2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 First Drive Review: Retro Modern


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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, the automaker’s latest electrical automotive, proves that EVs are about greater than a powertrain.

Hyundai has launched electrical automobiles earlier than, however they have been derived from gasoline or hybrid fashions. The Ioniq 5 is a clean-sheet design, debuting Hyundai’s EV-specific Electrical-World Modular Platform (E-GMP) and making the most of the design freedom that entails. That makes the Ioniq 5 a stronger competitor to the Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Tesla Mannequin Y.

Hyundai isn’t stopping there. The Ioniq 5 is the primary in a sequence of Ioniq fashions sharing the E-GMP platform and basic design theme. An Ioniq 6 sedan and Ioniq 7 SUV are on the best way as nicely. Observe that the Ioniq sub-brand is separate from the present Hyundai Ioniq hatchback, an unrelated mannequin offered with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric powertrains.

On sale in later December, the Ioniq 5 launches in SE, SEL, and Restricted trim ranges with customary rear-wheel drive or out there all-wheel drive. Launch pricing begins at $44,875 for a rear-wheel-drive SE mannequin, whereas our range-topping all-wheel-drive Restricted check automotive had a $55,725 base value (all costs embrace a compulsory $1,225 vacation spot cost). An SE Normal Vary mannequin with a smaller battery pack will arrive in spring 2022, beginning at $40,925.

The Ioniq 5 qualifies for the $7,500 federal EV tax credit score and will qualify for added state or native incentives relying on the place you reside.

Interior of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
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Design and inside

The Ioniq 5 blends retro and fashionable styling parts for a design that’s rather more distinctive than the generic futurism of many different EVs. Two-tone bodywork and sharp strains, significantly a beak-like convergence on the entrance bumper, give the Ioniq 5 a novel look. Headlights and taillights with pixel-like parts add a retro contact, whereas out there aero-design 20-inch wheels and flush door handles assist scale back aerodynamic drag, Hyundai says. The place many EVs depend on one or two design options to face out, these many distinctive parts mix to make the Ioniq 5 appear to be nothing else on the highway.

Like the outside, the inside is refreshingly completely different. As a substitute of masking issues up with additional trim, Hyundai saved issues easy. The horizontal display sits happy with the dashboard, and the door panels curve outward, creating extra elbow room. The flat flooring creates a larger feeling of area as nicely, and made room for plenty of useful storage nooks. Hyundai even included a reclining driver’s seat that lifts your legs, so you’ll be able to take a nap when you cost.

Hyundai calls the Ioniq 5 a crossover, however that’s simply advertising and marketing spin. The crossover time period implies the taller journey peak and driving place of an SUV, however on each counts, the Ioniq 5 appeared about the identical as an strange automotive. The Ioniq 5’s styling can also be based mostly on the Hyundai 45 idea, which in flip was impressed by the 1975 Hyundai Pony. The primary automotive designed in-house by Hyundai, the Pony was a hatchback that predated the crossover pattern by a long time. Nonetheless, crossovers are the most popular automobile section in the US proper now, so Hyundai’s simply doing what it must do to maneuver extra steel.

The Ioniq 5 appears like nothing else on the highway.

An uncommon results of the Ioniq 5’s E-GMP platform is a super-long wheelbase. The Ioniq 5 is concerning the measurement of a standard compact automotive, however Hyundai says the 118.1-inch wheelbase is longer than its Palisade three-row SUVs. We’d usually anticipate that to pay dividends in passenger area, however the Ioniq 5 doesn’t have a transparent benefit over its rivals.

The Hyundai has extra first-row and second-row legroom than the VW ID.4, however the Ford Mustang Mach-E presents extra room in entrance, whereas the Tesla Mannequin Y presents extra room in each rows. Headroom is again of the pack generally, though second-row occupants get a bit greater than within the VW. The Hyundai’s primary benefit is shoulder room, so occupants get a larger sense of area, not less than.

At 27.2 cubic toes of cargo area with the rear seats in place, the Ioniq 5 trails the Mach-E and ID.4 (Tesla doesn’t publish a comparable determine for the Mannequin Y).

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5's instrument cluster.

