2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Feb 24, 2021
  • Midsize, five-passenger electric SUV
  • Roomy “Living Space” interior design
  • Two battery pack sizes
  • Single or dual electric motors
  • Nearly 300 miles of range (WLTP cycle)
  • Operates as a “charger on wheels” when desirable
  • Next-generation SmartSense safety technologies
  • Advanced instrumentation and infotainment displays
  • On sale in selected regions by summer of 2021

Hyundai is preparing to launch a family of electric vehicles (EVs) under the Ioniq nameplate, and the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the first to break cover. A midsize five-passenger crossover SUV, the 2022 Ioniq 5 is the first EV to use the automaker’s brand-new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP).

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Front Quarter View

Available with two different size battery packs and two-wheel or all-wheel drive, the Ioniq 5 is made for the future. It boasts impressive charging capacity, features next-generation technology, and uses sustainable materials in its construction. The driving range measures nearly 300 miles on the WLTP measurement cycle.

Currently, Hyundai uses the Ioniq name on a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle that competes with the Toyota Prius. When the 2022 Ioniq 5 arrives in selected global regions in the summer of 2021, the name becomes a sub-brand under which Hyundai will offer its EVs.

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Influenced by the Hyundai 45 Concept vehicle that debuted in 2019, the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 adheres to the automaker’s “Parametric Pixels” design theme. The styling fits well with Hyundai’s current lineup, reflecting the company’s angular approach in the Ioniq 5’s wheel arch trim, surface detailing, and other elements.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Rear Quarter View

Highlights include a clamshell hood that minimizes panel gaps and shut-lines for a clean, cohesive appearance and superior aerodynamics. The Ioniq 5 also showcases unmistakable square front and rear lighting signatures and a set of aerodynamically optimized 20-inch aluminum wheels in black with machined surfaces. Flush door handles automatically present themselves when necessary.

Hyundai plans to offer the Ioniq 5 in nine different exterior colors, including two matte finishes. An optional Solar Roof panel, similar to what the automaker offers on its Sonata Hybrid sedan, collects energy from the sun and feeds it to the battery pack.

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The new Hyundai Ioniq 5 sits on a 118.1-inch wheelbase. For context, that’s almost four inches longer than the company’s Palisade SUV. Combine the lengthy wheelbase with the flat skateboard-style E-GMP platform, and the Ioniq 5 is a natural for what Hyundai calls a “Living Space” interior theme.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Interior Dashboard

Eco-friendly materials are a rule within the cabin. The seats, armrests, door trim, and floor material feature sustainable materials such as natural wool, recycled PET bottles, and plant-based yarns and extracts. The available leather is ecologically processed, according to Hyundai.

A glass roof brightens the SUV’s already airy cabin, which Hyundai says is filled with nature-inspired colors. Soft, Delicate, and Exuberant interior ambiance themes are available, and a Universal Island can slide 5.5 inches toward the back seats.

The Ioniq 5 has power-adjustable heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Hyundai says they recline to a position that offers a weightless sensation. The 60/40-split folding rear seats slide forward and back up to five inches. 

Cargo space ranges from 18.75 cubic feet behind the back seat to 56.2 cu.-ft. when the rear seat is folded down. A frunk (front trunk) supplies nearly an additional cubic foot of storage.

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Hyundai builds the Ioniq 5 on a new electric vehicle platform that locates the battery under the car’s interior between the front and rear wheels. Two battery packs are available, and buyers can choose between a rear electric motor (2WD) and front and rear electric motors (AWD).

The standard configuration uses a 58-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery and a rear electric motor. It makes 125 kilowatts (167 horsepower) and 350 Newton-meters of torque (258 pound-feet). Hyundai says the standard Ioniq 5 accelerates to 60 mph in less than 8.5 seconds.

Add a front electric motor to this configuration, and now the SUV generates 173 kW (232 hp) and 605 Nm (446 lb.-ft). Hyundai says this more powerful AWD configuration scoots the Ioniq 5 to 60 mph in about six seconds.

Choose the larger 72.6 kWh battery and just the rear electric motor, and Ioniq 5 has 160 kW (215 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.), which results in a 0-to-60-mph time of fewer than 7.5 seconds. This version of the SUV also provides the greatest driving range, which is 292-298 miles on the WLTP measurement cycle.

Add the front electric motor to the big battery, and the Ioniq 5 supplies 225 kW (302 hp) and 605 Nm (446 lb.-ft.), which gets the SUV to 60 mph in about five seconds flat. And, just in case you’re thinking about making a top-speed run, Hyundai says all versions of the Ioniq 5 can reach 115 mph.

Planning for the future, Hyundai equips every Ioniq 5 with multi-charging capability compatible with both 400-volt and 800-volt power sources. Use a 350-kW fast charger, and the standard battery goes from a 10% charge to an 80% charge in 18 minutes. Hook it up to the fast charger station for just five minutes, and the battery accepts 62 miles of range (WLTP).

Remarkably, Hyundai quotes a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The SUV also has Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) technology that transforms the Ioniq 5 into a 110V/220V power source with 3.6 kWh of power output. According to Hyundai, this makes the Ioniq 5 a “charger on wheels.” Ports are located under the second-row seats and at the charging port. The outside V2L port provides power even when the vehicle isn’t on.

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Hyundai equips the Ioniq 5 with a next-generation of SmartSense, its collection of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). 

The list of available features is a lengthy one. It includes:

  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Automatic forward emergency braking
  • Blind-spot warning with collision avoidance steering assistance
  • Rear cross-traffic warning with automatic rear braking
  • Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assistance
  • Junction turning warning with automatic braking
  • Junction crossing warning with automatic braking
  • Driver monitoring system
  • Safe Exit Assist, which warns occupants when it is unsafe to exit the vehicle
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Front and rear parking sensors with automatic braking
  • Blind-spot View Monitor, which shows a camera view of the SUV’s blind spots within the instrumentation

Additionally, the Ioniq 5 is the first Hyundai-badged vehicle to get Highway Driving Assist 2. This is the automaker’s Level 2 ADAS, which combines adaptive cruise control with lane-centering assistance technology. This upgraded version now includes lane-changing assistance and uses Intelligent Speed Limit Assist to match vehicle speed to the posted limit automatically.

Finally, Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) is available for the Ioniq 5. This is a fully-automated self-parking technology that works whether the driver is inside or outside of the SUV and can park the Ioniq 5 in parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. It works just like the RSPA technology in the Hyundai Nexo fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).

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In the Ioniq 5, Hyundai pairs a 12-inch digital instrumentation display with a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen display. An eight-speaker Bose premium audio system and Blue Link connected car technologies are also aboard. Hyundai did not confirm other details, but you can bet Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard.

Blue Link supplies numerous useful functions for Ioniq 5 owners. They include:

  • Connected routing
  • Dynamic voice recognition
  • Remote driver profile management
  • Remote climate pre-conditioning and scheduling
  • Remote charging activation and deactivation
  • Remote vehicle status check to see the range, battery state, and remaining charge time
  • Owner notifications (open window, unlocked doors)
  • Point of interest send-to-car function complete with required waypoints
  • Last-mile navigation that continues providing directions via a smartphone app

Additionally, the Ioniq 5 offers an augmented reality head-up display showing a wealth of data, including navigation directions, safety-system status, and more.

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When the Ioniq 5 goes on sale, it will compete with the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Nissan Ariya, and Volkswagen ID.4 until other mainstream brands start selling comparable EVs. It could also siphon Tesla Model Y customers drawn to the Hyundai’s unique design and packaging.

Hyundai is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of February 23, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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