The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has been officially announced, and this all-electric, mid-sized CUV (crossover SUV) comes with a whole host of technology as standard – and even more as options, including roof-mounted solar panels.
Originally seen at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show as the 45 EV concept, the car had undergone a few design tweaks to get it into its current form: the Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Its signature angular shape is a throwback to the company’s first mass-produced car, the 1974 Pony, and features massive 20-inch wheels, a clamshell hood and distinctive pixel lighting at the front, plus dot matrix lighting at the rear. . .
The V-shaped panel under the front lights also illuminates, although you wouldn’t know when the lights are off. The chrome panel is covered with micro-perforations, which allow light to pass through when switched on, but look like solid metal when switched off.
However, the most intriguing exterior of the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric car can be found on the roof.
Using the power of the sun
That function is a roof option on solar panels. Unfortunately it’s not available as standard, and at this point we don’t know how much this optional extra will cost you, but the solar panels cover most of the top of the car.
You can’t rely on the sun to fully charge the 58kWh standard range battery or the 72.6kWh long range battery in the Ioniq 5, acting as a free charging source that can extend the range.
Hyundai says the solar panels can provide up to 2,000 km per year (about 5-6 km per day) extra range when driving in sunny environments such as Spain or the South of France.
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Another neat trick that the Ioniq 5 has up its sleeve is the ability to charge other electric vehicles. If the battery level is higher than 15%, you can connect the new Hyundai to another electric car to charge it.
Once the Ioniq’s battery is 5 to 15% empty, it will automatically stop charging the other car, so it can keep a little bit of range for itself.
The charging speed is only 3.6 kW, so another car will be topped up very slowly. But it can really come in handy in places where destination chargers aren’t that easy to find – assuming the Ioniq 5 has enough charge left to power itself into an outlet.
It’s not just other electric cars that it can charge – with e-bikes, e-bikes and personal electronics such as laptops can also benefit from the reverse charging technology.
Connect, sit back, relax
As we’ve already mentioned, the Ioniq 5 will be available with two battery sizes and two drivetrain: AWD (All Wheel Drive) and RWD (Rear Wheel Drive).
There’s the standard 58 kWh battery with a range of up to 200km / 125 miles, and the 72.6kWh long range battery, which can deliver up to 500km / 310 miles on a single charge.
The 800v battery also supports super-fast charging, with the Ioniq 5 able to regain 100km range in just five minutes when connected to a 350kW charger, while 10% to 80% happens in just 18 minutes.
Unfortunately 350kW chargers aren’t that widespread right now, but a 50kW charger can get you from 10% to 80% in an hour – and the Ioniq 5 wants to make sure it’s a welcoming place to be while you charge.
|Drivetrain||Battery||Range||0-100 km / h||Top speed|
|AWD||72.6 kWh||TBC||5.2 seconds||185 km / h|
|AWD||58 kWh||TBC||6.1 sec||185 km / h|
|Rear wheel drive||72.6 kWh||up to 500 km||7.4 seconds||185 km / h|
|Rear wheel drive||58 kWh||up to 200 km||8.5||185 km / h|
In the cab, those in the front can really sit back and relax with adjustable ‘Zero Gravity’ seats that provide ample legroom and extra leg rest – designed to make you more comfortable while you wait.
There’s a lot of technology in there too, with two 12.25-inch screens on the dash. One is located behind the wheel and acts as a digital instrument cluster for the driver, while the other sits on top of the center console and provides access to infotainment, navigation and more.
You can also get a HUD (heads-up display) in the Ioniq 5, which projects important information such as your speed, current speed limit and navigation directions onto the windshield and in your eye line. This provides a safer way to check this information as you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.
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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be available from spring 2021 (between March and May), and the car will land in the UK in mid-2021, although prices for this mid-sized CUV have not yet been announced outside of the ‘Project 45’ special edition . Ioniq 5 which costs £ 45,000 (approximately $ 63,000, AU $ 80,000).
This is likely to be the most expensive model in the range, with the entry-level 5 likely to be comfortably cheaper.