2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: The Next Tesla Challenger Is Coming

Competes with: Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Nissan Ariya, Volkswagen ID.4

Looks like: Hyundai’s 45 EV Concept and the latest production Tucson SUV

Drivetrains: Single- (rear) or dual-motor (all-wheel) electric drive; standard 58-kilowatt-hour or long-range 77.4-kwh lithium-ion battery; up to 302 horsepower and 446 pounds-feet of torque

Hits dealerships: Fall

I hope Tesla’s ready for it, because 2021 appears to be the year a horde of other automakers bring an electric SUV to a showroom near you. It seems that the next one to appear on our shores will be the Hyundai Ioniq 5. But wait: Doesn’t Hyundai already sell an electric Ioniq compact hatchback? Yes, it does, but the South Korean company is taking the Ioniq name and turning it into a full line of vehicles. The 5 is only the first in a showroom that will eventually encompass an Ioniq 6 electric sedan and Ioniq 7 large SUV. 

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First things first: the new Ioniq 5 mid-size SUV, which Hyundai says will offer one of the most spacious cabins in its class thanks to an extra-long wheelbase.

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Exterior

The Ioniq 5’s styling certainly makes it stand out thanks to a theme that Hyundai calls “Parametric Dynamics,” a gibberish phrase meant to describe the wild, pixelated grille and light treatment of the front and rear end of the latest Hyundai Tucson, but the Ioniq 5 tones that down to a slim, horizontal grille-and-headlight affair; Hyundai says the Pony, its first passenger vehicle from 45 years ago, inspired the Ioniq 5’s profile, but you’ll have to squint pretty hard to see that resemblance. It ties the front and rear styling together and features automatically retracting flush door handles for better aerodynamic efficiency. Available wheels measure up to 20 inches in diameter, the largest Hyundai says it’s ever fitted to an EV. Seven different nature-inspired paint colors will be available for North America.

The whole thing sits atop a dedicated electric vehicle platform that Hyundai calls its Electric-Global Modular Platform, or E-GMP, whose biggest claim to fame is a 118.1-inch wheelbase. That puts it at about an inch longer than a Ford Mustang Mach-E’s wheelbase and nearly 10 inches longer than that of a Volkswagen ID.4. Yet the Ioniq 5 measures roughly 182.5 inches in overall length, or almost 4 inches shorter than the Mach-E. 

Interior

Inside, the new Ioniq 5 will feature a variety of eco-friendly materials with three different available color schemes for North America. The seats, headliner, door trim, floor and armrests made out of things like recycled plastic bottles, plant-based and natural wool yarns, “eco-processed” leather and paint that both use plant-based extracts. 

Themed as “Living Space,” the cabin features a flat floor for maximum passenger room (the Ioniq 5 accommodates up to five occupants). A center console called the Universal Island can slide up to 5.5 inches, and it combines with front seats that are 30% thinner than traditional seats to further expand usable interior space for passenger comfort. A dual-cockpit dashboard setup features a 12-inch touchscreen and a second 12-inch digital gauge cluster behind the steering wheel. A head-up display is also available.

The Ioniq 5 also has a new Vehicle-to-Load (or V2L) feature. This allows a user to power significant electrical devices inside the car via a port under the second-row seats when the car is on, or outside the car via a port in the charge door while the car is off. And when we say significant, we do mean it — the ports can deliver up to 3.6 kilowatts of power, enough to run just about anything at a tailgate party (like big speakers, a TV, an electric heater, a minifridge and a blender, perhaps all at the same time), or even a couple of appliances in a person’s home, in an emergency.

Under the Hood

The all-electric powertrain for the new Ioniq 5 seems quite robust. It’s available in one of four configurations — rear- or all-wheel drive, standard- or long-range battery — planned for U.S. availability as of now. Hyundai listed horsepower in kilowatts and torque in newton-meters, so here’s how the converted power figures for the overseas Ioniq 5 shake out, bearing in mind some adjustments may come for the eventual U.S. model:

  • The standard set-up is a RWD single-motor system. With either the standard range (58 kilowatt-hour) or long-range (77.4 kwh) battery pack, it makes about 215 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque.
  • The dual-motor AWD adds considerable power, bumping output to about 232 hp with the standard-range battery pack or about 302 hp with the long-range pack; both make about 446 pounds-feet of torque.

Hyundai says the long-range AWD configuration is good for a 0-60-mph time of 5.2 seconds — an entirely believable figure with that much torque on hand. The automaker has not published range estimates using U.S. EPA testing data but instead claims the long-range RWD model should achieve just shy of 300 miles’ range on a full charge as measured by the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure standard. (As InsideEVs notes, WLTP estimates for EV range are usually, but not always, more generous than range estimates from the EPA, but there’s considerable variance depending on the car.)

When it runs out of juice, the Ioniq 5’s onboard charging system will offer standard 400-volt DC fast charging that can also accommodate 800-volt systems as well, with no adaptors or additional requirements. Under ideal conditions, this would enable the Ioniq 5 to reach 80% battery charge from 10% in 18 minutes, or to obtain 62 miles of range in just five minutes. This is a bit of future-proofing on Hyundai’s part, however, as no public 800-volt chargers exist in the U.S. as of yet (the only other car for sale that can use them is the Porsche Taycan), and 400-volt DC fast chargers are still rare (though more are coming online every day). Hyundai did not specify how quickly the Ioniq 5 could recharge on lesser Level 2 (240-volt) or Level 1 (120-volt) household current. 

Safety and Availability

Being an all-new vehicle from an automaker that likes to go big on standard electronic safety systems, it’s no surprise the Ioniq 5 will feature the latest and greatest driver assistance systems, as well. This includes forward collision assist, blind spot collision assist, intelligent speed-limit assist, driver attention warning, automatic high beams and more. It will also be the first Hyundai model to offer up the company’s second-generation Highway Driving Assist system.

The Ioniq 5 is set for a global debut in the first half of the year. Michele Tinson, a spokesperson for the automaker’s U.S. arm, confirmed to Cars.com that the Ioniq 5 will hit U.S. dealers this fall. That means it’s likely a 2022 model, though the exact model year wasn’t immediately clear. Also unclear is whether the SUV will be available in all 50 states (past Hyundai EVs have been sold only in select states). Pricing will be announced closer to the Ioniq 5’s on-sale date. 

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