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We’re enjoying a wild week with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, giving us plenty of time to learn about all of its unique features. This little electric SUV stands out from the pack in various ways. It fills a different type of niche in the market. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is perfect for tech lovers. 

Is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 worth buying? 

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 review
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

Yes, the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the perfect option if you want something fast, comfortable, athletic, and different. It really stands out with its unique features that are perfect for nerds, and we mean that in a good way. We’re nerds, we will talk about the PS5, PC Gaming, Elden Ring, House of Dragon, and more.

Nerds love video games, become engineers, obsess over tech, and know how to have a good time. The retro touches, such as squares in the taillights, fabric, and charging port, takes us back to gaming arcades. 

But the tech, driving modes, layout, speed, and customization options feel like advanced, modern touches. It’s a blend of the past and future to create a vehicle that’s far from boring. It’s like the Delorean or your only little pod ship. 

How does the 2022 Ioniq 5 perform? 

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Standard Range model kicks things off with a single electric motor that churns out 168 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This model has a rear-wheel drive configuration. It gets about 220 miles of range. 

You can opt for the trim levels with a larger battery pack that cranks out 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It has a 303-mile range, which is about nine miles behind the Tesla Model Y. 

According to Kelley Blue Book, upgrading to all-wheel drive adds a second electric motor to the front axle. This option provides 320 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque. It gets about 266 miles of range on a single charge. 

The Ioniq 5 takes off with the power to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The Sport Mode stiffens the suspension and input responses for an athletic performance. Plus, the whirs of the engine sound like a spaceship preparing to enter hyperspace. 

Plus, the Ioniq 5 has a low center of gravity and plenty of grip to feel confident around sharp bends. It’s very agile and easy to maneuver through tight city areas. But the steering could be a little tighter. 

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has four regenerative braking modes. The strongest level causes the Ioniq 5 to coast to a stop much faster. It may seem to slow down too early once you take your foot off the accelerator. It also has the squishiest brakes. 

How is the tech in the Ioniq 5? 

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior | Hyundai

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 has incredibly unique ambient lighting. It illuminates the door panels and circles the speakers. The colors change based on your driving mode. For example, Sport Mode switches the color to bright red, and Normal Mode has a shade of dark blue. 

We’re impressed by the 12.0-inch touchscreen that feels like a Pip or Idroid. Basically, it feels like the device a video game character wears on their forearm. The graphics are attractive, and the menus have a convenient and intuitive layout. 

Plus, the 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster stands out from the crowd with a blend of retro graphics and modern functions. The way your regenerative braking score is displayed is pretty neat. 

Also, all of the controls to change your driving mode and regenerative braking levels are conveniently located around the steering wheel. In other vehicles, the modes are accessed through menus or the buttons on the center console. 

We still have more to learn about the Ioniq 5. Stay tuned for a complete review that covers the pros and cons.


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