Up front, the dashboard is as futuristic as the exterior. It is dominated by twin 12.3-inch screens, very reminiscent of the Mercedes-Benz interiors we have seen of late, and perhaps a bit of an evolution from the dashboard found in their Nexo Fuel Cell car in their range. On the whole, the interior is something quite special.
Because everything is mounted high up, and controlled mostly through the screen, the feeling of spaciousness dominates. You get a flat floor that you can step through, and the centre console not only has more space for your bits than Big Yellow Storage, it will also slide backwards and forwards to either give more space, or give more comfort. You get ok-sized door bins, but an excellent big drawer instead of a glove box which is nice and deep.
Our test car also had the ‘Tech Pack’ fitted which has the ‘Relaxation Seats’, so you can recline them to allow you a bit more comfort when you are waiting on your Ioniq 5 charging. The seats themselves are really comfortable with just the right combination of support and cushioning. In the ‘Ultimate’ trim of our press car, they are also heated and ventilated, and there is a heated steering wheel too. Oddly, however, you don’t get a simple switch to turn the heating on and off, you have to go into a menu, although it isn’t too bad as it’s accessed by the heating and ventilation controls which are positioned mid-dashboard. These are touch-sensitive buttons with no haptic feedback, but they are better than those found on cars like the ID.3, so no need to labour the point too much. The buttons on the wheel may look touch sensitive too, but thankfully they aren’t, they require a physical press.
In terms of other equipment, all is well. There is the usual Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, Bluetooth, wireless phone charging, BOSE audio, memory seats and more safety equipment than you can shake a stick at.
However, all isn’t perfect. Whilst visibility is good, there isn’t a rear wiper, much like there isn’t one on the Jaguar I-Pace and that is annoying. During our tiem with the car, the inclement weather made itself known, and even at higher, motorway speeds, the rain wouldn’t clear unless the rear screen heating element was one. This is, in our view, a glaring safety omission.
The infotainment screen is also a little bit too much of a stretch away, especially for those drivers who may sit slightly further back. At least in the Nexo they give you a rotary dial (much like BMW’s i-Drive controller) as an alternative.
We can’t complain about the presence of safety systems, but if you may wish to turn some of them off. And to do so means delving deep into the menu systems. A simple button would suffice.
And lastly, whilst the overall build quality is good, and most of the materials are fine, there are still some cheap-feeling plastics that you have to come into contact with, such as the door handle and some of the minor controls.