From the outside, the
Hyundai Ioniq 5 SUV might look like a mild mannered EV. However, with the
EV market expanding this year and beyond, carmakers are amping up features and performance.
Edmunds thinks the Ioniq 5 is pretty fun to drive. Here's everything that you need to know.
The specs on the Hyundai Ioniq 5
What is perhaps most amazing about so many EVs, including the Hyundai Ioniq 5, is the lightning fast acceleration times thanks to electric motors. For the Ioniq 5, you're looking at a 0-60 time of just 4.7 seconds. That performance bumps it up to the top of the list for similar competitor vehicles.
That impressive—and unfaltering—acceleration time is what made the Hyundai Ioniq 5 stand out to Edmunds when they tested it. That's huge, since, many times, EVs will have slightly slower times as the battery charge decreases with use.
Continuing on with the numbers, Edmunds tested the dual-motor Ioniq 5, which has some awesome specs, especially considering that it's a small SUV. It delivers 320 horsepower along with 446 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers put it in the same EV arena as the likes of the speedy
Ford Mustang Mach-E. As for gas-powered vehicles, that is close to the performance of the Audi SQ5.
Even more fun combined with the great specs and performance, the Ioniq 5 offers great, reliable handling. Its lower center of gravity aids in its predictable maneuvering, which is a definite plus.
Hyundai's push to join the EV market
For Hyundai, the Ioniq line of vehicles is part of its push into the EV market. Interestingly, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the first EV for Hyundai that doesn't share a gasoline-powered counterpart like the Kona or Ioniq hatchback.
Since the Ioniq 5 is such a versatile fully electric vehicle, its fun factor and performance bode well for Hyundai in the overall EV landscape. Plus, it appeals to a broad audience based on its appealing functionality as a smaller SUV.
Another thing that sets the Hyundai Ioniq 5 on firm footing is its 800-volt battery that makes it able to use DC powered fast-charge stations. The ability to have quick charging benefits people with daily commutes or those wanting to take a longer road trip. Although more
charging stations are in the works, one setback of EVs across the US is the often lack of accessible charging stations.
Does the fun factor make the Hyundai Ioniq 5 a good car?
For consumers focusing purely on performance vehicles, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 would leave something to be desired. However, most people are looking for a cost-effective way to get around town. It's a bonus if vehicles, especially EVs from reliable car makers like Hyundai, are fun and perform well.
With all of that in mind, the Ioniq 5 with its futuristic exterior elevates itself to being a good pick in terms of comfort, space, function, and good overall range. As tested, the Ioniq 5 was able to drive 270 miles on a single charge. That means that the Hyundai Ioniq 5's fun factor is a plus, but its total package as a smaller, everyday EV SUV makes it a good choice.
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