Premium Hyundai electric car set to launch in the UK later in 2021
The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a mid-size pure electric car set to launch in the UK by mid-2021.
Boasting modern retro styling inspired by Hyundai’s first car, the 1970s Pony, the new Ioniq 5 aims to take on both established premium car makers, and Tesla: it is a direct rival to the strong-selling Telsa Model 3.
The Ioniq 5 will offer two battery options, a 58 kWh option and a larger 72.6 kWh battery. It will also come in standard rear-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel drive guise.
Maximum range with the largest battery is almost 300 miles – and in top-spec dual-motor form, total system power of 300hp delivers 0-62mph in just 5.2 seconds.
The Ioniq 5 is similar in size to the Tesla Model 3. It has a particularly long three-metre wheelbase, which Hyundai says gives excellent interior space, plus a large boot – with an additional 57-litre compartment in the front.
Electric seats are modelled on aircraft chairs and fully recline; there is a movable centre console plus plenty of power sockets.
A novel feature is the ability for electric devices to be charged by the car itself. There is even an additional port on the outside which can be used to power camping equipment or charge electric bicycles.
The premium interior, like the exterior, has a minimalist look. Many of the premium materials are made from recycled plastics.
The dashboard comprises two widescreen 12.0-inch displays, and the Ioniq 5 is fully-connected with the latest Hyundai Bluelink connected car services. Rather than regular sat nav, the car boasts cloud-based Connected Routing, which can even show real-time public charge point location and availability.
An augmented reality head-up display helps make sat nav directions easier to follow.
Despite looking so futuristic, the Ioniq 5 will be in showrooms sooner than you may think: the company is promising a mid-2021 launch. Prices haven’t been confirmed but are likely to start from around £45,000 – or, similar to a Tesla Model 3.