Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 Reminds RAY MASSEY Of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Futuristic styling of Hyundai’s zero-emission electric Ioniq 5 reminds RAY MASSEY of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stepping into the elegant cabin of Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, I half expected to hear the epic sounds of Also Sprach Zarathustra—the rousing music used in Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

That’s because the futuristic styling of this zero-emission electric car would have fit right in with that blockbuster genius, with features you’d find on premium cars that cost a lot more.

The future is bright: our man Ray Massey discovered that Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 is fast and roomy

The new Ioniq 5 goes on sale this Tuesday ahead of first deliveries in early August, although a launch edition of less than 200 in February sold out within 24 hours. I drove an early LHD version borrowed from Norway on British roads around the Chilterns and found it devilishly fast.

There are three trim levels – SE Connect, Premium and Ultimate – and four driving modes: eco, normal, sport and snow. There are also three types of batteries and drives: 58 kWh rear-wheel drive with a range of up to 240 miles; a 73 kWh RWD with up to 480 miles and a four-wheel drive version of that with 287 miles.

Sitting comfortably: The futuristic styling of the cabin of the Ioniq 5 would have fit perfectly into Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey (pictured)

Sitting comfortably: The futuristic styling of the cabin of the Ioniq 5 would have fit perfectly into Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey (photo)

Prices start from £36,995 for the SE Connect 58 kWh to £48,145 for the Ultimate with a 73 kWh twin-engine four-wheel drive. This was my ride for the day – but with almost £2,700 in extras.

It certainly has pace at 0-62 mph in a sports car-like 5.2 seconds to a top speed of 115 mph. The car is easy to drive and many of its interior touches use eco-friendly materials, such as recycled bottles, vegetable yarns, natural wool yarns and ecologically processed leather.

It is also a smart car. Extras on mine included recline and memory seats that fold down, blind spot monitors and remote parking assist.

Hyundai says 350 kW of ultra-fast charging can reach 80 percent capacity in just 18 minutes and a range of 100 miles in five. With a household charger you can expect between five and six hours.

The elongated wheelbase and the lack of a transmission tunnel provide plenty of interior space.

It has already won a string of awards, including Auto Express New Car Of The Year, which said it “has taken the game further” for the car market. I totally agree.

HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 ULTIMATE: DOES IT FIT IN MY GARAGE?

Total price car driven: £50,835 (£48,145 plus extras)

Range price: from £36,995

For sale: from Tuesday 27 July 2021

First deliveries: early August

Length: 4,635mm

Width: 1890 mm

Height: 1,605mm

0-62mph: 5.2 seconds

Top speed: 115mph

Flow: electric

Engine: 73 kWh twin-engine four-wheel drive

Range: to 287 miles.

Emissions: Zero

Charging time: 350kW ultra-fast charging (such as at the new Gridserve electrical filling station in Braintree in Essex).

80% capacity in just 18 minutes and 100 miles of range in five minutes.

Home charger: between five and six o’clock.

wheels: 20 inch alloy

Three powertrains: 58 kWh rear-wheel drive with a range of up to 240 miles; 73 kWh rear-wheel drive with a range of up to 500 miles; 73 kWh twin-engine four-wheel drive with a range of up to 487 miles.

Three trim levels: SE connection; Premium; and Ultimate

Four riding modes: eco, normal; sports and snow.

Used car prices are rising

Used car prices rise as the industry suffers from production delays. Knock-on effects of Covid are causing supply to struggle with demand.

Supercar dealer Tom Hartley, says: ‘It doesn’t matter if you buy a Ferrari or a Fiat, second-hand prices are skyrocketing.’

But while it’s tough news for buyers, car owners looking to sell can be a quid in.

On the hard shoulder: Volkswagen has been the best-performing second-hand car since April

On the hard shoulder: Volkswagen has been the best-performing second-hand car since April

Volkswagen has been the best performing car since April, says heycar. The data shows that the German manufacturer’s average prices have increased by 8 percent to £21,296.

SEATs are in second place with a 7 per cent increase to £16,241, and Mercedes-Benz achieved a 6 per cent increase to £29,509.

The average price of the 2017 Golf 1.0 TSI petrol was up 7 per cent, while the 1.5 diesel Dacia Sandero was up 13 and Ford’s Fiesta was up 5 per cent to £14,103.

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