First Drive: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Can Play in the Big League

New futuristic electric car impresses with style and substance

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 driving Photo: John Powers/Consumer Reports

Update: Since this first drive was originally published in December, 2021, we finished testing the Hyundai Ioniq 5. See the complete Hyundai Ioniq 5 road test.

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. 

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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.

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. 

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If you’re a Consumer Reports member, our initial expert assessment of the Ioniq 5 is available to you below. Since this was originally published, we bought own Ioniq 5 and put it through more than 50 tests at the CR Auto Test Center, including empirical measurements of acceleration, braking, handling, car-seat fit, and usability. CR members now have access to the full road-test results.

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What we rented: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Long Range AWD Limited
Powertrain: 320-hp, dual electric motors; 1-speed direct drive; AWD 
MSRP: $54,500 
Destination fee: $1,185
Total cost: $55,685 (before $7,500 federal tax incentive)

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