The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an all-electric car that could be good for America too
If you survey the electric vehicle landscape in America at this point in history, your options are limited to the Volkswagen ID.4, Mustang Mach-E, four different Teslas, Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, and Kona Electric, the Porsche Taycan, the Jaguar I-Pace, the Polestar 2, the Audi E-Tron, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the Mini Electric, the Kia Niro EV, the BMW i3 and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. Ask yourself: is there a single car on this list that is both desirable and doesn’t cost an arm or a leg? Reader, I state that there are none. Enter the Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Us first saw the Ioniq 5 in Februaryand I remember thinking that it was a head-turner back then; On Monday, Hyundai released more details on what the Ioniq 5 will be for the American market. It always sounds better in my eyes. The range is geared up to 300 miles, which is enough. Buyers get free top-ups at Electrify America stations for two years, which is good. A subscription model is offered. None of these are a killer feature, but the non-Tesla and non-Polestar field is so weak here for electric vehicles. It wouldn’t take much for the Ioniq 5 to be better than the Bolt or ID.4.
Hyundai hasn’t released pricing, but I would expect the Ioniq 5 to be anywhere from $ 35,000 to $ 40,000 given that Hyundai’s electric vehicles are currently costing that much. That’s too much money, but Hyundais is still eligible for the $ 7,500 tax credit here, and it’s possible the Ioniq 5 won’t cost that much if Hyundai is really interested in messing things up . An affordable EV that looks good and isn’t too big? Could we be so lucky?
“IONIQ 5 introduces the Hyundai brand to a whole new group of buyers,” said José Muñoz, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America in a press release. “Once behind the wheel, you will be shocked by the range, performance, comfort, interior and advanced technology.”
Shocked! The man says. The Ioniq 5 is the first of several planned Ioniqs as Ioniq is Hyundai’s sub-EV brand. The charging capabilities of electric vehicles also seem to be getting better and better. Emphasizing by me because this seems important:
With a 350 kW charger, IONIQ 5 can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. If the owner only has five minutes to spare, the IONIQ 5 can regain a range of approx. 100 km with a 350 kW fast charger. The standard 10.9 kW on-board charger performs a full charge in 6 hours and 43 minutes with a level 2 charge.
Sixty-eight miles is longer than you think. Hyundai is also really excited about the vehicle charging feature, which allows you to charge other devices, charge other electric vehicles, or even set up a mobile office somewhere in a parking lot if that’s what you want. Look at this guy:
You can also straighten your hair:
The Ioniq 5 is based on Hyundai’s Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which, according to Hyundai, enables the interior space to be maximized. Take this, Mustang Mach-E and ID.4:
In fact, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 has more passenger volume (106.5 cu.Ft.) When compared to the Ford Mustang Mach-E (101.1 cubic feet) and Volkswagen ID.4 (99.9 cubic feet).
Understood, Hyundai. Roasted. I don’t see Ford or VW getting back from it. The Ioniq 5 will hit more than a dozen states this fall, with every other state in the country getting it next year. The Ioniq 6, an EV sedan, and the Ioniq 7, a large EV SUV, are also in the works.
There will be a rear-engined version of the Ioniq 5 that offers the greatest range, while Hyundai will also offer two engine layouts for all-wheel drive. There will be various driver assistance functions that more or less mimic on paper what Tesla does with autopilot, GM’s Super Cruise or Ford’s BlueCruise, among others, the effectiveness of these systems being directly dependent on how much attention the driver pays, as none of them are completely autonomous.
In any case, I hope Hyundai intends Ioniq to be an affordable, well-made brand for electric vehicles, just as Hyundai is an affordable, well-made brand for internal combustion engines. The American market has waited too long.