2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Road Test - Consumer Reports
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Hyundai Ioniq 5

Don't confuse the Ioniq 5 with the regular Ioniq. The new Ioniq 5 is an electric vehicle from the ground up that has Tesla in its sights. It's a tall hatchback with a very roomy cabin. EPA estimated maximum range is to be 303 miles with the 77.4 kWh battery and a single motor rear-wheel drive version, and 256 miles for the dual motor all-wheel-drive version.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 Road Test
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Can Play in the Big League

New futuristic electric car impresses with style and substance


Overview

Don’t confuse the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 with the Ioniq, the inexpensive hybrid introduced in 2016 as a Toyota Prius competitor. The Ioniq 5 is an all-new, pure electric model that launches Hyundai’s next phase in EVs.

With the Ioniq 5, Hyundai joins other manufacturers like BMW, Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, and others that are transitioning from building electric vehicles based on conventional models, to offering purpose-built, standalone EV models. The Ioniq 5 uses a dedicated electric platform, dubbed e-GMP, that will spawn future EVs under the Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis brands.

Thanks to a long wheelbase of 118 inches (same as that of the Audi Q7), short overhangs, and a wide stance (it’s a bit wider than the Ford Mustang Mach-E), the Ioniq 5 looks a lot larger in person than it does in pictures. Visually, the wide stance, futuristic theme of angular motifs and lighting treatments are striking, conveying an uncluttered, modern, and high-tech vibe. From the get-go, it’s abundantly clear that the Ioniq 5 belongs in a higher league than the Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Nissan Leaf.

The Ioniq 5 blurs the lines between a large hatchback and an SUV. In terms of dimensions, configuration, and body style, it’s comparable to the Mustang Mach-E, Tesla Model Y, and Volkswagen ID.4. Like those EVs, the Ioniq 5 is built on a flat “skateboard” platform that integrates a large battery (77.4 kWh) below the floor, and it has an electric motor mounted on the rear axle. The more powerful all-wheel-drive versions add a front axle-mounted motor. It is available in rear-wheel drive with an EPA estimated range of 220 miles for the Standard Range version and 303 miles for the Long Range. All-wheel drive is available only with the Long Range and has an estimated range of 256 miles.

The Ioniq 5 comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane keeping assistance, safe exit assist, and a driver monitoring system. All trims have adaptive cruise control, a convenience in stop-and-go traffic.

Pricing starts at $39,700 for the standard range, rear-drive Ioniq 5 SE, and it climbs to $54,500 for the long-range, all-wheel-drive Ioniq 5 Limited we rented from Hyundai.

As is typical of EVs, the power delivery is super smooth, effortless, and quiet. The Ioniq 5 launches like a rocket and yet acceleration response is linear, not overly snappy, making it very gratifying to pilot. Note that the rear-drive version has a 225-hp motor as opposed to the 320-hp combined from the dual motors of the AWD version we drove. Hyundai says it can make the 0 to 60 mph dash in under 5 seconds, which of course we’ll test ourselves in due course.

With a rear-drive-based platform and a low-mounted battery, the Ioniq 5 possesses a natural balance with an even-keel cornering attitude with a quick turn-in response. Such sports-sedan handling characteristics aren’t normally associated with Hyundai, but the 5 proved capable and enjoyable even when we upped the ante on our track.

Impressions It’s striking how quiet the Ioniq 5 is. Clearly, there is no engine noise with an EV but because of that, wind and road noise tend to be accentuated in some rivals.
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