Electric vehicles no longer exist in the same form as they once did. The market has grown considerably, and businesses are continuously coming up with new and unusual things to do with their automobiles than drive them. For the first time, we began our review with a cup of coffee. We brewed it in the middle of nowhere using a coffee machine powered by the Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Of course, the electric Ioniq 5 can do more than make a cup of coffee. It is one of the most recent electric vehicles sold in Nepal and costs Rs. 80.96 lakhs, or Rs. 81.96 lakhs with options. It has a few more surprises up its sleeve as well.
Outer designing of the Hyundai
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has managed to accomplish retro design without looking outdated. It appears like a spacecraft someone designed in the 1980s. The Hyundai Pony (1975-1990) is responsible for providing defining influence for the Ioniq 5, which has influenced the style of this car. The Ioniq 5 is a hit with drivers. As a result, it earns high marks on the head tonometer. For one thing, there’s nothing like it on Nepal’s roads, but at the same time, it manages to not appear out of place.
Numerous straight lines and sharp angles characterize the exterior of the Ioniq 5. The one-of-a-kind LED Parametric pixel headlights with integrated indicators to provide a striking look to the light designs. This grille-less design emphasizes the clean style aesthetics and is accentuated by the active grille shutters, allowing this grille-less appearance. They open and close as needed to lower the car’s temperature and preserve its aerodynamic performance while extending its mileage.
On the profile, you may observe Ioniq 5’s angular creases. Turn indicators and power-folding side mirrors are included. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has flush door handles to keep things looking clean. While they appear beautiful, they might take some time to get used to when it comes to real usage.
We adore the wheel arches, which mimic camera lens apertures and the “parametric pixel geometry” alloys. Even the rear of this car is gorgeous. You get pixelated tail lights to emphasize the retro styling motif once more. The Ioniq 5 features a cool light bar that we love. The slice reflector behind the bar gives it a nice touch. The rear is more active than the rest of the sophisticated “angled and folded” bodywork. Nonetheless, throughout, it maintains a clean appearance.
What you might not notice right away about this Vehicle is its sheer size. It may resemble a small family hatchback at first sight, but it is, in fact, enormous. The 4.6-meter length from nose to tail is enormous, and the battery pack is positioned on the ground, raising the passenger position above the ground by about 35 cm.
Because the front and rear axles are separated by only three meters, there is a lot of room for passengers inside. This is made possible thanks to the new E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform) underpinnings specifically designed for EVs. The All-New Tesla Roadster uses a battery platform that is more advanced than previous models. It has quicker charging, increased driving range, greater interior volume, and superior handling. The battery pack is positioned centrally in the wheelbase, resulting in ideal weight distribution between front and rear axles while maintaining a low center of gravity for enhanced handling. This platform provides the foundation for the Kia EV6, which is closely associated but quite physically different.
You have a lot of room inside, thanks to the E-GMP foundations. Even with the driver’s seat adjusted to fit a tall 6-footer, there is plenty of knee space. The flat floor bed makes life much easier for passengers as well. If you still can’t discover the ideal position, the rear seats can slide back and forth, allowing you to recline them. For your water bottles, there are AC Vents, charging ports, and storage compartments in the doors.
When you’re in the front, however, things get interesting. The durable and soft ECO leather seating surface is ideal for relaxation. You also have 12-way electric adjustments and heating and cooling for both driver and passenger seats. The front seats can be reclined, allowing users to take naps while waiting for their Vehicle to charge. You may use this feature to look up for a moment and relax, allowing you to admire the stunning skies through the huge vision roof; unless you have a solar roof, sunlight is used to help charge part of the Vehicle’s battery. The battery management system is a technology that maintains the high-voltage battery charged and prevents 12V batteries from dying. The high-voltage battery’s life is also extended by charging it.
You’re greeted with a view of the great cockpit as soon as you climb into the driver’s seat. In most other popular Hyundai models, you’ll see a huge and gleaming Hyundai emblem on the center of the wheel. However, on the Ioniq 5, you get four little diamonds that stand for H in the Morse code and appear increasingly faint.
