Aiways U5: Electric family SUV from China in the first test

Driving report Aiways U5

VW can dress warmly: Electric family SUV from China in the first test

Aiways U5: Electric family SUV from China in the first test-aiways
Aiways Aiways U5

  • Site editor Sebastian Viehmann (Stuttgart)

The superiority of German car manufacturers was also on the drive. With electric vehicles, this is becoming increasingly heavier. According to Tesla and Nio, Aiways shows that Audi or Daimler will have to fight hard with their expensive E-SUVs in the future. The U5 can be ordered from the end of April.

This can probably be seen as a provocation: On a press picture from Aiways, the Elektro-SUV U5 drives with an Ingolstadt license plate. Just like many Audi e-trons that cruise around Bavaria. The bitter knowledge for the Germans: The Aiways is not as quick and driving as the Audi, and there are still no announced assistance systems. But the SUV costs only half as much and is a full-fledged electric family carriage. The first test in the U5 shows that it will become uncomfortable for the German car manufacturers in the future.

Body and interior

The 4.68 meter long Aiways U5 visually resembles the NIO ES8: expansive body, narrow headlights and of course not a radiator grille, but a closed front with the Aiways logo. In addition a few sleek rims – the design is quite successful. During the journey, only the bad view of the small rear window is negative.

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Aiways Aiways U5

A big plus is the space of the electric SUV. With 432 liters, the trunk only offers average conditions. But the passengers are really in the business class. In the rear you have a lot of head and knee freedom, the U5 should be perfect as a taxi. The habitat is also in front, with the somewhat hooky steering wheel height adjustment annoying. Unusual: The Aiways does not have a glove compartment-instead two fastening buttons, to which you can then attach different boxes or other accessories, such as an iPad holder.

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Cattle man Aiways U5: Cockpit

The cockpit is a little reminiscent of the NIO ES8, but the Aiways designers have installed a horizontal instead of vertical display. There are also three displays for the instruments. The center console is massive and somewhat impractical – the cup holders are small and the storage space under the console is lavish but difficult to reach. Here Tesla is set up differently with its airy, very reduced cockpit.

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Cattle man At the back you sit in Aiways like in a XXL SUV – the legroom is impressive

Speaking of Tesla: As with the Tesla Model 3, you also have to search for the button for the warning indicator system in the headlining. But the rest of the cockpit is nice clean. Also good: the processing. It leaves a decent impression in the test car with the top model with full leather interior.

Crash test: Chinese had to improve

In the Euro NCAP crash test, however, the Aiways only achieves three stars-no disaster, but anything but outstanding. "NCAP assessed the U5 as constructively safe. Aiways has already eliminated other problems that have been taken up by the tests. Specifically, for example, Aiways has updated the software that controls the triggering of the airbags. They now offer even better protection for inmates in the event of a severe side collision", So the manufacturer.

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Operation and infotainment

So "techy" And modern the Aiways works, it is not quite up to date with technical: the automated driving functions are not all available, instead of modern USB C ports, the sockets still have the old USB standard and also a head-up Display is missing. Distance control, automatic parking assistant, emergency brake system and "Rear Traffic Alert" – Monitoring of traffic when reversing with emergency brake function – but should be available for the market launch.

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The infotainment system can only be assessed to a limited extent, since it is obviously not yet completely adapted for the German market. But the menu navigation with individual tiles is convincing. Most vehicle functions are controlled on the display. The smartphone can be connected by cable or bluetooth-either via apps such as car play or simply via Mirror Link, then the smartphone content is simply mirrored on the monitor.

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Cattle man Infotainment system of the Aiway U5

Motor and drive

The car does not have a start button, you just step on the brake and put the driving step button on D. It can start, quiet and meekly. The Aiways has a 140 kW / 190 hp electric motor-it is rather weak on the chest compared to the powerful E-SUVs from Tesla, Audi or Jaguar. Nevertheless, the engine develops a maximum torque of 315 Newton meters and is very high in lining, especially when overtaking.

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Cattle man On the display of the Aiway U5 you can reflect the content of your own smartphone

However, the acceleration is disappointing: the car sets itself rather slowly in motion-also in sports mode-and takes around nine seconds for the sprint at 100 km/h. After all, the bikes don’t go crazy because the Aiways has front -wheel drive. There should only be an all-wheel drive variant in the coming year.

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Quiet, but with sound

According to the manufacturer, the consumption is between 16 and 17 kilowatt hours per 100 km – that would hardly be more than with the significantly smaller SUV Hyundai Kona. A longer practical test will have to show how the Aiways does in everyday life; Currently 400 kilometers of range are promised. In the first test drives, this also came about according to the on-board computer calculation. That would be another setback for Audi and Co.: The e-tron hardly manages the 400 kilometers-and that with a significantly larger battery.

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Cattle man The trunk of the Aiway holds 432 liters

The Aiways has an artificially generated engine sound that sounds a little stronger in sports mode. The Jaguar I-Pace with its turbine sound may sound more bite, but it doesn’t bother in Aiways. The rolling noises of the tires are moderate, at 130 to 150 km/h the car is still so quiet that you can talk comfortably. At 160 km/h it is settled anyway.

