One of the most exciting electric rides to hit streets recently is Hyundai’s Ioniq 5.
The new SUV features futuristic looks, an ultra-comfy interior, and some ingenious features you can’t get anywhere else.
The SUV has a sci-fi flair to it that sets it apart from anything else on the road.
It has flush door handles that pop out when the car is unlocked.
In front and back, Hyundai gave the Ioniq 5 lights made up of arrays of little pixels. It’s a fun touch that looks like it could be straight out of the 1980s.
The 2022 Ioniq 5 is available in three trim levels and starts at $39,700.
Each model can be bought either with a single motor and rear-wheel drive or two motors and all-wheel-drive.
Read Insider’s full review of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 here.
Rear-wheel drive gets you the most range: up to 303 miles with the optional larger battery pack.
The fully-loaded, Limited AWD model that Hyundai lent me for a weekend came out to around $56,000, including a destination fee.
All-wheel-drive models put out 320 horsepower and can sprint to 60 mph in a brisk five seconds, Hyundai says.
In any mode, the SUV glides smoothly, quietly, and comfortably down the road.
And after you deplete the Ioniq 5’s battery pack, it charges up super quickly. It can use 350-kilowatt fast-charging stations, the most powerful type.
Another neat feature in the Hyundai: It has bidirectional charging capability.
Stick an included adapter into the charging port, and you can plug in a laptop, microwave, stereo system, or whatever else your heart desires. (So long as it doesn’t draw too much power.)
Slip inside the Ioniq 5 and you’re greeted by an interior that feels way roomier than you’d expect from a relatively compact SUV.
The cabin is sparse and uncluttered without feeling lifeless.
Hyundai built a brand-new electric platform for the Ioniq 5. And it took the opportunity to optimize interior space in clever ways.
There’s also a big open space below the armrest for more cargo.
The center console slides forward and backward to free up floor space as needed.
Up front, the SUV has two 12.3-inch screens on a simple, rectangular panel.
The driver-facing screen shows the car’s speed, battery percentage, range, and cruise-control settings.
Since it’s extra wide, you can run two apps side-by-side. I found it responsive to the touch and easy to use.
But you do need to use the screen to activate the heated and ventilated seats, which I found annoying to do while driving.
My tester also had a nifty head-up display, which projects important things like one’s speed and blind-spot status onto the windshield.
One of my favorite parts of the Ioniq 5 is its blind-spot cameras. When you flick the turn signal, a view of your blind spot pops up on the screen in front of you.
All over the interior, you’ll see a motif of little squares that mirror the headlights and taillights. Instead of a Hyundai logo on the steering wheel: squares.
On the seats: more squares.
Glance at the main screen, and your battery level is represented in, you guessed it, more squares.
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