The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a new all-electric compact crossover with advanced technology, futuristic styling, and a versatile interior. Intended as a Hyundai subbrand, the Ioniq moniker also applies to a flood of upcoming EV models, but the 2022 5 has debuted first. It features impressive charging speeds (up to 350 kW) and has an estimated driving range of up to 303 miles. Available with rear- or all-wheel drive, the EV ute makes between 168 and 320 horsepower. Its eco-friendly interior boasts a tech-centric dashboard, reclining front seats with footrests, and generous passenger space, making the Ioniq 5 a well-rounded package worthy of an Editors’ Choice award.
What’s New for 2022?
The Ioniq 5 marks the debut of Hyundai’s all-new, all-electric Ioniq subbrand, which the company says will usher in 23 battery-electric vehicles by 2025.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Ioniq 5 has an electric-only powertrain that’s available in multiple potencies. The standard-range battery paired with a single, rear-mounted electric motor generates 168 horsepower. With the longer-range battery, the rear-drive configuration generates 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which Hyundai says will propel the 5 from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. The all-wheel-drive version is much more powerful, with 320 horses and a substantial 446 pound-feet, and quicker, too. It’s said to catapult to 60 mph in 5.2 ticks. The Ioniq 5 we drove demonstrated its smoothness on a variety of road surfaces, and its wide-for-an-EV tires combined with a low center of gravity made it feel athletic going side to side. We only wish its steering provided more feedback and the suspension was a smidge firmer.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
With the standard 58.0-kWh battery pack, the Ioniq 5 is estimated to provide 220 miles of range. The larger 77.4-kWh pack is rated at 256 miles with dual motors and 303 miles with a single one. Hyundai says the larger battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in around 18 minutes or add 68 miles in about five minutes when plugged into a DC fast charger.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Ioniq 5 with the long-range battery and rear-wheel drive has a combined EPA rating of 114 MPGe, adding all-wheel drive drops that estimate to 98 MPGe. With rear-wheel drive and the standard-range battery, the EV SUV is expected to get 110 MPGe combined. Once we can test these on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate their real-world efficiency. For more information on the Ioniq 5’s fuel economy, visit the EPA website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
While not as artsy as the cabin teased by the Hyundai 45 Concept, the Ioniq 5’s interior boasts a tech-savvy space with a digitized dashboard and a heavy dose of eco-friendly materials. A head-up display with augmented reality that can project navigation directions on the windshield is just one fanciful feature. The compact crossover also takes advantage of its all-electric packaging, with a completely flat floor for maximum passenger and cargo space. The front seats also recline and incorporate footrests, which will let folks relax while the Ioniq is charging. With a wheelbase that’s longer than the three-row Hyundai Palisade, the 5 has ample front- and rear-seat passenger room. Its large center console has lots of storage space, and on top-spec Limited trims, it slides back and forth between the front seats.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Hyundai says the Ioniq subbrand emphasizes connected living, and the Ioniq 5 has a host of innovative infotainment and connectivity features. A 12.0-inch touchscreen shares a panel on the dash with a 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster, but the former acts as a hub for all things entertainment. This includes smartphone-integrated apps such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as advanced voice-recognition technology.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Along with a suite of driver-assistance technology, the Ioniq 5 will offer a Level 2 autonomous drive mode called Highway Driver Assist 2, which is similar to GM’s Super Cruise in that it can drive on the highway and change lanes with little to no driver intervention. For more information about the Ioniq 5’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features should likely include:
- Available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control