October 1, 2023


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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Epiq evaluation

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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 might not look completely different for the 2023 mannequin 12 months, however the huge electrical hatchback (I don’t consider it as an SUV) has a bunch of actually necessary modifications underneath the trendy sheetmetal.

They embrace an even bigger battery pack for all variants, extra energy and torque throughout the vary, enhancements to the know-how on supply, a brand new chassis tune for improved driving traits, and related companies that’ll assist you discover quick charging extra simply than earlier than.

The road-up has been renamed too, with this one – the top-spec Epiq twin motor AWD mannequin – costing greater than any Ioniq 5 that has come earlier than it.

WATCH: Paul’s video evaluation of the Ioniq 5 Techniq AWD

There’s nonetheless the largest situation with the Ioniq 5 – availability. Orders are strictly restricted, and by the point you learn this they are going to probably be totally exhausted for the primary cargo of 250 examples. Extra will come later within the 12 months (hopefully), nevertheless it is without doubt one of the causes individuals simply purchase a Tesla – you order it on-line, and it arrives fairly quickly after.

So is it definitely worth the cash, should you can handle to get your fingers on one? Or are there smarter selections on the market? Learn on to seek out out.

How a lot does the Hyundai Ioniq 5 value?

The listing value is $85,000 earlier than on-road prices for this top-spec (for now) Ioniq 5 Epiq variant, which provides various objects that haven’t been supplied earlier than on the vary in Australia.

Right here’s a rundown of the costs for the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV vary, together with the brand new naming construction:

  • 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Dynamiq RWD: $72,000 (+$2100)
  • 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Techniq AWD: $79,500 (+$2000)
  • 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Epiq AWD: $85,000 (new)

I’ll cowl off what you get on this grade that makes it particular beneath.

For those who’re curious, the Abyss Black Mica paint end seen in these photos is a no-cost possibility, as is Phantom Black Mica, Lucid Blue Mica, Digital Teal Inexperienced Mica, Ecotronic Gray Mica, Galactic Gray Metallic and Atlas White Stable. The one paint possibility you’ll should pay further for is Gravity Gold Matte ($1000).

Okay, so the place does this spec sit within the context of opponents?

It’s in a wierd spot, actually. It’s not likely equal to any spec of Tesla Mannequin Y – the bottom mannequin for it’s $68,900 (MSRP) and the Efficiency AWD mannequin is a good bit costlier, at $98,435 (MSRP).

There’s one other apparent competitor within the Kia EV6. The most certainly rival to this automobile is the EV6 GT-Line at $87,590. It’s very, very shut on all of the metrics, however doesn’t get digital mirrors just like the Ioniq 5.

What’s the Hyundai Ioniq 5 like on the within?

Apart from the fitment of these screens for the aspect mirrors, the inside of the Ioniq 5 hasn’t actually modified in any respect – and that’s not essentially a nasty factor. 

The cabin remedy is someplace between eco-conscious and semi premium. It doesn’t essentially really feel like a luxurious automobile inside, however I do like a few of the supplies, together with the marble-look trim ornament on the doorways, and the fabric end across the speaker part on the doorways.

I’m not as sizzling on the tender plastic end that runs the vast majority of the door panel above the armrest. It does feel and look a little bit bit low cost, particularly due to the embossed stitching end. I additionally don’t love the very fact there aren’t correct seize handles on the doorways, so that you truly should seize the place your armrest is as an alternative.

The steering wheel is fairly primary however fortunately straightforward to familiarize yourself with, and the 4 squares which might be the brand for the Ioniq model now mild up based mostly on the cost standing when recharging.

The gear selector stalk isn’t really easy to come back to phrases with. I actually struggled to get my head across the reality you twist the controller backwards to enter reverse and ahead to enter drive – that’s the precise reverse of what’s pure for a standard automated automobile. The stalk can also get in the best way of your knees, should you’re a bit gangly.

