Hyundai Ionic 5 dual propulsion: so great, and a little redundant
When it comes to electric family cars, as of today there is nothing that can threaten the Hyundai Ionic 5 in terms of usability.
In the dual-propulsion version it also puts performance into the equation and increases accordingly
Friday, 13 May 2022, 12:09 Updated: 14:40
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They really made an effort not to look like anything else (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
"What is it, it doesn't look like a Hyundai at all" the guy who looked at the Ionic 5 told me for a long time.
And there are so many things folded into these three sentences we exchanged, about electric cars, about Hyundai, about the Ionic 5.
In the dilemma of the manufacturer approaching this story of an electric car there are several options, to make it "normal" looking, easy to digest and public acceptance sometimes it also stems from relying on a regular model (like the MG ZS for example) to go on the intermediate path of a bit similar and a bit different as in the case Of the AIWAYS or go for a completely different one - like the Ionic 5. And Hyundai went for the most different, an inflated, angled hatchback that looks like nothing else on the road.
It does not matter at all if the design pleases someone, her job was to declare in advance that she is completely different and she succeeds.
I have a theory that the wink to its square eighties lines is really not accidental and aimed at the 40-year-old shoppers who grew up in this decade (and also because if you're a little drunk and see its silhouette then it's similar to the Lancia Delta).
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Material quality, assembly and excellent human engineering (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
And it also has an excellent cabin.
The types of materials, their quality, its ingenious storage solutions, the physical space and in terms of feel, human engineering, the operation of vehicle systems combined with physical controls and the touch screen.
Then its rear seat with space that is not only rare on the orders of magnitude of family and family vehicles plus, but deep in the worlds of luxury cars.
And with all that size, the trunk is actually a little less impressive than you might think.
It has 531 liters which sounds quite a bit and is deep but its problem is with the claim threshold a bit high and mostly the limitation of the roll cover which makes it relatively limited.
Its operation tries to be as similar as possible to a regular car (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
The dual-propulsion version tested comes in the elite-only trim level, the highest in the Ionic 5's offering. That means lots of comfort equipment, just about everything you know and then a few more things you never thought of For the rear seats and front ventilation, lots of USB sockets and even a footrest for the front seat in case you stop charging and want to catch a little nap in the process.
Also a full list of safety equipment plus peripheral cameras and sensors around the car, all known driving assistance systems and also a few less common ones such as cross-traffic detection at the intersection, automatic braking in cross-traffic detection and projection of the car wall on the dashboard with turn signal, which is quite what makes a Fiat side mirror Ono 1991, but really looks good.
Extraordinary space in the back (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
It is completely different from the standard Ionic 5 in what you do not see.
While the other versions come with a single electric motor that feeds the rear wheels at 217 hp, the tested crude has two motors that create dual propulsion and 305 hp, but that's just part of the story, because it also has 61.7 kg, which is Lots, lots and lots?
And that translates to how she travels.
The departures are decisive, the accelerations are determined and the response is immediate.
The differences are felt more in turns than in 5.2 seconds acceleration from the spot.
It's not that it has more grip than the rear-wheel drive version, but it's definitely faster due to the dual propulsion and its ability to lower the power to the road much more effectively.
The steering is direct and precise, the response to entry to turns is excellent and the brake calibration is precise in the ratio between supporting its 2 tons and providing roll angles that allow weight transfers.
There are those who will find this softness and roll angles as a deterrent to dynamic driving, but as long as it does not become something that undermines the stability of a car, in my opinion it is actually a bonus, I like such cars because it allows better feedback on the level of proximity to limits and also shake it a bit Into a turn and get small slips of the back.
We came to enjoy not setting coffee times.
The volume is fine, the height is problematic (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
When mountain roads are not sharpened with great pleasure, it returns to being a very pleasant car for administrative driving as well.
The view out is very good, the seating position is excellent, the generous seats also support very long seating sections and even the light shades of the cabin contribute something to the relaxed atmosphere.
The ride comfort is good considering these silly tires in a 45-inch section on a 20-inch rim.
Only large waves of asphalt at medium speeds caused it to sway a little too much.
Still in the realm of everyday use, the place where the Ionic 5 pays a price for its size is in urban maneuvers.
It takes time to calibrate your head that this is not a small car at all, and that comes at a price in crowded maneuvers and in finding parking spaces that will populate it without the risk of finding it scarred from the doors of nearby cars.
Very different, still a rare sight on the roads (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
The price of all the size and performance and more engine up front is reflected in the power consumption, i.e. - in the range.
If you go for the powerful version because it has the best performance you should know, when driven violently and under load it will do 3.7 km per kWh and will have difficulty reaching 300 km. On the other hand, in conscious driving, relaxed in all-day conditions Traffic jams and urban travel I was able to record 5.6 km per kWh which is worth 410 km which is really really close to the declared 430 kilometers - an amazing figure.
In the weighting of the test, consumption stabilized at 4.92 km / h, which is equivalent to 350 km of combined driving in demanding and administrative sections.
One of the things that makes the Ionic 5 unique in this field of trams is its ability to support fast charging of up to 350 kilowatts, not that there are such chargers in the country at the moment, but that means it handles this whole story of fast charging from positions that support it easily.
At Afcon's 175 kilowatt stand, we reached 36% to 100% in 38 minutes, barely time for the ceremony of a portion of chickpea-soda and coffee.
In the dark, the pixel lighting is mesmerizing (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
A second before the summary, and since there will always be the snooze, or just the one who does not understand and will ask "how is she in front of Tesla Model 3?"
So let's be clear - it is not in front of Tesla Model 3. The Ionic 5 is a large and elevated family hatchback, offering electric propulsion in operation as close as possible to a normal car, the Model 3 is a sports sedan with reasonable spacing, road behavior much sharper and its operation as far from a car as possible Normal.
To compare them is to ask someone to compare Neapolitan pizza and noodles, it has nothing to do with quality, it has to do with what the customer needs / wants / prefers.
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In the world of electric cars there are some that are good electric, but cars are not something, there are some that are good cars, but electric like this.
Few are both - Ionic 5 is in this small group.
It is there because it is an excellent cracking of a car with almost perfect scores in a mix of usability, human engineering, comfort, demeanor and performance.
The problem is that it does all this in the rear-wheel drive version no less well, plus a better range minus 22,000 shekels than the 239,000 shekels of this version.
So it's true that this is a gap that is "reduced" to a few hundred shekels a month in the financing culture of buying a new car, but no matter how the cake is sliced, its size does not change.
Which means that as good as the Ionic 5 may be in this version, it is aimed at a very narrow segment of customers who will want it due to the superior performance or that they must buy the best.
And to sum it up in a sentence: if you chose this version - you made a great choice, if you went for the rear-wheel drive - you did not lose much.
The expectation of the next cars in the Ionic family is skyrocketing (Photo: Keinan Cohen)
On the technical side: Hyundai Ionic 5 dual propulsion
electric, two motors, dual
automatic Single ratio
Width ( Cm):
185 km / h
Range (declared) :
Today: Skoda Aniac, soon: Toyota BZ4X, Volkswagen ID5
239 thousand shekels