Hyundai brought the all-new, fully electric 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV about a year ago. The new kid on the block offers features on all fronts, with an inspiring ride quality, a comfortable and spacious cab, a strong powertrain and more. With so much on offer, the Ioniq 5 became one of the most popular electric SUVs of 2022, rivaling the Tesla Model 3, Kia EV6 and Volkswagen ID.4.
Hyundai gives its potential buyers many choices within the range of its flagship Ioniq 5 electric SUV† Firstly, the Ioniq 5 is available in 4 trim levels: the SE, the SE Standard Range, the SEL and the Limited models. Customers can also choose between RWD or AWD and several other options that aim to reduce the stress of owning an EV.
Starting at $43,650, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of the most complete electric SUVs this year. This is why the Hyundai Ioniq 5 tops the EV charts in today’s market.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a striking EV
Inspired by the Pony, the all-new Ioniq 5 features a stylish and futuristic exterior design, featuring a uniquely designed body with character lines on the panels, pixelated headlights and Parametric Pixel wheel design, as well as a clamshell bonnet.
In photos, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 may look like an ordinary family hatchback, such as the Ford Focus. But it’s actually bigger. It measures 182.5 inches long and 63.0 inches high, making it nearly as tall as the Audi Q5 and taller than the Kona Electric. In fact, the wheelbase of the Ioniq 5 is 118 inches long, roughly the same wheelbase in the Audi A8 limousine, unlocking a remarkable amount of cabin and cargo space for family outings and transport duties.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5: powerful and efficient
The Ioniq 5 offers RWD models, which are equipped with a single electric motor that generates 225 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft of torque. The AWD counterparts have two motors to drive both axles, with a combined power output of 320 horsepower and 446 lb.-ft of torque. Both systems are mated to a single-speed transmission.
Another amazing feature of the Ioniq 5 is its efficiency, which is hard to beat when compared to other EVs in the game. Users who want more range and maximum efficiency should choose the SE and SEL rear-wheel drive models, which deliver 132 MPGe in the city and 98 MPGe on the highway.
The SE Standard Range model delivers 127 MPGe in the city and 94 MPG on the highway, a decrease of 5/4 MPGe city/highway compared to the entry-level versions. This drops further on the AWD models, which deliver 110 MPGe in the city and 87 MPGe on the highway. You should be able to tow up to 2000 pounds with the Ioniq 5 SE, SEL and Limited trim levels. However, the SE Standard Range is not built for towing gigs.
Minimalist interior styling, intuitive technology features and decent cabin space
If you’re looking for simpler styling, you’ll love the Ioniq 5’s cabin, which has a pretty decent design. From the SEL trim, you get synthetic leather trim and other sweet interior amenities. But we think the cabin is a little understated and a lot less ostentatious than its competitors like the Volkswagen ID.4 and Kia EV6.
The standard 12.3-inch touchscreen has sharp graphics and easy-to-use controls. As in most cars, the system allows you to rearrange icons to your preferences. The infotainment system comes standard with navigation, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, a stereo with 6 speakers and Bluetooth. A 12.3-inch digital cluster gauge and two-zone automatic climate control are also standard. Wireless charging and a Bose stereo with 8 speakers are available.
The Ioniq 5 also comes with Vehicle to Load (V2L) capability, which unlocks bi-directional charging. This feature essentially allows you to use the vehicle as a power source, allowing you to power your laptop and other electrical devices. The cabin is quite large, thanks in part to the wheelbase. At full capacity, the Ioniq 5 can accommodate up to 5 people and has 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5: Above-average driving power, range and charging speed
Whether you choose the RWD or AWD, you’ll love the incredible drive quality of the Ioniq 5. Its long wheelbase and perfectly positioned setup give it great balance, allowing it to turn with little bodywork – even on the most twisty weigh. The Ioniq 5 has cool acceleration, allowing it to sprint from 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds and to a top speed of 235 km/h.
The interior has also been designed to make driving enjoyable for the occupants, with its delightful damping and sound-damped cabin. Driving the Ioniq 5 gives you a new experience, but users looking for a little more athleticism should consider the Mustang Mach-E, which gets a sportier driving dynamics. Overall, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes with good throttle response and regenerative braking, making the vehicle more attractive and fun to drive.
All AWD Ioniq 5 models can go up to 300 miles, while the all-wheel drive models can get you up to 469 miles on a full charge. The Ioniq 5 SE Standard Range model is the only trim in the family with the lowest range of 220 miles.
In terms of charging time, it takes about 6.75 hours to fully charge the Ioniq 5 from a 240-volt household outlet. With a charging station, this depends on the power, but thanks to the 800-volt charging capacity, it should usually be charged from 10% to 80% in less than 25 minutes. Hyundai also offers its customers unlimited free 30-minute charging sessions for up to 2 years.