2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 review

The electric vehicle (EV) race is on, and traditional automakers are preparing for a battery-powered future. Hyundai’s journey began with the 2016 Ioniq, a vehicle the company offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV-only configurations, but never with a standard internal combustion engine. The company’s 2022 Ioniq 5 (starting at $44,000) is a continuation of those EV efforts, with a futuristic exterior, sleek interior, and plenty of cutting-edge tech. The vehicle also drives well, offers a competitive range and supports fast charging. Our main issue with this model is that it’s only available in about two dozen US states at the time of writing this article. Still, the 2022 Ioniq 5 is enough to earn our Editors’ Choice award in the electric crossover segment, a distinction it shares with Tesla’s impressive (and pricier) Model Y ($62,990).


Ioniq 5 engine and range

The Ioniq 5 is available in three trim levels – SE, SEL and Limited – and Hyundai equips all of them with a 77.4 kWh battery pack. Once you’ve decided on a trim level, you’ll also need to decide between a single-motor rear-wheel drive (RWD) model or a dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) version. The RWD’s single engine produces 225 hp (168 kW) and 258 lb-ft of torque. The AWD model’s twin engines produce 320 hp (74 kW and 165 kW from the front and rear engines, respectively) and 446 lb-ft of torque. All trims feature single-speed gearing and adjustable brake regeneration.

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EPA estimated range for the RWD and AWD models is 303 miles and 256 miles, respectively, and the EV supports both 400V and 800V fast charging. With an 800V DC fast charger, you can charge the Ioniq 5 from 10% to 80% in about 18 minutes. With the 400V charger, this time increases to around 35 minutes. Using a standard Level 2 240V charger, you can charge the vehicle from 10% to full in just under seven hours. Finally, the 120V charging cable supplied is mainly used to keep the battery charged – via a normal household socket, the charging time increases from 10% to 80% to around 40 hours.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 cloth rear seats

(Photo: Doug Newcomb)

The Ioniq 5 offers competitive range, although the 2022 AWD Tesla Model Y Long Range model outperforms it with a range of around 330 miles on a full charge. For comparison, the entry-level RWD Ford Mustang Mach E ($43,895) can do 247 miles, the Volkswagen ID.4 ($41,230) has a range of 250 miles, and the Hyundai Kona Electric ($34,000) has a range of 258 miles.


Ioniq 5 equipment options and design

Before we discuss the trim options, it’s important to note that the Ioniq 5 is only available in just over two dozen states at the time of this writing. On the other hand, the Ioniq 5 is eligible for a $7,500 EV tax credit, and a Hyundai partnership with Electrify America gives owners unlimited 30-minute charges for two years from the date of purchase.

The entry-level SE starts at $44,000 for the single-engine version and $47,500 for the twin-engine version. Standard exterior features include 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/55R19 tires; active grille shutters; automatic LED headlights; automatic retractable flush door handles; body-colored heated exterior mirrors; LED daytime running lights and taillights; and a rear spoiler.

You get standard interior features like automatic climate control with driver-only mode; cloth seats; an eight-way power driver’s seat; heated front seats; a leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel with brake-regen paddle shifters; and sliding and reclining rear seats.

Standard tech features include a 12-inch touchscreen and digital instrument panel; an AM/FM HD and satellite radio; Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; Bluetooth for hands-free calls and wireless streaming for up to two devices; a front USB data port; Hyundai’s Bluelink telematics system; Navigation; and two front and rear USB charging ports.

As for the standard active safety features, the Ioniq offers adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go; car high beam; Rear blind spot and cross traffic assistant; driver attention warning; Collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian and cyclist detection; lane keeping and lane following assistant; rear parking sensors; and exit assistance.

