On Tuesday, Hyundai presented the new IONIQ 5, the first of a new generation of electric models to be released under the IONIQ label.

The newcomer is distinguished by a very high loading speed and a considerable driving range.

The IONIQ 5 stands on a newly developed platform, which is suitable for both 400 volt and 800 volt technology.

The charging capacity of the newcomer is therefore 350 kW, even more than that of Porsche, which was a leader in this area until recently.

To illustrate: a charging capacity of 50 kW is currently very common in the middle class.

Recent models can handle 100 kW, a car like the Volkswagen ID.3 (depending on the version) 125 kW.

Hyundai promises it will take 18 minutes to charge the IONIQ 5 from 10 to 80 percent.

"This is a factor of 2.5 faster than it is now", explains PR manager Anne Lobbes of Hyundai Netherlands.

The IONIQ 5 has the appearance of a mid-range hatchback, but with a length of 4.64 meters and a wheelbase of 3 meters, it is considerably larger than its appearance would suggest.

Hyundai promises a range of up to 470-480 kilometers, but is still keeping the final figures for the different versions under wraps.

The IONIQ 5 seems more compact than it actually is.

The IONIQ 5 seems more compact than it actually is.

Photo: Hyundai

This summer to the Netherlands

Under the skin, Hyundai installs a battery pack of 58 kWh in combination with rear-wheel drive.

The drivetrain is good for a power of 125 kW (170), with which you accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour in 8.5 seconds.

Four-wheel drive is also possible.

In that case, the power increases to 172 kW (235 hp) and the sprint takes 6.1 seconds.

When the 72.6 kWh battery pack is selected, the power increases to 160 kW (218 hp) for the rear-wheel drive version and to 225 kW (306 hp) for the all-wheel drive version.

Acceleration times are 7.4 and 5.2 seconds respectively.

The top speed is in all cases 185 kilometers per hour.

The interior is dominated by large screens.

Directly behind the wheel is a 12.3-inch digital instrumentation, which is optically fused with the 12.3-inch infotainment screen next to it.

The interior is finished with plastic from recycled PET bottles and wool.

The first copies of the IONIQ 5 will be delivered in the summer of this year.

The Netherlands, together with France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Norway, is one of the few countries where a special introductory version of the model is available, the Project 45. This series, limited to three thousand copies, costs 58,995 euros.

The prices of the regular versions will follow later.

Space for relaxation in the interior of the IONIQ 5.

Space for relaxation in the interior of the IONIQ 5.

Photo: Hyundai

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