2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Long-Term Overview: The Perfect Blend of Versatility and Fun

Hyundai is no stranger to electric cars. In the past few years, Hyundai has offered not one but two electric vehicles, one of which is among the most popular models in Canada. Now, Hyundai is launching the next generation of its electric vehicle portfolio with the all-new Hyundai IONIQ 5 2022.

The new IONIQ 5 was one of the most anticipated new models this year, EV or not, and now that it’s here it doesn’t disappoint. Unique design with square headlights and square taillights, spacious interior, impressive 800-volt architecture and the impressive performance of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 come together to deliver an electric vehicle that checks many boxes and can meet a variety of needs.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ5 | Photo: Oliver DeLorme

When Hyundai offered to let me drive the IONIQ 5 for just over three weeks, I couldn’t resist. I had some questions that I wish had been answered during that time, questions like:

  • Is Hyundai Ioniq 5 roomy enough to live with a small child?
  • With 320 horsepower, can the IONIQ 5 compete with the Tesla Model 3 Performance or the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT?
  • How does cold weather affect the IONIQ 5 range?

In short, the answers to these questions are yes, no, and not very much. Let’s take a closer look.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 |  Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

Hatchback looks like an SUV

The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 looks more like a hatchback than an SUV, yet it feels like an SUV inside. It even has sunshades over the rear doors, something any parent will tell you is a must in a family car. These umbrellas are included in an optional package on the top-of-the-line model, but still.

This specific package called Ultimate also adds a sliding center console that makes the already spacious interior even more welcoming. There’s actually plenty of interior space in the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5. A lot more than you’d expect when you first saw it. There is also plenty of internal storage space.

I was able to fit my 6-foot tire front and rear with little trouble, and the rear legroom is better than most compact SUVs. With a cargo capacity of 770 liters, the IONIQ 5 has more cargo capacity than many of the same utility vehicles, and with more than 3,016 liters of passenger volume inside, it’s only 49 liters of the new Tucson. It can also tow up to 2,000 pounds when equipped with a larger 77.4 kWh battery.

In other words, this is a very spacious car, which is ideal for a young family. If you need space but hate the idea of ​​driving something like an SUV, the IONIQ 5 is the perfect solution. So much so that I really think Hyundai should consider selling the IONIQ 5 with a gas engine.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 |  Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

Great everyday car

Multiple versions and configurations of the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 are available. My long-term tester was the long-range all-wheel-drive model with a 77.4 kWh battery and 239 kW motor. The top in the IONIQ 5 lineup has all-wheel drive and 320 horsepower along with 446 pound-feet of torque. Those are performance car numbers, so is the IONIQ 5 a high-performance hatchback capable of competing with the Mach-E GT or the Model 3 Performance?

No, the IONIQ 5 is not the same type of electric car with over 300 horsepower as these two. It’s not meant to be a high-performance machine and so it feels more restrained and certainly less exciting than a Tesla or a Ford. As a matter of fact, I’d say the IONIQ 5 feels a little slower than the Kia EV6 GT-Line I’ve driven recently.

On the other hand, there is still a lot of energy here. The IONIQ 5 jumps forward with a confident rush when you’re heavy on the right pedal, and the 5.2-second 0-100 km/h acceleration isn’t something to pick your nose up at. You’ll never feel like you want more power in the IONIQ 5, but it’s not meant to be a performance EV. It’s a great touring car and feels like it.

Comfort is impressive despite the larger 20-inch wheels in our tester. The seats keep you in place and the cabin design is stunning, modern and easy to use. Now, some won’t like the little digital buttons on the center console that control the climate, but you get used to them. As for the central infotainment screen, it is as easy to use and know as any Hyundai product.

I have to say that as a family vehicle, the white interior of our tester wasn’t the best choice. It looked fine, but keeping it clean would be a nightmare. The other issue I had during my time with the IONIQ 5 was the lack of a rear wiper. The rear window is only slightly tilted and dirt accumulates very quickly. If you’re driving in the rain, snow, or on a dirty street, it won’t be long before you won’t be able to see anything out of the rear window. This is something that has been brought up several times and Hyundai is aware of it. They’re hoping to add a rear wiper on the next batch of IONIQ 5 models, though who knows when that will be.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ5 | Photo: Oliver DeLorme

800 volt architecture

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 features an 800-volt architecture, something that is only found in a few electric vehicles. The Porsche Taycan is in one, the Audi e-tron GT is the other… and that’s it. Kia has one EV6, too, which it shares with the IONIQ 5. This robust build means lightning-fast charging times. How quickly do you ask? Well, you can charge the 77.4 kW battery in less than 7 hours with a level 2 wall charger.

On a level 3 charger at 50 kW, you can restore 80% of the range in about 1 hour while a 350 kW fast charger gives you 80% in just over 17 minutes. Very few electric vehicles charge this quickly.

As for range, our AWD tester promised 414 kilometers, but a full charge reports roughly 375 kilometers. This was due to the way the IONIQ 5 was previously driven and externally driven. That’s still more than enough, but the IONIQ 5 falls short of a Kia EV6 or Tesla Model 3 when it comes to range. You can choose an RWD model with a larger battery and get 488 kilometers of range, but I’d advise against using a rear-wheel drive vehicle in Canada or the northern states.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ5 | Photo: Oliver DeLorme

Expensive or not?

With a sticker price of $62,435, the loaded Hyundai IONIQ 5 didn’t come cheap. But, here in Quebec, we get $8,000 (now $7,000) from the provincial government and $5,000 from the federal government, dropping IONIQ 5 dramatically. Still over $50,000, but then again my tester had everything you can think of.

Ventilated seats, heated front seats, wireless charging, head-up display, ambient lighting, heated rear seats, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, power seats, dual-zone climate, sunroof and all sorts of driver assistance technologies. When you look at everything IONIQ 5 has to offer you, it’s hard to discuss the value proposition.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 |  Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

Conclusion

The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 is a great electric car and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it. The top model in my choice is my favorite Long Range 4WD and Ultimate Package pick, but any IONIQ 5 gives you exceptional versatility and great value. It might not feel like it has more than 300 horsepower, but its fast charging times and decent range mean the IONIQ 5 gives you what most EV buyers want.

The problem is that getting a Hyundai IONIQ 5 right now is almost impossible. However, for those waiting for the model they ordered or for those thinking ahead, the IONIQ 5 is definitely worth every penny as a new generation electric vehicle and everyday family vehicle.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 |  Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Louis-Philippe Dube

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