Hyundai Ioniq 5: test, price, range and technical data sheet of the electric crossover

Intriguing design inspired by the first Hyundai built, the Giugiaro Pony. Modern lines, very spacious interiors that push the futuristic. Different powers and battery cuts, high autonomy. On the road, she knows her stuff, gritty or docile depending on your wishes. But always safe and precise

Roberto Speranza

There were three, now there are four but the fourth is called five. Hyundai Ioniq 5, to be precise. An electric car, a crossover. Medium (outside) but large (inside). Original and captivating design, a tribute to the history of this house but definitely projected towards tomorrow. Always comfortable and spacious, normally quiet, yet capable of unleashing sharp claws when desired. Different engine and battery configurations, all able to allow very interesting autonomies. Already orderable model, we will see it in dealerships around the last quarter of the year. It starts from 44,750 euros before the eco-bonus.

Hyundai Ioniq 5: exterior design

Once upon a time there was the Hyundai Pony. It was October 1974, at the Turin motor show the Korean company was showing its first self-produced car, which it commissioned none other than Giorgetto Giugiaro to design. According to the now established stylistic trend (and which the Italian designer himself helped to consolidate), the rear pillar joined the compact tail by descending at a sharp angle, 45 degrees in this case. A leap forward in time, in 2019 Hyundai presented a concept in Frankfurt that closely recalled that setting, it was no coincidence that it was called 45 (a number that also coincided with the age of the Pony). But above all it anticipated the Ioniq 5 in a very advanced stage of evolution, almost equal to the production model. Here it is, then. A car whose design expresses an undoubted personality. Like the tail, even the doubled and rectangular lights recall the Pony; then shell-shaped bonnet, retractable handles, lines of the side that are wedged in the doors. The vintage flavor skilfully blends with today’s taste and needs. Aerodynamics, above all. Particularly in the design of the circles (19 “or 20” diameter) with those vortices which, in addition to appropriately conveying the air flows, denote movement and speed. But also in the bumper, which integrates active air intakes, ie mobile. Medium size outside and large inside: in fact, compared to a length of 463 cm we find a wheelbase of 3 meters, a measure usually associated with flagships. All thanks to the new Hyundai E-Gmp platform, expressly dedicated to electric vehicles and through which the Ioniq 5 is the first model to be produced.


This car is big inside because, in addition to having a very long wheelbase and an upper segment width (189 cm), it enjoys the typical advantages of electric platforms, particularly the absence of a transmission tunnel. The flat floor results in a more spacious and easier-to-access passenger compartment. The legs of the rear passengers are freer also thanks to the reduced thickness of the front seats. The dashboard pushes hard on the technological. The two large 12 ”diagonal digital screens are mounted next to each other and at the same height. They are complemented by a head-up display on the windscreen, on which augmented reality indications from the navigator are also projected. On the “dashboard” (a term that is now not very indicative for such modern cars), in addition to all the primary information for driving, when the direction indicator is activated, the real image of the vehicle profile taken by the cameras is displayed in a dedicated quadrant . An extremely useful system, because it accurately shows points that not even mirrors can find. Multimedia and communication functions in abundance, high seating comfort and a tasteful appearance. All materials have been obtained by making extensive use of recycled products, minimizing the use of new raw materials.

Engines, batteries, autonomy and recharging

In Italy the Ioniq 5 is available in three engines. The first configuration has a motor on the rear axle. 170 hp power and 58 kWh battery for a range of 384 km. In the intermediate version the power rises to 217 hp and with it the battery capacity: 72.6 kWh for 481 km of autonomy with 19 ”wheels. Both have rear-wheel drive and a torque of 350 Nm. At the top of the range, on the other hand, there are two engines, one per axle. Maximum combined power of 305 hp and equally high maximum torque of 605 Nm. The traction is all-wheel drive, without a transmission shaft, since each motor acts directly on its own axle. The battery, also of 72.6 kWh, in this case allows a range of 430 km. Top speed always electronically limited to 185 km / h, 0-100 acceleration in 8.5, 7.4 and 5.2 seconds respectively. Charging times naturally depend on the type of connection. The Ioniq 5 is able to use even the very fast 350 kW columns. But in the realistic situation of our country an alternating current wallbox will almost always be used with times from 4 hours and 59 minutes to 6 hours and 43 to go from 10 to 100%; being able to use a 50 kW direct current column, the times to go up from 10 to 80% are 44 and 57 minutes. Finally, the Ioniq 5 is able to tow a trailer with a mass of up to 1,600 kg braked or 750 kg if not braked.

