Hyundai Ioniq 5 front three-quarter

Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an EV hot hatch with serious style

Hyundai just dropped info and pics on its upcoming Ioniq 5 electric vehicle. The automaker calls it a crossover but we’re going with a hot hatch here because just look at this thing. Damn… this is a sharp one. Our only gripe on the outside would be that hard crease running diagonally across the doors. Please stop doing that Hyundai. Otherwise, this thing is a homerun.

The Ioniq 5 is going to lead the new Ioniq brand umbrella, which is focused on bringing battery-electric vehicles to market. And this is a great first step.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 side

The details

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a battery-electric vehicle with lines lifted from a future world where the Lancia Delta Integrale continues to evolve. Here though we have a Hyundai with a 3,000-mm wheelbase sitting on 20″ wheels and with the potential to run from 0-62 mph in just 5.2 seconds in its most powerful spec. The Ioniq 5 sits on Hyundai’s E-GMP or Electric-Global Modular Platform and makes use of either a 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh battery pack. There are also two motor and drive layouts, as the Ioniq 5 can be fitted with just a rear motor or both a front and rear setup. With the single-motor setup, the Ioniq 5 can deliver 218 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Jump to the double trouble though and you’re running with 306 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque. Word is that the single motor setup will be good for around 300 miles per charge, as well. But that’s according to European testing, which isn’t quite as strict as our EPA standards with regards to electric driving range.

More notable, I think, is that the Ioniq 5 will be ready to blitz at fast-charging stations. Hyundai have set the Ioniq 5 up to handle high-speed juice from 350 kW stations. That means you can get from 10% up to 80% in just 18 minutes. Per CNET, if you plugged in for 5 minutes, you could add 62 miles of range. You can also use the Ioniq 5 to charge other devices because it’s fitted with a bi-directional charging port and a power output of 3.6 kW.

On the inside

Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior

Hyundai promises lots of available space inside the Ioniq 5. The layout is sort of a lounge on wheels with rear seats that can slide back while the fronts recline and offer extendable leg rests. Behind the steering wheel sits a 12″ display and it’s connected to another 12″ display for the infotainment system. This cabin is both tech-forward and future minimalist at the same time, and it works well with the theme and overall style of the Ioniq 5.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior lounge

When and How Much?

Hyundai Ioniq 5 charging

It’s arriving sooner than you might think. Despite looking like a concept car, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 lands in certain markets very soon and then will be in North America sometime this fall. There’s no price yet but Hyundai has a habit of delivering great vehicles at prices that make good sense. We have to assume this will be more of the same. And we can’t wait to drive the dang thing. In the meantime, here’s what one might look like with inspiration taken from the i20 WRC car…

Hyundai Ioniq 5 wrc

More Pics

Hyundai Ioniq 5 above

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front

Hyundai Ioniq 5 side

Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior

Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior lounge

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front three-quarter

Hyundai Ioniq 5 front

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear static

Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior lounge

Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear

Hyundai Ioniq 5 side

Hyundai Ioniq 5 FRONT

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6 responses to “Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an EV hot hatch with serious style”

  1. Maymar Avatar

    I like a Hyundai now. I don’t know how to feel about this.

    Also, GM should really, really be taking notes. The Bolt is a good car, but I don’t think even the EUV will have mainstream appeal the way this might.

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    No secret anymore that I have morphed into a fully grown Hyundai-cheerleader, and this is pretty perfect, seen with my eyes. An 800V battery and these insane charging rates are super impressive – we’re getting very close to the convenience of fossil fuels now. But I wholeheartedly agree with you guys, the crease on the side messes with a wonderfully clean and elegant design. Hyundai says the Ioniq 5 should evoke their first Pony; I see more of a Lancia Delta. Same designer anyway.

  3. Zentropy Avatar

    Other than that unfortunate diagonal side crease, this is an impressive design. Given that it’s RWD, consider me interested.

  4. Tiller188 Avatar

    Looks very Audi. Or more specifically, it looks like what a new Audi would look like if they decided to reach back and pull a little 80s-era, Ur-Quattro inspiration into the mix. Good things, both, if they would just ditch the fussy “extra” details, most egregiously the giant slash on either side but also the excess strakes on the fender trim and lower sills. Not sure what to think about what looks like a waterfall-grille-ish texture on the brightwork chevron below the front grille/light bar.

  5. TexMarc Avatar

    I’m not sure how these will be practical in the western states for several reasons. A gasoline refuel takes about 5-7 minutes, costs $20-30,(pre-Biden admin), is available virtually everywhere, and gives a driving range of up to 300 or more miles. It isn’t uncommon to do a day trip of 200 miles to the city, drive to multiple locations, and return home that evening…on your own schedule in an auto that costs well under to price of an EV. Until an EV maker can meet these criteria, EVs will remain a wealthy person’s toy to impress the common folks around town.

    1. Salguod Avatar

      I imagine that refueling will evolve, eventually. On your example trip, it’s likely that several of your stops will have charging stations in the lot. So, while you shop or have lunch, you charge the car. Perhaps a bit of coordination to make sure that you are topped off before you head home, but not terribly inconvenient.