New Hyundai Ioniq 5: an electric concept car made real

Published: 25 February 2021

► Hyundai Ioniq sub-brand's first car
► All-electric crossover coupe with retro looks
► Arrives in the UK in summer 2021

It’s not often a concept car makes it into production with almost no changes on the way, but Hyundai’s new Ioniq 5 EV reminds us it’s possible. You'll find press pictures of the rather stunning new electric car below, but our spy photographers hsve also snapped the car testing with no camo at all.

It gives us a better look at Hyundai's new EV in the real world, and we think it looks just as good out of the studio as in it. As for the funky silver trim? That could be the lighest touch of addiitonal camo – or simply an as yet unnamed colour option.

Everything you need to know

The new, all-electric VW ID.4 rival is based on the 45 Concept – one of the Hyundai’s best recent concepts in our book, and one that comes with a whole host of technology inside and out.

Along with the super clean surfaces and crisp lines, pixelated ‘parametric’ LEDs front and back and active aero dynamics outside, with an airy, spacious and not overly touch-panelled interior to look forward to. In fact, Hyundai says it’s also roomy enough inside that you can live in it.

Ioniq 5 rear

I’m sorry, what?

Yes, Hyundai is promoting a ‘living space’ with the new 5, pointing out that – given it’s an EV – you’re likely to spend more time than usual in your car, particularly while it charges on long journeys.

The E-GMP flat-floor platform provides the Ioniq 5 with a long wheelbase – 3000mm, longer than that of Hyundai’s massive Stateside Palisade – and the ability to have a sliding centre console. The seats recline (like in pretty much every car) but also have dinky footrests that pop out if you really recline them, allowing you to snooze while your car charges. While the front seats are full on La-Z-Boys, the rear bench can slide fore or aft, and boot space is a respectable 531 litres.

Ioniq 5 interior lounge

The interior itself is a clean environment, and Hyundai has balanced the large twin screens with a neat central dashboard area with physical switchgear, much like the Honda e. Hyundai says details like an augmented-reality head-up display (like that on VW’s ID.3 and ID.4, and the latest Mercedes S-Class) is available, as is the brand’s Blind Spot View Monitor first seen on the Nexo fuel cell car and, more recently, the latest Tucson.

There are plenty of environmentally friendly details inside and out, too. The paint uses plant waste, and the cockpit utilises recycled PET bottles in panels, eco treated leather and a paper-like material used on the door handles. More pertinently, you can spec a solar panel on the roof. While that’s not a novel idea (the Mk1 Nissan Leaf had that to power ancillaries like the air con), Hyundai’s engineers claim it can add two to three miles of range a day.

Ioniq 5 interior

Give me some performance specs

Hyundai is giving you the power of choice with two power outputs that are linked to two different battery sizes (58kWh and 72.6kWh), and two drive options (rear- or all-wheel drive). The one with the most range – the 72.6kWh rear-driven option claims up to around 300 miles on a charge, while the fastest one can sprint to 62mph in 5.2 seconds. All power variants are capable of a 115mph top speed.

Ioniq 5 overhead

The E-GMP platform allows both 400-volt and 800-volt charging capabilities, with Hyundai claiming the Ioniq 5 can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in around 18 minutes on the fastest (and rarest) 350kW chargers.

More interestingly, though, is the Ioniq 5’s ‘vehicle to load’ function. Hyundai can supply you with an adapter for the car’s charging port, allowing you to actually use the Ioniq to charge other things. Yes, there is a power outlet inside the car, but this adaptor allows you to charge things like e-bikes and e-scooters, along with power tools and even another EV in desperate need of juice.

ioniq 5 plug

When and how much?

The first versions of Hyundai’s new Ioniq 5 will arrive in the summer of 2021. The Project 45 version, a top-end trim that acts as a first edition, will cost £45,000 after the UK government’s electric car grant.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches