Hyundai’s new mid-size SUV has debuted after a lengthy teaser campaign, with a new platform, up to 480km of range, 1970s styling and a comfort-oriented cabin.
The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 has been officially unveiled, ahead of its Australian launch in the third quarter of 2021 (July to September).
An all-electric mid-size SUV built to rival the Volkswagen ID.4 and upcoming Toyota ‘BZ’, the Ioniq 5 is both the first model from Hyundai‘s new Ioniq electric vehicle (EV) sub-brand, and is the first vehicle to ride on Hyundai, Kia and Genesis‘ E-GMP electric-only modular platform.
For a full breakdown of everything Korea’s latest electric car has to offer, check out each section and subheading below.
2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric powertrain specs
Two battery sizes will be offered – a 58kWh (net) ‘Standard Range’ unit, and a larger 72.6kWh ‘Long Range’ pack – paired with a choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive.
Rear-drive Standard Range models claim power and torque outputs of 125kW and 350Nm respectively, and cover 0-100km/h in 8.5 seconds, while all-wheel-drive (AWD) cars with the same battery up outputs and cut acceleration to 173kW/605Nm and 6.1 seconds respectively.
The quickest model in the range is the Long Range AWD, which develops 225kW and 605Nm from a pair of electric motors, enabling a 5.2-second dash from 0-100km/h – making the flagship Ioniq 5 the brand’s quickest model, given the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch can only manage a 5.9-second dash across the benchmark sprint.
Road-trip loving buyers should opt for the rear-drive Long Range 2WD, which claims a maximum driving range of 470 to 480 kilometres on Europe’s WLTP test cycle – the longest of the line-up. Driving range figures for the other three variants have yet to be announced.
All models claim a top speed of 185km/h.
A perk of the new E-GMP platform is support for both 400-volt and 800-volt charging infrastructure, with Hyundai claiming the patented ‘multi-charging system’ that allows both voltages to be supported is a world first.
Plug the Ioniq 5 into a 350kW DC fast-charger – the fastest and most powerful currently available in Australia and around the globe – and you’ll be able to recharge the battery from 10 to 80 per cent in 18 minutes, with a five-minute stint on the charger adding up to 100km of WLTP range.
That 10 to 80 per cent figure makes Hyundai’s new SUV one of the fastest-charging electric vehicles on the market, on par with the 22.5-minute time claimed for a 5 to 80 per cent charge by the Porsche Taycan sedan.
A vehicle-to-load (V2L) system is on offer, allowing owners to charge bicycles, scooters, camping equipment, TVs and other electrical devices directly from the car’s lithium-ion battery at up to 3.6kW, thanks to ports under the rear seats and behind the exterior charging flap.
2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 exterior design
Visually, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is directly inspired by the Hyundai 45 EV concept showcased at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, with a retro-inspired design inspired by the Korean brand’s first passenger car, the 1970s Pony.
Up front, a black ‘grille’ strip is flanked by ‘Parametric Pixel’ LED headlights – with the lights’ rectangular signatures unique to the Ioniq 5 – and joined by Hyundai’s first clamshell bonnet, intended to optimise aerodynamics and maximise range.
Along the side, the concept’s ‘folded’ surfacing has been retained, with a sharp crease running diagonally across the doors. It’s joined by a set of pop-out ‘flush’ door handles and a quartet of aero-style alloy wheels measuring up to 20 inches in diameter.
At the rear, the pixel-like LED lighting theme continues, with four rectangular tail-light signatures sitting in pairs on either side of an ‘IONIQ 5’ badge.
Nine exterior colours are available, comprising the Gravity Gold Matte hero colour (pictured), Shooting Star Grey Matte, Digital Teal Green Pearl, Mystic Olive Green Pearl, Lucid Blue Pearl, Atlas White, Galactic Grey Metallic, Cyber Grey Metallic and Phantom Black Pearl.
2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior
Inside, the Ioniq 5 debuts an all-new interior for the Korean brand, combining futuristic screens with comfort-focused seats and surfaces in what the brand refers to as a ‘Living Space’.
