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Auto 123 Reviews the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5!


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Author: Derek Boshouwers -

Auto123 reviews the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 all-electric crossover - in the dead of winter.

After Ford's much ballyhooed Mustang Mach-E, and after Volkswagen's ID.4, here comes another of the entries into the affordable all-electric crossover segment that many predict will be ground zero in the battle for the growing number of consumers readying to dip their toes into the EV waters.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 frankly blew us and many other folks away with its retro-futuristic looks and minimalist interior when it did the auto show circuit a couple of years ago as a concept.

But the true test, as always, would come on the road. And that's where we are. In the dead of winter, no less, in the midst of a prolonged stretch of cold weather. Perfect for testing out a new EV's real-world abilities.

We mentioned here last week that we had observed a substantial reduction in range and charging speeds of electric vehicles we were testing when the temperature dipped to double-digit minus levels. Sure enough, when I picked up the Ioniq 5 Preferred Long-Range edition at the frigid start of my frigid-to-be week, the estimated range that accompanied the figure stating '98-percent charged' was 340 km. A quick look at the spec sheet confirmed a number I'd already looked up previously: 414, or the official range in km of this two-motor, AWD variant. That's a loss of about 13 percent, which is actually not much given the extreme cold. But then, it may have been recharged indoors, I thought. My week with the 2022 Ioniq 5 Preferred w/Ultimate Package would instruct me further on this question.
First, though, a word about the looks of the Ioniq 5. These may not be for everyone, though I don't know who those contrarians might be. This is a seriously gorgeous piece of design, one not afraid to have cuts, edges and straight lines (in the right places). Anyways for those it leaves cold, know that the Kia EV6 is on the way this coming spring, and that it offers a radically different exterior design beneath which sits essentially the same vehicle as the Ioniq.

For my part, I was smitten by the styling of this vehicle from my first encounter with it, and I'm glad to report that the production version retains enough of the concept's vervy pizzazz that it looks downright fantastic on the road. Really, Hyundai's designers got things very, very right with the Ioniq 5. 
Especially striking is the styling approach at the two ends, which feature original (yet somehow inspired by a Hyundai concept dating from 1974!) designs, nice elements like the clamshell hood and above all great lighting (I never tired of checking out those parametric pixel headlamps and rear lamps). I was so seduced by the lighting at each end of the car, it took me two days to even notice there was a rear spoiler sitting atop the back end!

From the side, meanwhile, you get to enjoy the sharp wheel design (parametric pixel geometry is at work there too, says Hyundai), and the well-placed cuts on the side panels, which could easily have gone sideways but don't. Plus you can marvel at the long, long wheelbase.

Inside, the focus is on roominess and simplicity, and while you can kvetch about the latter, no one's going to complain about having tons of space for legs and shoulders and heads and bags and such. The flat floor an EV allows for makes for a grand rear-seat environment, easy to slide into and out of and very comfortable once you're installed. The second row is sliding, by the way, and that's standard across the range. With that panoramic sunroof, what is roomy is also bathed in light.

Did I mention the wheelbase of this compact crossover? It is actually longer than that of the Palisade midsize SUV. Which is amazing, and it's thanks to the rear wheels being so far back they're almost behind the vehicle. The result is fantastic for occupants.

I also happened to like the simplicity of the cabin design just fine. Two large 12.3-inch screens (the right-side multimedia one is touch-operated) span a good portion of the top of the dash, and both are in good view of the driver (there's also a head-up display to help keep eyes looking straight ahead). Use of the infotainment system is fairly straightforward and it's all well-presented, though there are a few commands I'd have preferred buttons for, for example the seat heating commands. 
By the right elbow of the driver, the central console features a large open space that you can use for the purposes of your choice, and it slides to and fro on a hidden rail.

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