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2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5 detailed: New electric alternative to Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Mazda CX-5 best-sellers goes all out

The Ioniq 5 mid-size SUV is the first model to be based on Hyundai’s new E-GMP platform.

Hyundai has revealed its latest all-electric vehicle, the retro-style Ioniq 5 mid-size SUV, which is due in Australian showrooms in the third quarter of this year as the zero-tailpipe-emissions alternative to the best-selling Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Mazda CX-5.

Based on Hyundai’s new E-GMP platform, the Ioniq 5 can be had with one or two electric motors with rear-wheel drive (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) respectively. It’s also offered with the choice of a 58kWh or a 72.6kWh battery.

The higher-performing AWD-72.6kWh combination produces up to 225kW of power and 605Nm of torque, enabling it to sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in just 5.2 seconds.

The AWD-58kWh, RWD-72.6KWh and RWD-58kWh configurations develop 173kW/605Nm, 160kW/350Nm and 125kW/350Nm and hit triple digits in 6.1s, 7.4s and 8.5s respectively. Braked towing capacity is up to 1600kg.

Meanwhile, the longer-lasting RWD-72.6kWh pairing has a driving range of 470-480km, according to the more realistic WLTP standard’s combined-cycle test. Claimed mileage for the other three variants hasn’t been released yet.

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Thanks to its 800V architecture, the Ioniq 5 can charge its battery from 10 to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes when using a 350kW DC fast charger. In fact, a five-minute charge will add back 100km of driving range. A solar roof can be optioned for on-the-move charging.

The Ioniq 5 also has Vehicle to Load (V2L) technology that allows it to act as a general power supply (up to 3.6kW) while out and about, such as camping. Two such charging ports are available, with one under the rear bench and the other next to the battery’s charging port.

Measuring 4635mm long (with a 3000mm wheelbase), 1890mm wide and 1605mm tall, the Ioniq 5 is longer and wider but shorter than Hyundai’s other new mid-size SUV, the Tucson.

That said, the Ioniq 5 and Tucson look quite different, with the former based on the 2019 Frankfurt motor show’s 45 concept, which paid tribute to Hyundai’s first production vehicle, the Pony.

Nonetheless, the angular exterior is in keeping with Hyundai’s latest design language, with it headlined by 20-inch alloy wheels, pop-out door handles and Parametric Pixel headlights, daytime running lights and tail-lights, which are distinctive due to their blocky forms.

Inside, the Ioniq 5 reveals itself as a technological tour de force, with a central 12.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system adjacent to a 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster. Better yet, an augmented reality (AR) head-up display is also on hand.

Other equipment includes smartphone connectivity, an eight-speaker Bose sound system, a heated steering wheel and power-adjustable front seats with extendable calf-rests plus heating and cooling.

Then there’s the Universal Island, which takes advantage of the flat floor by having a centre console (with two cupholders, two USB-A ports and a wireless smartphone charger) that can move between the first and second rows to allow occupants to enter/exit from either side.

True to its environmentally conscious outlook, the Ioniq 5 makes use of not only nature-inspired colours, but also eco-friendly materials, with recycled PET bottles, plant-based and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts, and bio paint with plant extracts used across its seats, armrests, door trims, headliner and floor.

Also of note, the boot’s cargo capacity is 531L, although it can be increased to 1591L by stowing the 60/40 split-fold rear bench, which can slide forward up to 135mm. That said, an additional 57L (RWD) or 24L (AWD) of storage space is located in the froot (or frunk).

Finally, advanced driver-assist systems in the Ioniq 5 include front autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with intersection assist, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keep and steering assist (including emergency), adaptive cruise control, speed limit recognition, driver attention warning, high-beam assist, active blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, Safe Exit Assist, remote park assist, rear AEB and surround-view cameras.