In September of this year, I took delivery of my 100% electric Hyundai Ioniq 5. I had never driven in a Hyundai. Yet the lure of a fully electric vehicle with a range of over 450 km and the subsidies prompted my wife and I to take the plunge. About two weeks and 250 km later, the car has more or less ruined my desire to drive any other vehicle. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers solutions that seem revolutionary to me, and more surprisingly, make me wonder “Why hasn’t it always been this way?” »
Route planning and opening from your mobile
This is done through the dashboard; it’s virtually flawless and requires no other dedicated device. If you install the Bluelink app on your smartphone, it will only take you a few minutes to plan your next trip. You can also find and lock your electric vehicle. No more need to have the key in your pocket as long as you have your phone in hand.
Other cars behave similarly with dedicated buttons, but who wants to do otherwise when I already have a computer with all sorts of connectivity options in my pocket? That’s what Hyundai did: eliminate something I used to use.
The funny thing is, I never really thought about using those dedicated buttons until I didn’t have to anymore. Now that I don’t have to, when driving my wife’s car, I’m very happy to have these features in my pocket.
The ride is effortless, quiet, and addictive.
Seriously addictive, even.
I came to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 after driving an economy sedan. So the difference for me is bigger than for someone who may have had another better performing vehicle. But, wow! The ride is just great.
Best of all, it’s all done with no apparent effort. When I get into another vehicle and step on the pedal, I feel like everything is working so hard to achieve what the Hyundai Ioniq 5 does instantly and almost noiselessly (just an appealing engine hum that gives me reminiscent of the Tumbler in stealth mode in Nolan’s Batman series). Acceleration is powerful and instantaneous.
Thus, when someone in a thermal vehicle passes by roaring his engine, it seems to me to observe an anachronism. Especially in the streets of Paris!
A modulable regenerative braking system that does things the right way
Thanks to magnetic braking, I usually only have to use my physical brakes at a speed between 4 and 6 km/h to come to a complete stop, instead of braking the vehicle from 40 or 45 km/h, which leads to much greater wear and tear on the braking system.
All electric vehicles offer significant regenerative braking, which can be activated or deactivated. It may be hard to imagine, but the car produces negative energy which allows the battery to recharge in this phase of deceleration which provides unmentionable pleasure.
The system of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is innovative because you can modulate the braking power and therefore you can optimize the behavior of your vehicle according to your autonomy.
Now when I’m driving another car and I take my foot off the accelerator, I get grumpy because I have to press the stupid brake pedal (what’s that, 50s?) to really slow the car, instead of the car doing it automatically.
Speaking of boring things you do in your car without thinking about it, how about driving with a futuristic design?
The design of the Hyundai Ioniq makes it possible to never confuse this car (we don’t really do that, but we notice it from afar because it has the merit of breaking codes, including design) and appreciating it (we don’t doesn’t really, just let your friends tell you). Any builder could embrace this sleek design, but it’s a bias that should pay off.
Note, however, that as you get used to this stuff, you’ll likely leave your other cars idle. My wife caught me several times getting out of our other car without a smile. Sorry, I didn’t see the design as that important.
I loved the interior ambience
It took me about 10 minutes to get used to enjoying this very simple interior, there is color and exactly the number of buttons needed instead of getting bored with a lackluster interior, and (you have to admit) about a week to stop showing everyone the ride mode trick to change the vibe, but everything is so clean and vibrant.
Navigation is fantastic with a good accessory to hold your cell phone, and the Tuner FM system works well. Initially I was worried that I would run out of screen (and honestly I still think for this car it should be possible to fit an extra screen in there).
Climbing into a more conventional car now feels like information overload, with dozens of dials, gauges and buttons vying for my attention, and LED lights coming from all directions. Driving the Hyundai Ioniq 5, especially at night, I feel much more connected to the outside world due to the minimal distractions in the cabin.
How much does gas cost right now?
Honestly, I don’t know, but until August, I always had an idea of the price of gas, because I was filling up every ten days. Best of all, my wife doesn’t have to fill up more than once a month because on weekends we both cram into my car for pretty much every trip (us plus our three daughters).
Our other vehicle (a Volkswagen Passat) is relegated to times when the four of us have to go somewhere or when we’re traveling a long enough distance that having three kids in the back leads to arguments.
Otherwise, even though the kids have significantly more space in the Passat, they would love to be in the Hyundai Ioniq 5. This brings me to another reason why this car made me lose my taste for other cars .
Sure, I need to recharge, but I just plug in when I get home. No more freezing up while refueling in the middle of December.
I’ve also lost about 25% range during the winter months due to the cold, but that’s not a big deal when you can fill up every night (by programming electricity prices by off peak hours with EDF) if you’re worried about range, and the car is filling up while I’m reading, spending time with my wife and kids, or sleeping.
And the interview?
I had a slight squeal coming from the rear wheels in reverse (common issue) and my horn only sounded when I pressed the right side (again, common). I was once in the garage.
I’m worried about the wheels and the windshield washer fluid but my wife tells me that I’m overdoing it because we just bought it. It will take 25,000 to 30,000 km to start watching. But what do you want, it’s hard to get used to anything else…
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