Chassis and driving behavior

Despite the power that is manageable for an electric car, the China SUV has a big advantage: it is comparatively easy with a little more than 1.7 tons. An Audi e-tron, for example, drags more than two tons with it. Thanks to lightweight construction and a relatively small battery (the lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 63 kilowatt hours, the battery cells come from the Chinese battery supplier Catl). The Chinese show that an electric SUV does not always have to be heavy.

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Cattle man The Aiways U5 can load with a maximum of 90 kW

The steering of the Aiway, whose unusually flattened steering wheel lies very well in the hand, is easy, the setting in the driving mode menus does not change much. Because of its low weight, the car does not put itself in the curves; If you exaggerate it, the car is good -natured until the ESP intervenes. At least this point clearly goes to Audi or Jaguar: their SUVs are definitely faster, more agile, sportier. For this, driving comfort is right for the Aiways. The car slides calmly and comfortably over the highway or through the city.

Prices and equipment

From the end of April, customers can pre -order the U5. "The pre -sale markets and the deposit amount will be announced in April", it says at Aiways. The production of the Aiway was also affected by the Corona outbreak in China, the market launch of the car in Europe is therefore shifting to August. But the Chinese have an advantage: While car production is largely suspended in Europe, it is already in China.In addition to Germany, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland are the first countries in which Aiways starts. The Chinese do not have a dealer network, but rely on direct sales. Aiways cooperates with the EURONICS electronics trading chain (Read Details here). At 30 locations, specially trained Euronics employees should present the vehicles and offer test drives. The ATU workshop chain will take over the maintenance work; However, the maintenance interval should be 100.000 kilometers lie. So often you won’t have to go to service.

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The price and equipment list has not yet been determined, but the prices should be between 35.000 and a maximum of 40.Move 000 euros. The latter still without all -wheel drive, but otherwise with full equipment including leather, navigation and all available assistance systems. A heat pump, important for as little range as possible in winter, does not exist for the time being. But it remains: an Aiways costs half as much as an Audi e-tron. And with the Mort brand VW there is still a competitive model for this segment on the to-do list-first the compact VW ID has to.3 on the market.

Quick charging only with 90 kW

When charging, Aiways customers have to put a little back. Because of the single -phase loader there are only 6.6 kW on the domestic wall box, so it means around ten hours of charging time. According to Aiways, up to 90 kW is possible with the low-speed speed of the DC. Then the loading time would be less than an hour. But the competition from Audi to Tesla to Porsche now has significantly better charging capacity.


From country wind to Borgward-many China brands have already tried the start of Germany and fell on the nose. With e-mobility, however, a lot becomes different, because in this area the German manufacturers no longer indicate the tone. The Aiways U5 is a cozy electric cruiser with plenty of space and good equipment, which only costs half as much as the currently available competitors from Audi or Mercedes. Even the Tesla Model Y, which will be released shortly, costs significantly more than the Aiways. The processing of the China SUV leaves a good impression, the design is impressive.

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Cattle man We are there: China newcomer Aiways wants to conquer Germany with electric SUV

Apart from the lack of brand image, the negative sides of the car include the rather manageable driving dynamics. A more detailed test must show how far the car really comes with a battery load in practice; Other electrical manufacturers can also do more when it comes to charging power. Nevertheless, as well as NIO or byton, the Aiways shows that electromobility in connection with new sales models – and of course also those from Japan, Korea or France – gives a lot of competition from China. Customers will be happy: you will soon have more selection in the electrical area.

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Manufacturer: Aiways
Type: Electric car
Engine: Electric motor
Perfomance: 140 kW
(190 hp)
Top speed: 160 km/h
further data…
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h: 9.1 seconds
Transmission: Infinitely varied
Drive: Front -wheel drive
Battery type: Lithium ions
Range electrical: 400 km
Consumption: 16.4 kWh/100 km according to NEFZ
Loading option to household socket: Yes
Load options and types of plugs: Type 2 plug (AC with 6.6 kW), CCS connector (DC with 90 kW)
Charging time: Wallbox: approx. 10 hours; Rapid loader: approx. 45 min.
Seats: 5
Purchase price: 40.000 euros
Battery included in the price: Yes
Important extras: Preliminary data!

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15 thoughts on “Aiways U5: Electric family SUV from China in the first test”

  1. VW can dress very warmly…
    …but not because of the Chinese. Their problem is more of the board of directors who have a direction … …but not because of the Chinese. Their problem is more of the board, which specifies an alternative direction, at least in Germany. You can be excited to know that. There is a lot to be feared on the ID3. Whether it will be sold this year ? There are certainly a few pre -orderers waiting for theirs "Volkswagen"

  2. Mr. Viehmann and the U5
    I like their tests. Not necessarily due to the technical quality, rather because they always incorporate something in the topic that the reader remembers as an appendix to the car. The U5 makes the same mistake as Audi. He pushes a steep front in front of him, which takes over a battery drive after a short time over 120 km/h. It is getting calmer in the classy area of Chinese quality. What matters is now only 1 topic: Where do we refuel, the charging station is free and my card works. What it costs does not matter (grin), the main thing is that we get electricity into the battery! In addition to the U5, the Tesla is a sleek super sports car that successfully holds at e-fatal speeds. Design u technology do not fit together with the U5. End of story, nothing to add?

