The SUV class is hot these days, with automakers adding new models to their lineups and shoppers willingly snapping them up. The growth in the world of gas-powered SUVs has now made its way to the electric SUV segment — largely because of established automakers seeking a foothold in the electric-vehicle market.
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One of those established brands is Hyundai, which launched the all-new Ioniq 5 SUV as a 2022 model. Featuring seating for five, available all-wheel drive, and distinctive exterior and interior styling, the Ioniq 5 is built on a new 800-volt EV platform to support quicker DC fast charging.
The Ioniq 5, and others like it, must contend with the popular Tesla Model Y. Fitted with standard AWD and seating for up to seven with an optional third row, the Model Y’s software updatability and integration with Tesla’s network of Supercharger fast-charging stations are compelling attributes that helped it win Cars.com’s Best Electric Vehicle of 2022 award.
Cars.com’s long-term test fleet includes a Model Y, so to see how this award-winning EV compares with the all-new Ioniq 5, we spent a week testing both. Besides our normal back-to-back driving loops and interior evaluations, we tested their charging performance at home and on the road, measured acceleration, and set up an autocross course to evaluate handling.