Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior
The Ioniq 5’s interior really looks the part, and feels properly posh – aside from a few plasticky buttons in places
The cabin of the Ioniq 5 is unlike any Hyundai we’ve come across before, because it just looks and feels (for the most part) so seriously plush.
Our left-hand-drive, European-specification test car (which is closely aligned to the range-topping Ultimate model we’ll get here in the UK) came with soft, eco-friendly leather upholstery for the seats and steering wheel and doors, which was finished in an airy cream-like colour that really brightened the place up.
Extensive ambient lighting on the doors and dash adds to the Ioniq 5’s lounge-like appeal, and the graphite-effect trim inlays in the doors look great (even if they are just plastic inserts).
Speaking of plastics, the shortcut buttons that run below the infotainment screen feel a little bit on the cheap side, but things like this are smartly balanced out by other neat details. This includes the metallic covers that have been fitted to the ends of the indicator and washer stalks, which are cool and smooth under your fingers.
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All versions of the Ioniq 5 come with a pair of crisp 12.3-inch digital screens mounted on top of the dashboard.
The first screen sits directly behind the wheel, and is used to display info such as driving speed, battery charge, remaining range, the level of regenerative braking and show just how efficiently you’ve been driving.
The other display is a touchscreen, and this forms the basis of the Ioniq 5’s infotainment system. You get satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio, a wireless charge pad, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity all included as standard.
The system itself is pretty straightforward to use, and a selection of physical shortcut buttons along the screen’s lower border help you to quickly jump from one menu to the next while on the move. But because the screen itself is still fairly wide and there isn’t really room to rest your hand, you’ll likely still find it easier to just get it set up while you’re stationary than to make adjustments on the move.
The graphics are slick enough, and fairly responsive too. You might find the massive, portrait-orientated screen in the Ford Mustang Mach-e to be a bit more visually impressive, but the Hyundai’s set-up is still good overall.
Range-topping models get a head-up display that can flash up directional prompts from the satellite navigation, as well as an uprated Bose sound system as standard.
The Ioniq 5 also comes with a Vehicle-to-Load charging function. Basically, this means you can use it as a massive mobile battery pack to charge up e-bikes and scooters, camping equipment, laptops – practically anything you can think of.