  3. The thing has
    Received 3 stars from the crash test. Who believes that he now reaches 5 because of a few updates of the wrong. So far he has 3 and not a single one. Everything else has to be proven first! If I can make a Chinese car cheaper because the environmental requirements, energy prices and parts through China can build suppliers with the corresponding wages. Here, apples will compare with pears! So far, the Chinese have not torn anything in Europe in Europe….No service network except ATU?? I would have a maximum tire pulled on! 100,000 km intervals? Never ever!

  4. Well, if that will be something…
    The customer will decide. So in principle I would not buy a Chinese car even if there is a spot price, but everyone can decide that themselves. I always drive my cars at least 10 years anyway and mine is only now 2. Should I buy one beforehand then a diesel again. I don’t feel like standing in any stream column, that’s too stupid. For me, hybrid is not too expensive for me either, too complicated and whatever for me ? Where there is the point of driving a few kilometers with an electric motor to drive me out. And when one comes with the environment, I can only say that China builds about 10 new buildings in the time when we switch off a power plant. Well that really brings something. The earth is happy.

  5. Ford works in Saarlouis
    Congratulations to all electric car fans and journalists and of course on Merkel Habeck and Co! Brand -up -to -date message: The Ford works of Saarlouis complete their doors until 2025! This will then improve our climate balance and we need the free skilled workers. the leading media urgently – only where wonders where…

  6. The poor children in Africa
    Germans only think of their climate! This is quite selfish because it is not really warm with us anyway with an average temperature of 9.6-9.8 degrees! But to the small, poor children in Africa who are used to search for and dig in the earth for Kobolden and other rare earths, just so that some green conscience in the Merkel Schland as a monstrance in the form of one of all taxpayers Biddlyed electric toy cars can carry in front of them, Greens do not think of these poor creatures in their neighborhood bubble at Carpaccio at the Edel Italian…

  7. @people.Schulz – “is not …?"
    Nope, is not. Go to world funding cobalt in e-car batteries RD. 2%, in batteries for laptops, smartphones etc. RD. 40%, in steel industry approx. 33%, glass/ceramic, tires etc. RD. 25%. Rd from lithium production go to e-cars. 27%, the lion’s share in other consumer goods. Who is the monster?

  8. The China SUV…
    the competition from Europe, Asia and the USA is inferior in almost all points. There will still be some time before you are at Tesla, if you ever achieve this.

  9. Oh well
    As far as the processing quality is concerned, Tesla has probably already been surpassed. But that is, given the underground Tesla quality (Oh, an oxymoron!), also not a feat!

  10. I became unfaithful after 30 years of Mercedes
    I was very satisfied with my GLK, but the driving bans moved me to want a plugin hybrid. The GLK as a plugin hybrid would be 86.000 € came, but the Outlander cost only 43 with comparable equipment.000 €, so half. Sorry Mercedes, the star is not worth it to me after all. By the way, I am very satisfied with the Outlander PHEV and now I drive it 89% electrically with solar power from my own roof. I don’t think much of a pure electric car, because you are too dependent on the still bad charging structure for fast loaders, and partly want this moon prices for the electricity.

  11. I see similar
    With the small difference that I prefer a serial hybrid (BEV with Rex) to the plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Because with a driving profile 90 E: 10 V me the one electric drive + small 2-stroke engine as a generator seems more sensible than a large V-engine plus electric motor, i.e. 2 drives. It is crucial that you can switch off all range of range & charging problems as long as charging infrastructure suboptimal.

  12. Current prices
    We have here in the Merkel Land that with the highest electricity prices in the world, tendency continues to increase and now I should also buy an electric car? Absurd proposal…

  13. Rudiger Hinze electricity prices
    Really now! The electricity prices are significantly cheaper??? Anyone who believes that also believes in the human hands -on climate change and globules! The opposite will be the case! The state must compensate for the billions of miner oil tax that escapes it if all of the streamers! And then the grandma pays the green school teacher with a minimum pension with the green school teacher… That’s how it is!

  14. Wrong world!
    In times of climate change, an acceleration of 9 sec. To complain about 100 km/h is just stupid! In general, the BeV fetishists cling to the completely meaningless acceleration of their senseless vehicles. But you have nothing else! The range of the BEV will always remain a problem for pensioners on the village. Vacation trips over 300 km will become an adventure. Overnight stays on the vacation arrival would-like fights on overcrowded charging stations-mandatory. The world laughs at the fans of the BEV Schlapp! With a little luck, you can convert some of the BEV after the FCEV prevailed. Or you will be woven to villagers. 😉

  15. @ Mr. KOpnick
    "Will" implies a state in the future. If you have one or more cars in front of you at the charging station, the waiting time is multiplied. You don’t need much imagination to imagine what goes then! And they don’t seriously believe that there will be a free charging station for every BEV in the future? And for villagers, sick leave chairs and bobby cars, the drive is ok!


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