The data display screen for the motive force may be very straightforward to get your head round, and I like that it has the blind-spot view digicam that pops up once you point out. Some individuals don’t price that, however I feel something that’s extra in your line of sight is an effective factor and as such, I admire the head-up show, too.

The media display screen structure and value are glorious – there are exhausting buttons beneath, which makes me glad.

The panel beneath incorporates a quantity knob, tuning toggle, and touch-sensitive panel for air-con controls (not my favorite, however at the least it’s higher than having to regulate every little thing climate-wise by the display screen). Nevertheless, you do want to regulate issues by the display screen which ought to simply be buttons, such because the reminiscence seat settings and seat heating and cooling. These issues are executed with buttons in different Hyundais.

The principle display screen is the place you’ll discover the vast majority of the knowledge that you simply want, together with issues like sat nav, mapping, audio controls, and there’s additionally a Quiet Mode – so in case you have youngsters within the again, you’ll be able to restrict the noise to only the entrance audio system.

And naturally there’s the standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mirroring, nevertheless it must be through a cable, not wirelessly.

Unusually, for a forward-thinking automobile like this, all of the USB ports are nonetheless USB-A, not the extra fashionable USB-C possibility. There are 5 of them to entry, together with one beneath the media display screen (alongside a 12-volt and small storage space), plus 4 extra within the centre console (two for entrance seat customers, two for these within the again).

Storage within the entrance is great. There’s a large open storage part between the entrance seats USBs and a wi-fi telephone charger underneath the cup holders, plus a storage tray for a purse or backpack, after which there’s one other coated armrest as properly. The entrance doorways have bottle holders and a small storage sleeve as properly. 

Probably the most ingenious items of inside design is the glovebox drawer. It’s a large 9.4-litre storage caddy, that might simply be capable to match a small laptop computer, iPads or different valuables – and once you shut it, the contents are utterly out of sight.

The Epiq spec additionally has a large panoramic sunroof with a correct cloth masking. The Mannequin Y doesn’t include a canopy in any respect as commonplace, whereas others have mesh end which isn’t as efficient at blocking out the warmth. 

Seat consolation is sweet, and so is the adjustability. There’s additionally a sequence of buttons on the passenger’s entrance seat, together with a single-touch recline button for that chair, and controls for the digital sliding second-row seats.

Talking of these seats, there’s ample area within the second row for somebody my dimension (182cm/6’0”) with sufficient headroom, knee room and toe room to be snug. It’s additionally a large bench seat, so you’ll be able to match three adults throughout, and there’s no transmission tunnel intrusion. The ground is flat, so there’s plenty of area for toes.

I match my 21-month-old daughter’s forward-facing child seat in, and she or he had loads of area. It is best to be capable to match a rearward-facing capsule with ample room for an grownup in entrance, too.

There are ISOFIX factors on the window seats and three top-tether factors as properly. A pleasant contact for fogeys within the AWD fashions is the inclusion of the rear door window blinds, which block out a good bit of sunshine.

Storage within the again is fairly good with a pair of mesh map pockets and exhausting sporting kick plates on the backs of the entrance seats, bottle holders within the doorways and a fold-down armrest with cupholders.

Beneath the again seat you’ll discover a typical family powerpoint for powering gadgets, whereas on the centre console space there are two USB ports.

The rear air vents aren’t within the conventional place; they’re as an alternative positioned within the B pillars, and whereas that could be a novel strategy the airflow isn’t unbelievable (it was 38° Celsius on one of many days I used to be testing his automobile, and it didn’t actually settle down very a lot behind this black EV).

The boot is certainly sufficiently big for a household of three for a weekend away, nevertheless it’s not what I’d name ‘monumental’. There’s 527L (VDA) of area, which sounds good however the form of the cargo maintain is a bit shallow. 

Weirdly there are not any distant releases for the rear seats within the boot space, which is a standard fitment to most different vehicles. For those who do schlep round to the rear seats and decrease them utilizing the levers on the base, you will notice an open storage space of 1587L (VDA).

