Hyundai Ioniq 5: Best Hatchback To Buy 2022

January 3, 2022

For the second year in a row, the winner of our Best Hatchback To Buy award goes to an electric vehicle. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 earned a high TCC Rating of 8.4 out of 10 based on its style, utility, and electrified powertrain. That blows past the 7.2 rating of last year's winner, the 2021 Nissan Leaf.

If the Leaf represents the older guard of electric hatchbacks, the Ioniq 5 is part of a new generation of EVs bursting onto the scene with retro styling and futuristic appeal. It costs about $41,000 before the federal EV tax credit of $7,500, thereby undercutting other electric vehicles such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y by at least $3,000. 

It's at least four inches shorter in length than either of those electric crossovers, yet the passenger volume exceeds both that of the Mach-E and the Volkswagen ID.4. We also find it to be much more stylish than that pair of vehicles as well, with a retro exterior that evokes angular cars from the 1980s and pixelated lighting treatments that are a delight.

Beneath the floor and between the two axles is a 77.4-kwh battery pack. With a single motor powering the rear axle, it makes 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and goes from 0-62 mph in 7.4 seconds; range tops out at 303 miles. A dual-motor version in all-wheel drive has a combined output of 302 hp and 446 lb-ft, and a 0-62 mph time of 5.2 seconds; range reaches 256 miles. A 168-hp base model with single motor and rear-wheel drive uses a 58-kwh battery pack and has a 220-mile range, but will have limited availability at launch.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

 

The Ioniq 5's different drive modes change up the vehicle's personality. It feels on the softer side when driven gently, but in Sport mode it's happy to put down bursts of power on corner exits that rebalance the car. Steering feels numb on center, but loads up nicely when turning to provide some road feel.

The most impressive thing other than the price and packaging is its charging capability. The Ioniq 5 can support 800-volt fast-charging and charge from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes on a 350-kw DC fast charger, Hyundai said. That equates to 68 miles of range in about five minutes. At home with a 240-volt, 60-amp circuit and a 48-amp Level 2 wallbox, the Ioniq 5's 10.9-kw onboard charger can juice to capacity in less than seven hours. 

Inside, the look isn't quite as retro-happy as the exterior. It's modern in a minimalistic way, with a pair of 12.3-inch screens up front and some small buttons below the infotainment screen. Between the front seats is a sliding center console that's smaller than a traditional transmission tunnel. With the dashboard also pushed far forward this gives the front of the car a feeling of grand spaciousness. It also offers more cargo room than it appears there might be, with 27.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats.

Standout standard features include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and unlimited 30-minute charge sessions for two years on Electrify America's network. A 5-year/60,000-mile new car warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and 3 years or 36,000 miles of scheduled maintenance come standard as well. 

The only thing to give us pause is Hyundai's flaccid commitment to its own product. Muck like the Hyundai Kona EV's limited rollout, the Ioniq 5 will be limited to select zero-emission vehicle states on the coasts plus Texas, Florida, Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. Hyundai promises a broader rollout late in 2022, but the Kona EV that launched in 2019 with a 64-kwh battery pack and 258-mile range is just starting to trickle out nationwide. 

On the other hand, and unlike Ioniq predecessors, the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 rides on a dedicated battery electric vehicle platform that will underpin several forthcoming electric vehicles, so there should be greater urgency to make it available nationwide.

Read all about the winners of The Car Connection's Best Car To Buy 2022 awards—and find out which vehicles took home our annual Driver’s Choice awards as well as top honors from our sister sites, Motor Authority and Green Car Reports

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