Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test: That was a short two hours

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We were pretty enthusiastic about the high-tech car

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Chic design, charging with up to 350 kW, a highly variable interior and numerous gimmicks, from the head-up display with augmented reality function to bidirectional charging to the solar roof: with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the electric car fan appears in the best of all worlds to have arrived.

We tested the car and were curious to see if we would find a fly in the ointment of electric cars.

I had two hours in the car. Hyundai put the top version of the Ioniq 5 with all-wheel drive right in front of the apartment. This variant has a 70 kW motor at the front and one with 155 kW at the rear, so a total of 225 kW or 306 hp – a lot of wood, just as much as the all-wheel-drive versions of the VW Group's electric cars.

Picture gallery: Hyundai Ioniq 5 (professional pictures to test)

Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test: That was a short two hours-hyundai

Driving impressions

I drove a bit of the Autobahn with the Ioniq 5: The forward thrust is good, but it doesn't knock you off your feet. However, this can only be a very first impression; In addition, the normal driving mode was activated, while the accelerator pedal reacts more strongly in Sport mode. After all, the acceleration hardly slackens even above 100 km / h, as is the case with less powerful electric cars.

Otherwise there are steering wheel paddles with which you can adjust the strength of the recuperation. There are three modes plus a one-pedal driving mode, which Hyundai calls the i-Pedal. It works great, you just let go of the accelerator before the traffic lights and the car brakes to a stop. My favorite mode for the city.

The undercarriage looked a bit clumsy and hard on uneven ground. When I said this to the Hyundai employee, he said the last journalist said the chassis was soft. That may have been a protective claim, but it could also relate to cornering behavior. And because of the routes driven, I can't say anything about that.

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Size comparison

If you look at the Ioniq 5 in the official pictures, you might get the idea that it is a hatchback sedan. Our size comparison with a Volvo XC60 shows that it is an SUV:

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Door handles and modes P, N, R, D

I skipped a few points, especially getting in and driving off. So, the Ioniq 5 has flush integrated door handles. They fold out when you press them, unfortunately not when you approach them with the key in your pocket.

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To drive off, you turn a pitman arm. The pre-production model that was delivered, however, still had recognizable electronic problems. The mode often jumped back from D to P. In addition, the recuperation modes could sometimes not be activated. Well, there is still some time until the market launch in early summer.

Battery and charging

The tested top version has a 73 kWh battery; the corresponding range is not yet known. It should be slightly below the specified maximum range of the Ioniq 5, which was specified as 470-480 kilometers. My power consumption after a little more than 40 km was 17.7 kWh / 100 km. This results in an approximate range of around 410 kilometers.

I would have loved to try the store. But the first charging station that I controlled with my navigation system didn't exist, the second (right in front of the BMW world) has apparently only recently been working for BMW employees and the third was on a mini company site.

But now there is something much better: a complete charging curve for the Ioniq 5 including an analysis. The result: The charging time of 4.5 minutes specified by Hyundai for recharging a range of 100 kilometers is realistic, and the average charging power in the important range of 20 to 80 percent is around 150 kW – that's really fast.

Cockpit and displays

As is well known, the Ioniq 5 has two displays right next to each other, which, unlike Mercedes, do not pretend to be a single "widescreen". We were absolutely won over by the brilliance of the advertisements. The graphics are also clear and intuitive.

One of the really useful gimmicks of the Ioniq 5 are the camera images that appear when the blinker is set; they apparently eliminate the blind spot:

Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test: That was a short two hours-short

The backrests of the front seats can be put back very far, so that you can take a nap in the Ioniq 5 – but we didn't have the time for that. To activate the function, press a button on the electric seat adjustment, then the seat automatically moves back and tilts the backrest backwards. It is not very intuitive that you have to press the button not just once, but twice in a row. The Hyundai employee showed us that we wouldn't have come up with it on our own. The operation of the air conditioning settings is also not very intuitive.

