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News The IONIQ 5 Is The First Of Hyundai’s New Breed Of EVs

The IONIQ 5 Is The First Of Hyundai’s New Breed Of EVs

The all-new Ioniq 5 electric crossover will be capable of a 10-80% charge in only 18 minutes


  • Two battery packs will be available.

  • The range will be up to 480km WLTP.

  • RWD and dual-motor AWD will be offered.


Hyundai is not known for taking it easy when it comes to facing off with the competition. In only a few short decades, they’ve come up with an answer to almost all opponents. Now, and despite holding an impressive lead in EV sales in Canada (behind only Tesla), they’re launching the first new Ioniq product, the Ioniq 5.

Their recent onslaught of new products, including the Tucson and Santa Fe, feature various forms of electrification. Although these models should do well, the motivation behind Hyundai’s plans is to bring fully-electric vehicles to the masses. The newest Ioniq 5 has all the makings of an EV that will swoon many a consumer.

Styling-wise, the Ioniq 5 is practically identical to the concept revealed earlier this year and is heavily inspired by the Hyundai’s 45’ EV concept from 2019. Hyundai refers to it as a crossover which means, in reality, that it’s a 5-door hatchback with a slightly raised ride height and robust-looking fenders which can harbour wheels as large as 20 inches in diameter.

2022 Ioniq 5 | Photo: Hyundai

The car’s overall shape is highlighted by simple horizontal light treatments at both ends while the doors are bisected by powerful “Z” creases. Thanks to the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which will serve as the base for Genesis and Kia but will be significantly tuned for the brands, the wheels are pushed to the very extremities.

This has endowed the Ioniq 5 with a relatively long 3,000mm wheelbase (100-mm longer than the Palisade) which translates into a very spacious cabin. The flat floor not only provides ample room but has enabled Hyundai to create what they call a Universal Island moveable center console which slides fore and aft as much as 140mm.

2022 Ioniq 5 | Photo: Hyundai

Also part of the package are “Zero-Gravity” seats which are not only more comfortable but are 30% slimmer than regular seats. This generates even more rear legroom for up to three occupants. Boot space is 531 litres in the rear while the frunk can hold up to 57 litres of gear.

Included with the Ioniq 5 is a set of wide, configurable, dual 12-inch screens, one for infotainment with touchscreen control and the other, a hoodless digital gauge cluster. As well, the car will feature an Augmented Reality Head-Up Display (AR HUD), essentially turning the windshield into a screen.

2022 Ioniq 5 | Photo: Hyundai

The Ioniq 5 will be available with one of two battery sizes, either a 58kWh or 72.6kWh (77.4kWh for North America) unit. Thanks to the car’s E-GMP underpinnings, it can support both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures. The multi-charging system is the first of its kind that can operate the motor and inverter to boost 400 V to 800 V for stable charging compatibility. Plugged into a 350-kW charger, the Ioniq 5 will go from a 10- to 80% charge in just 18 minutes. In a pinch, the car only needs five minutes to get 100 km of range, based on the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) standard.

Range varies on the combination of battery size and electric motor configuration. With the larger battery and single rear motor, the Ioniq 5 is expected to manage between 470 and 480 of range WLTP.

2022 Ioniq 5 | Photo: Hyundai

Output also diverges based on battery selection. The likely most affordable setup the standard range with a single motor will provide 125kW (167 horsepower) and 350Nm (258 lb.-ft.) of torque. With a second motor, power rises to 173kW (232 horsepower) and 605Nm (446 lb.-ft.) respectively.

With the larger 72.6kWh (77.4kWh for North America) unit and the single rear motor, the Ioniq 5 is endowed with 160kW (215 horsepower) and 350Nm (258 lb.-ft.) of torque. The powerhouse version here, with twin motors, delivers 225kW (302 horsepower) and 605Nm (446 lb.-ft.) of torque. As is, this iteration will knock back the 0-100km/h sprint in only 5.2 seconds. As well, the Ioniq 5 can tow up to 1,600kg or 3,525lbs.

2022 Ioniq 5 | Photo: Hyundai

Driving technologies, as part of Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2), will include numerous features such as Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), among many others.

The Ioniq 5, which will see production begin in August, should arrive in Canada in late October or November. It is only the first new Ioniq product as both an Ioniq 6 sedan and an Ioniq 7 3-row SUV will follow in the near future.

Pricing is not yet known however it’s said it will mimic the Kona EV’s structure meaning that a starting price in the mid-$40,000 range is plausible.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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