2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

Release Date: Fall 2021
Estimated Price: Starting around $38,000
  • New five-passenger midsize SUV will launch the Ioniq EV sub-brand
  • Built on dedicated EV architecture
  • Choice of standard or high-capacity battery and rear- or all-wheel drive
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Review
What is the Ioniq 5?

You might be familiar with the Hyundai Ioniq, a small Prius-like hatchback that comes in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV variants. Soon, Hyundai will use the Ioniq name as a springboard for several electric vehicles. The first of these is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, a midsize SUV. It will be followed by the Hyundai Ioniq 6 sedan in the 2022 calendar year and the larger Ioniq 7 SUV in 2024. Hyundai says the Ioniq 5 will debut in the U.S. starting in the fall of 2021.

The five-passenger Ioniq 5 will be the first vehicle to use Hyundai's new Electric Global Modular Platform, or E-GMP, designed solely to underpin electric vehicles. Many current EVs — including the Hyundai Ioniq and Hyundai Kona Electric — are designed to support both engine and electric applications, which causes some packaging issues when converting for EV use.

The Ioniq 5's EV-only platform means that these concerns can be ironed out from the get-go and help drive space efficiencies. Hyundai lists the Ioniq 5's length at approximately 182 inches. That's about the same length as a Honda CR-V. But the Ioniq 5's wheelbase, which is the distance between the front and rear wheels, is more than a foot longer than a CR-V's. That long wheelbase plus short front and rear overhangs and a fastback-style rear hatch also help give the Ioniq 5 a sporty profile.

What's powering the Ioniq 5?

The Ioniq 5 will offer two battery sizes: 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh. The base Ioniq 5 has rear-wheel drive with a single electric motor. A dual-motor setup with all-wheel drive will also be available.

Range, according to Hyundai, is up to 480 kilometers (298 miles) on the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) with the bigger battery and rear-wheel drive. Typically, these figures are higher than the EPA's estimates, which we don't have right now. For what it's worth, 480 km from the WLTP test is similar to what Hyundai claims for the Kona Electric. The EPA gives the Kona Electric a range estimate of 258 miles.

With the bigger battery and dual-motor setup, Hyundai says the Ioniq 5 will produce 225 kW (approximately 302 horsepower) and accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds. That's respectably quick and similar to what Tesla claims for the Model Y Long Range (0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds). With the smaller battery and single-motor rear-wheel drive, 0-62 mph slows to a claimed 8.5 seconds.

The Ioniq 5's electrical architecture is compatible with the latest high-powered DC fast-charging stations. Connecting to a 350-kW charger, for instance, would allow you to recharge your Ioniq 5 from 10% battery charge to 80% in just 18 minutes, Hyundai says. As of now, only a few top-end luxury EVs, such as the Porsche Taycan, support these ultra-fast chargers.

How's the Ioniq 5's interior?

The Ioniq 5 has a techy vibe thanks to its two 12-inch display screens on the dash. The left screen will presumably display a lot of driver-related information, while the center screen will handle the multimedia stuff. Below the center screen is an array of conventional climate control buttons.

The Ioniq's floor is flat, which should help provide a pleasing amount of rear legroom and all-around comfort. Drivers can slide the center console forward and backward by about 5.5 inches. Hyundai also says many of the Ioniq's interior panels are made out of sustainable plant-based or recycled materials.

How's the Ioniq 5's tech?

Check this out: Hyundai says the Ioniq 5 will have the capability to use its battery pack as a power supply. Connecting to an exterior port or one located underneath the rear seats, you'll be able to draw up to a constant 3.6 kW to help power small electrical appliances or tools. Seems like a handy feature for tailgating to us, or at least within the limitations of wanting to make sure you reserve enough battery power to get home.

And what about driver aids? Hyundai's packing them on like a squirrel collecting nuts for the winter. Forward collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring with collision avoidance, and adaptive cruise control with lane keeping are among the many features you'll find on the Ioniq 5 that can help minimize the chance of a collision and reduce driver fatigue. Also available is a new head-up display that can project augmented reality information on the windshield. Getting real-time navigation prompts that overlay on the street scene in front of you is one such use of this feature.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The 2022 Ioniq 5 represents Hyundai's commitment to the future of electric vehicles. It will join a multitude of other non-luxury SUV EVs hitting the market. Besides the Ford Mach-E and Tesla Model Y that are on sale now, you'll also be able to shop the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Nissan Ariya and Volkswagen ID.4. How to choose? Hang with us at Edmunds as we get them in for testing in the coming months.

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