Car Review: Hyundai Ioniq 5 charges toward head of the crossover electric pack

You may think you know the Hyundai Ioniq as a small hatchback, but now there is a new model for 2022: the larger electric-only Ioniq 5 available with All-wheel Drive (AWD).

The new Hyundai Ioniq 5, a small electric crossover with dual motor and AWD, is a credible competitor. (WTOP / Mike Parris)

The new Ioniq 5 has a special look with a big dose of future and retro styling cues that throws back to some of the original Hyundais. The V-shaped front end and distinctive LED lighting will catch your eye. You’ll also notice sharp lines along the body, especially in the Shooting Star two-tone paint. There are pixel LED rear taillights that have a cool retro 1980s vibe.

The inside is spacious with room for five. The Ioniq 5 has some unique features, like a movable center console and a flat floor that add to an airy cabin feeling. You’ll notice two large screens. One for the instrument panel and another 12.3-inch central screen for radio, NAV and climate controls.

The leatherette seats, and other more sustainable materials, are throughout the cabin. The front seats are heated and ventilated and a seat relaxation feature helps on long trips. The front seats also recline, and a footrest pops out for relaxation when you are charging the vehicle.

This 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a serious contender in the EV market. With about 320hp from the dual electric motor and the HTRAC AWD, this small crossover should be able to tackle most weather conditions. Overall, it’s a nice-driving small crossover with decent power to please most EV buyers.

The ride is very compliant, soaking up most the bumps nicely. There is not much wind or road noise, so it is a pleasant long distance cruiser. The AWD and dual motor design does lower the range from around 300 miles with the two-wheel drive version, to around 260 miles with my test vehicle. However, I managed less than 200 miles on the highway at higher speeds. Luckily, the charging network is growing, so trips are getting easier. With a bit of advance planning on where charge, I made it to Erie, PA and back without range anxiety.

Also, this Hyundai has free 30 minute charging sessions with Electrify America. With the latest 800V battery system, this car will charge quickly at the 350 kW charging stations, if you can find them. They are still limited in this area.

Cost: As tested, $55,940

MPG: 110 city and 87 highway; I managed 2.7mi/kWh in 744 miles of driving.

Safety:  Forward collision-avoidance assist; blind-spot collision warning and assist; lane keeping assist; lane following assist; driver attention warning; blind-spot and surround view monitor; rear cross traffic alert and avoidance; safe exit warning; rear occupant warning; smart cruise control with stop & go.

Things to know: The Ioniq 5 is a look at the future for Hyundai with hints of its stylish past. With the fast-charging battery system and spacious interior, this Hyundai is worth a long look for EV buyers.


  • Dual motor and AWD this electric crossover is ready to tackle your everyday needs.
  • Comfortable and spacious interior
  • The styling will get you noticed.


  • Less range with the AWD dual motor means you do not get 300 miles.
  • Rear vision suffers with the small rear window.
  • Less front trunk space than some of the competitors.
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