Hyundai Ioniq 5: the test

A short test around Valencia on a mixed route left a very good impression of this electric that defies convention. In our hands, the top of the range Ioniq 5 (two engines and all-wheel drive) was docile, safe and welcoming. Of course, having a very high torque that is always delivered all together, it is necessary to dose the accelerator well. Because this car pushes, and how. And it’s not just about power. When you find suitable roads, you realize that the Korean engineers have done an excellent job of designing the chassis. In fact, it is difficult to achieve accuracy and agility when handling two tons. It is even more complicated to obtain a good fluency in the curves with a step of three meters. Yet the Ioniq 5 can do all of this well. The balance in the distribution of the masses is perfect, entering the curve makes you forget the weight that you carry around. Let’s not forget the suspension, McPherson in front and multilink behind. Four disc brakes (the front self-ventilated) “grab” the car with authority in every situation. Maybe the steering is too light, but it’s a matter of preference. Futuristic and tasteful interiors, excellent comfort. So many adjustments on the touchscreen, you really have to take your time, because you don’t always find what you are looking for right away. And perhaps the gear selector, just under the dash to the right of the steering wheel, could have been better placed.


Like it: Exuberant power and torque; impeccable road behavior, excellent cornering; augmented reality on the dashboard exponentially improves safety when turning.
Do not like: gear selector inconvenient to reach; slightly light steering; price of the high top of the range


The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is offered in three trim levels: Progress (only for the version with 58 kWh battery), Innovation and Evolution. The list of standard equipment from the entry level is very long. Among the main ones we find: automatic emergency braking with cyclists and pedestrians recognition, turning anti-collision, speed limit recognition, 19 “alloy wheels, LED headlights, retractable handles, 10.5 kW charger, paddle on the steering wheel for regenerative braking, dual-zone automatic climate control, three driving modes, fabric and manual adjustment seats, smartphone connectivity. The Innovation level adds above all: anti-collision at intersections, blind spot monitoring, rear crossing traffic assistance, tinted rear windows, mixed fabric-leather seats, electric driver seat adjustment, wireless charger for smartphones. Of Evolution we highlight: 360-degree camera view, parking assistance, 20 ”wheels, premium full LED headlights, leather seats and electric adjustment, head-up display with augmented reality, Bose premium audio system.
The turnkey list prices: 170 Hp version: 44,750, 48,450 and 53,250 euros; 217 hp version: 51,950 and 56,750 euros; 305 hp version, Evolution only, 60,250 euros. All engines are compatible with the state eco-bonus, discount up to 10,000 euros in case of scrapping.


Engine: two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors; front axle 70 kW, rear axle 155 kW; maximum combined power 305 Hp (224.6 Kw); maximum torque 605 Nm.
Battery: capacity 72.6 kWh; charging times from wallbox (mode 3 cable) 6 hours and 43 minutes from 10 to 100%; from column to 50 kW 57 minutes from 10 to 80%; from 350 kW column 18 minutes from 10 to 80%.
Transmission: single-gear, all-wheel drive
Performance: 0-100 km / h acceleration in 5.2 seconds; top speed 185 km / h (electronically limited)
Consumption declared: 19 kWh / 100 km mixed cycle Wltp; autonomy 430 km Wltp
Dimensions: length 4,635 mm; width 1,890 mm excluding mirrors; height 1,605 mm; step 3.000 mm; luggage compartment 527-1,587 liters (plus 24 liters in the front compartment under the hood).
Weight: 2,095 kg (in running order including driver).
Price: from 60,250 euros turnkey.


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