The road to EV adoption is gathering speed, and the rising mobility giant is bringing award-winning offers like the IONIQ5 SUV EV and compact Kona EV for buyers to enjoy. With the recent tease of the streamlined IONIQ6, let’s take a closer look at Hyundai’s latest offerings.
First seen at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, the fully electric IONiQ 5 ushered in a new generation of modern styling, thoughtfully fun interiors, useful features and excellent range. As a result, it is no surprise that this SUV probably the most award-winning vehicle that has come to market in a good vehicle. Named 2022 World Car of the Year and Electric Vehicle of Texas, the IONIQ 5 bridges the gap between “I’m an electric car.” and “I’m a great car that’s going to be your next favorite.”
With the appeal of a SUV and the electrified power of the next age, the IONIQ 5 came in and blew us away. It comes in at top of the new SUV EV class with excellent range, seating for 5, enough horsepower to give that get up and go and the fast-charging capability that allows it to step ahead of the pack of solid contenders. That combined with the futuristic looks, smart tech to the sheer, flexible energy, it makes an impression that is hard to bypass.
Available in 3 trims, 2 RWD options and a single AWD option, IONIQ 5 aims to meet EV buyers with the same flexibility that gas-powered buyers are met with. In the Base SE, Standard Range RWD option, the 125kW electric motor delivers 168HP and a maximum torque of 350Nm (258lb-ft.) and a range of 220 miles. As you move through the grades, power, together with torque and range increase to 168kW, 225HP (258 lb-ft.) and 303 miles for the RWD and to 74kW+165 kW, 320HP (446 lb-ft.), a range of 266 miles and a tow capacity 2,300lbs in the AWD.
On the Inside
Drivers will love the hit of whimsy with the movable succulents on the dash, flat bottom steering wheel, helpful, full-color heads-up display that feeds driver-centric information directly to the screen. The integrated touchscreen navigation and tech connectivity center sits about midway through the dash giving off simple, modern aeronautical vibes.
The textures inside feel vibrant and green. You’ll find stain-resistant microfiber and vegan leather in neutral tones with neat accents, and modular seating that is smart, tech-enabled with charging ports and 12v plugs. With a rear bench seat that folds flat, buyers will enjoy the flexibility of space that SUV buyers have grown accustomed to. All interior seating and consoles are also easily movable to create more legroom in the rear should you desire or more space within the front portion of the cabin between the driver and passenger seats for bags and the like. The generously proportioned moon roof brings light and openness into the cabin.
The family-friendly five-seater comes pre-wired for towing, and the AWD option delivers a generous capacity of 2,300 pounds. Towing is not recommended for the Standard RWD option.
The Same Base Yet Different
Sharing an impressive rapid-charging base with the KIA EV6 and the Genesis GV60, the IONIQ 5 maintains its own identity through styling, feature placement and branding. That being said, the three offers share a powerful platform that enables swift charging, responsive handling and smart, tech-forward interiors, it’s an impressive combination.
Previewing the IONIQ 6
In a departure from the SUV-laden landscape is the IONIQ6 Streamliner. A sedan with long, lean lines and a zen-inspired interior is making its way to market. The images allude to a vehicle with its roots in aeronautical design and the touch points of prestige luxury, but electrified. We are definitely looking forward to it.
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