Trailside Outtake: Hyundai Ioniq5 – The Latest Hot Wheels In Town

I’m seeing new Ioniq5s pop up all over town; they’re the latest hot new thing on wheels. And as previously disclosed, I approve. It reminds me of some of the best origami-mobiles coming out of Giugiaro’s studios in the late 70s and early 80s. A Golf on steroids with a dose of show-car dressing.

This was the first one I saw up close, which made me realize it’s not all that big; roughly similar to the Subaru Crosstek next to it. That’s a good thing.  If I was in the market for a new car, this would be at the top of my list.

The chatter in the industry is that the Koreans (Hyundai and Kia) are poised to expand their already strong #2 position in EVs behind Tesla, in the passenger car segment. They’re building a large EV-dedicated plant in the US, and their latest offerings (Ioniq5, EV6) are off to a strong start. The Ioniq5 alone is already nipping at the Mach E’s hooves and almost triple of the VW ID.4, and combined Hyundai-Kia EV sales are way ahead of the rest of the pack.

Of course the gap between them and Tesla is still huge, but it’s good to see some genuine competition starting to shape up.