2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 First look: The best Ioniqs


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Do not adjust the screen brightness or call your optician. The above image is not a rendering. It is also not a representation of a concept car. As futuristic and cyberpunk as it may be, this is your first look at the production-ready 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, the first vehicle from the new Hyundai sub-brand Ioniq and visually in a different ionosphere than the humble Ioniq range of affordable electrified compact cars that it offers preceded. All round, this is one of the most significant new Hyundais we’ve seen since the 2011 Sonata redesign, a car that ushered in a new era for Hyundai / Kia design and undeniably put the Korean manufacturer on the same playing field as Toyota and Honda.


Multiple battery and motor combinations

With the Ioniq 5, Hyundai is now one step further than its Janese competitors on the EV front. The crossover is optionally available with a 58 or 72.6 kWh battery pack and an additional choice between a single rear motor that drives the rear wheels or a double motor setup front and rear with all-wheel drive. In its most powerful drive train combination – twin engines, the 72.6 kWh battery – the Ioniq 5 drives around with a combined output of 301 hp and 446 lb-ft and allows mostly quiet trips from zero to 100 km / h in a fast 5.2 Seconds. Keep the big battery but drop the front engine and that power drops to a more than reasonable 214 horsepower and 258 lb-ft, and the time from 0 to 62 mph extends to 7.4 seconds.

With the smaller battery, the dual-motor setup puts out 232 horsepower and 446 lb-ft together for a 6.1 second run between 0 and 62 mph. In the lowest (and arguably cheapest) configuration, the performance of the standard rear-wheel drive single-engine Ioniq 5 battery is unchanged from the 214 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of the large battery, although 0-62 mph is the slowest at a still a reasonable 8.5 seconds . Regardless of how you specify it, the Ioniq 5 has a top speed of 115 mph.

Currently, Hyundai’s only range is for the specific configuration of the 72.6 kWh battery and single rear motor, which claims an impressive WLTP range of between 292 and 298 miles. Expect official EPA coverage to differ here in the US. Here’s a little tidbit: if you’re looking to brick your Ioniq 5 on an over-enthusiastic, impromptu road trip, an optional solar roof panel can charge the car for extra range. You can try to get hold of a charger.

That’s only for emergencies and a small passive charge – it depends on how the Hyundai behaves at the plug. It is crucial that the Ioniq 5 supports both 400-volt and 800-volt charging processes as standard, without the need for plug adapters. Both levels are included as standard. With a 350 kW charger, the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in just 18 minutes – in an ideal environment, of course. According to Hyundai and WLTP, it only takes five minutes to suck up enough electrons for a range of 100 km. On the go, drivers can use the Ioniq 5 as a large mobile battery with an integrated vehicle charging function, which can be used to charge smaller items such as electric bikes, scooters and camping equipment.

The Ioniq 5 is very attractive …

In all fairness, this compact crossover is one of the most fascinating new electric vehicles we’ve seen, just because of its style and aesthetics. With its angular, scalloped body and the retrofuturistic Alfa Romeo SZ grille, the Ioniq 5 is a glossy finish that cannot be stolen by a cybernetic criminal in the EU Cyberpunk 2077 Video game.

Hyundai claims the Ioniq 5 takes inspiration from the compact pony – the first car Hyundai ever exported to North America – but rides on a deceptively long 118-inch wheelbase that offers impressive interior space across all segments. Overall, there is a sense of homogeneity made possible by flush door handles, a lack of a grille and the use of Hyundai’s first hood. Really, this is a picture perfect production translation of the dramatic Hyundai 45 concept that bowed in 2019.

It’s not quite as futuristic inside, but it sure looks like a nice, if not different, place to spend your commute to work. As with most EVs coming to market, the Ioniq 5 takes advantage of the available flat-bottom packaging and introduces a sliding center console island that frees up additional passenger space. Passenger comfort seems to be king with the 5, as in pursuit of this intangible interior, the front seats are built 30 percent thinner for the precious knees and / or feet of the rear occupant.

If you feel pressed against an interior surface, you at least know that it is environmentally friendly. Much of what you touch on the inside is made up of green skies like recycled PET plastic, natural wool, eco-friendly leather, and “organic paint” that uses plant extracts instead of condensed animal souls – at least that’s what we suspect. Oddly enough, Hyundai is rather optimistic about the Ioniq’s infotainment setup, but the dual-screen layout is exactly what we’ve seen on other new electric vehicles like the upcoming Nissan Ariya. Expect a full range of EV-focused features like pre-charging, route planning, and charge finder.

What we don’t know yet is how much all of this futuristic grandeur will cost, but we don’t expect it to start below the $ 30,000 waterline. It could lead to shadowing the price scale of the similarly sized, but more powerful (and more powerful) Ford Mustang Mach-E. Production is slated to begin next month, with US allotment beginning in the second half of this year. Stay tuned for updates on all of these and official EPA ratings.

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