Tech, infotainment, and driver help

The usual infotainment system features a pair of 12.3-inch screens positioned aspect by aspect. One serves because the instrument cluster, the opposite as the primary touchscreen. Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are customary, together with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility. A revamped Hyundai Blue Hyperlink app additionally permits drivers to remotely schedule charging, examine vary, or preset the local weather management. These options are free by the primary three years of possession.

As with different latest Hyundai fashions, we discovered the infotainment system simple to make use of and have been impressed by the touchscreen’s menu format and graphics. An added bonus right here is the Mercedes-like augmented actuality head-up show that tasks navigation arrows onto the windshield, making certain you don’t miss any turns.

The Ioniq 5 additionally will get the Digital Key characteristic that debuted on the Hyundai Sonata sedan, which permits drivers to make use of a smartphone as a substitute of a key fob. Whereas some automakers’ distant apps can lock or unlock doorways, Digital Key allows you to begin the automotive and drive away and not using a fob. Ford is providing the same characteristic on the Mustang Mach-E, nevertheless.

As with different latest Hyundai fashions, we discovered the infotainment system simple to make use of.

The checklist of ordinary driver-assist options consists of Ahead Collision Avoidance Help, which primarily combines forward-collision warning and entrance computerized emergency braking. The essential model can detect oncoming automobiles, pedestrians, and cyclists and apply the brakes if obligatory, in keeping with Hyundai. SEL and Restricted fashions get a extra superior model that may detect automobiles approaching from the aspect at intersections and in adjoining lanes, together with evasive steering help.

Additionally customary is a Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Help system that mixes blind-spot monitoring with an computerized braking characteristic designed to tug the automotive again into its lane if one other automobile is detected. Restricted fashions additionally get Hyundai’s nifty Blind-Spot View Monitor, which exhibits a digicam view of the blind spot within the instrument cluster when flip alerts are activated. Hyundai’s Distant Sensible Parking Help is offered as nicely.

Freeway Driving Help, which mixes adaptive cruise management with automated lane centering, is customary on the bottom SE trim stage. The SEL and Restricted get Freeway Driving Help 2, which provides a lane-change help characteristic, a lane-placement characteristic that may transfer the automotive inside its lane to keep away from obstacles like a automobile parked on the shoulder, and a machine-learning perform that may tailor the system to the proprietor’s driving type, Hyundai stated.

We didn’t spend sufficient time with the automotive to check that out, and we weren’t impressed with the system general. The lane-centering characteristic introduced us unnervingly near different automobiles, and this isn’t a hands-off system just like the Chevrolet Bolt EUV’s Tremendous Cruise, or the BlueCruise system that’s being added to the Ford Mustang Mach-E by way of software program replace.

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5's taillights.

Driving expertise

At launch, the Ioniq 5 will get a 77.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and single-motor rear-wheel drive or dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrains. Rear-wheel-drive fashions have 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque whereas all-wheel-drive fashions produce 320 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque. The aforementioned SE Normal Vary mannequin could have a 58-kWh pack and 168 hp single-motor rear-wheel-drive powertrain when it joins the lineup in spring 2022.

Hyundai says our all-wheel-drive check automotive will do zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. That appears fairly good on paper, and it’s 0.Three seconds faster than an all-wheel-drive VW ID.4, but it surely’s not sufficient to actually stand out. Drivers coming from gasoline automobiles might be in for a deal with, however these cross-shopping the Ioniq 5 with different EVs might be used to the punchy acceleration supplied by electrical powertrains’ prompt torque supply.

Nothing about the best way the Ioniq 5 drove actually stood out.

The remainder of the driving expertise adopted that sample. The Ioniq 5 was moderately quiet and cozy and didn’t embarrass itself within the corners, however nothing about the best way it drove actually stood out. This Hyundai lacked the VW ID.4’s feeling of solidity, the sportiness of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the refinement of the Volvo XC40 Recharge our Ioniq 5 Restricted check automotive almost matched in value.

A Hyundai Kona Electrical we drove lately appeared incapable of one-pedal driving, however Hyundai has addressed that with the Ioniq 5’s i-Pedal system. The extent of regeneration was excessive sufficient that we prevented utilizing the brake pedal more often than not. It might even deliver the automotive to a full cease, however not in a brief sufficient distance for on a regular basis use, in our expertise.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 headlights and 20-inch wheels.

