Hyundai has taken the wraps off what will instantly be one of the most distinctive cars on the road, the 2022 Ioniq 5 electric vehicle (EV). The current Hyundai Ioniq is a trio of gas-electric hybrid, plugin hybrid, and pure-electric compact hatchbacks. However, the new, all-electric Ioniq 5 takes advantage of its dedicated EV platform and is technically a 5-passenger compact hatchback on the outside with a mid-size interior on the inside.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is based on the South Korean automaker's new dedicated EV platform that will spawn a wide range of vehicles from Hyundai and its corporate cousin Kia.
Except for carrying over the Ioniq badge, the 5 hatchback is all-new.
We already knew the 2022 Ioniq 5 would contrast curving sheet metal with deliberately boxy lights and design elements. We didn’t know about the dramatic diagonal door crease, which echoes the redesigned 2021 Hyundai Elantra. The sharp character line repeats where the bumper meets the front fenders. Combined with a nose that comes to a point above the bumper, the Ioniq 5 sports an angular look, despite its curves. Lighting elements and wheel hubs take their cue from a pixel, Hyundai says. This detail lends an 8-bit gaming look to a much more modern vehicle. Overseas, the Ioniq 5 is available with small, low-drag cameras in place of traditional side mirrors, but North American buyers won’t get that feature. We will see the solar roof that can partially charge the battery.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s interior is tastefully minimalist. The infotainment screen and driver’s instrument screen share a single pod. The dash in front of the passenger is magnetized so that owners can pin notes or photos to it with fridge magnets. A heads-up display provides augmented reality navigation, projecting turn arrows into the driver’s vision at locations the navigation system is suggesting a turn.
The new Hyundai EV takes advantage of electric cars' unique design opportunities in a way most EVs have not. The running gear fits entirely beneath the flat floor, meaning there is no need for the transmission tunnel. Hyundai has used the flat floor to full effect here, creating a very spacious feel. The front seats recline more than most and include lower leg supports that can be raised, making them the auto equivalent of a recliner. The central console between the front seats can be moved backward or forward for nearly the entire length of the cabin.
Important for Canadian drivers, the 2022 Ioniq 5 will be the first Hyundai EV available with all-wheel-drive. The base version gets a 215-horsepower, single electric motor powering the rear wheels only. A 302-horsepower, two-motor iteration sees electric motors at the front and rear powering all four wheels. Hyundai says that when equipped with rear-wheel drive and the 72.6-kWh battery, the Ioniq 5's maximum driving range on a single charge will be around 470 to 480 kilometres according to the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure standard. The current 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric’s range is an estimated 274 kilometres. Natural Resources Canada's official driving range for the Ioniq 5 is still to be announced.
The Ioniq 5 also will offer two-way charging. You can charge the car or use the vehicle to charge things (like an air pump). A charging port beneath the rear seats is active even when the vehicle is off. When charging with an 800V ultra-rapid charger, it can be charged to 80% in just 18 minutes, and a 5-minute charge will give you a range of up to 100 kilometres.
What’s the same?
Not much. Other than the Ioniq sub-brand naming convention, the Ioniq 5 is a rare “all-new” vehicle.
When will it go on sale?
Hyundai Canada says the Ioniq 5 will be offered in Canada in fall 2021.
How much will it cost?
No pricing information is available as of the writing of this article. But for context, the current, 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric starts at $41,599 CDN before any Canadian federal or provincial government EV purchase rebates are applied.