Hyundai Ioniq 5 (58 kWh): Ionic King

Shortly speaking

Electric crossover
From 46 500 euros
Endurance: 384 km

A crossover or compact sedan, the Ioniq 5 is difficult to place exactly in the box as its design is divisive. Launched in 2020, the Korean model almost completely adopted the features of the 45 concept car presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show a year earlier. The entry-level version, priced at €46,500, doesn’t lose sight of all the styling elements that make this car so popular. Namely: a compact profile, a neo-retro look, large diameter wheels (19 inches) and “pixel” headlights.

Ioniq 5 almost completely repeats the neo-retro look of the concept car. This 58 kWh version with “intuitive” trim and a cost of 46,500 euros is eligible for a super bonus.
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“Pixel” headlights are a trademark of the Korean.

It’s the same on board. This “intuitive” finish has nothing to envy to rivals at the same price and same finish. Except for the cloth upholstery, the layout remains identical to the more upscale versions. The driver looks at the aerial instrument panel, which is viewed by two large high-performance digital screens. This clean and bright environment is pleasant and is still rare in the electricity market.

The interior of the car is modern, refined, bright and functional.  This is a car that is fun to travel in.
The interior of the car is modern, refined, bright and functional. This is a car that is fun to travel in.
The central touchscreen is efficient and offers plenty of features, including Android and Carplay connectivity.
The central touchscreen is efficient and offers plenty of features, including Android and Carplay connectivity.
Two tall adults will be quite comfortable in the back seats.
Two tall adults will be quite comfortable in the back seats.

Conceived and designed in this way, the Korean takes advantage of its electric vehicle architecture to free up maximum space. In this car, everything is thought out and functional. All passengers (even tall ones) will appreciate the legroom and wide seat cushions. Numerous practical storage spaces are complemented by a spacious boot (525 liters) and an additional 24-liter compartment under the hood for storing charging cables. The Ioniq 5 will easily meet the needs of a family of 4.

The trunk is roomy.  The loading surface is wide and the volume (525 liters) is suitable for family use.
The trunk is roomy. The loading surface is wide and the volume (525 liters) is suitable for family use.
Charging cables can be stored in an additional 24-liter box under the hood.
Charging cables can be stored in an additional 24-liter box under the hood.

The basic “intuitive” version tested today is the most affordable in the catalog at a price of 46,500 euros. Inflation is still close to €3,000 compared to a mid-2020 launch with an equivalent engine and trim. Despite this significant increase, the “small battery” Ioniq 5 is still eligible for the €6,000 environmental bonus provided by the government until the end of 2022. 49,700. She is only eligible for the €2,000 bonus. The difference between the two models is 7200 euros minus the bonus.

Average consumption 16.9 kWh/100 km on a route of 800 km.

To spice up the Ioniq 5’s first prize, the manufacturer opted for a simple configuration. A 58 kWh battery is connected to a 170 hp engine that drives the rear wheels. Despite the large mass that flirts with 2 tons (1985 kg), the performance is decent: 0 to 100 km/h in less than 9 seconds and energetic reminders. You will never run out of power behind the wheel, despite the fact that the top speed is limited to 185 km/h. Maximum torque right from the start (350 Nm) ensures a quick start in urban environments, while 3 driving modes (Eco, Normal and Sport) on offer allow you to shift depending on the load level and environmental conditions.

Here is our average fuel consumption over almost 800 km.
Here is our average fuel consumption over almost 800 km.
Comfortable, the Ioniq 5 also retains good flex support.
Comfortable, the Ioniq 5 also retains good flex support.

In nearly 800km driving the Ioniq 5 (58kWh) on a 50% motorway route, we saw an average consumption of 16.9kWh/100km, regularly playing with the efficient energy recovery system at several levels (with paddles on steering wheel). This very playful system allows you to control even one pedal. Excellent result in favorable climatic conditions. We advise you to choose a heat pump (950 €) that optimizes the internal temperature while saving the battery. On the highway at 130 km/h, the average consumption is more than about 20 kWh/100 km.

Ioniq 5's special feature is its ability to accept powerful, fast DC charges.
Ioniq 5’s special feature is its ability to accept powerful, fast DC charges.
We charged an Ionity terminal with an average power of 160kW and a peak power of 183kW.
We charged an Ionity terminal with an average power of 160kW and a peak power of 183kW.

The autonomy promised under the WLTP cycle is 384 km in mixed mode. It’s hard to imagine long trips, but the Korean has an advantage: fast recharging. Indeed, even this access version is equipped with an 800 volt system capable of accepting a direct current (DC) load of up to 350 kW, better than the Porsche Taycan! Enough to theoretically allow a recharge from 0 to 80% in just 18 minutes. But to date, no fast terminal is capable of delivering such power. However, the latency at the Ionity terminal (if the latter is running) rarely exceeds 30 minutes, as we observed during this test, when the Korean easily handled a load of 163kW with peaks of 183kW. After all, long-distance travel is possible with minimal preparation.

To do this, you can subscribe to “ChargemyHyundai”, which offers 3 charging offers (excluding the Ionity subscription for 13 euros per month, which provides preferential rates) according to your needs, as well as an intelligent route planner that will tell you about the available terminals. , their power, etc.

However, we recommend the ABRP app (compatible with Carplay and Android), the benchmark for calculating Chargemap-related routes, for more flexibility. Please note that in this case you will not be able to enjoy discounted rates for Ionity terminals. If you regularly drive long distances, choose a 77 kWh battery and subscribe to Ionity. With AC, the Ioniq 5 delivers up to 11 kW of charging power.

Test - Hyundai Ioniq 5 (58 kWh): ion king

Despite the fact that its considerable width (1.89 m) is inconvenient in the city and in parking lots, driving the Ioniq 5 is especially pleasant. The damping perfectly compensates for the extra weight and large diameter discs, guaranteeing a very good level of comfort. This good traveler also has good soundproofing at high speeds, making motorway trips a pleasure. On a minor road, the body almost does not roll and follows the indicated trajectories correctly.

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