World Car of the Year is an ode to electric innovation

The concept of a modern car is currently an electric car. However, there are characteristics that have not ceased to be important. Safety, comfort, economy, ease of use and, above all, longevity. In a simple way, we can add all these adjectives to the Hyundai IONIQ 5. This vehicle was considered the world car of 2022 and the 100% electric car of the year. To add to that title, its appearance won World Car Design of the Year.

With all the attributes, our essay has focused on the features that have not lost their importance. Is this electric really that good?

100% electric “Almost perfect”…

After more than 500 kilometers driven, our opinion is that it is an “almost” perfect car. Focusing on what we mentioned in the introduction, we see the Hyundai IONIQ 5 as a vehicle that can revolutionize the automotive sector. Hands on the steering wheel, foot on the gas and… let’s go!

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is the first model of a sub-brand developed by Hyundai to highlight its electric models. In addition to reflecting the beauty of electric innovation and being the first model to introduce the new E-GMP (Electrical Global Modular Platform), this new bet by the South Korean manufacturer “redefines the way people see electric cars”.

Despite its SUV look, it’s a distinctive and iconic crossover. Its advantages are well defined: space, technology and security.

Hyundai IONIQ 5: The electric car of the moment

He managed to “revolutionize the automotive sector” and catch the attention of anyone who meets him on the road. This 100% electric urban crossover has an elegant and futuristic design, the latter inspired by the Concept 45, with “clean lines and minimalist structures”. Along with that, it guarantees an impressive array of smart technologies.

Hyundai’s IONIQ 5 is a rear-wheel drive model that handles very well, mainly because of its low center of gravity. Its entire structure – 4.6 meters long, 1.9 meters wide, 1.6 meters high and three meters of wheelbase – guarantees a premium alignment: front and rear LED lights in the form of pixels and retractable handles. , right down to the bonnet-shaped hull, the sleek matte gray fender and the 19″ alloy wheels.

Along with its futuristic look, Hyundai has secured retro elements, including similarities to the Hyundai Pony.

Space, more space… lots of space

If the exterior already guarantees an appearance of excellence, the interior follows the same reasoning and aligns it with comfort and livability. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 has two 12.3-inch screens, integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems and a bezel with independent controls for electric climate control.

Furthermore, it includes a head view augmented reality that makes all relevant information available in the driver’s field of vision.

To make life easier for the driver, the IONIQ 5 incorporates Hyundai’s Bluelink technology, which allows the definition of routes and user profiles, as well as remote charging and navigation to the destination.

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The three meters that separate the axles guarantee the habitability normally found in large vehicles. However, Hyundai designers managed to bring it to the IONIQ 5, through the Living Space Interior, ensuring a very large space.

That is, passengers can get in and out of the vehicle with ease, and the trunk, with a capacity of 527 liters, increases to 1,587 liters when the rear seats are folded.

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 has a front trunk, on the hood, with a capacity of up to 57 liters. In addition, it has a rear parking camera, electric, heated and ventilated front seats, as well as several driver assistance systems.

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Driving assistance systems:

  • Road driving assistant (HDA 2) with lane change assistant
  • Intelligent Cruise Control (SCC)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LFA)
  • Lane Keeping System (LKA)
  • Maximum Speed ​​Information System (ISLA)
  • Automatic high beam control system (HBA)
  • Driver fatigue alert (DAW)
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (FCA) with vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • swivel joint
  • lane change imminent
  • Lane-Change Side with evasive steering system
  • Rear Passenger Alert (ROA)
  • Hill Start Assist System (HAC)
  • Seven airbags, including driver’s central airbag
  • eCall

The IONIQ 5 is equipped, as described in the specification, with Highway Driving Assist (HDA 2) and Lane Change Assist. This technology puts Hyundai’s 100% electric vehicle at the level of tier 2 autonomous vehicles.

As can be seen in the images below, the car reads the lines of the road, identifies the vehicles around it, maintains a fixed speed and takes the car without the permanent intervention of the driver. Despite this, the system does not allow the driver to take their hands off the steering wheel, with alerts whenever a lack of human control over the steering wheel is detected.

One of the details that make the difference are the various charging ports, in fact we even have a socket in the rear of the cabin between the front seats, passengers will find four USB ports, a cup holder and the possibility of wireless charging for smartphones.

More than that, under the rear seats there is a 220v socket and it is through this that electricity supplies energy from 220v to 3.6kWh – whether to turn on an appliance, supply a house with energy or recharge another electric vehicle.

In addition to all this, the front glass guarantees good lighting in the passenger compartment, as does the optional panoramic roof.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 battery and autonomy

This is a very important point and it is also where Hyundai excels. According to information from the brand, the IONIQ 5 has a range of up to 686 kilometers in the city. In fact, in this type of trip the car has excellent consumption. In our experience, however, we did about 450 kilometers in the city and about 400 kilometers on the highway.

We didn’t practice such parsimonious driving, we didn’t drive at low speeds. Let’s say we did dynamic driving like anyone will do in everyday life, whether inside cities or even on a highway.

Speaking of autonomy, it should be noted that this 100% electric car is equipped with a single 72.6 kWh battery. Hyundai guarantees an impressive charging capacity: 800V. This allows for ultra-fast charging up to a maximum of 220 kW DC. For example, it is possible to recharge the IONIQ 5 from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes, or guarantee a range of 100 km in just 5 minutes.

That is, at certain charging points it will be possible to fully charge the IONIQ 5’s battery in just over 30 minutes. On the other hand, on a domestic socket, 2.3 kW, the driver will need approximately 31 hours.

This is where having a network with fast and good quality chargers will make all the difference. Which is not yet a reality in our country. Despite this, in general, the car shows good charging performance in PCRs.


In Portugal, two models are available, both equipped with a 72.6 kWh battery, the only difference being the equipment. The Premium version currently costs €49,800 and the Vanguard version costs €52,990. Hyundai is currently offering campaign pricing for these models, so with the Premium model fundraising campaign, the car costs €46,800 and the Vanguard €49,990.

Hyundai offers a 7-year unlimited mileage warranty, valid for Portugal. For other countries, where the manufacturer’s maintenance program is respected, the warranty is 5 years.

Hyundai IONIQ 5

In short…

In terms of performance, the car has excellent handling and response. Despite the passage from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds, which is not so fast for an electric car, we must consider that we are facing a large, spacious, very well equipped car and that all this has a weight (1985 kg). However, it is this same weight that projects a great sense of security in the driver’s hands, which is not the case with other electric cars.

We really like the performance, design, comfort, durability and that makes a difference. No one will be indifferent to the car while driving it. We like the infotainment software less, it could be more refined, we think this will happen in a future update. We also noticed that Android Auto and Car Play, unlike other branded versions, require a cable and are not available wirelessly.

At a time when electric cars are being offered, this is undoubtedly one of the first to draw attention.

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