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Hyundai Ioniq 5 review - Interior, design and technology

The Ioniq 5's dazzling looks set it apart from rivals, while infotainment tech is equally impressive

The stunning Concept 45 car, revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show, gave us an insight into Hyundai’s thinking around how an Ioniq 5 production model might look. Fortunately, the subtle-cool design remains largely untouched from that original vision, and the 5 certainly stands out from a growing list of EV rivals.

The retro-modern style works well and it will appeal to those who appreciate a minimalist approach, although a standout feature is the LED headlight design which is made up from 256 individual ‘pixels’. Once inside, the driver is faced with a pair of 12.3-inch digital screens - one a colour touchscreen covering the infotainment and sat-nav systems, while the other displays information for the driver.

The light grey cloth upholstery looks good and complements the cabin well, but might not be the most practical for families with young children. A darker leather seat trim is available if you opt for the Ultimate specification.

Standard kit for the Ioniq 5 SE Connect versions includes 19-inch alloy wheels, auto wipers, a rear-view monitor, smart cruise control and a smartphone wireless charging pad. Mid-spec Premium cars add luxuries such as a heated steering wheel, upgraded upholstery, heated front seats, a digital rear-view mirror and the V2L (Vehicle to Load) charging system, while there's a seriously impressive kit list for the Ultimate model which further adds 20-inch alloys, electrically-adjustable front seats with a heating and ventilation function, heated rear seats, a head-up display and a seven-speaker Bose stereo.

Hyundai has also introduced a top-spec Namsan Edition, building on the Ultimate trim and featuring a glass roof and digital side mirrors, along with a Tech Pack that includes Front Relaxation Seats, a memory function for the driver's seat, automatic flush door handles and extra safety kit. A heat pump system, which helps to enhance the efficiency of the battery, is also standard on the Namsan Edition and offered as an option for the Premium and Ultimate versions.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Placed alongside most mainstream manufacturers, Hyundai’s infotainment systems always stand out for their friendly interface and clear, simple layouts. 

While those qualities remain against its premium rivals, some areas aren’t quite on the same level. The first relates to the graphics. While the side-by-side 12.3-inch displays look impressive, their resolutions can’t quite match the quality found in BMW or Mercedes models. The screen itself isn’t quite as responsive, either. 

But these are only minor flaws, and we remain great fans of the system. Plotting a route is easy thanks to a large on-screen keyboard, while the main menu is neatly laid out with 12 icons arranged in two rows of six. Functions on the digital dials are easy to scroll through via steering wheel buttons, and the colour scheme subtly alters between the Eco, Normal and Sport driving modes.

The top-spec model has a head-up display and a Bose stereo, but all versions of the Ioniq 5 get the excellent twin-screen set-up with sat-nav, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging.

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