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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 review: First-look walkaround

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When the images of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 were released last month, feedback was universally positive. The five-door hatch-style body, with a slick mixture of modern design elements and retro-inspired flourishes, looked very impressive but would this translate to the production model?

In short, yes!

Hyundai Australia has been able to secure an Ioniq 5 for evaluation and we had the chance to get a closer look, inside and out.

As noted in the original release, the Ioniq 5 is the first ground-up EV from Hyundai and sits on the brand’s new E-GMP (Electric - Global Modular) platform. The car is available with either a 58kWh or 72.6kWh battery pack which is similar to the Tesla Model 3 (50kWh and 75kWh), and as either a single (RWD) or dual-motor (AWD) driveline.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 - output and performance
RWD short range125kW / 350Nm / 8.5-second 0-100km/h
RWD long range160kW / 350Nm / 7.4-second 0-100km/h
AWD short range173kW / 605Nm / 6.1-second 0-100km/h
AWD long range225kW / 605Nm / 5.2-second 0-100km/h

The output of an AWD car with the bigger battery is 225kW and 605Nm, and the 0-100km/h sprint is covered in 5.2 seconds.

More crucially, the range for a rear-drive (single motor) car with the larger battery is around 475km.

Second only to the Porsche Taycan, the car supports dual-mode 400V/800V charging which, on a 350kWh fast charger, can see it restore electrons from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in around 18-minutes. For splash-and-dash moments, Hyundai says you can add 100km worth of range in just 5-minutes.

Further, the Ioniq 5 can support ‘Vehicle to Load’, or V2L, which means it can use its stored energy to power other devices. And while yes, it means you can run your toaster or coffee machine from anywhere, it also allows the car to charge other electric cars, just in case your EV-running friends run out of go in the middle of nowhere.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
EngineSingle or dual-motor electric
Power and torque225kW / 605Nm (with AWD and larger battery pack)
Battery size58 kWh / 72.6 kWh
Range470-480km (with RWD / large battery)
Drive typeRear-wheel drive (single motor) / All-wheel drive (dual motor)
Length4635 mm
Width1890 mm
Height1605 mm
Wheelbase3000 mm
Cargo space531L / 1591L (with seats folded) / 57L (front with single motor) / 24L (front with diual motor)

First impressions count, and in the metal, the Ioniq 5 is a very cool looking machine. The design is said to be inspired by Hyundai’s first passenger car, the Pony, which was penned by the great Giorgetto Giugiaro.

While elements of the Pony are there, angular lamps, large rear pillar, its Giugiaro’s other designs you see more immediate cues from. The profile is similar to the Lancia Delta and many points hint at the style, and era, of the DeLorean DMC-12.

In fact, it has a number of ‘rad era’ vibes, from strakes along the doors like a Testarossa to well, more strakes along the rear like the Vector W8.

The 8-bit-like Parametric Pixel lamps, in quad array both front and rear, give the Ioniq 5 a very modern, and yet almost fun appeal. As does the lower ‘brow’ that lights up when the car is on and returns to a static panel when off.

It is very appealing, and with plenty of detailed elements around the body, pretty impressive to boot.

The proportions work too, as the car is much bigger in person than it seemed in the images.

The 20-inch wheels on 45-profile (Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV tyres) fill the guards well, and while it first seemed similar in size to an i30, the car is much, much bigger.

For some Hyundai-world context, the Ioniq 5 is roughly the width of a Santa Fe (1890mm), the length of a new Tucson (4635mm), the height of a Venue (1605mm) and has a longer wheelbase than a Palisade (3000mm).

Boot space is 531-litres (bigger than 488-litres in the current Tucson), and there is extra storage under the clamshell bonnet for storing your home charger and other cables (57-litres or 24-litres depending on specification).

The rear seats slide in 60/40 configuration, and in our high-specification evaluation car, they were powered and also recline.

Space is good, and very much in large SUV territory. There are deep armrests on the doors for extra comfort, clever interior lighting options and still good headroom even with the panoramic sunroof in place.

Some markets will include a solar array in the roof to charge the car (and run the climate control) when it is parked, but this is not yet confirmed for Australia.

Materials and finish were impressive, especially given our car is pre-production, and even includes elements made from plant-based textiles and recycled PET containers.

The front seats are exceptionally comfortable, and it feels spacious and usable. The large centre console can slide back and forth to allow a clear ‘walkway’ across the front seats, or to give rear passengers better access to USB charge points and storage.

There is a feature that allows the front seats to be moved into a ‘zero-gravity’ position so you can have a snooze while your car re-charges, which is pretty fun, but unless you plan on living in your Ioniq 5, I’m going to assume you won't use this much.

On the dashboard are twin 12.3-inch LCD, with the centre unit managing familiar telephony, navigation and infotainment functions. The driver display offers a more modern instrument display and a new graphical display for electric operation and driver assistance information.

We’ll look at these in-depth when we have a chance to drive the car.

It’s not all super-future though, as some of the infotainment elements have buttons the same as you’ll find in a Palisade or Santa Fe, but the climate control interface is now a haptic screen, ala the new Tucson.

A range of colours will be available, inside and out, but the specifics for Australia are yet to be confirmed.

Pricing also will be confirmed at a later date.

As a first look, we’ve come away very impressed with the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. It’s one of those cars that certainly seems to live up to the hype, and if it drives as well as it looks and functions, Hyundai may just have a real winner on their hands.

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