Behind the Wheel

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 — Electric Performance, Versatility

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5Model tested: Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD

Engine: Dual-motor electric HTRAC AWD

Transmission: Shift-by-wire

Horsepower: 320

Torque: Unavailable

EPA ratings: 113/city, 90/highway, 101/combined

Base price: $56,500

As tested: $58,405

Overview: The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an electric vehicle (EV) that combines futuristic design, cutting-edge technology and impressive performance. As Hyundai’s first model under its dedicated electric subbrand, the Ioniq sets a high bar for competitors. In this review, we’ll highlight the key aspects that make the Ioniq 5 a compelling choice in the EV market.

Walkaround: One of the first things that grabs attention is the Ioniq 5’s bold and distinctive design. With sharp lines, angular sheetmetal and pixel-like LED lights, it stands out from the crowd. The crossover SUV styling adds a practical touch while providing a commanding road presence. The long wheelbase and short overhangs contribute to a sporty yet elegant silhouette.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5Interior: The Ioniq 5 features a modern, spacious cabin showcasing a minimalist interior design, creating a sense of tranquility. Aided by high-quality materials and attention to detail, the flat floor and slim front seatbacks enhance legroom for rear passengers. Although Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t wireless, the tech is still impressive. The dual-screen, 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen combine into one sleek unit. The SEL version adds wireless device charging and ambient cabin lighting, while the Limited trim comes with a head-up display enhanced by augmented reality. Additionally, the Ioniq 5 boasts advanced driver-assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and automated parking. The solar panel roof option further contributes to the vehicle’s energy efficiency. The cargo area offers 27.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity that increases to 58.3 with the rear seats folded. Overall, the interior exudes a premium feel, making the Ioniq 5 interior both comfortable and inviting.

Behind the wheel: The Ioniq 5 offers an array of powertrain options. Depending on the configuration, you can choose between a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive setup or the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup that our test-driver had. The top-of-the-line models deliver strong performance, doing the 0-60 drill in under five seconds. The single-charge range is rated at 266 for all-wheel-drive and 303 for rear-wheel-drive. Fast-charging capabilities can recharge the battery to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. Another feature is the V2L (vehicle-to-load) capability, which turns the vehicle into a power source. With appropriate adapters, various devices, from laptops to electric bicycles, can be powered directly from the car’s battery. Handling is good, steering decent and braking strong — which includes regenerative braking that helps recharge the battery.

Bottom line: Hyundai has successfully blended style, substance and sustainability, creating a pretty compelling package. The Ionic 5’s striking design, spacious interior, advanced technology and impressive performance make it an enticing choice for both eco-conscious consumers and tech enthusiasts. With its decent electric range, fast-charging capabilities and V2L functionality, the Ioniq 5 has helped raise the bar for electric vehicles.