With the end of the year fast approaching, various automotive publications are naming their picks for the best vehicles, including EV models. You might think a Tesla would be at the top of the list, but for Car and Driver, a different brand made the cut. And that’s Hyundai, with the 2022 Ioniq 5 SUV.
What is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5?
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an all-electric crossover. It shares its DNA with the Kia EV6 and overall appears to be a solid vehicle. Hyundai has plans to launch a range of EV models, with the 5 marking the first.
Things I like about the 2022 Ioniq 5 include its fast charging times, 303-mile driving range, and solid design. The interior is usable and the exterior doesn’t look generic. Also, you can get up to 320 horsepower.
The 2022 Ioniq 5 offers practicality
With a starting MSRP of $39,950, the new Ioniq 5 is pretty handy. You can equip it with all-wheel drive and, according to car and driver, there is a lot of technology inside. Another important point is that the Ioniq 5 really feels attractive to drive. In a world where most EVs feel the same, that’s a big plus for this electric SUV.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes standard with a 58.0 kWh battery pack. But, if you are interested in more autonomy, you can get a 77.4 kWh pack. Unfortunately, the 2022 Ioniq 5 doesn’t offer a high-performance version like the Kia EV6 GT. However, not everyone needs that level of power.
What does Car and Driver like about this electric SUV?
In terms of what Car and Driver likes about the Ioniq 5, super-fast charging and design are at the top of the list. Electric vehicles offer the power of a new design language, and Hyundai has taken full advantage of it.
Depending on the equipment you have, this EV can be charged from 10% to 80% in approximately 18 minutes. To get that charge rate, you’ll need access to a DC fast charger. So that’s something to keep in mind.
Can you buy a Hyundai Ioniq 5?
The Ioniq 5 is currently available in limited numbers. It’s not yet available at all Hyundai dealerships, so it can be hard to find one. Understandably, that could be a bit disappointing for some.
Hopefully, as issues like supply chain are resolved, more Ioniq 5 models will become available. If so, it would allow more people to understand what this EV is all about. Especially those who have been skeptical about going for something like a Tesla.
The 2022 Ioniq 5 might not be the cheapest electric SUV on the market. But for what it offers, the price doesn’t feel unjustified. And there is something to be said about it.