Hyundai is no stranger to electric vehicles. In the last few years, Hyundai has offered not one but two EVs, one of which is among the most popular models in Canada. Now, Hyundai is launching the next generation of its electric vehicle portfolio with the all-new 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5.
The new IONIQ 5 was one of the most anticipated new models coming this year, EV or not, and now that it is here it doesn’t disappoint. The unique design with the pixelated square headlights and taillights, the vast interior space, the impressive 800-volt architecture and the surprising performance of the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 combine together to deliver an electric vehicle that checks multiple boxes and that can meet a variety of needs.
When Hyundai offered to let me drive the IONIQ 5 for a little over three weeks, I couldn’t resist. I had a few questions I hoped would be answered during that time, questions such as:
- Is the Hyundai IONIQ 5 spacious enough for life with a toddler?
- With 320 horsepower, can the IONIQ 5 rival a Tesla Model 3 Performance or Ford Mustang Mach-E GT?
- How does cold weather impact the IONIQ 5’s range?
In short order, the answers to those questions are yes, no, and not much. Let’s take a closer look.
A Hatchback that Feels Like an SUV
The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 looks a lot more like a hatchback than a sport utility vehicle, and yet inside it feels like an SUV. It even has sunshades on the rear doors, something that any parent will tell you are an absolute must in a family vehicle. Granted those sunshades are included in an optional package on the top-of-the-line model, but still.
This specific package called Ultimate also adds a sliding centre console that makes an already spacious interior that much more welcoming. There is really a lot of interior space in the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5. A lot more than you would think when first seeing it. There’s also a ton of interior storage space.
I was able to fit my 6-foot frame in front and in back with little issue, and the rear leg room is better than most compact SUVs. With 770 litres of cargo space, the IONIQ 5 has more cargo capacity than many of those same utility vehicles, and with over 3,016 litres of interior passenger volume, it’s just 49 litres shy of the new Tucson. It can also tow up to 2,000 pounds when equipped with the larger 77.4-kWh battery.
In other words, this is a very spacious vehicle that’s perfect for a young family. If you need space but hate the idea of driving something that looks like an SUV, the IONIQ 5 is the perfect solution. So much so that I truly believe Hyundai should consider selling the IONIQ 5 with a gas engine.
A Great Everyday Vehicle
There are multiple versions and configurations of the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 available. My long-term tester was the top-of-the-line Preferred Long Range AWD model with the 77.4-kWh battery and 239-kW motor. The top trim in the IONIQ 5 lineup has all-wheel drive and 320 horsepower along with 446 pound-feet of torque. Those are performance car numbers, so is the IONIQ 5 a performance hatchback capable of rivaling the Mach-E GT or the Model 3 Performance?
No. The IONIQ 5 isn’t the same kind of 300+ horsepower electric vehicle as those two. It’s not meant to be a high-performance machine and so it feels a bit more reserved and certainly less edgy than the Tesla or Ford. As a matter of fact, I’d even say the IONIQ 5 feels a tad slower than the Kia EV6 GT-Line I drove recently.
On the other hand, there’s still a ton of power here. The IONIQ 5 jumps forward with a confident rush when you are heavy on the right pedal, and a 0-100 km/h time of 5.2 seconds is certainly nothing to lift your nose at. You will never feel like you would want more power in the IONIQ 5, but it’s not meant to be a performance EV. It’s a grand tourer and feels like it.
The comfort is impressive despite the larger 20-inch wheels on our tester. The seats keep you in place and the cabin design is stunning, modern, and easy to use. Now, some won’t like the small digital buttons on the centre console that control the climate, but you do get used to them. As for the center infotainment display, it’s easy to use and figure out, like every Hyundai product.
I have to say that as a family vehicle, our tester’s nearly white interior wasn’t the best option. It looked good, but it would be a nightmare to keep clean. The other issue I had during my time with the IONIQ 5 was the lack of a rear wiper. The rear window is only slightly inclined and accumulates dirt very quickly. If you’re driving in rain, snow or on a dirty street, it’s not long before you essentially can’t see anything out of the rear window. This is something that has been brought up multiple times and Hyundai is aware of it. They hope to add a rear wiper on the next batch of IONIQ 5 models, although who knows when that will be.
The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 has an 800-volt architecture, something found in only a handful of electric vehicles. The Porsche Taycan in one, the Audi e-tron GT is the other… and that’s about it. The Kia EV6 has one as well, which it shares with the IONIQ 5. Such a powerful architecture means lightning-quick charging times. How quick you ask? Well, you can charge the 77.4-kWh battery in under 7 hours using a Level 2 wall charger.
On a Level 3 charger at 50 kW, you can get back 80% of range in about 1 hour while a 350-kW fast charger will give you 80% in just over 17 minutes. Very few EVs charge this quickly.
As for range, our AWD tester promised 414 kilometres, but a full charge indicated closer to 375 kilometres. That was due to how the IONIQ 5 had been driven previously and outside weather conditions. It is still more than enough, but the IONIQ 5 does fall short of the Kia EV6 or the Tesla Model 3 when it comes to range. You can opt for a RWD model with the larger battery and get 488 kilometers of range, but I would advise against a rear-wheel drive vehicle in Canada or in the northern states.
Expensive or not?
With a sticker price of $62,435, my loaded Hyundai IONIQ 5 wasn’t cheap. But, here in Quebec we get $8,000 (now $7,000) off from the provincial government and $5,000 off from the federal government, bringing the IONIQ 5’s down considerably. It’s still over $50,000, but again my tester had everything you can think of.
Ventilated seats, heated front seats, wireless charging, head-up display, ambient lighting, heated rear seats, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, power seats, dual-zone climate, sunroof, and every manner of driver assistance technology. When you look at everything the IONIQ 5 gives you, it’s hard to argue the value proposition.
The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 is a fantastic electric vehicle and one that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy. The best model in my option is the Preferred AWD Long Range and do go for the Ultimate Package, but any IONIQ 5 gives you exceptional versatility and a lot of value. It may not feel like it has over 300 horsepower, but the quick charging times and decent range mean the IONIQ 5 gives you what most buyers want out of their EV.
The problem is that getting your hands on a Hyundai IONIQ 5 at the moment is darn near impossible. Still, for those who are waiting for the model they ordered or for those thinking ahead, the IONIQ 5 is certainly worth every penny as a new-generation EV and daily family vehicle.