Hyundai Ioniq 5 Research

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The Hyundai Ioniq 5 expands the Ioniq nameplate that had been used on hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric versions of its compact hatchback into a series of new electric crossover SUVs, led by the Ioniq 5.

Unlike the Hyundai Kona EV, the compact crossover rides on a dedicated battery electric vehicle platform that underpins the Ioniq 6, Ioniq 7 and other future Ioniq electric vehicles. It includes some leading-edge EV tech, including bi-directional charging capability and 800V DC fast-charging capability—neither of which are offered by Tesla yet.  

MORE: Read our 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 review

It competes against the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y, Chevy Bolt EV, Volkswagen ID.4 and other electric crossovers.

The new Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Ioniq 5 leans into Hyundai's electric future by reinterpreting the Pony hatchback that launched the South Korean brand's first production vehicle in 1976. Shorter than the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Ioniq 5 stretches its wheelbase longer than either of those by pushing the available 20-inch wheels to the corners. A clamshell hood dips low into a nose shaped like a V that extends down the body lines in distinct wedge-like shapes that honor the 45 Concept and the Pony. The door handles are flush with the sides, and the integrated rear roof spoiler tails the fixed glass roof. 

The long wheelbase optimizes interior space, with 56.2 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded flat, or 18.8 cubes with the five seats in place. Up front, dual 12.0-inch screens streamline the futuristic dash and open, airy cabin that features eco-friendly materials made from recycle plastic bottles and plant-based fibers. A sliding center console opens up more leg room on the flat cabin floor. 

Beneath that floor is a Standard Range 58-kwh battery pack powering either a rear motor or a motor on either axle for all-wheel drive. Max output with the dual-motor setup is 320 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque, that launches the crossover to 60 mph in about five seconds, according to Hyundai. A rear-wheel-drive model with the 77.4-kwh battery pack makes 225 hp and 258 lb-ft and goes from 0-60 mph in about seven seconds. EPA range ratings top out at 303 miles for the rear-drive model, while one with a smaller 58-kwh pack—and the bargain $40,925 base price—hits an EPA-rated 220 miles. 

Available features include heated seats and steering wheel, an 8-speaker Bose sound system, head-up display with augmented reality, and driver-assist features that enable hands-free driving. Hyundai says that with Level 3 fast-charging, it can charge up to 80% in 18 minutes. With a vehicle-to-load function, it can become a charger on wheels to power campsites or worksites, or possibly backup a home during an outage. 

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