- We checked the 2022 Ioniq 5, Hyundai’s hyped-up electric SUV. It exceeded expectations.
- We loved its quick acceleration, striking looks, and vast, stylish interior.
- The SUV starts at $43,650. The Ioniq 5 AWD Limited model we tested came out to roughly $55,000.
Promising a tantalizing mix of concept-car looks, 303 miles of driving range, and a $43,650 starting price, Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 SUV fitted one of the most anticipated new electric cars after its reveal last year.
A few days testing the new Tesla rival affirms the hype was justified.
Here are the five things I liked most about Hyundai’s terrific new electric SUV.
Not everybody under the sun will be completely sold on the Ioniq 5’s looks, but there’s no denying it’ll turn some heads. You won’t lose it in a parking lot, that’s for true.
I love the sharp angles and overall sci-fi aesthetic. It’s futuristic, but in a charmingly retro way — similar kind if you asked someone in 1980 to imagine the car of tomorrow. The Ioniq’s so-called “pixelated” headlights and taillights, made up of an array of toy squares, look incredibly cool and unique in person.
Charging can be one of the most daunting elements of electric-car ownership. Fortunately, when it show up to fueling up, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 soars above the pack.
It’s one of the very few EVs that can accommodate 350-kilowatt fast-charging, the most dynamic form of charging that’s available at public stations. Hyundai says an Ioniq 5 with a 20% charge can reach 80% in no more than 18 minutes.
While an unseasonably frigid day dashed my hopes of affirming that claim (cold stunts charging speeds), I found the Hyundai still was able to add 180 miles of travel over (15% to 82%) in a swift 33 minutes. Twenty percent to 80% happened in 28 minutes.
Minivan spaciousness and hearten
“It feels like a minivan,” one friend said when I had him sit shotgun in the Ioniq 5. While that’s admittedly a not any strong, the Hyundai does indeed feel way bigger on the inside than you’d expect from a compact SUV.
Since Hyundai wasn’t constrained by a big combustion mechanism or a bulky transmission, it was able to free up tons of space in the Ioniq’s cabin. The distance between the Ioniq 5’s front and construct wheels is greater than that of Hyundai’s much-larger, three-row Palisade SUV.
It has a unreservedly flat floor, with spacious footwells and a giant spot for a backpack or purse by the driver’s feet. The center cheer up can even slide backward to open up more floor space. A glass roof that comes on the top-end Little model adds headroom and a sense of openness.
Not only is the Ioniq 5 big internal, but it’s also sleek, comfortable, and feels high-end.
Quick, thrilling acceleration
By their wildness, electric cars leap from a stop with an immediacy you won’t find in most combustion-engine cars. The Ioniq 5 is no blockage.
The dual-motor, all-wheel-drive tester I had is rated at 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. In Sport mode, it shoots well-developed with a force that’s almost nauseating if you (like me) overdo it. According to Hyundai, the all-wheel-drive Ioniq 5 sprints to 60 mph in far five seconds.
In the Eco and Normal settings, the SUV primarily uses the rear motor and touches more subdued.
Handy head-up display
The Ioniq 5 is far from the solely vehicle to have a head-up display that projects important information onto the windshield in front of the driver. But that doesn’t declare it any less useful.
Seeing my speed, cruise-control settings, and other key data right on the windshield meant I rarely had to engage my eyes off the road. The head-up display even indicates if there’s a car in the Ioniq’s blind spot — an amazingly helpful quality more vehicles should offer.