2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

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Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor
May 25, 2021

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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 goes on sale this fall.

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 crossover marks a promising start for the electric lineup.

What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5? What does it compare to?

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an electric compact crossover that spearheads Hyundai’s Ioniq electric vehicle series. Like the Hyundai Kona EV, 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 expects a broader rollout in 2022. Unlike the Ioniq sedan that can be had as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric vehicle, the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 rides on a dedicated battery electric vehicle platform that will underpin several forthcoming electric vehicles.

The 2022 Ioniq 5 competes against the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Volkswagen ID.4, and Tesla Model Y, among other electric SUVs. 

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Is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 a good SUV?

We haven’t driven it yet, but we’re enamored with its retro style and futuristic cabin and technology. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What's new for the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5?

The Ioniq 5 is new, evolving out of the Ioniq compact sedan in name only. Yet Hyundai channeled the Pony hatchback, launched 45 years ago as the South Korean brand’s first production car, to point the way for the Ioniq 5.

The striking Ioniq 5 looks like a hatchback but inflated to crossover proportions. A clamshell hood dips low into a V-shaped nose that houses small LED headlights and blocky daytime running lights. The wedge-shaped front wraps around the sides then splits behind the front wheel into two distinct character lines, including a belt line that skims past door handles flush with the body, and another that cuts down through the rear wheel to the back, also like a wedge. Available 20-inch wheels with a vortex design, an integrated rear roof spoiler, and short overhangs complete the sporty profile. 

The spoiler sits above the rear axle on a 118.1-inch wheelbase that is one of the longest of the electric compact crossover class, even though the Ioniq 5 is at least four inches shorter in length than the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E. That leads to 106.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, exceeding the Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4 by at least four five cubic feet. With the five seats in place, there is 27.7 cubic feet of space, or with the rear seats folded flat it expands to 59.3 cubes. 

The versatile interior space includes an airy fixed glass roof, same as in the Model Y and Mach-E, and dual 12.0-inch screens that streamline the dash. A sliding center console that can move front to rear by up to 5.5 inches opens up more leg room on the flat cabin floor. 

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. Most significantly, Hyundai targets 300 miles of range with the single motor Ioniq 5.

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. Dual-motor SE and SEL models reach an estimated 289 miles of range, while feature-laden Limited models get 244 miles of range. The top speed is 115 mph and it has a 1,500-pound towing capacity. 

The Standard Range 58-kwh pack offered in other markets won't be available in the U.S. at launch.  

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. 

Hyundai offers a solar roof that can power the battery about 800 miles annually, and it has a vehicle-to-load function that acts as a generator with 1.9 kw of power to charge camping gear or backup home power needs.

Hyundai didn’t specify what features come standard, but heated seats and steering wheel are available, and the interior uses eco-friendly materials made from plant-based fibers and extracts, as well as repurposed recycled plastic bottles. Additional options include an 8-speaker Bose sound system, a head-up display with augmented reality, remote parking, and a short-term hands-free driving feature. 

How much does the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 cost?

Pricing with features specific to trim levels will be announced closer to the fall arrival date. 

Where is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 made?

In South Korea. 

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