You don’t get a spare tire both, solely a tyre mobility equipment. That’s not unusual for an EV, as spare wheels add plenty of further weight and take up treasured battery/motor area. However it’s one thing you would possibly need to contemplate.

There’s a little bit of additional storage underneath the boot flooring, however not very a lot.

It has an electrical boot, and it additionally has a proximity unlocking system which can open the boot for you should you stand near the boot with the important thing fob. That proximity unlocking additionally works for the doorways, which is a pleasant factor should you’ve typically bought your arms full (mums and dads, you understand what I’m on about).

What’s underneath the bonnet?

I’ve already referred to an influence bump and modifications underneath the pores and skin, so let’s dive a little bit deeper.

All Ioniq 5 fashions rating a bigger 77.4kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery for 2023, which is rather than the smaller-capacity 72.6kWh unit within the earlier fashions.

That in flip bumps the driving vary within the rear-wheel drive Dynamiq from 481km to 507km (an excellent step over the psychological 500km barrier), whereas the all-wheel drive Techniq and Epiq fashions step up in vary by 5.5 per cent, from 430km to 454km.

The electrical motors in all grades have been powered up, as properly. The RWD Dynamiq now gives up 168kW of energy and 350Nm of torque (up 8kW).

Ioniq 5 Techniq and Epiq AWD now produce 239kW and 605Nm (up 14kW).

Select the Epiq and also you get a brand new battery conditioning system, which is claimed to enhance driving and DC charging efficiency in colder climates. If, for instance, you select a DC charging station as your vacation spot within the sat nav, the automobile will preheat the battery to make sure the quickest doable cost.

All Ioniq 5 fashions assist a 400V and 800V charging infrastructure utilizing a Sort 2 plug. There’s additionally vehicle-to-load (V2L) functionality, which means you’ll be able to run family electrical home equipment (laptops, toasters, kettles, fridges, microwaves and so on) from the automobile.

It might probably even output 250V, 3.6kW, at as much as 15 amps. Included is a normal CCS Combo2 (IEC 62196-3 Configuration FF) 2-way adapter to home 3-pin plug output, in addition to a three-pin powerpoint within the automobile beneath the rear seat.

For those who discover a 350kW ultra-fast charger, the Ioniq 5 is alleged to have the ability to cost from 10-80 per cent in simply 18 minutes. A extra widespread 50kW DC quick charger will take 73 minutes to fill the battery from 10-80 per cent. 

For those who set up a 7kW AC wall charger at house, you’ll be able to anticipate it to take just about a complete night time to get from 10 to 100 per cent (declare: 11 hours and 45 minutes). The utmost cost price on AC is 10.5kW.

Now, the literal stuff you’ll discover underneath the bonnet, features a entrance storage space to stow your charging cables. The RWD mannequin will get an even bigger “froot” at 57 litres, whereas the AWD fashions have a further motor up entrance, so their “froot” area is extra restricted, at 25L.

How does the Hyundai Ioniq 5 drive?

The up to date Ioniq 5 scored a revised trip and dealing with tune, which the model claims improves wheel management, bump absorption and physique management. In accordance with the press data, “the result’s a automobile that completely blends trip consolation with partaking dynamics, irrespective of the street or street floor”.

I’ve by no means labored in PR, however I’d have in all probability discovered a phrase that isn’t “good”, as a result of the tune right here shouldn’t be good.

It might probably nonetheless get a bit wobbly over massive undulations because it did earlier than (take a look at Paul’s video on the pre-update mannequin – the sine wave bobble was fairly superb), nevertheless it’s higher than it was in that form of scenario. Nevertheless, over damaged street surfaces, the 20-inch wheels can nonetheless choose up loads of the unhealthy bits of the floor, and the physique can really feel prefer it’s wobbling on high of the chassis.

