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If you want a small electric SUV today, there are roughly five options that dominate the segment. The Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Volkswagen ID.4, and Ford Mustang Mach-E are making the most impact on the market. Rivals like the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra are lagging behind the segment leaders. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has captivated consumers since it first hit the scene. Having tested the Ioniq 5, it is easily one of the most exciting vehicles I’ve ever had the pleasure of driving. Which Ioniq 5 trim configurations should you want, get, and pass on?

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited: Want

A gray 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5.
The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Hyundai

Choosing the top-tier fully loaded version of an EV as the vehicle to want seems like a cop-out, but I’ve got a fair argument as to why the Limited is the bee’s knees. I’ve personally tested the Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited. It strongly reaffirmed my belief that the future is electric despite the hurdles automakers and consumers are currently facing.

As far as daily drivers go, it’s tough to beat the Ioniq 5 Limited in its segment. From zippy instant torque acceleration to generous driver assistance safety features, this EV has got it all.

2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited standard features

  • H-Tex seating surfaces
  • Ambient lighting
  • Bose premium audio
  • Blind-spot view monitor
  • Premium remote smart parking assist
  • HTRAC all-wheel drive
  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Premium Head-up Display (HUD) w/ augmented reality

Hyundai may often prioritize affordability and practicality over premium features, but its recent fully loaded models tend to deliver on value. The Ioniq 5 Limtied’s futuristic design and long list of standard features provide an exclusive driving experience that feels like something out of The Jetsons.

Its starting price of $53,350 takes it out of the running for most consumers, but it’s worth your consideration. If there’s an Ioniq 5 configuration to want, it’s the Limited model.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE: Get

A gray 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 small electric SUV is parked.
The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Hyundai

The 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE (not SE Standard Range) is the one that most consumers will end up getting. Why? It doesn’t break the bank like upper trim levels while providing more driving range than the affordable base model SE Standard Range.

Some drivers will be willing to sacrifice the extra 83 miles of estimated driving range that the SE provides over the Standard Range to save the $4,050 difference. There’s one big reason why you shouldn’t.

Studies have proven that real-world driving range can differ drastically from any range estimates due to testing conditions. The difference between estimated and real-world driving ranges can easily be over 20+ miles (which is a big deal for EVs). So, the Ioniq 5 SE is the safest bet of the lower trims for drivers with range anxiety.

The SE has great standard features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a massive 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It’s the trim to get because it’s affordable ($45,700), has great driving range (303 estimated driving range for FWD), and is still well-equipped.

Pass on the Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE Standard Range and SEL

Every 2024 Hyundai Ioniq 5 trim offers great value for the money, but some trims are obviously better for drivers than others. The SE Standard Range is a hard pass for many consumers because its real-world driving range may not be up to snuff. Furthermore, the SEL trim is also a pass because you might as well throw in the whole kitchen sink with the Limited if you’re willing to pay a premium for premium features.

The South Korean automaker is producing an electric vehicle that’s going toe to toe with the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID.4. Is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 small electric SUV the best in its segment?


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