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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 and heated front seats, while you’ll want for nothing if you fork out for the top-of-the-range Ultimate model which comprises 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 system.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Hyundai’s infotainment set-up is superb - the twin displays remind us of high-end Mercedes interiors, with two 12.3-inch screens side-by-side. One provides digital dials, the second is a touchscreen for other functions – but there are still real climate controls, so the Hyundai has better usability than rivals such as the Volkswagen ID.4. It also looks just as modern and smart, if not more so.

It’s easy to use, works well with smartphone functions and the graphics look sleek. The menus are well laid-out, too, so there’s very little to complain about in the Hyundai – except perhaps that the system is a little bit laggy in its responses, and only one of the front USB ports works with the smartphone link. We’re nit-picking though because, overall, the on-board infotainment is very strong.

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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