Electric vehicle (EV) racing is on and traditional automakers must prepare for a battery-powered future. Hyundai’s journey began with the 2016 Ioniq, the vehicle the company offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV-only configurations, but not with a standard internal combustion engine. The company’s 2022 Ioniq 5 (starting at $44,000) is a continuation of that EV effort, with a futuristic exterior, sleek interior, and copious amounts of the latest technology. The car also handles well, offers a competitive driving range, and supports fast charging. Our main problem with this form is that it is only available in about twenty states in the United States at the time of this writing. However, the 2022 Ioniq 5 makes enough to earn an Editors’ Choice award in the electric crossover category, a distinction it shares with Tesla’s impressive (and more priced) Model Y ($62,990).
Engine and range ionic 5
The Ioniq 5 comes in three identical trim levels – SE, SEL and Limited – and Hyundai supplies them all with a 77.4 kWh battery pack. After choosing a model, you must also choose between a rear-wheel drive (RWD) single-engine or all-wheel drive (AWD) two-engine version. The single RWD engine delivers 225 hp (168 kW) and produces 258 lb-ft of torque. The twin engines on the AWD model develop 320 horsepower (74 kW and 165 kW front and rear motors, respectively) and 446 lb-ft of torque. All models have a single-speed transmission and adjustable brake regeneration.
The EPA’s estimated range for the RWD and AWD models is 303 miles and 256 miles, respectively, and the EV supports 400V and 800V fast charging. With a 800V DC fast charger, you can charge the Ioniq 5 from 10% to 80% in about 18 minutes. With a 400V charger, this time increases to about 35 minutes. If you use a standard 2240-volt charger, you can power up your vehicle from 10% to a full charge in less than seven hours. Finally, the 120-volt charging cable that goes to the package is primarily intended to keep the battery at its current level — via a regular household outlet, charging time jumps 10% to 80% to about 40 hours.
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The Ioniq 5 offers competitive range, though the long-range 2022 AWD Tesla Model Y outdoes it with a range of about 330 miles on a full charge. For comparison, the RWD Ford Mustang Mach E ($43,895) is capable of 247 miles, the Volkswagen ID 4 ($41,230) offers a range of 250 miles, and the Hyundai Kona Electric ($34,000) has a range of 258 miles.
Ioniq 5 trim and styling options
Before we discuss trim options, it is important to know that the Ioniq 5 is only available in more than twenty states as of this writing. On the plus side, the Ioniq 5 is eligible for a $7,500 tax credit, and Hyundai’s partnership with Electrify America gives owners unlimited 30-minute charging sessions for two years from the date of purchase.
The entry-level SE starts at $44,000 for the single-engine version and $47,500 for the two-engine version. Standard exterior features include 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/55R19 tires; active grille shutters; automatic LED headlights; automatic pull door handles; Heated side mirrors in body color; LED daytime running lights and tail lights; and the rear wing.
You get standard interior amenities like automatic climate control with driver-only mode; Fabric seats 8-way power driver’s seat; heated front seats; Tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with brake paddle shifters; Sliding rear seats are available.
Standard technical features include a 12-inch touch screen display and digital instrument panel; AM / FM HD radio and satellite radio; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; Bluetooth technology for hands-free phone calls and wireless streaming for up to two devices; front USB data port; Hyundai Bluelink Telematics system; guidance; And two USB charging ports, front and back.
As for the standard active safety features, the Ioniq offers adaptive cruise control with full stop and go; Auto high beams assist blind spot and rear cross traffic; Driver Attention Warning Forward Collision Warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection; Lane-keeping and lane-keeping assistance; Rear parking sensors and safe exit assist.
SEL pricing starts at $46,250 and $49,750 for the single- and twin-engine models, respectively. Adds 64 colors of ambient interior lighting; auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink; Forward parking sensors smart hands-free tailgate; heated steering wheel lane-changing and evasive steering assist; Leather seating surfaces, foldable side mirrors, LED headlights. rear view camera with guidelines; ventilation and air conditioning holes for the second row; Wireless charging of the device.
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The flagship limited edition starts at $51,100 for a single-engine option, while the AWD version we tested starts at $55,000. This trim adds 20-inch alloy wheels with 255/45R20 tires; blind spot display with display in the instrument panel; Bose’s premium sound; Driver’s seat memory A driver’s seat recline function that includes a footrest and a zero-gravity position when the vehicle is in a parking lot; 8-way electric passenger seat; Head-up display with augmented reality; Hyundai smartphone-based digital key; panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers; Rear side window blinds. Reverse collision avoidance peripheral vision monitor; Vehicle-to-load feature that can power 120V electronics; And ventilated front seats.
The only option on our test model was $195 for a carpeted floor rug. A $1,245 shipping and in-house handling fee brought the final poster price up to $56,440.
With its distinct shape, recessed LED headlights, bold side-body creases, and grooved wheel vents, the 2022 Ioniq 5 is unlike any other car on the road. Our 20-inch wheels and flowing automatic door handles not only add to the unique look of the car, but also make it more streamlined.
The wheelbase of the Ioniq 5 is the longest of any Hyundai car to date and offers plenty of interior space. The flat floor adds extra legroom, and the movable center console slides back and forth 5.5 inches to improve interior flexibility.
Dual screen dash
The dashboard of the Ioniq 5 features a 12-inch infotainment system and 12-inch side-by-side dashboard screens. The infotainment screen is similar to that of other Hyundais we tested, but with a more streamlined look.
Like other Hyundais, you can arrange your home screen icons as you see fit across multiple pages. But the layout scheme (light blue icons on a white background) is now easier to see. The instrument panel displays information in a live way, and the augmented reality mode in the head-up display displays speed limits, driver assistance warnings, and even images of other vehicles around the vehicle.
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The infotainment screen also displays the vehicle’s range, battery status, charging times (when connected), and allows you to schedule charging sessions. The onboard navigation system also displays the battery range and offers to locate nearby charging stations. However, during testing, we were directed to charging stations miles away, while a Google Map search revealed closer options.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay handle most aspects of connectivity, except for those that are part of Hyundai’s subscription-based Bluelink system (free for the first three years of ownership). Bluelink provides typical IT features such as automatic crash notification, and allows you to store vehicle settings in the cloud. With the Bluelink app, you can remotely unlock or lock doors, set climate control preferences, and find charging stations by charging type and availability. You can even send the location of those stations to the car’s navigation system.
a lot of force
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Although the Hyundai Ioniq 5 isn’t capable of accelerating a Mustang Mach-E or a Tesla, it has plenty of power for everyday driving. Four driving modes are available – Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow – and four modes of regenerative braking. Sport mode unlocks the ultimate in performance. Steering wheel pedals provide a wide range of brake recovery feel; On the one hand, the car stops on the one hand, and on the other, it stops as soon as the gas pedal is raised.
The Ioniq 5 also handles well. The ride is smooth and quiet, and the battery under the floorboard adds stability during cornering. The distinction between the crossover isn’t just cosmetic: The vehicle can tow up to 1,650 pounds and comes prewired with a four-pin towing package.
At the top of its class
The Ioniq 5 is an excellent EV. Its unique exterior and interior design, plenty of standard and technical features, pleasant performance, competitive price and range make it easy to recommend. And despite stiff competition from auto giants like Tesla, Ford and Volkswagen, it stands out as the Editors’ Choice winner in the electric CUV category. However, both the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 offer a longer driving range, faster acceleration, and benefit from continuous software updates over the air. These benefits may be worth the extra cost, but the Ioniq 5 is an excellent alternative.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a battery-powered crossover featuring bold design, fast charging, innovative technology and fun performance.
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