- We tested the Ioniq 5 2022, Hyundai’s hype electric SUV. He exceeded expectations.
- We loved its quick acceleration, striking looks and spacious, sleek interior.
- The SUV starts at $43,650. The Ioniq 5 AWD Limited model we tested came in at around $55,000.
Promising a tantalizing mix of concept car looks, 303 miles of range and a starting price of $43,650, Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 SUV has become one of the most anticipated new electric cars after its release. revealed last year.
A few days of testing Tesla’s newest rival proves the hype was warranted.
Here are the five things I loved the most about Hyundai’s terrific new electric SUV.
Space Age Looks
Not everyone will be completely sold on the look of the Ioniq 5, but there’s no denying it will turn heads. You won’t lose it in a parking lot, that’s for sure.
I like the sharp angles and the overall sci-fi aesthetic. It’s futuristic, but in a charmingly retro way – as if you were asking someone in 1980 to imagine the car of tomorrow. The Ioniq’s so-called “pixelated” headlights and taillights, made up of an array of little squares, look incredibly cool and unique in person.
Charging can be one of the most daunting parts of owning an electric car. Fortunately, when it comes to fueling up, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 rises above the pack.
It’s one of the few EVs that can accommodate 350 kilowatts of fast charging, the most powerful form of charging available on the market. public stations. Hyundai claims that an Ioniq 5 with a 20% charge can reach 80% in just 18 minutes.
While an unusually frosty day dashed my hopes of confirming this claim (cold waterfalls charging speeds), I found the Hyundai was still able to add 180 miles of range (15% to 82%) in a quick 33 minutes. Twenty percent to 80% happened in 28 minutes.
Minivan space and comfort
“It looks like a minivan,” a friend said when I sat him in the Ioniq 5. what you would expect from a compact SUV.
Since Hyundai wasn’t limited by a big combustion engine or bulky transmission, it was able to free up tons of space in the Ioniq’s cabin. The distance between the front and rear wheels of the Ioniq 5 is greater than that of Hyundai’s much larger three-row Palisade SUV.
It has a completely flat floor, with spacious feet and a giant place for a backpack or purse by the driver’s feet. The center console can even slide backwards to open up more floor space. A glass roof that comes on the top-of-the-line Limited model adds headroom and a feeling of openness.
Not only is the Ioniq 5 big on the inside, it’s also sleek, comfortable and premium.
Quick and thrilling acceleration
By their nature, electric cars jump from a stop with an immediacy you won’t find in most combustion engine cars. The Ioniq 5 is no exception.
The dual-motor, all-wheel-drive tester I had is rated at 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque. In Sport mode, it pulls forward with almost sickening force if you (like me) overdo it. According to Hyundai, the all-wheel-drive Ioniq 5 sprints to 100 km/h in about five seconds.
In Eco and Normal settings, the SUV primarily uses the rear engine and feels more subdued.
Convenient head-up display
The Ioniq 5 is far from the only vehicle to have a head-up display which projects important information onto the windshield in front of the driver. But that doesn’t make it any less useful.
Seeing my speed, cruise control settings and other key data right on the windshield meant I rarely had to take my eyes off the road. The head-up display even shows if there’s a car in the Ioniq’s blind spot – an incredibly useful feature that more vehicles should offer.