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Drum roll, please, the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 wins MotorBiscuit Electric Vehicle/Hybrid of the year! While the electric vehicle and hybrid space grows increasingly competitive, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 discovered ways to stand out as a fresh option against the competition. 

Why is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 the best EV? 

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV of the year
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

After thoroughly reviewing the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, giving it a professional score of 9.2 out of 10, and leaving it to a team-wide vote, it’s clear that rivals have some catching up to do. The Jeep Grand Cherokee 4xe, Ford F-150 Lightning, and Kia EV6 are great but not the best. 

The Ioniq 5 stands out with unique attributes, including a controversial retro design. Some people shared that they hate the wheel design and headlights, but it suits its innovative personality. 

Also, tons of people complain due to thinking all new cars look the same, so at least it stands out. It doesn’t have the elongated wagon shape of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Telsa Model Y, or Ford Mustang Mach-E. 

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has an attractive blocky shape with sharp side lines and a retro grille that covers the square LED headlights. There are LED squares in the taillights, too, that match some of the upholstery patterns. 

What are the Ioniq 5 pros? 

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is intelligent, comfortable, and engaging. Aside from having the charging port in the rear, the layout is perfect. The buttons to change the drive modes are positioned against the steering wheel. 

In other EVs, the controls to adjust the regenerative brakes and driving modes are located near the center console, making them a little distracting to find. Everything in the Ioniq is conveniently placed within reach. 

The front and second rows are very spacious, with plenty of room for adults. The floor is completely flat, leaving more leg space for whoever sits in the middle. Also, the center console has an open design, providing quick access to your bag and other items. 

You can relax in the large, supported seats. They’re well-padded for long trips. The optional footrest allows you to stretch out more for naps or take breaks while the vehicle is charging. You can set the Ioniq 5 to quiet mode for a peaceful ride or play the sounds of nature. 

The climate controls are solid and effective. You rarely have to adjust the controls, even during days when it’s freezing in the morning but hot and humid in the afternoons. The automatic climate control handles everything for you. 

There are driving modes for Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow. The Eco mode is the most relaxed but has the softest breaks. Normal is perfect for casual daily driving, and Sport increases the response times for a more engaging experience. 

The extended-range Hyundai Ioniq 5 model with AWD provides 320 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.7 seconds, which is faster and or comparable to the Telsa Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E. 

But the Ioniq 5 also has an advantage with a rapid charging rate. With a DC fast charging station, the battery can be recharged from about 10 to 80 percent in under 20 minutes. 

What are the 2022 Ioniq 5 cons? 

Even though the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the best EV, it still has a few drawbacks to consider. For example, it hardly has any front trunk or frunk space. It can only fit its charging cable, while the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s frunk can hold groceries and luggage. 

The panoramic sunroof is large and allows plenty of natural light to enter the cabin, but it doesn’t open. You can see so much of the sky and environment around you, but you can’t feel the wind or connect with nature. 

While the tech is easy-to-use with attractive graphics and innovative features, for some reason, the head-up display sits really low. Even when you adjust it to sit higher up, shorter drivers totally miss it. 

We can’t wait to see how the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 compares. It got notable upgrades for its range and towing. Also, a battery heating system is now standard across the entire lineup.