2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited AWD

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited AWD

The 2022 Ioniq 5 is the brand new electric crossover from Hyundai. It checks a lot of boxes: It has a range of as much as 300 miles and fast charging times, it’s quick with engaging driving dynamics, is loaded with standard features and tech, and has plenty of room for passengers and cargo. Plus its unique, futuristic looks make it stand out from the crowd.

Base Price: $54,500
As Tested: $55,940
Horsepower: 320
Mileage: 110 MPGe city/87 MPGe highway/98 MPGe combined/34 kW-hours per 100 miles

The five-passenger 2022 Ioniq 5 comes in three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. Starting prices range from $43,650 to $54,500. All are available with rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive. The Ioniq 5 is the first of 23 EVs Hyundai plans to release by 2025.

Models with rear-wheel-drive and standard range are powered by a single electric motor that generates 168 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Other rear-wheel-drive models are powered by a single electric motor that makes 225 horses and 258 pound-feet.  All-wheel-drive models get two electric motors with a combined output of 320 horses and 446 pound-feet. All are paired with a single-speed transmission.

The SE Standard Range has a 58kWh battery pack. All other get a 77.4-kWh battery pack.

No matter which powertrain you choose, the Ioniq 5 is fun to drive! It’s quick off the line – like a turbo on steroids without any turbo lag. It’s responsive at higher speeds, too, so it’s a piece of cake to speed up for merging and passing on the freeway. The ride is smooth, even over rough roads and potholes. Its wide stance makes it feel very planted when cornering. You can adjust the regenerative braking to your liking so you can drive with one-pedal or have a more traditional braking feel. Of course there’s no engine noise, and wind noise is minimal even at faster speeds. Visibility to the front and sides is good but hampered to the rear because of the thick roof pillars.

Efficiency is excellent. My AWD tester is rated at 110 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) city and 87 MPGe highway with a combined rating of 98 MPGe. It consumes 34 kW-hours (kilowatt hours) per 100 miles of driving. I got ? during my week with a mix of city and highway driving.

The range is good, too. RWD models with standard range get 220 miles per charge. Other RWD models get 300 miles per charge. AWD models get 256 miles. I easily got close upwards of 277 miles per charge with my AWD model by limiting use of heat and air conditioning and driving with a light foot.

You can charge the Ioniq 5 at home or public charging stations. Using a 240-volt plug will charge the battery from 10% to 100% in six hours and 43 minutes. With a rapid charging station, it takes just 18 to 25 minutes, depending on whether the output is 150kW or 250Kw. These rapid charging stations are few and far between, but more will be coming.

You can also power your electronics, power tools, camping gear and other electric devices by using the vehicle’s battery pack.

The cabin is modern and sleek with lots of tech as well as eco-friendly materials. The floor is totally flat, which creates additional room for passengers and gear. Seats are comfortable and supportive, and passengers in both rows of seating enjoy generous leg- and headroom. A 12-inch digital gauge cluster and 12-inch touchscreen dominate the dash. A huge sunroof gives the cabin a feeling of airiness. The seats, headliner, door trim, floor and armrest are made of eco-friendly materials including recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns, wool yarns, and bio paint with plant extracts.

Some cool features: the front seats recline and have footrests so you can chill while the Ioniq 5 is charging. The rear seats also recline and slide. There’s also a moveable center console that can slide forward and back 5.5 inches. This means the driver can get in and out of the cabin on either side if parked in a tight space. The optional head-up display is also cutting edge. It has Augmented Reality mode which projects things such as turn-by-turn navigation, safety info and the car’s surroundings in front of the driver’s line of sight.

Standard features include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, sliding and reclining rear seats, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, infotainment system with 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, rear seat reminder, and vehicle exit warning.

Available features include a surround-view parking camera system, head-up display, synthetic leather upholstery, power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, eight-speaker Bose stereo, wireless device charging, and panoramic sunroof.

Standard driver assistance technologies include forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane centering assist, pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

Available driver assistance technologies include front parking sensors and perpendicular park assist.

Cargo space is good. There are 27.2 cubic feet with both rows of seating in place and 59.3 cubes with the second row folded. A hands-free power liftgate is available. The front trunk or frunk is small at just 1 cubic foot. There’s room to hold the charging cable and other very small items.

The good:

Fun to drive

Quick acceleration

Good range of 220 to 300 miles depending on model

Quick charging time

Smooth ride

Futuristic looks

Modern, sleek, comfortable cabin

Lots of standard features and tech

Standard Android Auto and apple CarPlay

The not-so-good:

What’s not to like about the new Ioniq 5?

Pricing info:

My tester starts at $54,500. Carpeted floor mats are $195. Destination fee is $1,245 bringing the grand total to $55,940.

Bottom line:

The all-new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of the best electric vehicles on the market now and is sure worth consideration if you’re shopping for one. It’s futuristic looks, excellent range and efficiency, well-equipped cabin and fun-to-drive personality all add up to create an excellent EV.

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