Hyundai has quietly released a handful of electric vehicles over the years, including the Kona Electric, Soul EV, IONIQ Electric, and more. These vehicles all had one thing in common, though: they were either hybrid or gasoline-fueled vehicles converted to electricity.
In 2022, Hyundai released its first-ever dedicated electric vehicle — meaning it was built as an electric vehicle from the ground up — the Hyundai IONIQ 5 SUV.
How does Hyundai’s first-ever dedicated EV stack up to the competition? We get into all the details on this Hyundai electric car below.
On the outside, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 skews toward cautiousness with its traditional hatchback-like design. That said, it shows off some stand-out styling with its falling bodyline on the front doors, sharp hipline crease, angular silhouette, and squared-off LED lighting. So, the IONIQ 5 does just enough to set itself apart from the crowd without the over-styling that can turn off the traditional hatchback or crossover buyer.
The Hyundai IONIQ 5’s exterior comes relatively well-equipped. It features standard LED lighting, 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, body-colour heated mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, auto-flush door handles, and more. Optional equipment includes rain-sensing wipers, silver body cladding, power-folding mirrors, gloss-black mirror housings, 20-inch wheels, full-LED headlights, and more.
The Hyundai electric car is relatively small, measuring 4,635 mm long, 1,890 mm wide, and 1,600 mm tall. It rides atop a 3,000-mm wheelbase.
Inside, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 features a clean but modern cabin with a two-spoke steering wheel, dual 12.3-inch screens (instrument cluster and infotainment touchscreen), customizable climate control and audio panel, ambient lighting, and more. While the IONIQ 5’s interior design is far from over the top, it is targeting the more modern, clean look many EVs are heading toward.
The standard features inside the Hyundai IONIQ 5 include an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, six-speaker audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth with multiple device connectivity, dual front and rear USB ports, rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, dual-zone automatic climate control, heat pump, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, power windows and door locks, and more.
Options on the IONIQ 5 include a Bose premium audio system, vehicle-to-load onboard power source, auto-dimming rearview mirror, hands-free power liftgate, driver’s seat memory, sliding center console, soft-touch door panels, surround-view monitor, augmented reality head-up display (HUD), ventilated front seats, eight-way power passenger’s seat, leatherette upholstery, and more.
The IONIQ 5’s interior doesn’t just have loads of features — it also has tons of space for passengers and cargo. Its front seats have 1,046 mm of headroom, 1,138 mm of legroom, 1,465 mm of shoulder room, and 1,368 mm of hip room. In the rear seats, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 offers 982 mm of headroom, 1,002 mm of legroom, 1,470 mm of shoulder room, and 1,362 mm of hip room.
Cargo space is also ample in this Hyundai electric car at 770 litres with the rear seats up and 1,680 litres with them folded flat. On top of this, there is a 24-litre front trunk (frunk).
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 electric SUV has a trio of powertrain options to meet all sorts of buyer needs, including those looking for a touch of performance.
The base powertrain is a single electric motor delivering power to the rear wheels. This setup delivers 168 horsepower (hp) and 258 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque for an 8.5-second 0-to-100 km/h sprint time and 185 km/h top speed.
The midrange powertrain remains a single-motor setup with rear-wheel drive (RWD), but a larger battery pack allows it to deliver a higher output of 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This increased power drops the 0-to-100 km/h sprint time to just 7.3 seconds.
Topping the range is a dual-motor all-wheel-drive (AWD) setup that delivers 320 hp and 448 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain delivers a 5.1-second 0-to-100 km/h sprint time and the same 185 km/h top speed.
When buying an electric vehicle, you’re likely shopping for driving range too. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 offers plenty of this.
In its base powertrain, which features a 58-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack, the IONIQ 5 delivers up to 354 km of driving range on a full charge. It takes 5 hours and 1 minute to recharge the base battery pack on a level 2 charger. You can also charge it from 10% to 80% capacity on a 350-kilowatt (kW) DC fast charger in just 17 minutes and 16 seconds. A 50-kW fast charger will do the same in 45 minutes and 45 seconds.
In the midrange and opt-line powertrain options, the IONIQ 5 gets an upgrade to the 77.4-kWh battery pack. With this power source, the IONIQ 5 delivers 488 km of range with RWD and 414 km with AWD. Charging takes 6 hours and 43 minutes on a level 2 charger and as little as 17 minutes to charge from 10% to 80% on a 350-kW DC fast charger. A 50-kW DC fast charge station takes 61 minutes and 42 seconds to do the same.
As the latest of high-tech electric vehicles, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 has no shortage of safety and driver-assist features to help keep the passengers safe and the driver alert. These include:
The current Hyundai IONIQ 5 starts from $51,650 for the base Preferred trim level. Bumping to the Preferred Long Range trim, which adds the 77.4-kWh battery pack, pushes the MSRP to $55,650. Topping the range is the Preferred AWD Long Range model, which adds AWD and the 77.4-kWh battery pack, at $57,650.
The electric car segment keeps growing — especially in the crossover body style. Let’s look at some of the competition the Hyundai IONIQ 5 will have to take on.
Though you’d never know by looking at it, the Kia EV6 is a close cousin to the IONIQ 5, sharing many of its powertrain and electrical components and features. The EV6 shares the IONIQ 5’s powertrain options, but it takes things a step further with its GT variant that delivers 576 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque for supercar-like acceleration.
Unlike the IONIQ 5, the Kia EV6 has a wilder design that matches what buyers may expect from a modern EV. This design language carries inside, where the two 12.3-inch LCD screens appear to combine and form one large, panoramic screen.
With its sleeker design, the EV6 gives up a little cargo room to the IONIQ 5, offering only 1,360 litres of space with the rear seats folded and 690 litres with them upright.
The EV6 does, however, have a big pricing advantage, starting at just $45,995 in its base RWD Standard Range trim. Prices quickly climb, as follows:
The Volkswagen ID.4 is another electric crossover the IONIQ 5 has to look out for. It lacks performance, however, as it only has two powertrain options — a 201-hp model and a 295-hp AWD variant. However, it, like the IONIQ 5, caters to a large demographic with accessible looks and loads of premium and modern features.
Some of its standard features include a 12-inch touchscreen, Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a seven-speaker audio system, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and much more.
The ID.4’s range starts from 336 km in the base model and rises to 443 km in the Pro trim. The AWD Pro trim falls to 410 km of range.
The ID.4 is a little tight on cargo space with the rear seats upright, offering just 543 litres. However, folding the seats down opens up a competitive 1,575 litres.
Pricing starts at $44,207.22 for the base trim and rises to $46,207.22 in the Pro trim. The range-topping Pro AWD checks in at $55,632.
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