2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

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Overview

The Hyundai Ioniq nameplate was coined in 2017 for two models: a traditional hybrid and a fully electric vehicle, and then a plug-in version was introduced the following year. The Ioniq trio has been popular with eco-conscious drivers due in large part to its versatility and excellent fuel economy/range. Hyundai’s newest endeavor is an Ioniq sub-brand of vehicles that will encompass several electrified vehicles to be released by 2025.

Leading off is the 2022 Ioniq 5, a compact crossover boasting advanced technologies, futuristic styling, an eco-friendly interior, and an impressive driving range of up to 300 miles per charge (depending on the power configuration). The front shows off an overall minimalist look, pixel-inspired light clusters, and a Hyundai-first clamshell hood. Along the sides are clean-looking flush door handles that look sleek while they enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamics. And here’s another first: the Ioniq 5’s 20-inch wheels are the largest ever to be fitted onto a Hyundai. Inside, the flat floor makes the interior more spacious since there’s no internal combustion powertrain to accommodate. And even though the Ioniq 5 is a compact crossover, it will have the longest wheelbase of any Hyundai model to date, even outdoing the Palisade SUV.

Power and Charging

The ’22 Ioniq 5 has either one or two electric motors, depending on the drivetrain (rear/two-wheel or all-wheel). RWD versions have one motor for the rear axle and AWD versions will get one for each axle. The single motor in the RWD version produces 225 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, while the AWD version’s pair of motors makes 320 hp and 446 lb.-ft. of torque, which is quite lofty for a compact EV. The EPA-estimated range with RWD is 303 miles per full charge; since AWD requires more energy, that version is EPA-rated for 256 miles of range.

The Ioniq 5’s ultra-fast charger can juice the battery from 10 to 80 percent of its capacity in a mere 18 minutes. Even if you charge it for just 5 minutes, you’ll gain a whopping 60 miles of range. The Ioniq 5 can also serve as a power source for larger electronics using the two-way onboard charger. Regenerative braking adds power incrementally by capturing and storing kinetic energy formed during the stopping process. The driver can control the degree of energy capture (versus performance) using the plus and minus paddles on the steering wheel (plus captures more energy and minus allows for smoother coasting) or simply use the smart mode for automatic adjustments.

Standard Features

The Ioniq 5 is quite a nice vehicle, and as such, Hyundai has packed a lot of features into the base SE. Some of its most attractive equipment includes heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, LED headlights, proximity entry, push-button start, a power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The back seat splits 60/40 and has an armrest in the center, and there are five USB ports (one for data and the rest for charging) to keep everyone connected.

The SEL’s enhancements range from premium LED front accent lighting to a hands-free liftgate and a wireless phone charging that’s situated in the center console so that all passengers can reach it. It also has a heated steering wheel power-folding exterior mirrors, imitation leather seats, ambient interior lighting, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a HomeLink universal garage door opener. The top-of-the-line Limited gets ventilated front seats, a single-panel “Vision” glass roof, an augmented reality (AR) head-up display, Hyundai’s Remote Smart Parking Assist, the smartphone-based Digital Key, rain-sensing wipers, position memory and extendable thigh support for the driver’s seat, a power front passenger’s seat, a sliding center console, rear side-window sunshades, and a Vehicle-to-Load outlet (120V) for powering equipment inside and outside the vehicle.

Driver-Assist Technologies

Hyundai SmartSense is standard in all Ioniq 5s. The base version of this state-of-the-art safety technology suite contains adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, forward collision-avoidance assist with obstacle detection, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, speed limit assist, driver attention warning, rear parking sensors, and safe exit warning. Front parking sensors are added to the SEL along with an upgraded version of forward collision assist and evasive steering assist. Buyers of the Limited will also get surround-view monitoring, a live-feed blind-spot view monitor, and reverse parking collision-avoidance assist.

The Ioniq 5 is also the first Hyundai to have Highway Driving Assist 2. When it’s engaged with adaptive cruise control and lane following assist, Highway Driving Assist 2 can keep the vehicle centered in its lane and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle that’s directly ahead. Plus, it can even change lanes automatically when you activate the turn signal.

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