Over the past few years and into the next decade, we’re going to be seeing a lot more electric vehicles. Hyundai has been in the EV space for a short while but with their new Ioniq sub-brand, they’re going all in and the first up is their Ioniq 5.
Prior to its launch later this year, Hyundai Canada invited us to their headquarters, to check out the new Ioniq 5 in person.
While the Ioniq 5 models that Hyundai had on display were pre-production, we were not able to drive them but we were able to check out the ins and out, sit inside etc.
At first glance of the Ioniq 5, it might look like a hatchback but it’s actually a compact SUV. The wheelbase of the Ioniq 5 is 3,000 mm (118.1 inches), which is longer than the Palisade.
The outside of the Ioniq 5 has a mix of slightly sporty/aggressive and futuristic with blocky/Minecraft-like LED headlights. Each of the doors on the vehicle has handles that sit flush when locked and while driving but pop out when you approach the car.
Around the front, the Ioniq 5 has a small frunk with a 24 L (0.848 cu ft) capacity. At the bottom of the front bumper are some intake vents to help cool that battery pack.
The vehicle will be using Hyundai’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which it’ll be using in future EVs in the Ioniq brand.
Speaking of the battery pack, Hyundai will be offering a 58 kWh battery and a bigger 77.4 kWh battery in Canadian models. Depending on RWD or AMD version and battery size, the range on the Ioniq 5 is anywhere from 354km to 480km.
If you use a fast 350kW charger, Hyundai says you can go from 10% to 80% in just 18 mins, while a standard Level 2 240V charger (like the one you would install at home) takes just under 7 hours.
If you buy the Ioniq 5, you’ll be given an adapter to enable Vehicle-to-Load (V2L). Basically, this adapter plugs into the charging port and gives you an outlet to power small appliances like a coffee maker or electric grill.
The Ioniq will be available in a number of exterior colours including Phantom Black (Pearl), Cyber Gray (Metallic), Atlas White (Solid), Digital Teal (Green Pearl), Lucid Blue (Pearl), and Shooting Star (Gray Matte).
While it’s being classified as a compact SUV, the interior is everything but compact. The Ioniq 5 has tons of interior space that makes it feel more airy and spacious. That’s especially noticeable in the front row where the centre console isn’t separating the driver and passenger seats.
Both the driver and passenger seats can be fully reclined when parked, which is perfect for when you need to unwind when waiting for your car to charge. The driver’s seat also includes a leg rest.
There is a moveable centre console that features a few USB ports, cup holders, a wireless charger and some storage space. Most of the interior materials are made from recycled items such as PET bottles.
The rear passengers also get plenty of legroom and headroom along with two USB ports.
Other storage space in the Ioniq 5 includes 531L (18.8 cu ft) behind the rear seats and 1,600 L (56.5 cu ft) total when the second row is folded.
Infotainment-wise, the Ioniq 5 has two 12-inch screens, one for the driver and one for the infotainment system, all under one piece of glass. The screens are powered by Hyundai’s BlueLink system which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The vehicle comes with a heads-up display that has some AR tech so it can show you upcoming turns on the road, as well on the screen.
Overall, the Ioniq 5 looks and feels like a great EV. After the Ioniq 5 goes on sale in the fall, it will be the Ioniq 6 EV sedan in 2022 and the Ioniq 7 mid-size crossover in 2024.
Hyundai hasn’t announced Canadian pricing yet for the Ioniq 5 but that will be announced in the next few months.
Those interested in the Ioniq 5 can put a $500 refundable deposit down online from Hyundai’s website.