Hyundai Ioniq 5 First Drive: A Seriously Cool Crossover EV Competitor [video]


We recently got the chance to test drive the upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV ahead of its North American debut in 2022. As you’ll see in the video below, the highly anticipated Ioniq 5 sets the tone for the new sub-brand. from Hyundai Motor Group with a focus on style, safety and insanely fast charging speeds.

The Ioniq 5 is the first EV in an upcoming brand shift from Hyundai as it delves further into all-electric vehicles. Last summer, Hyundai launched Ioniq as its own electric brand with three new models, starting with the Ioniq 5.

This new EV is a departure from the previous Ioniq hatchback that Hyundai debuted as a 2017 model, including an all-electric version, and will soon be followed by an Ioniq 6 and Ioniq 7.

Last May I had the chance to take a closer look at the Ioniq 5 and discover some of the technology that consumers will soon be able to enjoy, although I didn’t have the opportunity to drive it at the time.

While the Ioniq 5 was set to debut in three separate trim levels: SE, SEL and Limited, we learned there will also be a Standard Range RWD drive version of the SE trim with a smaller battery. This news came to light when the public got the official Hyundai pricing earlier this week. Here’s a quick summary:

Ioniq 5 Trim Battery Size powertrain horsepower EPA is. Decently Recommended retail price
SE standard range (RWD) 58 kWh Rear Engine 168 hp 220 miles $39,700
SE (RWD) 77.4 kWh Rear Engine 225 HP 303 miles $43,650
SO (AWD) 77.4 kWh double engine 320 hp 256 miles $47,150
SEL (RWD) 77.4 kWh Rear Engine 225 HP 303 miles $45,900
SEL (AWD) 77.4 kWh double engine 320 hp 256 miles $49,400
Limited (RWD) 77.4 kWh Rear Engine 225 HP 303 miles $50,600
Limited (AWD) 77.4 kWh double engine 320 hp 256 miles $54,500

The new crossover is coming to North America in six exterior colors, three of which are exclusive to the Ioniq 5 EV.

As you can see in the video below, I’m going through a lot of the reasoning and planning behind the Ioniq 5 that I learned firsthand while talking to the Hyundai team.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV will be available in the US in 2022. Watch my first driving video below:

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