2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 First Drive — The EV Revolution May Not Suck

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 First Drive — The EV Revolution May Not Suck


Ostensibly, I used to be at a non-public racetrack north of Atlanta to check out some new compact sedan hotness — the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N. However when a possibility to do a mini-test of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq5 EV offered itself, I jumped. Figuratively talking.

To be clear, this received’t be probably the most in-depth assessment you’ve ever seen on this web site — I solely bought about quarter-hour of wheel time, nearly solely on pretty pristine two-lane blacktop in rural Georgia, not removed from the house of “Superior Invoice from Dawsonville.” No stop-and-go, nearly no around-town driving, no freeway wheeling.

So this will probably be of the brief and candy selection. Type of like my drive within the Ioniq5.

(Full disclosure: Hyundai flew me to Atlanta, Georgia, and fed and housed me for 2 nights so I might drive the Ioniq5, the Elantra N, and a number of other different Hyundai fashions. I didn’t take the supplied present, which seemed to be an organizer of some kinds.)

As a reminder, the Ioniq5 is an EV with both rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, with normal or prolonged vary. Commonplace vary fashions with rear-wheel drive have 168 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Commonplace vary is 220 miles, and that trim stage is listed as SE Commonplace Vary.

Lengthen your vary on a SE/SEL/Restricted rear-wheel-drive Ioniq5 and also you get 225 hp and the identical 258 lb-ft of torque and 303 miles of vary.

AWD vehicles include the identical SE/SEL/Restricted trim selections and 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft of torque, with a spread of 256 miles.

The rear-drive setup makes use of a rear-mounted electrical motor, whereas the all-wheel-drive automobile has a dual-motor (entrance and rear, 74 kW + 165 kW) setup. The battery pack’s capability is 77.4 kWh.

Hyundai had two Limiteds with AWD available.

My first thought as I hopped in and activated the electrical motor was that the Ioniq5 is one more EV that overcomplicates the act of placing the automobile into gear — which is, by the way in which, a single-speed discount gear. The shifter is mounted on the column, to the proper of and down from the steering wheel, and also you twist ahead for drive.

As soon as in gear and on the street, nevertheless, I warmed as much as the Ioniq5. All that torque being immediately obtainable performed a giant half in that. It additionally helped that it might be summoned in silence.

You’d assume the dearth of engine noise from most EVs would imply that wind/tire/street noise intrudes, however aside from a light little bit of wind noise from the A-pillars at larger speeds, the Ioniq5 was luxury-car quiet.

The trip was compliant with out being mushy, although I had no likelihood to hit up harsher pavement. The automobile glided by means of light sweeping corners with ease and minimal physique roll, although the bogus steering felt distant.

Like a whole lot of EVs, the Ionig5 gives regenerative-braking paddles, and easily lifting the accelerator slows you down pretty shortly, although I can’t discover the phrase “one-pedal braking” within the press supplies. The standard brakes labored simply wonderful, if unremarkably.

I didn’t play a lot with the all-digital gauge and infotainment cluster, given my brief time behind the wheel, however it did like a bit intimidating and complicated at first look. It appears like a type of methods that has a studying curve for the beginner however it’s simply understood as soon as one has logged some important seat time. I’ll say the clear, minimalist inside design largely works right here, and I had no problem discovering an important controls shortly. The controls additionally appeared to work higher than they did within the Volkwagen ID.4’s I’ve pushed. There’s not one of the haptic-touch BS — an important HVAC and audio controls are knobs and buttons.

Exterior, I’m much less enamored of the Ionig5’s quirky appears. I don’t discover it ugly, precisely, however the phrase “attractive” doesn’t come to thoughts, no less than for me (I believe I’ve seen others reward its design on the socials. Styling is subjective, in any case). It’s not even good-looking in a bland manner, a la the ID.4.

The Ioniq5 comes throughout, no less than at first look, as a well-packaged crossover EV that blends futuristic appears and tech collectively with out going off the haptic-touch management deep finish whereas additionally combining energy, dealing with, and a luxurious trip. The downsides seem like overly complicated digital menus and gauges and a spread sacrifice if you would like AWD and the related further energy. I’d additionally prefer to see how the Ioniq5 offers with cracked roads and the open freeway.

Pricing begins at $39,700, and a Restricted AWD will value y0u $54,500. Vacation spot provides $1,245.

Hyundai has a strong competitor to different EV crossovers with the Ioniq5, and it’s attention-grabbing sufficient that it’d get some ICE house owners to think about EV adoption. My first take is pretty constructive — I solely hope, for Hyundai’s sake, that my preliminary take stays so after extra time and miles.

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December 2022