The Ioniq originally referred to a line of electric vehicles that included hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric models. With the all-new Ioniq 5, Hyundai introduces a standalone vehicle designed as a fully electric compact crossover, with plans to add a host of other electrics bearing the Ioniq nameplate in the coming years. Let’s take a look at the award-winning 2022 Ioniq 5 to help you determine whether it’s the right electric vehicle for you.
Trim Levels and Exterior
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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is available in four trims:
- SE Standard Range.
In terms of exterior qualities, there are a few key differences between the trims. Features such as power-folding side mirrors, a hands-free smart liftgate, and premium LED front accent lighting aren’t standard until the SEL level. Advanced features, such as remote smart park assist, premium side sills, and rain-sensing windshield wipers, are standard only for the top of the range Limited trim.
As for the exterior dimensions, all trims measure the same: 182.5 inches long, 74.4 inches wide, and 63 inches tall. These measurements place the Ioniq 5 broadly on par with other vehicles in the compact crossover segment. The Ioniq 5 is also quite the looker. Its minimalist and grille-free design, with well-placed angled lines around the body, speaks to a less-is-more aesthetic that makes the vehicle stand out on the road.
Interior and Infotainment
Though the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an overall cozy vehicle, it’s quite generous regarding interior space. The total interior volume amounts to 133.7 cubic feet, with 106.5 cubic feet of passenger volume. Across its two rows, the Ioniq 5 seats up to five people easily and comfortably. Even in the rear row, passengers enjoy almost 40 inches of leg room, while the front row offers an ample 41.7 inches.
There’s no skimping on cargo space, either. With the rear row in place, you get plenty of room for your belongings with 27.2 cubic feet. You can also fold the rear row down to expand the cargo area to 59.3 cubic feet. On top of that, a front trunk offers an additional 0.85 cubic feet and a vast center console in the cabin.
The tech features of the Ioniq 5 enhance the comfort level of the interior. All trim levels come standard with a 12.3-inch HD touchscreen navigation system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The system is integrated with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with voice-recognition technology. In addition, the front row offers a USB data port and two charging ports, while the rear row has two USB charging ports of its own.
Performance and Handling
The SE Standard Range trim of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, which is available only in rear-wheel drive, gets its power from a single 125 kW battery that produces 168 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The SE, SEL, and Limited trims are available in either a rear- or an all-wheel drivetrain, the choice of which determines the battery power. Rear-wheel drive models come with a single 168 kW battery that generates 225 horsepower. In contrast, all-wheel drive has a dual-battery arrangement that achieves a combined output of 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque.
You can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds with the all-wheel drive, while the rear-wheel drivetrain gets there in about 7.4 seconds. When it comes to handling, expect a smooth and well-controlled ride. The vehicle’s relatively wide tires provide added stability, as does its low center of gravity. For a compact SUV, it handles curves and corners admirably.
The Ioniq 5’s powertrain capacity somewhat depends on the trim and drivetrain you choose. The SE Standard Range trim has a lower range than the others, reaching 220 miles before requiring a charge. For the SE, SEL, and Limited, you’re looking at a range of 303 miles in rear-wheel drive and 256 miles in all-wheel drive.
In terms of a per-mile breakdown, the SE Standard Range achieves an estimated 127 MPGe in the city and 94 MPGe on the highway, while the rear-wheel drive versions of the higher trims achieve 132 MPGe and 98 MPGe, respectively. For the all-wheel drive, all three higher-level trims achieve 110 MPGe in the city and 87 MPGe on the highway.
You won’t be lingering at the station when it’s time to charge the Ioniq 5, as it’s one of the fastest-charging EVs on the market. Using an 800 V ultra-fast charger, you can add 68 miles to your range in just five minutes. In 18 minutes, you’ll be back up to 80% battery life. Hyundai has partnered with Electrify America, a DC fast-charging station network. Under this partnership, owners of the 2022 Ioniq 5 receive two years of complimentary 30-minute charging sessions from the network.
The SE Standard Range trim of the 2022 Ioniq 5 has a starting MSRP of $39,950. The SE and SEL prices start at $44,000 and $46,250, respectively. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line Limited trim comes in at $51,100.
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