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Published on February 23rd, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


Meet The IONIQ 5 By Hyundai

Hyundai starts its new IONIQ brand up with the IONIQ 5, a hatchback based on their 45 Concept.

Just about every mainstream car brand is making the transition into electric vehicles. Hyundai Motor Group seems to be taking several approaches. Last month, we saw their Kia Motor arm rebrand as ‘Kia’ in order to address these changes. On the Hyundai side of things, they’re splitting IONIQ name up to become a standalone brand to represent more cutting edge technology.

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Now we’re getting a look at IONIQ’s first product, the IONIQ 5. This car is quite clearly a production version of the Hyundai 45 Concept shown in August 2019.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 top down

About the IONIQ 5

Chassis & Powertrain

Underpinning this all-new electric vehicle is the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). E-GMP enables ultra fast charging (400V and 800V) and vehicle-to-load (VTL), so the car should be able to power appliances with up to 3.6kW of output available.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 Press Photo IONITY Charging

Using a 350-kW charger, the IONIQ 5 can charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. A 5 minute charge would give it about 100km of range.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 charging port

For the IONIQ 5, there are:

  • Two battery pack options:
    • 58 kWh
    • 72.6 kWh
  • Two motor layouts:
    • rear motor only (RWD)
    • front and rear motors (AWD)

In its best configuration, the IONIQ 5 can deliver a top speed of 185km/h, a combined power output of 225kwh (301.5 PS) and 605Nm of torque, and complete the century sprint in 5.2 seconds. It has a maximum driving range of 480km.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 rear 3 quarters

Design of the IONIQ 5

Layout and Size

The design of the IONIQ 5 may be a little puzzling to some. At first glance, it may look like a 5-door hatchback. In reality, this thing is more akin to a crossover, and a rather large one at that.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 side profile

Just take a look at its dimensions:


  • Wheelbase: 3,000 mm
  • Length: 4,635 mm
  • Width: 1,890 mm
  • Height: 1,605 mm
  • Boot/trunk space: 531 l / 1591 l
  • Front trunk: 57 l (2WD) or 24 l (AWD)

The 3 metre long wheelbase is truly something else. While it’s not quite as large as an SUV like the Hyundai Palisade (4.98m long x 1.975m wide), it has a longer wheelbase (2.9m). This is mostly due to the way the powertrain and battery components are packaged in the E-GMP. The downside of this electric chassis is that boot space is hugely affected by the AWD option.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 front seats reclining


As mentioned above, the design was derived from the Hyundai 45 concept. It’s a futuristic monobloc look with minimal panel gaps and sharp, angular lines. Parametric Pixel lights further push the Parametric Jewel design themes that Hyundai have been pushing on recent models.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 side exterior

8 exterior colours are available at launch:

  • Gravity Gold Matte
  • Shooting-Star Gray Matte
  • Digital Teal-Green Pearl
  • Lucid Blue Pearl
  • Atlas White
  • Galactic Gray Metallic
  • Cyber Gray Metallic
  • Phantom Black Pearl
Hyundai IONIQ 5 exterior rear


The IONIQ 5 emphasises sustainability and interesting new concepts inside. Here are some innovations and features it brings:

  • Universal Island moveable console with 15 W wireless charing and USB ports
  • Gear Selector behind the steering wheel
  • ‘Vision Roof’ panoramic glass roof
  • Jong-e Graphic User Interface on the infotainment system
  • 3 interior colour choices:
    • Obsidian Black
    • Dark Pebble Gray/Dove Gray
    • Dark Teal/Dove Gray

Some of the sustainable materials used to make the IONIQ 5 include:

  • recycled PET bottles
  • plant-based yarns
  • natural wool yarns
  • eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts
  • bio paint with plant extracts
Hyundai IONIQ 5 cabin

IONIQ 5 High Tech Features

Obviously, the Hyundai Motor Group are throwing the best features they have at the IONIQ 5. This includes:

  • Highway Driving Assist 2
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
    • Junction Turning
    • Junction Crossing
    • Lane-Changing Oncoming
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Assist
  • High Beam Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Blind Spot View Monitor
  • Safe Exit Assist
  • Remote Smart Parking Assist
  • Surround View Monitor
  • Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist

The IONIQ 5 also features an optional solar roof, which helps keep the battery charged. The IONIQ 5 is set to debut in markets like Europe fairly soon. It will be followed up with a sedan called the IONIQ 6 and a larger SUV called the IONIQ 7.

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