Opinion: the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the best-looking electric SUV on sale
I think it looks great
I’d never seen a Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the metal until the other day, when I was waiting at the light and a brand-new, shiny model (in silver grey) pulled up next to me.
And I remember thinking two things: 1, wow, it looks rather good and 2, it’s effing massive. It’s a lot bigger than I thought. Actually, let me rephrase that, it’s bigger than it looks in the pictures. It’s 4.63 mt x 1.89 mt x 1.6 (length x width x height), making it longer and [much] wider than a VW Golf. And I sort of assumed it would be the same size as a Golf, but it isn’t. That’s because it looks like like a supersized hatchback, essentially.
It’s powered by a synchronous electric motor (meaning the power never fades away after heavy use), and available with three battery options: 58 kWh, 72.6 kWh and 77.4 kWh. The range-topping model delivers 320 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque with 269 miles of range, while the slightly less powerful RWD model (225 hp) has a better range at 300 miles.
BUT, what I wanna know is: what do we think of the looks? I’m asking because I think it looks much better than most SUVs and CUVs out there. It also seems to somehow mark a brand-new standard and design language for Hyundai, because the Ioniq 5 doesn’t look anything like any other Hyundai in the market.
The Korean automaker is also working on a new type of solar panels, which customers can use to recharge their Ioniq 5 - and presumably any other EV - directly from their homes.
According to Hyundai, thanks to the new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and said solar panels, it only takes 18 minutes to charge the 5 from 10 to 80%. The solar panels would also serve as a self-powering source of energy, charging both your car and your appliances.
And yes, I know that 18 minutes is a very long time to charge the car, but I’m assuming the idea is you get back home on an empty tank and then you have a shower/dinner/lunch/whatever and when you get back outside the car is ready to go with at least 80% of the promised range available.
What do you think? Is this the best-looking electric SUV? Let me know in the comments below.