Talking Cars 338: Driving the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

We also discuss whether EV batteries are recyclable

Main theme: We give our first driving impressions of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. This all-electric SUV comes with dazzling styling, a surprisingly roomy interior, and sportier-than-expected handling. We marvel at how Hyundai seemingly took an eye-opening concept car and turned it into a ready-for-prime-time EV with a competitive driving range and high tech—but easy-to-master—controls. But we wonder why the company insists on tying such a cool car’s name to its rather pedestrian Prius-like Ioniq.

Audience Question
• Is there a plan for recycling EV batteries?

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"Talking Cars” panelists Alex Knizek, Mike Quincy, and Jake Fisher.

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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Mike Quincy

My automotive journalism career started when I was hired by David E. Davis Jr. at Automobile Magazine in 1989. I joined Consumer Reports in 1993 and started working at our test track full time in 2001. I’ve purchased over 100 cars for testing and received high-performance driving training from Jackie Stewart and at the Skip Barber Racing School. Non-automotive pursuits include long-distance bike riding, homemade pizza, and old-school martinis.