I don’t assume that’s going to matter for most individuals. For those who can spend this sort of cash on an EV, you in all probability stay someplace that has fairly properly maintained roads. However should you do discover a not quite perfect floor, you’re going to really feel it.

I reckon the stability of the trip firmness and physique management is a bit higher than it was, with a extra sure-footed feeling than earlier than. There’s not an excessive amount of street noise to cope with, which is welcome in an otherwise-near-silent automobile.

The steering is fairly respectable as properly, providing degree of accuracy and weighting. 

However in some conditions, within the Epiq at the least, I discovered the parking scenario to be tougher than it should be. That’s due to the digital mirror system, which makes use of cameras to undertaking a show onto twin inside screens, fairly than simply utilizing… mirrors.

Clearly there are advantages – they’re smaller, so it’s best to see a little bit little bit of an aero enchancment, and so they supply nice “take a look at this!” chat issue. 

However they make reverse parallel parking tougher than it in any other case could be. You merely don’t have the identical depth notion utilizing these cameras/screens than you do with a daily outdated little bit of glass.

I’d truly decide to not go for the Epiq for that purpose alone – the Techniq mannequin beneath it has loads of nice commonplace options, and it scores common mirrors.

With out driving the outdated and new variations again to again it’d be exhausting to inform the distinction by way of the extra energy added, nevertheless it stays very fast to speed up, like lots of EVs. The actual fact you’ve bought all of the torque on supply successfully from a standstill means you’ll be able to slingshot from a standstill to licence-losing tempo in not very a lot time in any respect.

The official 0-100km/h time for this grade is 5.1 seconds, which is 0.1sec quicker than earlier than. That’s lots fast, however if you would like or want faster, there’s an Ioniq 5 N mannequin coming, which can drop that quantity to a extra EV6 GT-like determine (it claims 3.5sec).

What do you get?

So as so that you can see the worth as you progress up the vary, I’ve listed the options you get, mannequin by mannequin, beneath, in addition to the pricing, powertrain, and battery vary per mannequin:

Customary gear within the Dynamiq contains:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • 235/55 Michelin Primacy 4 tyres
  • Tyre restore equipment
  • Computerized LED headlights
  • Auto high-beam
  • LED tail and rear mixture lights
  • Acoustic laminated windscreen
  • Acoustic laminated aspect door glass
  • Photo voltaic management windscreen
  • Privateness glass
  • Heated and energy folding aspect mirrors
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Energy tailgate
  • Gloss black window and mirror trim
  • Satin chrome door and bumper trim
  • Liquid silver physique cladding
  • Liquid silver entrance and rear skid plates
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment cluster
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Multi-Bluetooth connection
  • Bose eight-speaker premium sound system
  • Head-up show with augmented actuality mode
  • Twin-zone local weather management with auto defog
  • Rear air vents
  • Cabin air filter
  • PTC electrical heater
  • Adjustable LED inside ambient lighting
  • Sliding centre console
  • Wi-fi telephone charger
  • Paddle shifters
  • Keyless entry with push-button begin
  • Distant begin
  • Distant Sensible Parking Help
  • Two entrance USB-A charging ports
  • Two rear USB-A charging ports
  • One entrance 12V socket
  • One rear 12V socket
  • Alarm
  • Auto up/down entrance home windows
  • Comfort entrance window open/shut
  • Rear doorways/home windows energy youngster lock
  • Digital Engine Sound System (VESS)
  • Moveable emergency charging carble
  • Car to Load (V2L) operate inside
  • V2L operate exterior
  • Leather-based-appointed eco processed upholstery
  • 10-way electrical entrance seats with two-way lumbar assist
  • Heated entrance seats
  • 60:40 break up fold rear seat with recline operate
  • Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel
  • Premium bio PET carpet
  • Alloy sill plates
  • Alloy pedals

Shifting to the Techniq provides:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • 255/45 Michelin Pilot Sport EV tyres
  • Beneath-bonnet insulator
  • Rear door sunshades
  • Premium rest entrance seats with reminiscence
  • Ventilated entrance seats
  • Two-way energy rear seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Lastly, the range-topping Epiq has:

  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Excessive-efficiency warmth pump
  • Battery conditioning (so you’ll be able to pre-heat the battery pack in preparation for DC quick charging)
  • Digital Aspect Mirrors

Do you assume the Epiq makes probably the most sense? Would you spend the additional for these, er, extras?

