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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 broke the ceiling with its reception. The launch vehicle was presented at Auto Expo 2023, and it has stirred quite a frenzy in the auto sector for all good reasons.
First, the company’s EV is based on an electric platform, e-GMP. It has mesmerized everyone with KT’s cool tech, style sheet, and unique features.
What is more impressive? They got almost 500 orders during its launch, and the total sales mark has crossed over 1000.
The sales figure is low because of cost parity. Priced at Rs 44.95 lakh, it can still make a dent in many pockets.
Hence, the question arises. Is it too much of a step forward or too radical? Just how well will it sync with the Indian EV buyer’s metrics? Especially if it is priced so high.
So, what is the frenzy behind the Hyundai Ioniq 5?
When you see the EV in pictures, it’s almost around the size of a large hatch. The profile, the stance, and the glass house have a hatch, too, complete with short overhangs and a compact form that looks small in pictures.
The EV is as wide as Mahindra’s XUV700 as long as it is built on a huge three-meter-long wheelbase. It’s more than an It’sedes E-Class.
The insides of the Ioniq 5’s cabin, if any, have been designed with even more of an ‘open mind’, with fresh ideas and new solutions implemented. And that’s exactly what we want from your modern EV.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is superbly designed. Right from its profile to its hatchback to its interiors, everything is built to give a comfortable feeling and superior experience.
Why do we say that? The Hyundai Ioniq 5 won the World Design of the Year in 2022.
The designers have given due thought to the space and made it efficient. A stiffened skateboard cradles pouch-type cells in a slim pack, with a drawer-like globe box and plenty of storage space in the center console, a pad on the right of the instrument panel to place fridge magnets, and a high-capacity Vehicle To Load function for hassle-free camping.
So much space in the car makes a road trip more exciting. Let’s look at the specifications and then make a decision on buying or not.
|6H 55 min 11 kW AC
|Emission Norm Compliance
Hyundai Ioniq 5 uses an 800 Volt system when it comes to recharging. An 11kW AC charger takes around 7 hours, and a 50kW DC charger can do 10-80 percent in 57 minutes. But if we increase the power to 350 kW, the same 72.6kWh battery can go from 10-80 percent in just 18 mins.
It’s an impressive feat, as most cars take an hour to charge. With higher power, you are good to go.
Hyundai Ioniq 5: ride, performance
When driving a wide car, you must pay attention to the width. But what comes as a shocker is just how well it rides.
The 20mm extra ground clearance gives it an extra dash of suppleness over rough patches and sharp ridges.
The weight control is more impressive, with almost no pitching and bobbing. Despite the long wheelbase, the EV held on its own over some very large speed breakers. It is also quite refined on highways with little road and wind noise.
It has a fair amount of verve during a roll on corners. But with nice and direct steering, it becomes quite manageable. It can also get tricky during the weight transfer due to raised suspension.
Even the brakes work smoothly. The pedal is natural to hit with a good amount of bite. Hyundai has even blended the braking via the electric generator and disc brakes.
Even the ‘Sport’ form gets full throttle when firmly tapped. It comes in handy when you want to overtake.
It can go from 0-100 kph in 7.6 seconds.
Normal mode is more relaxed but can be urgent enough at your convenience. Expect around 480-500 km in the real world, which depends on the driving style.
Hyundai Ioniq 5: verdict
The car is not one box, which fits all. But if you check your list, chances are it will score well in all the areas.
Right from its look, which gives off character to its cabin- well groomed and generously equipped cabin. It feels comfy and big. What sets it apart?
The refreshing new features in interiors. Also, the rounds of this impressive performance are that it even manages to ride comfortably and drive smoothly and effortlessly.
We agree that price is a pain point. But know what? Hyundai delivers its promise of being a comfortable, well-built, easy-to-drive EV. That is integrity and character with no compromise. Expect more than 1000 EVs on the road, as the car will surely appeal to many car enthusiasts.