Rear and trunk

The space in the rear can be adjusted to a certain extent, because the seats can be moved lengthways. In the rearmost position, the knee room is princely for me as a 1.76 meter long person, the headroom is good.

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The trunk also looks large and is easy to use. However, I was disappointed with the tiny "Frunk". It can only be used as a secret compartment for valuables or for the charging cables, for which there is of course a space under the loading floor in the rear trunk.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test: That was a short two hours-short

The "Frunk" (front trunk)

Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test: That was a short two hours-2021 beautifully simple surprising cockpit

Unusual: 3D letters glued to the stern

Bidirectional charging, solar roof etc..

There were a dozen items left on my to-do list to check off. For example the thing with the clamshell bonnet. It does not open to the rear, but the "specialty" is that it extends down to the side wall. Oh well. There is an adapter for bidirectional charging:

Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test: That was a short two hours-hours

The adapter for bidirectional charging

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At the bottom of the adapter there is a socket where you can plug in your electrical devices

There is also a socket under the rear seats, which is a good place to charge your notebook on longer journeys:

Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test: That was a short two hours-hours

The car also had the solar roof, which increases the range leaves. Unfortunately, the power currently generated is not displayed, that would be a nice feature. At least the cumulative performance can be called up on the touchscreen.

Another feature is the head-up display with augmented reality function. The system with the blue-green direction arrows that indicate the turning point appears to be with the AR-HUD from VW to be identical. It apparently works well, I didn't notice any annoying sluggishness, but I didn't drive around a roundabout either, where you could probably tell.

Conclusion

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 delivers a lot of what it promises. I was really excited about the car, which is rare. I got out with the feeling: The car is full of high-tech.

Those who feel very pragmatic may say: "I don't need to". But as a "techie", I am really looking forward to all the working gimmicks of the Ioniq 5, such as the augmented reality function or the camera rearview mirror image when the blinker is on.

I couldn't try the real highlight of the car, charging with 350 kW. But that is what more knowledgeable people did: Our charge analysis showed that Hyundai is not promising too much, because the car could actually be charged from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes.

The usable trunk, the ample space in the rear and the high degree of variability inside also deserve praise.

And the fly in the ointment? Well, let's assume that the electronics spinning mills will still be fixed before the market launch. Then there are still a few points of criticism in terms of intuitive operation, for example with the air conditioning settings, activating the relax mode and maybe also with the door handles. But otherwise … Hyundai has earned an A.

To complement the above, a video from colleague Stefan from Nextmove is well worth seeing. Among other things, he remotely controlled the car from the outside. When charging, it managed up to 223 kW. The factory specification (to 80% in 18 minutes) was missed, but in 18 minutes Stefan still got 70% – although the battery was not yet optimally tempered. Overall, the Ioniq 5 performs just as well as the Tesla Model Y, while the Skoda Enyaq lags a little behind, mainly because of the charging behavior.

Photo gallery: Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test (2021)

Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test: That was a short two hours-short

Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test: That was a short two hours-hyundai Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the test: That was a short two hours-2021 beautifully simple surprising cockpit

Hyundai Ioniq 5 73 kWh AWD

engine 2 electric motors

power 70 kW at the front, 155 kW at the rear, system output 225 kW

Max. Torque 605 Nm

drive all wheel drive

Acceleration 0-100 km / h 5.2 sec.

Top speed 185 km / h

battery 73 kWh

Electric range 432 km WLTP

consumption 17.6 kWh / 100 km (19-inch) or 18.8 kWh (20-inch)

Charging port up to 11 kW AC, up to 350 kW DC

Charging time at 11 kW 6:15 h, at 50 KW 57 min, at 350 kW 18 minutes (10 to 80% each)

length 4,635 mm

broad 1,890 mm

height 1,605 mm

Trunk volume 531-1,591 liters at the rear, 24 liters at the front

Empty weight 2,175 kg

Base price 48,900 euros

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