The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 will offer two powertrain choices with 225 or 320 horsepower.
Two battery sizes in Canada, one for the U.S. market.
The U.S. will get a subscription service for EV adopters, the Canadian-market IONIQ 5 should be eligible for the iZEV rebate.
The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 obviously isn’t the Korean brand’s first electric vehicle, but it’s the first fully dedicated BEV it will bring to market. And using the all-new E-GMP platform developed specifically for this type of vehicle, it seeks to introduce several innovations in the compact crossover segment.
It also boasts the company’s latest evolution of its Sensuous Sportiness design language, which debuted on the Hyundai 45 Concept that made its first public appearance at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show. It blends minimalism with angular shapes and pixelated styling details, such as in the exterior lighting elements, for example.
A single-motor setup is found in the base variants of the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5, providing a rear-wheel drivetrain along with an output of 225 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the two-motor variants combines AWD with 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. The company claims a 0-to-60 mph time of less than five seconds with the more powerful system.
Two battery sizes will be available in Canada. A 58-kWh pack will ensure that the IONIQ 5 will be reasonably priced and eligible for the Canadian government’s iZEV green-vehicle rebate, with an estimated driving range of 354 kilometres (220 miles). The bigger 77.4-kWh battery pack is available in Canada, but will be the only one offered in the United States, providing a driving range estimated at 480 km (300 miles) in single-motor RWD variants, as well as 400 to 435 km (244 to 269 miles) for dual-motor AWD variants.
Crossover buyers who enjoy an active lifestyle will benefit from the IONIQ 5’s 1,500-pound (680-kg) towing capacity, and a Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) function allows users to plug in exterior electric devices such as a cooler, an e-bike and camping equipment, either via an outlet under the rear seat or through an adaptor on the vehicle’s exterior charge port. Hyundai even claims it can recharge a stranded EV.
Riding on a 118.1-inch or 3,000-mm wheelbase, which is very long for a compact-sized crossover, along with a low platform, the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 is said to offer a tremendous amount of interior space with a footprint similar to the Hyundai Tucson’s. There are bonus practical features such as a reclining driver’s seat to relax while the car is plugged onto a public fast charge station. The sliding center armrest can accommodate a large purse and move out of the way, allowing to easily switch from one front seat to the other. Rear-seat passengers also enjoy plenty of legroom to lounge and relax, while cargo space reaches 27 cubic feet (770 litres) with the rear seats in place and 59 cubic feet (1,680 litres) with the seatbacks folded. According to Hyundai, the IONIQ 5 offers more volume than the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Volkswagen ID.4.
The IONIQ 5’s dashboard hosts two fully digital 12.3-inch screens side by side, one for the driver instrument panel and the other, which is actually a touchscreen, for the infotainment system. To their left is a magnetic board for posting notes or pictures, just like we do on a kitchen refrigerator. Head-up-display with augmented reality is available as well, a brand-new feature for Hyundai, in addition to a Bose eight-speaker sound system and ambient lighting. Of course, Bluelink remote services and over-the-air software updates are included, too.
No pricing has been announced yet, but the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5’s MSRP will be “compelling and competitive,” according to the brand. In Canada, we expect a $44,999 base price, which is the maximum allowed for iZEV rebate eligibility. The U.S. market will offer a subscription service for those interested in seeing in an EV suits their lifestyle, with a single payment that includes the vehicle’s cost, insurance and maintenance, along with two years of unlimited 30-minute charges on Electrify America’s network.
The IONIQ 5 will hit the Canadian and U.S. markets this fall. Look for the IONIQ 6 midsize sedan sometime during the 2022 calendar year, and the IONIQ 7 three-row midsize crossover in 2024.