The interior layout, fit and finish
The Ioniq 5 may not be styled like an SUV, but the driving position still feels lofty and high rather than sporty and low. You get a terrific view of the road ahead, and the big windows and door mirrors help with visibility. Plus, a clever monitoring system is available that shows the view in your blind-spot on a display in the instrument binnacle.
There are a couple of problems with visibility, though. The first is the lack of a rear windscreen wiper. The Ioniq 5 has supposedly been designed so that water is pushed off the back of it by the airflow at high speeds. But while that sounds good, it won’t be much help if you’re trying to parallel park in the rain.
The other drawback is with the digital instrument panel. Every Ioniq 5 gets an interior that echoes the minimalist designs in many other electric cars and includes two conjoined 12.5in screens on the dashboard for the infotainment and instruments. However, we found that the top of the steering wheel could block some of the display, depending on your driving position.
Still, the infotainment system itself is good. It has a relatively simple layout for its menus, and even though some of the icons are a little small and fiddly to use on the move, the screen is responsive and the graphics sharp. As a bonus, there are helpful physical shortcut buttons along the bottom of the screen, complemented by voice control and simple switches on the steering wheel. It's a huge improvement over the infotainment in the VW ID.4.
The Ioniq 5 has Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring and wireless phone-charging as standard, while a premium Bose sound system and a head-up display with augmented reality (to project information on to the windscreen) are added in the top Ultimate trim.
The climate controls are not, unfortunately, real buttons and dials, so require more of your attention while you’re driving than physical buttons would. But it's not all bad news: they are at least in a separate panel beneath the touchscreen within easy reach of the driver, so they are always present and visible (rather than hidden in sub-menus).
There’s a really snazzy look to the design and layout of the interior. It’s a shame, though, that the high-end appearance isn’t quite matched by materials of equal quality. While the Ioniq 5 feels robust and sturdy, there’s a plasticky feel to some areas – particularly the material used for the two-spoke steering wheel and on the passenger’s side of the dashboard. Overall, it’s plusher than the disappointing ID.4, but no better than the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
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