2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD in Cyber Gray

Consumer Guide Test Drive

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

ClassElectric Vehicle

Miles driven: 603

Battery capacity: 77 kWh

CG Report Card
Room and ComfortA-
Power and PerformanceB+
Fit and FinishB+
Fuel EconomyA
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big GuyA
Tall GuyB+
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester.
Engine Specs320 horsepower
Engine TypeElectric motors
DriveAll-wheel drive

EPA-estimate MPGe: 110 city/87 hwy/98 combined

EPA-estimated driving range: 256 miles

Consumer Guide range estimate (ideal conditions): 256 miles

Base price: $54,500 (not including $1225 destination charge)

Options on test vehicle: Carpeted floor mats ($195)

Price as tested: $55,920


Quick Hits

The great: Quick acceleration; generous level of standard equipment; fast-charging capability 

The good: Good passenger and cargo room for the size; respectable driving range; striking styling inside and out; pleasant ride/handling balance

The not so good: Numb steering feel; some unconventional controls require acclimation; limited availability for now

More Ioniq 5 price and availability information


John Biel

What is the Ioniq 5? “Wasn’t that,” you think, “the original name of the Star Wars cantina band when the boys(?) met up in their college days?” Interesting guess but no. It’s actually a brand-new 5-passenger compact crossover EV from Hyundai.

The Ioniq 5 possesses plenty of usable power, decent range, and a quick recharge rate. It’s also quite roomy for passengers.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited
Hyundai introduces an all-new pure-electric vehicle for 2022. The Ioniq 5 is an aggressively styled compact crossover that is slated to be the first in a full line of Ioniq-branded electric vehicles; each will use the Ioniq name with a numeric suffix. An Ioniq 7 midsize SUV and Ioniq 6 four-door sedan are expected to be unveiled in the near future.

When the Ioniq 5 was launched—as the first of a series of Ioniq pure-electrics—it came in three trim levels and two configurations. SE, SEL, and Limited models could be had with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The driveline choice affects power and projected range: The single-motor rear-drive version has 225 horsepower and an EPA-estimated range of 303 miles; the dual-motor AWD boasts 320 horsepower but a range of 256 miles. (Due out during the model year is a “Standard Range” rear-wheel SE with 168 horsepower, 220-mile range, and a starting price just shy of $41,000.) Sales are initially restricted to 18 states, with more to be announced.

CG’s first exposure to the Ioniq 5 came at the very top with an AWD Limited. With nothing but a $195 set of carpeted floor mats added to it, the full delivered price came to $55,920. The first thing you’ll note about it is mechanistic styling with sharp creases, parallel-lined highlights, and geometric shapes—indeed, the bodysides seem to be formed from abutting right triangles. Wheel flares have the look of jointed segments fanned out around the openings.

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited
The Ioniq 5’s futuristic cabin features a dash with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, both of which are mounted in a slim, white-faced panel. The gear selector is an unconventional twist knob mounted on a steering-column stalk; touch-sensitive climate controls reside at the lower center of the dash.

The test-vehicle’s cabin had an almost-clichéd EV “clean room” look with two-tone gray surfaces—the lighter shade practically white—and satin-finish silver for metal trim, door handles, power-window controls, etc. A unified flat panel displays driving and infotainment readouts on side-by-side screens, which go to a white background in daylight. And, of course, no mere sequential lever or rotating dial will do for drive engagement (it’s hard to call it “shifting”). In the Ioniq 5, a short stem off the right side of the steering column ends in a small lever that can be twisted to summon Drive, Neutral, or Reverse; depressing a button in the end of the lever activates Park. At least it is easy to use.

Ioniq 5s are effectively self-contained packages at each trim level, with only all-wheel drive, a couple of special paint colors, and a handful of convenience accessories available to pump up the price. Thus, the Limited is as utterly loaded as one of its kind can be with features like 20-inch alloy wheels; full LED exterior lighting; heated, power-folding exterior mirrors; hands-free liftgate; heated and ventilated front seats with power adjustment and driver’s seat memory function; keyless entry and starting; dual-zone climate control; and fixed panoramic sunroof with power shade.

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Rear seat
The Ioniq 5 offers generous space for average-sized adults in both the front and rear seats, with fairly easy entry and exit. As with many pure EVs, the Ioniq 5’s large battery back is mounted underneath the passenger compartment in the chassis of the vehicle, which makes for a slightly raised floor compared to a similar gas-engine vehicle.

