VIDEO: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV in Msia, fr RM199,888

Was there ever a time when Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz launched new models back-to-back at around the same price, and the Korean car made the German one look underwhelming in every department? Can’t remember, but such a phenomena happened last week, where less than 24 hours separated the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Mercedes-Benz EQA launches.

Both are full EVs, but only the Ioniq 5 sits on an EV-specific platform. The Korean car looks like a Golf-sized hatchback, but is actually much bigger than the SUV-styled EQA, which is essentially a battery-powered GLA. The top-spec Ioniq 5 with the extended warranty and home charger is yours for RM276,888, just a whisker away from the EQA’s RM278,201. How dare Hyundai?

Well, the Ioniq 5 has a 72.6 kWh battery (66.5 kWh for the Merc) and an extra motor to make it AWD. Combined, the motors make 305 PS/605 Nm, good for 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds (190 PS, 375 Nm and 8.9 seconds for the EQA). Both have the same range of around 430 km per charge. And we haven’t even talked about design (one of the Ioniq’s unique selling points) and kit (there’s such a thing as business class-style reclining front seats).

VIDEO: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV in Msia, fr RM199,888

That’s the top Max spec. The Ioniq 5 range starts from the RM199,888 Lite, which comes with a 58 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery and single-motor rear-wheel drive, while the RM229,888 Plus is a higher-spec version of the 58 kWh RWD car.

All prices are duty free, of course, but you’ll need to add RM10k to the RRP if you want the “extended warranty and service package”, which bumps the warranty to five years or 100,000 km, and includes service maintenance for three years or 50,000 km. The standard warranty is two years or 50,000 km. Whether you top up or not, the EV battery warranty is for eight years or 160,000 km.

Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) is offering two home charging stations, which are optional items. Choose from a 7 kW AC unit for RM6k or a 22 kW AC unit for RM7,000. Prices include “standard installation” but there may be extra charges for additional cabling and extended installation requirements.

VIDEO: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV in Msia, fr RM199,888

Speaking of chargers, with a 350 kW DC fast charger, users can juice the Ioniq 5’s battery from 10 to 80% in just 18 minutes, and even just five minutes of plugging in will be able to net an extra 100 km of WLTP-rated range. Although we don’t have such powerful chargers in Malaysia yet, it’s good to know that the Ioniq is capable of faster charging when the hardware arrives.

Current DC fast chargers such as those on the Shell Recharge network are rated at 180 kW. At 50 kW, Hyundai says that the Ioniq 5 will replenish from 10% to 80% in 47 minutes, so expect much shorter waiting times at 180 kW DC chargers, even if it’s shared with another EV. Juicing up with a 11 kW home AC charger takes five hours for the 58 kWh and slightly more than six hours for the bigger battery. The Ioniq 5 has a CCS2 port.

By the way, the Ioniq 5 can play powerbank too, with vehicle-to-load (V2L) sockets under the rear seats that can supply up to 3.6 kW to power things like electric bicycles, laptops, scooters, camping equipment, or even another EV with a dead battery. The kit list is long – refer to our full launch report and check out the walk-around video above as we demo the Ioniq 5’s unique features, and those front Premium Relaxation Seats.

GALLERY: Hyundai Ioniq 5 Max, 72.6 kWh AWD

GALLERY: Hyundai Ioniq 5 Plus, 58 kWh

GALLERY: Hyundai Ioniq 5 Lite, 58 kWh

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • Autobahn on Mar 16, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    After sales support and warranty merc is way better. You dont want to fight to get your battery faulty replaced or do months without replacement car while your car stuck in workshop waiting for parts from korea.

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  • tricycle on Mar 16, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Dear Danny,

    Let say, if one were to drive fast the car for prolong period of time in highway. Let say mostly above 150km/h. Would it possible to achieve the distance of 430km per charge or the distance itself drop to say 200km per charge?

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  • Arnie on Mar 17, 2022 at 2:40 am

    185kmph only? That is a dealbreaker for me! Overpriced this Ioniq is double the asking price of the last Ioniq

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    • Paul Tan on Mar 17, 2022 at 9:03 am

      ioniq and ioniq5 are two different cars, they just share the same ioniq branding, like mercedes benz “eq”.

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      • Pay 20k more and get a Merc EQA, nuff said. Why pay so much for a car that look like an 90s concept design.

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        • Michael on May 02, 2022 at 2:40 am

          It actually looks like it came from 2040 the future, not the 90s.

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  • Aura89 on Mar 17, 2022 at 2:45 am

    200k and you don’t get 5 year warranty? No you actually have to pay an extra 10k on top which is a given by other brands.

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  • Kenny Wong on Mar 17, 2022 at 10:34 am

    At the price of RM270k for Hyundai, I rather go for Volvo XC40 full EV

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  • Kenny Wong on Mar 17, 2022 at 10:35 am

    At the price of RM270k for Hyundai, I rather go for Volvo XC40 full EV.

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  • Eugene on Mar 19, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Very strange. Regarding Level 2 charging (using home 3-pin plug), Danny said “don’t bother”.

    Regular city folks probably use 40 to 50km battery range driving to the office. On arriving home, he can plug in. While Level 2 charging is slow, you are charging overnight. It should be sufficient.

    So why “don’t bother”? Is he being presumptuous in assuming that everyone uses the entire 430km range every day? Does that mean everyone must to pay the additional RM6k for a home charging station?

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    • Jonathan Lee (Member) on Mar 20, 2022 at 4:14 pm

      I’m not Danny. :)

      And you’re right, of course. But you’re also assuming that people (we’re talking about Malaysians here, let’s not forget) are going to be diligent enough to charge their EVs every day, when even owners of PHEVs with 40 or 50 km of electric range don’t charge them. How many PHEV engines have you heard driving past you at low speeds, when they should be silent? Exactly.

      Even if you are one of those people who will make the effort to charge your car every night, wouldn’t you want to make that (admittedly painful) one-off investment in a wallbox at least as a back-up, for some peace of mind? If, for some reason, you do need to use the full charge of your battery, do you really want to have the car out of commission for the whole of the next day, maybe even two days? That doesn’t sound realistic either, does it?

      Let’s be honest, people who can spend upwards of RM200,000 on an electric car are well-off enough that the extra RM6,000 outlay for a home wallbox isn’t going to trouble them.

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