The first car to be launched under Hyundai’s Ioniq electric sub-brand, designed to lead a new push towards electrification for the Korean marque, the Ioniq 5 will be sold in SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate trim levels, in addition to the limited versions. Project launch edition 45.
Entry-level SE Connect cars will use the 58 kWh battery and a rear-wheel drive configuration, thanks to a single 167 hp engine. It promises a combined range of 240 miles and can handle 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds.
Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument panel, wireless smartphone charging, rear view camera and parking sensors rear, as well as an intelligent cruise control based on satellite navigation.
800V battery technology is also included on every model, allowing fast charging up to 350kW DC which can boost the battery from 10% to 80% of capacity in 18 minutes or deliver a range of 60 miles in too little than five minutes. Previously, 800V wiring was only available on the high-end Porsche Taycan.
Premium cars start from £ 39,295 for a 58kWh battery and rear-wheel drive. Going for the larger 73 kWh battery raises that price to £ 41,945, but offers the best range in the range, at 300 miles. Adding two-motor four-wheel drive will cost £ 45,145, bringing faster acceleration but 287 miles less maximum range.
The top-of-the-line Ultimate trim cars start at £ 42,295 for the 58kWh rear-wheel drive powertrain, rising to £ 48,145 for 73kWh and four-wheel drive.
This most powerful twin-engine version has a combined output of 302 hp and a total of 446 lb-ft, allowing it to cover 0-62 mph in 5.2 sec. The maximum speed is 115 mph, while the maximum range is 268 miles.
At the base of it all is the new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). Built specifically as an electric platform, the flexible foundations will also be used for the upcoming Ioniq 6 sedan-shaped and an SUV called 7. As with most battery-specific platforms, it features a board layout. casters giving a flat interior floor.
More uniquely, the Ioniq 5 has the ability to charge the vehicle to the grid, a rarity in current electric cars. Not only does this mean that the car will be able to charge laptops or electric scooters from a power outlet under the rear seat, but it also allows the 5 to function as a mini generator. Assuming the local grid can support it, it is possible for all 5 to push electricity back into the grid when plugged into a homeowner’s home. Doing this when electricity is expensive, and then removing it from the grid when it is cheaper, could lead to significant savings for customers.