A pair of 12-inch displays (for infotainment and instruments) are integrated into a tablet-style panel on the dashboard, with the infotainment touchscreen the first model to use a new “Jong-e Graphic User Interface” which reportedly offers “various interior ambience settings, such as soft, delicate and exuberant”.
Sitting in the centre of the cabin is a new ‘Universal Island’ movable centre console, which can slide back and forth by up to 140mm to allow passengers to pass through the front cabin and enter/exit the vehicle on either side when in tight parking spaces.
Front seat passengers sit in new electrically-adjustable, heated comfort seats, which recline to the “optimum angle” for a “weightless feeling”. The front pews are also said to be up to 30 per cent thinner than those fitted to other Hyundai vehicles, increasing legroom for rear seat passengers.
On the subject of the second row, the aforementioned centre console provides access to cup holders, a 15-watt wireless smartphone charger, and multiple USB ports for the three rear-seat occupants.
Sustainable materials adorn the seats, headlining, floor, door trims and armrests, with eco-friendly materials used by Hyundai including recycled PET bottles, plant-based and natural wool yarns, artificial leather and “bio paint”, the latter pair including “plant-based extracts”.
A Tesla-style glass roof – comprising a single glass panel with no support beams – is available, as is a solar roof capable of collecting energy from the sun and storing it in the battery pack, preventing battery discharge when parked and providing a driving range boost.
Three interior colour choices – Obsidian Black, Dark Pebble Grey/Dove Grey, and Dark Teal/Dove Grey – are available, as are comfort and convenience features including an augmented-reality head-up display, an eight-speaker Bose sound system and a heated steering wheel.
2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 practicality
Measuring in 4635mm long, 1890mm wide and 1605mm tall, with a 3000mm wheelbase, the Ioniq 5 is 5mm longer and 15mm wider than the new long-wheelbase, petrol-powered, mid-size Tucson SUV, yet is 65mm lower in overall height.
Its wheelbase is 100mm longer than that of Hyundai’s largest SUV, the Palisade – testament to how far the wheels have been pushed to the corners of the car. Hyundai claims the new EV offers large sedan levels of space, despite its mid-size SUV package.
Boot space is rated at 531 litres with the second row in place, expanding to 1591 litres with the seats folded.
Practicality is aided by an additional 57-litre storage area underneath the bonnet (where a combustion engine would usually live) and a 60:40 split for the rear seats, which can also slide forward by up to 135mm.
2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 safety technology
A full suite of ‘SmartSense’ driver assistance technologies are available, led by Highway Driving Assist 2, which uses a front camera, sensors and navigation data to accelerate, brake and centre the vehicle in its lane on a freeway, while “assisting” the driver when changing lanes.
There’s also autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection and support for intersections, low-speed reverse AEB, forward collision warning, intelligent speed limit assist, auto high-beam, driver attention monitoring, a 360-degree camera and Safe Exit Assist, which prevents the rear doors from being opened if an oncoming hazard is detected.
The blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems can both detect and brake for obstacles, while a Blind-Spot View Monitor system projects a rear-facing camera feed from the side mirrors into the instrument cluster when the driver activates an indicator to change lanes.
Remote Smart Parking Assist enables drivers to park their Ioniq 5 in both parallel and perpendicular spaces when standing outside the vehicle via a button on the key fob.
Hyundai’s Bluelink connected car services will also be available, employing a smartphone app to display the vehicle’s location, vehicle status information (such as whether windows are open or doors are unlocked), remotely start the car, activate climate control and heated seats before entering the vehicle, and more.
EV-specific features on the app include screens to monitor range, battery status and charging times, along with an ‘advanced battery management system’ allowing users to select a preferred window for charging times to fit their schedule or take advantage of cheaper off-peak electricity rates.
The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 will go on sale in Australia in the third quarter of 2021 (July to September inclusive), after launching in Korea and other markets in the first half of this year.
Local pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch.
The Ioniq 5 will be followed (in time) by the Ioniq 6, an electric sedan inspired by the Prophecy concept, and the Ioniq 7, a large electric SUV first teased at the Ioniq brand’s announcement in 2020.
2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV revealed: 480km range, plush interior for retro-styled EV