Hyundai Ioniq 5, the electrical test with solar panels on the roof

Hyundai Ioniq 5, the electrical test with solar panels on the roof

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The full electric Korean crossover can also charge other external battery powered devices, such as e-bikes

The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 looks like nothing. The lines that tell her silhouette have never been drawn before. A metallic design that combines geometric shapes, especially under the hood line, with minimal visual noise. Its appearance is so out of the ordinary that Ioniq 5 seems to belong to another generation. We tried it for 48 hours from the mountainous hinterland of Valencia to the white beaches of the Saler near the natural park of l'Albufera.

Electric performance

The version of Hyundai Ioniq 5 under test is the 225 kilowatt one with a 72.5 kilowatt hour battery. A torque of 605 newtons per meter that pushes this large 2540 kilogram crossover to cover 0-100 kilometers per hour in 5.2 seconds with a speed limited to 185 kilometers per hour. Its range varies from 460 to 430 WLTP kilometers depending on whether you mount 19 or 20 inch rims.

Hyundai Ioniq 5's battery pack Its strong point is its 800 volt charging capacity. In the presence of a super fast 350 kilowatt column, it is therefore possible to recharge from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. Otherwise, it can reach 100 kilometers of range in less than 5 minutes.

The second interesting aspect of this platform is the Vehicle to Load or V2L function which allows customers to charge electrical devices such as bicycles, scooters or camping using the vehicle's battery through a specific adapter. The V2L function can provide up to 3.6 kilowatts of power, enough to run a mid-sized air conditioner and 55-inch television for up to 24 hours. Inside, under the rear seats of the car there is a 220 volt socket for charging laptops and other gadgets.

The green sense of Ioniq 5

Its 4 meters and 63 centimeters rightly place it in the D segment, but its 3-meter wheelbase gives passengers an immense space. The version with the light interior, which for now will not be marketed in Europe, looks even bigger. Hyundai called it Smart Living Space. Equipped with two fully reclining front seats with support for the legs and a sliding bench seat in the second row. There are two cargo spaces: the 57-liter front frunk and the 527-liter boot that becomes 1587 with the seats folded down.

The 527-liter boot Hyundai Ioniq 5 The interior respects the green soul of the BEVs ( Battery Electric Vehicle). The seat covers and door armrests are made with fibers derived from the processing of plastic bottles, wool or recycled leather. The polyurethane paint applied to the Ioniq 5 doors is derived from vegetable oil. While the door trim panels are in ducklings. It is a new recycled material for the automotive industry with the tactile sensation of paper. Finally, the mats are made using Econyl, a regenerated nylon yarn obtained from the recovery of fishing nets and marine litter.

In the driver's seat

The guide is high, almost sport utility, although Ioniq 5 can fit this category. In your hands the multifunction steering wheel from which you can activate all the assistants and the different driving modes. Immediately behind, the two paddles to increase (left) or decrease (right) the brake force when the pedal is released and the travel direction lever.

Above a large board with the two 12-inch displays: the the first dedicated to information related to driving and autonomy, the second to infotainment. Below, together with the start, a series of physical buttons for controlling the volume of the speakers, maps, the navigator, a function of your choice and the parking function. A little further down are the bright icons of the climate.

Special mention to the pixelated daytime running lights

The light design is an important pawn in the game Hyundai is playing with its electric, plug-in rivals or combustion. One of the elements that most characterizes the appearance of the New Ioniq 5 are the daytime headlights with their spectacular pixel effect. This light signature is also present in the rear stops and makes this large crossover recognizable even at night.

The solar panel still does not convince

Ioniq 5 can also be equipped with an optional solar roof of the weight of 24 kilograms. This improves energy efficiency by providing an additional power source. It can prevent battery depletion and extends the range by over 1500 kilometers per year, depending on the local sun exposure in which the customer lives. They are just over 4 kilometers a day. Its weight, however, at the top of the car, seems to us to significantly shift the center of gravity of the car upwards, making driving quite soft, especially in curves and counter-curves.

The solar panel roof of Hyundai Ioniq 5

The list of Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5 is offered with two battery packs: 58 kilowatt hours and 125 or 173 kilowatts of power or 72.6 kilowatt hours with 160 or 225 kilowatts. The traction can be 2 or 4 wheel drive. The turnkey price list starts at € 44,750 for the Progress version with a 58 kilowatt hour battery. It reaches 60,250 for the Evolution version and a 72.6 kilowatt-hour four-wheel drive battery. Currently on the Hyundai Click to Buy ecommerce, Ioniq 5 is offered starting from € 34,250 in 37 installments of € 299 per month, with state Ecobonus. Advance payment of 4,750 and guaranteed future value of 21,480 euros.

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