A Seriously Good Start. Nearly every automaker in the industry is planning a dramatic switch to focus on electric vehicles. While it’s hard to believe that some automakers are going to follow through on all their promises, the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 showcases just how serious Hyundai is.

The IONIQ 5 is Hyundai’s all-new electric car to kick off its IONIQ subbrand. If the IONIQ 5 is an indicator of what’s to come from the South Korean brand, we have to say that we’re really excited about what's in store.

Unashamedly Retro. The majority of electric cars on the market today attempt to channel the future for their designs. The IONIQ 5 takes a different route and looks toward the past for a thoroughly retro design that’s entirely its own. There’s no way the IONIQ 5 can be mistaken for any other vehicle.

You’ll find an odd design element everywhere you look on the outside. The IONIQ 5 almost looks like it’s from a cartoon with its overly boxy portions and angular body lines. The pixel-like headlights and taillights, Parametric Pixel design for the 20-inch wheels, and metallic bumpers are just a few of the IONIQ 5’s unique styling elements. The more you look, the more you’ll find. For some, the design will be overkill, but there’s no denying that it's distinctive.

Surprisingly Spacious Interior. Hyundai’s designers went into designing the IONIQ 5 as an electric vehicle from the beginning. This, and the boxy design, means that they found a way to make the most of the available space. Despite its proportions, the IONIQ 5 has a roomy cabin with a large cargo area.

The IONIQ 5 has a wheelbase that’s longer than the Palisade’s, which means there’s plenty of legroom in both rows. The boxy roofline results in a relatively large amount of headroom, too. Cargo room is equally as impressive, as the electric car has 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. Folding the rear seats down results in a total cargo area of 59.3 cubic feet of space. The IONIQ 5 has a front trunk, but it’s only big enough to hold 0.85 cubic feet of cargo.

While passengers will find little to complain about with the amount of space on the inside of the IONIQ 5, the electric car’s seats are a huge sore spot. The front seats have a tall seating position that may have taller drivers brushing their heads up against the ceiling. The seats are missing some back support and thigh support, too.

Smooth, Not Sporty. The IONIQ 5 doesn’t attempt to set a new record for acceleration or grip. Instead, it focuses more on being a comfortable car for daily use. It succeeds at the task, with a soft suspension setup that results in a supple ride. With some body roll, steering with little feedback, and a supple ride, the IONIQ 5 isn’t a sharp-handling EV.

At the time of writing, Hyundai offers the IONIQ 5 in three configurations. The base EV comes with a 58-kWh battery pack and a single electric motor at the rear axle. The configuration comes with rear-wheel drive and 168 horsepower. The next step up is to get a 77.4-kWh battery pack with the same electric motor for 225 horsepower. An all-wheel-drive version of the IONIQ 5 is available, coming with the 77.4-kWh pack and an additional electric motor at the front wheels. The result is 320 horsepower.

Range for the IONIQ 5 is competitive for the segment. The base IONIQ 5 with RWD and the 58-kWh battery pack is good for 220 miles. The 77.4-kWh battery pack with RWD has the longest range of any IONIQ 5 model with 303 miles. Lastly, the powerful AWD model can travel up to 256 miles. Going with the 77.4-kWh battery pack brings DC fast charging capability that can see the battery go from 10% to 80% in roughly 18 minutes.

Muted Interior With Tons Of Tech. The interior design of the IONIQ 5 isn’t anywhere as daring as the exterior. It’s simplistic and straightforward in an upscale way, but a bit boring when compared to the outside of the vehicle.

The IONIQ 5’s cabin is filled with loads of tech, though. Two 12.3-inch screens dominate the dashboard. One acts as the central touchscreen, while the other is a digital instrument cluster. The electric car also comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, five USB ports, and advanced voice recognition technology.

Hyundai offers the IONIQ 5 with a long list of advanced safety features that includes forward-collision warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, and blind-spot intervention.

Final Thoughts. The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 sets the tone for Hyundai’s future electric cars. The vehicle’s stylish design, refined road manners, and impressive range make it a unique choice in the class. The IONIQ 5 isn’t cheap and the interior doesn’t look nearly as good as the exterior, but these are minor quibbles to what is an excellent EV.

For sportier performance, there’s the Ford Mustang Mach-E. While it doesn’t have the same moves as the two-door Mustang, it’s quick in a straight line, offers athletic handling, and can travel up to 305 miles on a full charge.

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV has a spacious cabin, up to 200 horsepower, and a range of 247. Just like the IONIQ 5, the Bolt EUV puts comfort and range above performance.

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