Now With Better MPG. Last year, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 arrived as an all-new model. For 2023, Hyundai has only made a few changes and they mostly affect the vehicle’s range and fuel economy.

The IONIQ 5 now comes standard with a battery preconditioning function as standard, while a battery heating system is standard for all models with all-wheel drive (AWD). The battery preconditioning function must do something, or Hyundai has made some other minor changes because the range for dual-motor versions has gone up. Last year, the IONIQ 5 AWD could travel up to 256 miles. For 2023, that figure has increased to 266 miles.

Additionally, fuel economy for the IONIQ 5 AWD has gone up for 2023. The model is now rated at 113 mpg city, 90 mpg highway, and 101 mpg combined. These are large improvements over the 2022 model’s figures of 110/87/98 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Refined, Smooth Ride. Unlike most electric vehicles on the market, the IONIQ 5 doesn’t attempt to be as agile as a sports car. Instead, it’s more interested in getting passengers down the road comfortably and with an emphasis on smoothness. That’s not to say that it’s not fun to drive, it’s just that options like the Mustang Mach-E and Kia EV6 are far more capable.

The AWD version is the one we recommend, as the second motor results in an extra 95 horsepower – 225 hp with RWD and 320 hp with AWD – with far more performance. Hyundai claims the IONIQ 5 RWD can get to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds, while the AWD model can complete the sprint in 5.2 seconds. Both configurations feel quick, thanks to the instantaneous power delivery of electric motors, but AWD models feel very quick.

While the AWD version has the performance, the RWD variant takes the cake for range. The base IONIQ 5 comes with a 58-kWh battery pack for a competitive range of 220 miles on a single charge. Hyundai also offers a larger 77.4-kWh battery pack. The larger battery pack increases the range to 303 miles with RWD and 266 miles with AWD. Those figures can’t compete with Tesla, but they’re impressive for the class. Plus, the IONIQ 5 utilizes an 800-volt architecture that allows the EV to charge at rapid rates. When plugged into a DC fast charger, the IONIQ 5 with the large battery pack can go from a 10% to an 80% charge in roughly 18 minutes. If you’re short on time, it can gain 68 miles in about five minutes.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Interior

Eye-Catching Exterior. Hyundai took inspiration from the ‘80s for the IONIQ 5’s exterior design. It’s unique, different, and awesome in every way. The IONIQ 5 stands out as one of the funkiest EVs on sale, which is a great thing. It looks like something out of a cartoon and is sure to bring smiles, thumbs-ups, and inquisitive looks from pedestrians.

The IONIQ 5’s exterior design is fantastic, but the interior isn’t nearly as attractive. It’s a tech-forward cabin, but it doesn’t have the same appeal as the exterior. It resembles some of Hyundai’s others, which is a shame when you look at how unique the exterior is. The good news is that the simple interior design means all of the controls are easy to use.

While the interior design is boring, the IONIQ 5 comes with plenty of impressive features. The compact SUV has a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, navigation, and six audio speakers. These features are great to see on an all-electric SUV that costs around $40,000. One thing that we wish Hyundai would add is wireless smartphone compatibility.

Interior Space Over Cargo Capacity. Because of the IONIQ 5’s boxy design, the SUV doesn’t look all that roomy from the outside. With a wheelbase that’s 118.1 inches long, the IONIQ 5 has a spacious cabin. The SUV offers 106.5 cubic feet of interior space, which means that there’s a lot of room for five people. There aren’t many electric SUVs that feel as roomy as the IONIQ 5.

The spacious cabin eats into overall cargo space. The IONIQ 5 offers 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 59.3 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. The front trunk offers just 0.85 cubic feet and it doesn’t have the fancy lining on the built-in drain like the Mach-E to be as versatile.

Final Thoughts. The 2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 lays the ground as an exciting vehicle for the brand’s future. It’s stylish, comfortable, peppy, and full of technology features. If you’re a fan of the styling, the IONIQ 5 impresses in the growing all-electric segment. Nitpickers are bound to find a few issues with the IONIQ 5, but for everyone else, it’s an excellent EV.

In comparison, the Volkswagen ID.4 is a conservative, practical electric SUV. It has up to 275 miles of range, a large cargo area, peppy acceleration, and a quiet ride. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is one of the sportier electric SUVs with up to 480 hp, quick acceleration, athletic handling, and an upscale cabin.

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