2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Electric Hatchback Road Test Review

Welcome to this electric hatchback review featuring the all-new 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Live! In this review video from the experts at KBB, you’ll see this new EV hatchback from top to bottom and inside and out to determine if it’s worth buying.

The RWD IONIQ 5, can cover an EPA estimated 303 miles and runs from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the low 7 second range (225hp, 258 lb-ft). Choose the dual-motor all-wheel drive version (320hp, 446 lb-ft) and it’ll zip from 0 to 60 in Hyundai-estimated 5.1 seconds with a range of 256 miles.

The battery pack is a 77.4 kWh unit with an 800V architecture allowing for uncommonly fast recharge times. According to Hyundai, a 10% to 80% charge should only take 18 minutes…assuming you’ve got access to a charger that can deliver 235-kWs. Use a more common 150 kW DC Fast Charger and that 10% – 80% charge time takes about 25 minutes. With a level 2 home charger a 10% battery should be fully charged in less than 7 hours. Interestingly the IONIQ 5 has vehicle to load abilities, meaning you can use the IONIQ 5 to power items using a 120V accessory outlet. If you’ve ever wanted to power a child’s bouncy house with a car, the IONIQ 5 is your huckleberry.

Hey, the IONIQ 5’s exterior sure is eye catching. I personally love the sharp creases, pixelated light motif, and, yes, hatchback profile. It’s also got a clamshell hood, flush door handles…as is the electric car way, a super long wheelbase, and 6 intriguing exterior colors including blue, teal, and matte gray.

Inside, the cabin is filled with recycled and sustainable materials. The front seats are noteworthy for their good lateral support and lack of pressure points…though the headrests felt a little intrusive for my taste. Overall, I think the interior looks handsome and feels decently upscale. But the true test is whether an utterly average American male can fit inside.

By the numbers the Mustang Mach E and VW ID.4 have more cargo space but just barely. At 27.2 cu-ft, the IONIQ 5 has plenty of room for gear. Lastly, yes there is a frunk. But it is tiny. If I want to haul around my massive ego, I’ll need to use the trunk.

The IONIQ 5 drives great. It pulls confidently, even at higher speeds. It’s not Tesla fast but it does feel punchy. There are 4 drive modes to match your mood. You can also choose between 4 regenerative braking profiles using paddles on the steering wheel.

In terms of road comfort, the IONIQ ranks well. That is a smooth ride matched by a quiet interior, which is doubly hard given the lack of engine noise.

If you’re driving with gusto the steering feels tight and precise with added sporty heft in Sport mode. But very little information comes through to tell you when you’re approaching the IONIQ’s limits. Though you can use your ears. Squeal!

On the higher SEL and Limited trims you’ll find upgrades like a hands-free lift gate, panoramic moonroof, 360-degree camera system, remote parking abilities, and a HUD with augmented reality functions. Regardless of trim, all IONIQ 5s include a complete suite of active driver assist tech. Things like lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking with bicyclist and pedestrian detection, and a range of capabilities to help steer you around threats and prevent you from pulling in front of other cars at intersections.

At launch the IONIQ 5 will only be offered in select states but it’ll have a wider rollout over time. Good thing because Hyundai’s hatchback, yes I’m sticking with hatchback, is a compelling addition to the modern electric car landscape.

If you instinctively cringe when people like me talk about our electric future, that’s fine. Just know that the widespread adoption of electric cars doesn’t have to suck. Some electric cars will be practical, quirky, and fun.

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