Electric 1 €120 €40,995* 0
IONIQ 5 Executive Plus 73 kW 72.6 kW Battery Electric 1 €120 €44,995* 0
IONIQ 5 Premium 58 kW 58 kW Battery Electric 1 €120 €44,995* 0
IONIQ 5 Premium 73 kW 72.6 kW Battery Electric 1 €120 €48,995* 0
IONIQ 5 Premium Plus 72.6 kW Battery Electric 1 €120 €53,495* 0
IONIQ 5 Premium Plus AWD 72.6 kW Battery Electric 1 €120 €64,995* 0

*Price includes VRT relief and €5,000 SEAI Grant for Private Customers. Excludes Delivery & Related Charges.

Equipment

The IONIQ 5 is available in four grades for Ireland: Executive, Executive Plus, Premium and Premium Plus. Standard spec is very good with 19” alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, driver and front passenger seat height adjustment, sliding rear seat adjustment, interior mood lighting, 12.3” LCD audio, visual and navigation system with DAB, Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™, LCD drivers instrument cluster, wireless phone charging for compatible devices, rear view camera, LED Multi-Faceted Reflector headlamps, LED stop, tail and turn lamps, and rear parking sensors. Highway Drive Assist (HDA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Following Assist (LKAS + LFA).

Summary

Hyundai has already proven itself as a front runner in the race to electric with the launch of the Kona Electric back in 2018 and it’s stellar range for a sub-premium compact.

But IONIQ 5 brings the game on again for the Korean car brand. The IONIQ 5 feels fresh, new and a generation ahead with its innovative design and fast charging capabilities.

It’s no doubt an unusual car, more a hatchback than an SUV – but one more reason why electric is closer than you think.

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 on sale now from €37,995
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 on sale now from €37,995

Caroline Kidd