2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
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First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Review

A futuristic design coupled with good range ratings, decent performance, and a versatile interior, can Hyundai’s new 2-row, all-electric crossover take on its EV competitors? Canada Drives heads to San Diego to find out what the Ioniq 5 is made of.

Key Features:

  • Built on Hyundai’s new 800-volt Electric Global Modular Platform
  • Up to 488 kilometres of range
  • Offered in both RWD and AWD configurations

Direct Competitors:

  • Tesla Model X
  • Mustang Mach E
  • Volkswagen ID.4

The all-new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a clever mix of gutsy design and all-electric propulsion. Design-wise, we rarely see something as “funky” as this make its way from prototype to production model – especially with a mainstream manufacturer.

And that’s a very good thing. Nobody agrees on whether it’s a crossover or a car, but these days, the automotive community is very tolerant on how vehicles identify themselves. 

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Amee Reehal 

While very innovative on the outside and equally promising in terms of range, the Ioniq 5 has its strengths and weaknesses not only as a new electric vehicle, but also as a package that needs to compete in the grand scheme of things.

We flew to San Diego to find out what the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 was all about, and if its overall performance was as convincing as its refreshing looks.

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Ioniq 5 pricing and trims

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is offered in three powertrain configurations and five trims. The base Essential trim is a single engine, RWD configuration equipped with a 58 kWh battery pack that delivers 354 kilometre range. This one starts at $44,999. 

One trim up is the Preferred model, which adds the heat pump, 350 kW fast charging, and more. But it keeps the same 354-kilometre range rating and starts at $46,999. 

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Amee Reehal 

At the top of the pyramid, there are two long-range models equipped with the larger 77.4 kWh. The first one is the Preferred model with RWD configuration that offers 488 kilometres of range – which is pretty much the longest-range rating available in the lineup. It starts at $51,999. 

Last but not least, and the only available AWD model available is the Preferred AWD trim which starts at $54,999. This one can be fitted with the Ultimate Package, which gives the Ioniq 5 a set of 20-inch wheels, a head-up display, a big sunroof, a Bose sound system and remote parking. The highest-priced Ioniq 5 starts at $59,999

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Interior

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Amee Reehal 

While the Ioniq 5’s exterior oozes originality and quirkiness, the interior is on the blander side of things. As it is the case with all new EVs (or we should say, new cars in general), the dashboard is dominated by a twin-screen setup that includes the instruments and the infotainment system. 

While a limited number of touch commands are positioned on the lower part of the infotainment screen, one must dig deep into the interface to find some critical ones like heated seats and steering wheel, which can be an irritant (especially when it’s freezing out there).

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Amee Reehal 

Expansive space with a front flat floor design

Otherwise, the Ioniq 5 is wide, and the cabin totally reflects that. Plenty of shoulder space for passengers in the rear is a much appreciated feature, along with 770 litres of cargo space. In the front, the fully flat floor leaves plenty of room below the dashboard and between the two front seats.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Amee Reehal 

Those two seats can also turn into recliners with leg support, in case the driver is in need of a nap or wants to rest during charging. 

The Ioniq 5’s interior is functional and sufficiently ergonomic. On top of the passenger space, it hits the mark in terms of cargo. However, we would’ve expected it to match the exterior in terms of creativity.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Amee Reehal 

Performance & drive impressions 

As mentioned, the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers three powertrain configurations. The base RWD model has 168 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The long-range RWD model gets 225 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. 

Our tester in San Diego was a Preferred AWD long-range model with 320 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  1. Base RWD: 168-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  2. Long-range RWD: 225-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  3. Preferred AWD: 320-hp and 440 lb-ft of torque

Instant torque with the more powerful Ioniq 5 Preferred AWD model

Like most if not all EVs on the market, the Ioniq 5 will nail you to your seat for the first few seconds after the accelerator is buried to the floor. That instant torque effect dissipates as the speed goes up, but this acceleration always contributes to better driving dynamics, especially when there are 440 lb-ft of torque kicking in. 

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Amee Reehal 

320 horsepower was plenty of power thereafter to keep the Ioniq 5 competent in all situations, but we can imagine that the base models with about half that will probably feel slouchy. 

Nimble EV with minimal roll in the corners

As far as handling goes, the Ioniq 5 is adequately nimble. Although it will not trigger deep emotion at the wheel, this Hyundai can handle the turns with minimal roll, giving the driver the necessary confidence even with the weight it carries.

The width of the Ioniq 5 has an effect on the turning radius – it is quite wide. That can negatively impact manoeuvrability at low speeds.

800V fast charger provides 80% charge in under 20 minutes

Hyundai says the Ioniq 5’s battery can charge from 10 to 80% in as little as 18 minutes when using a fast charger (800V). But that can vary depending on a series of factors. The Ioniq 5 is also fitted with the V2L feature, which essentially lets you use the battery’s power to feed appliances and charge electronics.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Photo: Amee Reehal 

Verdict: is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 worth it?

There are all sorts of shortages in the industry right now. A shortage of semiconductors, which is slowing down new car deliveries, but also a shortage of style and originality – especially with newer EVs. 

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 isn’t affected by either one of those. The Korean automaker seems to have developed some sort of immunity to the supply chain shortages and states that it will be able to deliver cars in a timely manner, which is a huge plus nowadays. 

Second, the innovative character of the Ioniq 5 will definitely make it stand out from the pack. Add to that good range ratings, decent performance, a versatile interior and you’ve got yourself a potential home run.

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