Tech conveniences include wireless charging, navigation, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility, head-up display, surround-view monitor, adaptive cruise control, Remote Smart Parking Assist (for getting the vehicle in or out of tight spaces while the driver stands outside), and Bose audio with satellite and HD radio. Forward, blind-spot, and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance; lane-keeping assist; and reverse parking-collision avoidance are among safety-oriented driver aids. Also, Limiteds can charge electrical items—even another electric car—via a Vehicle-to-Load on-board charger.

The Ioniq 5’s 77.4-kWh battery pack can, Hyundai claims, go from 10 percent to fully charged in about six and three-quarter hours with Level 2 charging. Hooking up to DC Level 3 fast charger is said to recharge from 10 percent to 80 percent in approximately 18 to 25 minutes, depending on the voltage of the device. (Note that Hyundai gives buyers unlimited 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America locations for the first two years of ownership.) As with any EV, ambient temperature can affect charging. For instance, this driver inherited the test vehicle with an indicated 91 percent of charge and 193 miles of range after it had been “feeding” for about seven hours on a day with air temperatures in the mid to high 30s Fahrenheit.

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited
The load floor is a bit high, but the rear cargo area offers decent space for stuff: 27.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which grows to 59.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded to create a flat load floor.

The dual motors in AWD models deliver ample, instantly realized power. Distinct performance characteristics attend each drive mode—“Comfort,” “Eco,” “Sport,” or “Snow”—and they affect indicated range. At the end of my 114.8-mile stint, Eco projected about three more miles of remaining range than Comfort, which had a three- to four-mile advantage on Sport. Regenerative energy capture helps to maintain battery charge. Indeed, despite what the trip odometer reported, the projected remaining range made it appear that I had only gone 72 miles and still had 51 percent of charge left. In the default state there’s a noticeable instant drag when you let off the accelerator. Steering-wheel paddles permit dialing up enough regenerative resistance to reach one-pedal driving, where you can bring the vehicle to a complete stop by lifting off the throttle pedal—as long as you don’t need to come to an quick stop, using brake pedal is often not necessary. If you prefer a traditional combustion-engine “coasting” feel when you lift of the throttle pedal, the steering-wheel paddles allow that setting too.

Ride is comfortable and handling is easy but not especially compelling. There’s an overall numbness that seems to match the in-the-middle-of-a-cloud mood of the cabin décor. Some tire noise is audible but probably only because there’s no engine noise to mask it.

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited
In addition to maintenance/fluid access points, the Ioniq 5’s underhood area contains a small “frunk” storage compartment (located underneath the rear-hinged lid shown at the center) with a meager 0.85 cubic feet of cargo capacity. AWD Limited models get 20-inch alloy wheels in place of the standard 19s.

There’s very good passenger room in both rows, and a flat floor makes 3-abreast second-row seating viable. Cargo space behind the second row is just all right, compromised somewhat by the roof slope. There is small-item space under the floor. Lots more capacity appears when the 60/40-split seats are folded. They don’t rest completely flat but are contiguous with the load floor.

Leatherette drapes seats and door panels. Soft, padded areas are quite expansive. The glove box is big. In place of a console there’s a pedestal (adjustable in the Limited) for twin cup holders, floor-level “purse porch,” and suspended armrest with a shallow storage bin. Way down on the floor—well out of easy reach—is an open cubby with USB port and 12-volt socket. All doors have pockets with bottle holders, net pouches are on the backs of the front seats, and cup holders reside in the rear-seat armrest. Audio settings were simple to input on the touchscreen—the current standard Hyundai unit. Functions (map, media, etc.) are activated by push buttons but climate is controlled by a touch-sensitive pad. At least they respond without undue effort. Oddly, navigation directions are given out at a volume soft enough to be overcome by the radio.

That is the Ioniq 5. As for the cantina band, it broke up. “Artistic differences” was the official reason but actually the members didn’t handle movie fame well. Seems they all got big heads.

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited
Despite its avant-garde styling, Hyundai’s new-for-2022 Ioniq 5 offers fine day-to-day practicality, and impressively robust acceleration in all-wheel-drive form. Choosing the top-line Limited model pumps up the bottom-line price, but adds a generous selection of desirable standard features.

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