So they did it! After decades of fiercely chasing the competition, Hyundai has picked up such a dizzying pace that it has not held back and overtaken them – and now others will have to catch up. A great example of this progress is the electric Ioniq 5, which squeezed the maximum out of the advantages of the new drive.

For its new generation of electric cars, Hyundai has developed a skateboard-type modular platform (batteries in the floor, electric motors directly on the axles) creating a lot of interior space even on a relatively compact footprint – the Ioniq 5 is only a little longer than the Tuscon, while inside there is more room for the crew crew than the Santa Fe.

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Advanced technology hides under the futuristic bodywork.

Its airy concept is also innovative – the dashboard is compact, it does without a large central console and there is no central tunnel separating the crew from each other. It’s not just a sensory advantage, but if you find a huge puddle in front of the driver’s door after a storm, you don’t have to get your shoes wet, but you can easily get in over the passenger seat and easily slip behind the wheel even without gymnastic training. There is also a flat floor at the back, which makes the rear seats (which, by the way, slide 135 mm and fold 60:40) even cozier and more usable.

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There’s plenty of digital technology hidden in the airy cabin – but it’s as easily accessible as the entire interior.

The trunk has a solid 527 liters (or 497 liters with the subwoofer; by folding down the backrests you can create a space with a volume of almost 1,600 liters), to which you can add space for cables under the front hood, and another liter is added by a handy pull-out drawer in front of the passenger (Why don’t all cars have?!) or a space in the console with an armrest and an integrated cup holder and inductive charging for the phone (so it’s nice to have at hand). The imaginary icing on the cake is that you can fold the driver’s seat almost into a lie-down position, so waiting at the charger will go by faster…

Digital mirrors yes or no?

Hyundai presents the most usable implementation of digital rear-view mirrors yet. Their biggest advantage, apart from slightly extending the range (by about 5%), is better visibility at night, when they light up the surroundings a bit, so you can see not only the dots of lights from the cars, but also the contours. Hyundai integrated their screens better into the driver’s field of vision, so you get used to them more easily, and thanks to the optics and auxiliary lines, you get a better idea when changing lanes. On the other hand, when parking while reversing, the mirrors complicate the situation slightly, because the flat image on the display deprives you of perspective and worsens spatial orientation.

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The displays are in a pretty good place and are quite large, they also bring better visibility. On the other hand, they complicate the perception of space.

So is it worth the extra cost? Hyundai offers them for the Ioniq 5 in a package together with some driving assistants (highway driving assistant HDA 2.0, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, left turn warning and parking and blind spot monitoring), a 360° camera system and remote-controlled parking assistant (that is, with systems that eliminate their risks) at a price of 70,000, which makes a lot of sense. For the Ioniq 6, you can buy them separately for 40,000, and we would probably hesitate here. Their biggest benefit so far is still that you can brag to your friends…

The question is whether it will even make sense for the moment. The E-GMP platform works with 800 volt voltage (while most competitors stick to simpler 400 V technology) enabling really high-speed charging with a power of up to 230 kW. If you find a fast enough charger, an efficient charge (10-80%) takes only 18 minutes, and just 5 minutes on the cable will give you 111 kilometers of range.

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Ioniq 5 has energy in the battery to give away, you can easily charge other electrical appliances with it – laptops, grills, electric bikes…

Another gadget is the V2L system, i.e. the possibility to supply other appliances with electricity from the traction battery. In addition to the USB connectors, there is also a regular 230V socket in the interior (an additional connector can be obtained by connecting the adapter to the car’s external charging dock), to which you can safely connect a laptop, a kettle or a grill, or charge an e-bike.

A versatile car

On the tested Ooniq, Hyundai shows that modern electric cars are normally usable cars. All versions of the Ioniq 5 are factory-prepared for a towing device, which you can have fitted for 15,000 (or have a retractable one installed instead of a removable one for 32,000) – so whether you drive a small trailer on a cottage or need to tow a caravan, the Ioniq he will have no problem with that (stronger versions can pull 1,600 kg in the case of a braked and 750 kg in the case of an unbraked trailer). You can also mount a carrier on the roof and throw bikes, a coffin or even a tent on it – the roof can hold up to 80 kg, the static load of the towing device is then 100 kg.

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Even an electric car can have towing and other accessories that make it a truly versatile car.

But you are certainly much more interested in the battery, how many kilometers you can drive on it. You can have the Ioniq 5 with a battery with a usable capacity of 58 kW (only as a rear-wheel drive with a 170 hp electric motor) allowing a range of up to 384 km, but most customers will certainly reach for a larger 77 kWh battery offering a range of up to 500 kilometers – depending on the drive configuration and the size of the wheels.

In addition to the economical (but still quite nimble) rear-wheel drive variant with one electric motor (229 hp and 350 Nm), you can also have a two-motor four-wheeler producing 325 hp and 605 Nm, which can not only drive nicely (hundreds from a standstill in 5.1 s), but also also gives you more confidence on the water, during autumn sleet or in the snow in winter.

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Pixel lights are a typical distinguishing feature of the electric Ioniq models.

The typical quiet and smooth driving performance of an electric car is supported by undemanding steering and a softly tuned chassis that only sways gently on bumps and gives you comfort (if you want a sportier driving experience, take the Ioniq 6 instead). So you can feel pleasantly relaxed behind the wheel (also thanks to the support of sophisticated driving assistants), you can recline in comfortable seats (with heating and ventilation) and you feel like you are driving in a luxury limousine from a German premium brand, and not like a Korean consumer car .

So you can feel for yourself how huge a leap forward Hyundai has made in recent years. In addition, they wrapped a technically advanced, spatially cleverly arranged car with a beautifully crafted interior in a body with shapes that take your breath away and make people on the street turn their heads – and if you don’t like the edges of the Ioniq 5, the rounder Ioniq 6 might suit you better, you just have a choice.

The basic version of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (battery 58 kWh, power 170 hp, Smart equipment) can be purchased for as little as CZK 1,169,990, the version with a larger battery (77 kWh) costs CZK 1,339,990 in the rear-wheel drive variant (229 hp, Smart equipment) ), or CZK 1,579,990 with four-wheel drive (325 hp and higher Style equipment).

Motor 2x synchronous electric motor with permanent magnets
Performance 239 kW (325 hp)
Torque 605 Nm
Transmission permanent reduction gear
Tree all four wheels
Standby weight 2 120 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 5,1
Maximal speed 185 km/h
Arrival 481 km
Battery capacity 77,4 kWh
Charging AC up to 11 kW, DC up to 230 kW
Wheels and tires 235/55 R19
Dimensions (length/width/height) 4 635/1 890/1 605 mm
Wheelbase 3 000 mm
Volume of the luggage compartment 527 l