SEL trim starts at $46,250 and $49,750 for the single and dual engine models, respectively. It adds ambient lighting with 64 colors; an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink; front parking sensors; a hands-free intelligent tailgate; a heated steering wheel; lane change and evasive steering assistant; artificial leather seats; power folding door mirrors; projector LED headlights; a reversing camera with guidelines; Second row HVAC vents; and wireless device charging.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 head up display

(Photo: Doug Newcomb)

The flagship Limited trim starts at $51,100 for the single-motor option, while the AWD version we tested starts at $55,000. This trim adds 20-inch alloy wheels with 255/45R20 tires; blind spot vision with a display in the instrument panel; Bose premium audio; driver’s seat memory; a driver’s seat relaxation feature that includes a footrest and zero-gravity positioning when the car is in park; an eight-way electrically adjustable passenger seat; a heads-up display with augmented reality; Hyundai’s smartphone-based digital key; a panoramic sunroof; Rain-sensing wipers; sun visors for rear side windows; reverse collision avoidance; a surround view monitor; a vehicle-to-load function that can power 120V electronics; and ventilated front seats.

The only option on our test model was $195 for carpeted floor mats. A domestic freight and handling charge of $1,245 brought the final sticker price to $56,440.

With its distinctive shape, recessed LED headlights, distinctive side body crease and ribbed wheel flares, the 2022 Ioniq 5 looks like no other vehicle on the road. Our tester’s 20-inch wheels and flush automatic door handles not only add to the car’s unique looks, but also make it more aerodynamic.

The wheelbase of the Ioniq 5 is the longest of any Hyundai vehicle to date and offers plenty of interior space. A flat floor provides extra legroom, and an articulating center console slides back and forth 5.5 inches for more interior flexibility.


A dual screen dash

The Ioniq 5’s dashboard features 12-inch infotainment and 12-inch instrument panel screens that sit side-by-side. The infotainment screen is similar to other Hyundai vehicles we’ve tested, but with a more streamlined look.

Like other Hyundais, you can arrange the home screen icons on multiple pages however you like. But the design scheme (light blue icons on a white background) is much more recognizable now. The instrument panel presents information in a simple manner, and the heads-up display’s augmented reality mode projects speed limits, driver assistance warnings and even images of other vehicles around the car.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 infotainment screen showing charging station locations

(Photo: Doug Newcomb)

The infotainment screen also shows the car’s range, battery health and charging times (if you plug it in), and allows you to schedule charging sessions. The onboard navigation system also displays battery range and offers to find nearby charging stations. However, in testing we were directed to charging stations miles away, while a Google Maps search yielded closer options.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay handle most aspects of connectivity, except for those that are part of Hyundai’s subscription-based Bluelink system (free for the first three years of ownership). Bluelink offers typical telematics functions such as automatic crash notification and allows vehicle settings to be saved in the cloud. With the Bluelink app you can remotely lock or unlock the doors, adjust climate control settings and find charging stations by charging type and availability. You can even send the location of these stations to the car’s navigation system.


Lots of power

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 charging connector

(Photo: Doug Newcomb)

While the Hyundai Ioniq 5 doesn’t have the ability to accelerate Mustang Mach-E or Tesla style, it has plenty of power for everyday driving. Four driving modes – Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow – and four regenerative braking modes are available. Sport mode unlocks the most power. The steering wheel paddles offer a broad brake rain feel; On one side the car will coast and on the other side it will stop as soon as you let off the gas.

The Ioniq 5 is also easy to handle. The ride is smooth and quiet, and the battery under the footboard provides extra cornering stability. And the crossover distinction isn’t just cosmetic: The vehicle can tow up to 1,650 pounds and comes pre-wired with a four-pin towing package.


At the top of its class

The Ioniq 5 is an excellent electric vehicle. Its inimitable exterior and interior design, loads of standard features and technology, fun performance and a competitive price and range make it easy to recommend. And despite stiff competition from car giants like Tesla, Ford and Volkswagen, it stands out as the winner of the editorial vote in the electric CUV segment. However, both the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 offer longer range, faster acceleration, and benefit from constant over-the-air software updates. These benefits might be worth the extra cost, but the Ioniq 5 is a great alternative.

The final result

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an excellent battery-powered crossover that features bold design, fast charging, innovative technology and playful performance.

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