The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Took Home an Impressive Award

Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 EV won ‘World Car of the Year’ from Kelley Blue Book, beating out even its gas-powered cohorts. What does this mean for the future of the Ioniq?
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Ioniq 5 is the plucky little EV that could—and did.
The Ioniq 5 recently won Kelley Blue Book’s ‘World Car of the Year’ as well as ‘World Electric Vehicle of the Year’ for 2022, beating out more high-profile makes for the coveted recognition.
“The Ioniq 5…is an all-new electric vehicle that straddles the line between
and SUV,”
writes KBB’s Sean Tucker
. “It’s a distinctive design, combining a curved greenhouse with sharply angled character lines. A pixelated theme to the lights makes it look like a modern interpretation of an 8-bit 1980s design aesthetic.”

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and other electric vehicles are standing out

It’s the second consecutive year that an electric vehicle has won ‘World Car of the Year’, with last year seeing the Volkswagen ID.4 taking home that honor. That category includes their gas-powered cohorts, so it’s indicative of the waves these electric vehicles are making in the automotive world.
The Ioniq 5 delivers up to 303 miles of range on a single charge and, according to KBB, has the passenger and cargo space of a midsize SUV, while maintaining the footprint of a compact SUV.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 (with the larger 77.4-kWh battery pack) starts at around $43,650 and is eligible for the full $7,500 federal EV tax credit. The standard-range 58-kWh rear-drive Ioniq 5 starts at around $39,700.
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Hyundai delivered an impressive little EV

KBB lists the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s great appearance, range, fast-charging capability, sustainable interior materials and over-the-air update capability as considerable pros for the vehicle
Colin Ryan
writes in his review of the all-new electric SUV, it’s already breaking the EV mold by introducing new innovations like an augmented-reality head-up display as well as its ability to run other electronics.
As far as charging, the Ioniq 5 has 800-volt charging capability much like more premium EVs like the Porsche Taycan and can charge 60 miles of range in five minutes, with a 10-to-80-percent charge time of 18 minutes.
The Ioniq 5 with the extended-range 77.4-kWh battery pack can produce 225 horsepower in its rear-wheel-drive configuration with a 0-60 time of just over 7 seconds. The all-wheel drive configuration produces 320 horsepower and 446 lb.-ft. of torque from its two electric motors. No matter the configuration, Ioniq 5’s top speed maxes out at 115 mph.
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Sustainable materials, practical interior

Ryan wrote in his review that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a balanced ride. It also has a spacious interior, made to seem even bigger by its glass roof. One complaint KBB had with the vehicle, however, is the interior is not as inspired as its retro-throwback exterior.
Hyundai made extensive use of sustainable materials in the interior of the Ioniq 5. Plant-based fabrics make up the seats while recycled plastic bottles were used to form hard plastic surfaces. 
The seats are about 30% thinner than typical car seats to maximize interior space for rear passengers and cargo. Cargo space expands to up to 56.2 cubic feet behind the front seats. 
It also features what the manufacturer calls a “universal island,” which is a center console that slides back and forth to give rear passengers access to USB ports and a wireless charging pad.
One notable interior feature is each front passenger seat’s front leg supports, which retract when not in use. This lets passengers kick back and take the load off of their legs when the vehicle is charging at a public charging facility.
The Ioniq 5 can also be used as a portable battery of sorts, with the ability to charge electronics and even other electric vehicles when the battery has more than 15 percent of charge.
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