While the tech-savvy screens were a nice touch to the interiors, the main attraction is unquestionably the gadget-savvy displays. The large 12.3-inch touchscreen display is very responsive and smooth. You can use your Android phone or tablet as a mirror. The exhibition is also functional as a rearview mirror, one of the most detailed screens we’ve ever seen. Then there’s the 12.3-inch digital cluster, easily visible and informs you about what’s going on while driving.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 also has touchscreen climate control. While they appear attractive, many people would undoubtedly want physical knobs and dials instead of touchscreens in terms of simplicity of use. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is full of elaborate frills and extras. There are a few more features to consider, such as rain-sensing wipers, a blind-spot view monitor, and a power tailgate. The cabin has numerous storage compartments, and you may charge your phone wirelessly. The spacious passenger compartment does not come at the expense of practicality. With the seats down, you may store a total of 527 liters of luggage in the trunk.
The Ioniq 5 also has a vehicle-to-load capability. Allows bi-directional charging without the need for extra gadgets thanks to the Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) and Vehicle Charging Management System (VCMS), allowing you to utilize general household appliances (110V/220V). When this is done, you can connect your home appliances to the automobile and use them outside. For example, you may brew a cup of coffee, play an electric guitar, dry your hair with the blow dryer, and so on. In practice, you will most likely use it when camping and need light and other camping gear.
If you don’t have access to a full charging station but have another EV, you can also charge it in an emergency. However, this is not very productive. The solar roof includes an indoor outlet that may power your laptop, charge your phone, or run any other gadget requiring a socket.
Let’s get down to business. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is powered by a 58.9 kWh battery that sends all of its electricity to the rear wheel, which generates 125 kW of maximum power and a robust 350 NM of torque. With a 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.2 seconds, the Hyundai Veloster N is one of the quickest cars you’ll ever drive. It’s quick and enjoyable to drive, so don’t be shocked if you start going faster than the limit from time to time.
InEVs’ poor handling is due to their lack of traction. Their greater weight from the battery systems makes them feel doughy and sluggish in bends. In that regard, the Ioniq 5 does well. You should not expect to be able to carve aggressively into a corner while riding it. It is more comparable to driving an SUV than a dirt bike. There are some sharper bumps, but it goes smoothly on most road surfaces.
The Ioniq 5 has all the features of a typical automobile. It offers everything you could desire in a vehicle and more. The regenerative braking system, for example, is one of the most cutting-edge technologies for smart driving, with advanced sensors that regulate speed and acceleration to save fuel while driving. You may vary the amount of energy the system reverts and stores in the battery by using the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters to change the level of regenerative braking.
The more advanced the model, the faster it slows and charges the battery when you release the gas pedal. Holding down the left paddle shifter causes a maximum regenerative braking force to be activated, allowing you to come to a complete halt without pressing on the conventional brake pedal. It took a while to get used to, but now that I have, it feels like a useful function in my daily commute.
The battery is said to have a range of 375 kilometers when fully charged with a single full charge. It takes 7 to 8 hours to charge the battery from 0% to 100% using an AC charger (DC Charger). If the destination is planned properly, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 may handle family road trips well due to its high EV range.
Ioniq is being used as a Hyundai sub-brand, and new EV models will be released under the name. The Ioniq 5 is the first of its kind and fantastic. We live in an age when electric cars are making tremendous progress concerning battery performance, technology, and features.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a lot to offer. It’s a glimpse into the future of electric vehicles and what they can be. This is also evidence of the progress of electric automobiles. There’s a cost to seeing into the future this way. The price of a Tesla is extremely high. You’ll have to pay 80.96 – 81.96 Lakh rupees for the keys, which is considerably more than other electric vehicles on the market.
It’s not cheap, and there is no disagreement about it. However, the truth is that the Ioniq 5 is at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, and this justifies the cost for many people. Regardless, Hyundai’s progress in the electric vehicle industry has been remarkable in Nepal. We’re excited to see what lies ahead of us.