Over the years, we’ve seen Hyundai convert some of their traditional vehicles into hybrids and electrics-- like the Kona and Tucson; but they brought us out to beautiful San Diego to see their first model built exclusively as an all-electric: the 2022 IONIQ 5.

That’s IONIQ spelled with an “IQ” at the end and that makes sense, as this electric sport utility is smart, boasting a modern design, a suite of technology and safety features, and an impressive pair of powertrains.

The IONIQ 5 is the first vehicle to be built on Hyundai’s new E-GMP platform. Both the rear and all-wheel drive models utilize a 77.4 kilowatt hour battery; the rear wheel drive draws enough power to generate 225 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, with an EPA estimated range of 303 miles. 

I spent most of my time in the all-wheel drive model that rates 320 horsepower and 446 lb-ft. of torque. This does lead to a decreased range of 256 miles, but what's lost in overall range was made up for at the charger.

"So, we just finished up lunch at an old California mining town. Very befitting, because I would say Hyundai has struck gold with the IONIQ 5. And, what I mean by that is they’ve sort of found a solution to an EV buyer’s biggest concern; that’s probably range anxiety. 

Now, it’s not to say that the IONIQ 5 completely eliminates range anxiety, right? But, it does have an impressive starting range on a full charge, 300-plus. Then on top of that you have fast charging capabilities: 10-to-80 percent in 18 minutes-- no slouch.

I would say the IONIQ 5 is a very forward-thinking vehicle and, as such, prospective buyers may go “you know what, the switch to an EV may not be so bad.”

In a bigger hurry, with its 800-volt architecture, a 250 Kilowatt DC fast charger can add 68 miles of range in only about five minutes. That’s close to the time it takes to top off a traditional car’s gas tank.

Overall, driving the IONIQ 5 was a well-rounded experience. The one pedal driving and safety features made highway cruising that much easier; the selectable drive modes and tuned-down regenerative braking made the twisty mountain roads a bit more fun to tackle-- and the all-wheel drive especially helped on the rare rainy SoCal day we encountered.

Outside, the IONIQ 5 features a “pixel-inspired” design, best seen in the cubed headlights and pixelated taillights. The broad, roomy interior is optimized and flexible, partially made from sustainable materials like recycled plastics.

But the real star is the onboard technology. All models come with two 12.3-inch displays-- one for the instrument panel and one for the infotainment. I was paired off with the top Limited model, one of three available trims. It comes with the premium heads-up display with augmented reality functions, showing speed and navigation.

The IONIQ 5 represents the enlightened direction of Hyundai’s designs with an EV driving experience to match. After delivery fees, the SE rear-wheel drive is priced just around $45,000, but a cheaper Standard Range model with a smaller battery will be available in Spring 2022 for around $40,000. We look forward to seeing more of the IONIQ 5 soon, right here on MotorWeek.


  • Battery: 77.4 kWh
  • Starting Price: ~ $40,000
  • Horsepower: 225 (RWD) | 320 (AWD)
  • Torque: 258 lb-ft (RWD) | 446 lb-ft (AWD)
  • Range: 303 miles (RWD) | 256 miles (AWD)