posted on May 27, 2022

Ready, set, go — up to 303 miles

They say electric vehicles are the future. But with so many exciting EVs like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 on the road, you could say that the future is already here. With impressive utility, range, and style, this award-winning SUV has all the right ingredients to make you reconsider choosing a Tesla. Here’s everything you need to know.

The automotive industry is quickly moving towards more sustainable vehicles, and Hyundai is no exception. Today, its lineup includes several hybrids and electric vehicles. And plenty more are on the way. It’s all part of the automaker’s vision to become carbon neutral by 2040. That makes their first EV, the Ioniq 5, an important vehicle, as demand for EVs and SUVs show no signs of slowing down.

Joe’s 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 (Las Vegas, NV)

While looks aren’t everything, it’s hard to talk about this electric SUV without mentioning its gorgeous styling. The Ioniq 5 isn’t just sleek, elegant, and sophisticated. It looks like a vehicle from the future, and wouldn’t look out of place on a different planet. You can expect to see more of it too, because this car will define Hyundai’s design language for future “Ioniq” models.

Step inside, and you’ll find that the interior is also a sight to behold. Every Ioniq 5 includes a stunning 12.3-inch display, which feels unexpectedly luxurious for a mainstream vehicle. You can also connect your compatible smartphone using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which makes it easy to access music and directions. If you’re lucky enough to drive an SEL model, you can enjoy a Premium Heads-up Display that resembles a video game user interface.

True to its name, the Ioniq 5 seats up to five with plenty of room for everyone’s belongings. And with an interior this comfy, passengers might enjoy this electric SUV even more than its driver. There’s so much space, even the rear seats are reclinable. Step up to the Ioniq 5 Limited to enjoy a panoramic sunroof, which can give everyone onboard a new perspective. 

Wondering how far can the Ioniq 5 take you? First-generation electric vehicles had their limitations, but Joe’s 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is closing the gap on gas-powered cars. In fact, it’s good for up to 303 miles on a full charge, more than enough to get you from charging station to charging station. And when it’s plugged into an 800V ultra-fast charger, you can get 68 miles of range in as little as five minutes.

While this electric SUV is innovative and practical, it’s also thrilling in its own right. Models equipped with AWD produce 320 horsepower and 446 pounds of torque, which makes for a zero to 60 time of just 5.2 seconds. For those keeping score, that’s faster than some of the most popular sports cars manufactured today.

The numbers are great, but they don’t tell the whole story. So we asked Joe to share a few thoughts. According to him, “the Ioniq 5 feels futuristic. It emits a slight hum while driving, reminiscent of sci-fi movies. It handles exceptionally well and the acceleration in sport mode is quite impressive.” 

With great power comes great responsibility, which is why the Ioniq 5 is equipped with so many safety features. All models come standard with Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Parking Distance Warning when reversing. And that’s just the tip of the spec sheet. The Limited model can give you a better view of your surroundings with a Surround View Monitor and Blind-Spot View Monitor.

So, how does the Hyundai Ioniq 5 fare against its direct competition, like the Tesla Model Y? This car and the Model Y Performance are both rated at 303 miles of range. The Model Y Long Range AWD is rated at 330 miles, which gives it a slight edge. And when it comes to performance, the Tesla is faster from zero to 60. So while it doesn’t win in every metric, you can’t deny that the Ioniq 5 is a great value. Especially compared to its competition.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has the looks, the utility, and the performance that modern SUV drivers want. It can do just about everything, except spend time at the pump. And most importantly, it has the range to win over most anyone who’s on the fence about going electric.

Michael has spent most of his career writing about cars. His passions all start with the letter S. That includes his Honda S2000, sustainability, and sushi.