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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Cupholder Mega Test: Will the Nalgene bottle fit?


May 2, 2023
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Cupholder Mega Test: Will the Nalgene bottle fit?


I absolutely adore the Hyundai Ioniq 5, and so was excited to spend a week with it when the EV landed in my driveway. When I first drove the Ioniq 5 in San Diego, though, I hadn’t packed my favorite style water bottle: the big 32-ounce Nalgene. Despite it being the best, its sheer size makes it less ideal when trying to pack light for a short trip. It also means it doesn’t fit in most cars’ cupholders, but, without the bottle on hand, I’d have to wait until this new opportunity with the Ioniq 5 to find out if it passes the Nalgene check. So, let’s get to it.

Starting at pole position — the front cupholders — we find ourselves unlucky so far. It’s not even close to fitting. Not unusual, but our first option for convenient access to megahydration is denied. In most instances, our next best bet is the molded pockets in the front door panels.

Here we have success. It’s quite a tight fit, so while our drink won’t be knocking or rolling around, it’s not as easy as it could be to retrieve while driving, and I’ll probably eventually wear out the little plastic tether connecting the lid to the bottle, as that’s the easiest thing to grab without looking. Still, I’ll give these door holders a pass.

How about the folks sitting in back? Where can they stash their Nalgenes?

No surprise about it not fitting in the center armrest cupholders after our inauspicious start with the fronts. The fact that it won’t fit in the door panels is disappointing. C’est la vie.

But one more thing … you might have noticed another potential stash up front in the storage cubby below the center stack.

The Nalgene fits in there just fine, but a little bit of extra room means the bottle will be knocking around. It’s actually a decent spot, and more accessible than the doors.

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