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Hyundai Ioniq 5 priced from £36,995

Hyundai’s new Ioniq 5 electric car will be priced from £36,995 when it arrives in showrooms later this year.

The retro-styled hatch is the spearhead for Hyundai’s new Ioniq sub-brand, from which will launch an entire range of standalone electric models over the next few years.

Built on Hyundai’s dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) architecture called Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the Ioniq 5 will be available with a range of powertrain configurations.

Buyers can select from three battery and drive types initially: a 58kWh rear wheel drive with a range of up to 240 miles, a 73kWh rear wheel drive with a range of up to 300 miles, or a 73kWh all-wheel drive with a range of up to 287 miles.

The range-topping all-wheel drive option produces a combined power output of 225kWh and 605 Nm of torque – enough to deliver five second acceleration to 60mph.

There will also be three core trim grades alongside the Edition 45 limited production launch version.

Starting at £36,995, the SE Connect (58kWh rear wheel drive only) includes 19-inch alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch infotainment system with satnav, wireless phone charging, rear view camera, LED headlamps, rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control.

The Premium trim (from £39,295) adds a four-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel, auto dimming rear view mirror, power tailgate. It also offers customers the optional Vehicle 2 Load (V2L) pack for £365. The V2L function allows users to freely use or charge any electric devices, suppling up to 3.6kW of power. Using a converter, customers can charge high-power electric equipment, consumer electronics or even charge another electric vehicle.

Range-topping Ultimate models (from £42,295) feature leather seat coverings, solar and privacy glass, electrically adjustable and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, Bose sound system and head up display with augmented reality. Customers can also specify the Eco Pack (£1,195) which comprises Battery Heating system and Heat Pump.

With a 350-kW charger, the Ioniq 5 can charge from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes and drivers only need to charge the vehicle for five minutes to get 60 miles of range, according to WLTP.

Following its unveil on February 23, Hyundai received 236,000 expressions of interest from European customers, while the limited-edition Project 45 version was almost three times over-subscribed within 24 hours.

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