Iron Man started out as a war profiteer. Captain America was a pencil-neck weakling. Thor was feelin’ himself way too aggressively. If the hero doesn’t have a flaw to overcome, the story just isn’t as interesting. On the other hand, when it’s an actual journey that you’re taking in an electric SUV as opposed to a hero’s journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’d all just as soon the automakers leave the character-building conflict to Hollywood and give us as flaw-free an ownership experience as possible. With the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV, the South Korean carmaker has done just that.
Related: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Review: The EV We’ve Been Waiting For
In Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder’s comprehensive critique of the all-new EV, he heralds the arrival of the Ioniq 5 as the first affordable electric SUV lacking a “defining shortcoming” — something competitors from Ford, Tesla and Volvo have been (as yet) unsuccessful in doing. But just because a model is remarkably less flawed doesn’t mean it’s flawless, and Wiesenfelder still finds a few foibles in the Ioniq 5. For his full take, follow the related link above — but for a rapid-fire rundown of the pros and cons, keep reading.
Here are five things we could go on about all day and four things we’re not overly fond of about the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5:
Things We Like
1. EV Easy Rider
Benefitting from its 118-inch wheelbase, the Ioniq 5 breaks the EV comfort curse with a nice, amenable ride. Even with outsize 20-inch wheels, the Hyundai manages to glide past the firm, harsh fate of many of its counterparts.