The 2022 Ioniq 5 SE is not Hyundai’s first electric car, and it surely will not be its last. In 2019, Hyundai released the Kona Electric and it impressed the world. The model was praised and rose to the top of the best EV lists. Now, with the release of the 2022 Ioniq 5 SE, Hyundai is here to prove that the exceptionality of their first electric car was not by chance and they are one of the top EV producers in the game.
Although Hyundai finds its niche amongst bargain hunters and families looking for space and practicality, the automaker moves into premium territory with the Ioniq 5, and will prove to be a fierce competitor in the electric crossover market.
Scheduled to hit American markets this spring, the 2022 Ioniq 5 SE is already impressing regions where it has been launched, including South Korea, Europe and Australia. So, now that we’ve got introductions out of the way, let’s dive into the features of the model and see why Hyundai’s EVs are among the highest ranks.
Exterior & Interior
The 2022 Electric Hyundai is the perfect mix of past and present– melding the classic style of small SUV crossovers with a more modern appearance. The exterior is stylish and polished, infusing sharp lines and a well-balanced chassis to the box-shaped SUV. The interior of the vehicle, too, is impressive: combining luxury with usability through the implementation of a sliding center console, expansive wheelbase and flat floor.
Hyundai generated early production versions of the Ioniq 5 Limited available for a nearly 175-mile test drive through the mountains of San Diego County in 2021. The test drive encompassed a fast-charge demonstration in a shopping mall adjacent to the U.S.-Mexico border.
When judging efficiency, this Hyundai EV was measured for 256 miles of range, leaving 65 miles of range remaining at the end of the drive– indicating that only about 16 miles of range were lost to hill climbing and lead-footed driving. Nevertheless, the Ioniq 5 crossover was ranked among the top 10 EVs for overall efficiency by the EPA.
Additionally, the EV houses a four-level, regenerative braking system which regenerates energy as the model slows down. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE also has an “i-Pedal” setting, following the Kona Electric, which allows the system enough power to completely stop the vehicle without touching the brakes.
This feature is enormously useful in mountain driving and stop-and-go traffic, as it mimics downshifting in a gas vehicle.
Power & Performance Of The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE
The Ioniq 5 SE’s skateboard design places the batteries under the vehicle’s floor and between the axles for a low, road-hugging center of gravity, fashioning a well-balanced ride. This can be credited to the EV-specific modular platform the vehicle was built on, which was co-developed by Hyundai and its sister company, Kia.
Throughout the test drive, the Hyundai EV was met with Southern California freeways, urban streets, and twisting country roads. The model even faced a 5,000-foot mountain – both up and down. Overall, the vehicle was assessed to be powerful, comfortable and very roomy, with great visibility and ample handling.
The 2022 crossover’s 320-horsepower dual motor, all-wheel drive powertrain – which is available in all three trims – shows just how fast this SUV really is. Only inadequate for race car drivers, this model claims a time of 5.1 seconds for a zero-to-60-mph.
The Ioniq 5 faces country and city roads and freeways with ease, as it’s equipped with sporty handling and comfortable ride quality. The vehicle offers three different modes – sport mode, eco mode, and normal mode. Sport mode adjusts the accelerator and steering for top-level responsiveness, promoting tight and responsive steering. The eco mode slows everything down, even climate settings, to conserve battery power. And finally, normal mode is just as it sounds: normal driving. All three of the AWD modes employ an energy-saving heat pump instead of an electric heater for cabin conditioning.
Range, Battery and Charging
Possessing a competitive range of up to 303 miles, all trim levels of the Ioniq 5 SE boast a package of advanced safety and driver assist features, top of the industry charging speed, and powerful all-wheel drive options.
While the industry standard for charging is 400-volts, the Hyundai Electric houses an 800-volt electrical architecture, proving the model can handle ultra fast recharging on road trips. While other 800-volt EVs will continue to be produced, most find home in the super-premium and luxury range. In fact, the only other EV that offers 800-volt charging today is the Porsche Taycan.
The Hyundai EV’s 250-kilowatt DC fast-charger can recharge a 90 percent depleted battery back up to 80 percent capacity in 18 minutes, easily surpassing the common 150-kilowatt charger, which can perform the same recharge to a 90 percent depleted battery in 25 minutes.
Concerning home charging, the 2022 Ioniq 5 SE’s standard 11 kilowatt Level 2, 240-volt onboard chargers allows the car to charge in about six hours and 45 minutes.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE at Tulsa Hyundai
Be on the lookout for the Ioniq 5 hitting American markets AND Tulsa Hyundai very soon! As a leader in efficiency, practicality, and power, this car is going to make a big splash in the U.S., and we don’t want you to miss out! If you’re interested in the new Ioniq 5, a Hyundai EV, or any Hyundai models, we urge you to reach out!
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