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Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric car

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a sharp-suited EV with retro flare and a solar panel roof

New Hyundai electric car has a range of almost 300 miles

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Drawing attention back to itself and away from gossip about working with Apple, Hyundai has just revealed a new electric car called the Ioniq 5.

The production-ready EV stays surprisingly faithful to the Hyundai 45 concept on which it is based, even down to the square headlights and diagonal creases across its four doors.

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The look is a bold departure from any models of Hyundai that have gone before, both inside and out. Interestingly, the company says the design of the Ioniq 5 will not be inherited by the upcoming 6 and 7 models, with the company instead ensuring each has its own design and character.

Described as a mid-size compact utility vehicle, the Ioniq 5 sits on the company's new global electric vehicle platform, with a battery pack in the floor and options for motors at the front, rear or both. A long wheelbase and short overhangs at the front and rear mean greater interior space than would be possible in a gas-powered car of this size.

A key feature of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an optional solar panel for the roof, which helps to top up the battery pack while parked outside and make it drain more slowly while driving. The car can also be used to power domestic products using what Hyundai calls a Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function.

Hyundai Ioniq 5The car closely resembles the Hyundai 45 conceptHyundai

This means the car can charge the batteries of laptops and electric scooters plugged into a socket onboard, but also opens the door for a future where it would help power a home or even feed energy back into the grid. In theory, this could mean the car helping to power your house when electricity is expensive during the day, then filling its own battery from the grid when electricity is cheaper at night.

The car will be offered with battery pack sizes of 58kWh and 72.6kWh, and with drivetrain layouts of single-motor, rear-wheel-drive and dual-motor, all-wheel-drive. Driving range is claimed to be up to 480km (300 miles) for the single-motor vehicle with the larger battery pack. This is using the European WLTP test cycle and the figure is expected to be lower when using the tougher EPA system in the US.

Power output ranges from 125kW (167bhp) for the single-motor, small-battery model, up to 225kW (302bhp) for the dual-motor vehicle with the larger battery. Torque figures range from 350Nm to 605Nm and the 0-100km/h (62mph) time is from 5.2 to 8.5 seconds.

The Ioniq 5 features an 800-volt charging system previously only seen in the Porsche Taycan and Audi E-tron GT. This means the Ioniq 5 can refill its battery from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes, according to Hyundai, when connected to a 220kW DC charger.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 interiorThe interior features a pair of 12-inch displays and head-up display with ARHyundai

Inside, the interior features a pair of 12-inch displays sat next to each other on the dashboard. The screen nearest the steering wheel acts as an instrument cluster, while the other is a touchscreen infotainment system. Thankfully, Hyundai has wisely opted to fit an array of physical buttons for key functions, and a clear touch panel for climate controls. Empty space between the dashboard and central console and cup holder reminds us of the Honda e, and should help make the Hyundai's cabin feel more spacious.

Hyundai is using sustainable materials like wood and plastics made from recycled bottles for the interior, as well as plant-based and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts, and paint with plant extracts.

The interior also features a head-up display with augmented reality functions, plus the inclusion of an advanced driver assistance system called Hyundai SmartSense. Deliveries are set to begin in the first half of 2021, but won't reach the US until the fall. A top-of-the-range version of the Ioniq 5 is priced at £45,000 in the UK, while all other prices, including those for North America, will be announced later.

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