Vary, charging, and security

The Ioniq 5 will get an EPA-rated 303 miles of vary with rear-wheel drive and the bigger 77.4-kWh battery pack, with effectivity rankings of 114 MPGe mixed (132 MPGe metropolis, 98 MPGe freeway). The all-wheel drive model is rated at 256 miles of vary and 98 MPGe mixed (110 MPGe metropolis, 87 MPGe freeway). With its smaller 58-kWh battery pack, the rear-wheel drive SE Normal Vary is rated at 220 miles of vary and 110 MPGe mixed (127 MPGe metropolis, 94 MPGe freeway).

Hyundai claims the Ioniq 5’s primary aggressive benefit might be charging. The Ioniq 5 has an 800-volt charging structure that permits for DC quick charging from 10% to 80% cost in 18 minutes, in keeping with Hyundai. Nonetheless, that’s solely doable at stations that may cost at 250 kilowatts or extra. These are pretty uncommon, however on the extra frequent 150-kW stations, Hyundai says the Ioniq 5 can cost from 10% to 80% in a still-respectable 25 minutes. Hyundai can also be together with two years of limitless free 30-minute charging periods on the Electrify America community.

With the 240-volt Stage 2 AC charging stations sometimes used for house charging, Hyundai says a 10% to 100% cost will take six hours and 43 minutes. The Ioniq 5 additionally has what Hyundai calls vehicle-to-load, permitting the automotive to energy electronics, and even cost different EVs.

Crash-test rankings from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) and Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) weren’t out there on the time of publication. That’s commonplace for brand spanking new fashions.

The Ioniq 5 will get the identical five-year, 60,000-mile, new automobile guarantee and 10-year, 100,000-mile, powertrain guarantee as gasoline Hyundai fashions, that are among the many greatest guarantee phrases within the enterprise. Hyundai EVs additionally get a 10-year, 100,000-mile, battery guarantee, which is aggressive with different EV battery warranties.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 rear three quarter view.

How DT would configure this automotive

Maximizing tech means going for the highest Restricted trim stage. The Ioniq 5 Restricted will get a head-up show, Bose audio system, surround-view and Blind-Spot View Monitor digicam techniques, and Distant Sensible Parking Help. It additionally will get tech options from the decrease trim ranges, together with Freeway Driving Help 2 and the twin 12.3-inch screens.

The Restricted mannequin is offered with each rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Whereas it sacrifices energy, we’d be inclined to go together with rear-wheel drive as a result of it offers 303 miles of vary and saves about $4,000 MSRP over a comparable all-wheel-drive mannequin. Nonetheless, drivers in snowier climates may nonetheless need to think about the dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain.

Our take

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is sweet to drive and fields loads of tech however the EV market is getting extra aggressive.

With a $41,190 base value and 260-mile vary, the bottom rear-wheel-drive Volkswagen ID.Four Professional undercuts the Ioniq 5 SE long-range mannequin in value and can supply extra vary than the Ioniq 5 SE Normal Vary when that mannequin launches in spring 2022. The VW additionally drives a bit nicer than the Hyundai, in our opinion, however its touch-based controls are tougher to make use of, and Hyundai presents extra subtle driver-assist tech.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E brings sporty driving dynamics and a large 15.5-inch touchscreen to the desk. Consumers may also spec BlueCruise which, not like Hyundai’s Freeway Driving Help 2, permits for hands-off driving in sure conditions. Nonetheless, Hyundai presents extra vary on your cash.

The high-end Ioniq 5 Restricted trim stage can also be priced near premium-brand EVs just like the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge, however the Hyundai’s slate of driver aids and its 800-volt charging {hardware} give it a bonus on worth. A latest value improve means the Tesla Mannequin Y now begins at about $60,000 — considerably greater than the rest mentioned right here.

So whereas the Ioniq 5 doesn’t knock its rivals to the mat on vary and value, it’s nonetheless aggressive. It’s additionally value contemplating Hyundai’s beneficiant guarantee phrases and the 800-volt charging functionality, though the latter depends on the proliferation of more-powerful DC fast-charging stations.

Must you get one?

Sure. The Ioniq 5 is a wonderful mix of fashion and tech.

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