The first 100% electric SUV from the Korean manufacturer is unveiled. Auto-Moto was able to board the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Our first impressions in VIDEO.
New Hyundai Ioniq 5 2021 – In the race for electrification, the Korean Hyundai does not intend to play second knives and announces the development of a real range, called Ioniq, based on the principle of the Volkswagen ID and Mercedes EQ families. The first of its kind is called Ioniq 5, an SUV that will soon rub shoulders with the Volkswagen ID. 4.
Do not be fooled by appearances
Appearances can be deceiving. Because unless you find yourself facing him, in “face-to-face”, the Ioniq 5 is more like a compact Volkswagen Golf type, when we see it for the first time in the photo. An optical illusion perfectly mastered by its silhouette which pays homage to the Hyundai Pony, the manufacturer’s very first model, which appeared in 1975. Because, in the end, the Ioniq 5 is tvery far from the template of a compact. With a length of 4,63 m, it is 5 cm longer than the Volkswagen ID.4, and more like a Mercedes GLC.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 inaugurates the brand new e-GMP platform, developed by the Hyundai-Kia group, allowing it to optimize its architecture to return its wheels to the four corners of its bodywork in order to benefit froma record wheelbase length of 3 meters. A rating that benefits livability, especially in the rear seats, unfortunately to the detriment of the trunk volume which tops out at 527 l, because of his low rear overhang.
The Ioniq 5 is therefore shown more generous with its passengers than with luggage. Even at the front, with the possibility of extending the seats horizontally while benefiting from calf rests, like in a limousine, but also a sliding central console, incorporating plenty of storage space. For its part, the design of the dashboard shines by its simplicity, and is reminiscent of certain Mercedes productions, with a large floating panel including two 12.3 ”screens. A clean environment that has the good idea of maintaining physical controls, especially for air conditioning.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Under the hood, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes in 170, 218 and 306. A range rather similar to that of the Volkswagen ID.4, however bypassing a more modest entry level which would have allowed it to lower its entry ticket. Indeed, the Ioniq 5 requires a minimum of € 43,600, when the German starts below the € 40,000 mark. The entry-level 170 hp Korean is associated with a 58 kWh battery whose autonomy reaches 384 km WLTP, that is to say 39 km better than the ID.4 of equivalent power. Higher in the range, the 218 and 306 hp units have a 73 kWh battery varying its range from 430 to 481 km, depending on the power level. Faced with them, the Volkswagen ID.4 offers only 204 and 299 hp, but a more generous 77 kWh battery promising to rally up to 520 km.
Techno at the top
Ioniq 5 and ID.4 follow each other in terms of efficiency, depending on the version. The little extra of Korean lies in its solar roof, available as an option, which saves between 5 and 6 km of autonomy per day… provided the sun is pointing its nose. But above all it makes the difference thanks to its 800 V technology, similar to that of a Porsche Taycan, which allows him flash recharge time, since 18 minutes are enough to recover 80% of autonomy on a supercharger. From this point of view, the ID.4 is no match.
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