For what it’s price, I’d have severe issues about these digital mirrors when parking in Sydney. Individuals simply don’t give a shit about different individuals’s vehicles, and I dread to assume what changing one would value…

Is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 protected?

It scored a five-star ANCAP score in 2021, so the Ioniq 5 has all the precise gear.

The report card said an 88 per cent rating for grownup occupant safety, 87 per cent for youngster occupant safety, 63 per cent for susceptible street person safety, and 89 per cent for security help.

The usual security tech throughout the Ioniq 5 vary contains:

  • Ahead autonomous emergency braking with automobile, pedestrian and bike owner detection, in addition to junction and crossing help
  • Rear autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with backover prevention
  • Blind-spot monitoring with avoidance help
  • Driver consideration warning
  • Main automobile departure alert
  • Lane-keep help
  • Lane Following Help (lane centering)
  • Evasive steering help 
  • Encompass-view digicam
  • Entrance and rear parking sensors
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear occupant alert
  • Protected exist help
  • Adaptive cruise management with cease & go, and machine studying
  • Tyre strain monitoring

It has seven airbags: twin entrance, entrance aspect, entrance centre and full-length curtain airbag protection.

How a lot does the Hyundai Ioniq 5 value to run?

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a five-year/limitless kilometre guarantee, similar to all different Hyundai fashions. However it goes a bit additional, with an eight-year/limitless kilometre guarantee for the battery pack.

The model gives capped-price servicing for the Ioniq 5, however they’ve simply upped the service intervals so that you don’t have to return as typically to the service division. The intervals are each 24 months/30,000km, double what they was. The prices for the primary three companies (or out to 90,000km) are capped at $570, $1090 and $570, respectively.

Hyundai additionally gives the superb possession prospect of everlasting roadside help. Which means, should you service your automobile with the model, you’ll get lifetime roadside help included. Like, endlessly… or the lifetime of the automobile.

Now, let’s speak effectivity, because the Ioniq 5 dual-motor AWD fashions are mentioned to make use of 19.1kWh of electrical energy per 100 kilometres. That’s an distinctive declare, contemplating a Volvo XC40 AWD, as an illustration, makes use of one thing like 25.5kWh/100km.

My returned consumption throughout a five-day driving stint, which coated virtually 400km (so, I didn’t even have to recharge!), was 19.3kWh/100km. Very spectacular.

On the NSW common off-peak price of 20.5 cents per kWh, it could value about $16 to refill the Ioniq 5 from empty at house.

As talked about, you’d desire a 7kW cost plug on the very least (single section), however should you plan to be a lifer in EV land, you then would possibly need to contemplate spending the additional to get a three-phase connection to accommodate a 22kW house charger, as that’ll get the job executed significantly faster. All of it provides value, although. 

For those who’re curious, the Ioniq 5 RWD base mannequin has an extended vary and is extra environment friendly, with a claimed 17.0kWh/100km.

Straightforward to see why you’d have it as an alternative of an AWD mannequin – until you actually wanted that energy, torque, all-wheel-drive sure-footedness and the additional gear it provides.

CarExpert’s Take

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Epiq is a terrific electrical automobile for a household, and one that’s each good by way of its inside design but in addition has a severe quantity of avenue credibility resulting from its eye-catching look.

I’d love one. However I don’t assume I’d get the Epiq spec. I don’t assume I’d want the additional stuff you get for the cash once you select the Epiq over the Techniq. So, if it have been me, the Techniq could be my piq. Sorry.

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