Hyundai’s new EV SUV, the Ioniq 5, has been a big hit with critics, who have primarily recommended the vehicle. It’s even a contender for the best electric vehicle out there. Nevertheless, no car is perfect, and Consumer Reports has found a couple of reasons for disappointment even in the Ioniq 5.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a new addition to the electric vehicle SUV market
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a brand-new SUV, and it represents a truly modern addition to the EV market. Thanks to the rave reviews the Hyundai’s SUV is getting, Tesla is pretty clearly going to be getting a run for its money when it comes to EV competition.
In fact, the Ioniq 5 recently won an impressive award, taking home the prize for Car of the Year from the Auto Express New Car Awards 2021. The award was based not only on the SUV’s modern styling but also on its advanced technology. We’ve also expressed appreciation in the past for the Ioniq 5’s comfortable, roomy cabin.
The MSRP for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is $39,950, reduced to $32,450 after the federal electric vehicle tax credit. Available trims include the SE Standard Range, SE, SEL, and Limited. The Limited is the high-end trim and starts at $51,100.
Consumer Reports does have two complaints about the EV Hyundai Ioniq 5
While the Ioniq 5 has gotten rave reviews overall, Consumer Reports does find a few faults with the vehicle. One aspect of the SUV that it lists as a “low” is the need to plan around charging stations when using it for long trips. That’s because the Ioniq 5 has an estimated range of 256 miles in all-wheel drive mode and 303 for the single-motor, rear-wheel versions. While this is a reasonable range, it’s certainly not great for frequent long-distance travelers. If you need your Ioniq 5 to transport you farther than that, you’ll have to make sure you know where charging stations are along the way.
Another aspect of Hyundai’s EV SUV Consumer Reports finds reason to criticize is the vehicle’s headlights, which gave an overall rating of “fair.” The reviewers were concerned that the headlights don’t provide sufficient illumination for safe driving, saying that “they don’t give enough light for the driver to adequately see, react, and brake for anything ahead when speeds reach about 60 mph.”
Consumer Reports recommends the Hyundai for these qualities
Despite the above pair of challenges, Consumer Reports is overall enthusiastic about the Ioniq 5. It rates the SUV, which can go from 0 to 60 in just 4.7 seconds, very highly for its acceleration capabilities. It also praises the vehicle’s overall quietness, which, while not unique in the world of EVs, is still a blessing for drivers and passengers.
Consumer Reports also gives the Ioniq high marks for its handling and comments on its “quick and responsive steering, taut suspension, and rear-wheel-drive-based chassis, all of which make it fun to drive on curvy roads.” If that weren’t enough, the lack of tailpipe emissions is viewed as a plus, as is the rapid DC charging possible with the SUV at public charging stations. Hyundai claims that the vehicle can go from a 10% charge to 80% in just 18 minutes on a 235-kW charger.
The Ioniq 5 certainly makes for an option worth considering for anyone in the market for an electric SUV. While it has at least a few downsides, its plusses clearly outweigh its minuses.