It's OK if you're confused by the Ioniq 5 name: the Hyundai Ioniq name was first introduced back in 2016 as a hybrid vehicle. It was followed closely that year by a short range, 28 kWh EV and then a plug-in hybrid in 2017.
But the Ioniq 5 left these older versions in the dust. It is the first vehicle of a new sub-brand of dedicated electric vehicles for Hyundai and Kia lines. The dedicated electric platform that Ioniq 5 is built on optimized efficiency and the special concerns of an electric car. It is compatible with 350 kW DC fast charging which is so cutting edge, it is hard to find in the US. Excitingly, it also offers in-vehicle charging for devices and an external power source of up to 3.6 kW.
Ioniq 5 sold less than 150 units in the US in 2021, and the first model year is 2022. US releases started with the larger battery size "extended range" option and the "standard range" will be offered soon. All trim levels are offered in RWD and AWD and the range does not vary with trim configurations. It has won multiple design awards around the world and is currently quite hard to find in stock in the US.
The Ionic 5 is rated to tow up to 1,500 pounds.
The Ioniq 5 is offered in three trims: SE, SEL, Limited. Comfort and convenience features are the main distinctions between trim levels.
The base trim, the SE, comes with 19 inch wheels, LED lights, keyless entry, heated and power seats, a leather steering wheel, a bunch of USB plugs, six speakers, and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The upgrade to the SEL includes more comfort and convenience features in addition to those above. These include leather interior, upgraded headlights, heated steering wheel, cabin lighting, and a hands-free lift gate. The AWD SEL also comes with a heat pump, which is helpful in cold climates to minimize range loss.
The Limited trim comes with a sunroof, automated windshield wipers, eight speaker Bose audio, bidirectional charging, heads up display, parking and driving cameras, and upgraded interior styling and comfort. The AWD configuration comes with 20 inch wheels, too.
All come standard with adaptive cruise control, forward collision monitoring and detection, blind spot monitoring and detection, and lane assist, but the upgraded trims do offer more features.
The Ioniq 5 is an all-electric vehicle, running solely on power provided by a high voltage lithium ion battery. It has zero tailpipe emissions. Although Ioniq 5 is too new to track their range degradation, battery electric vehicles typically hold their range well over time.
Range is how many miles a car can go when fully charged. Like with an ICE car, factors like outside temperature, driving conditions, and driving style can affect the efficiency and energy needs of the car. Battery powered cars are most efficient when the temperature is warm, terrain is flat or downhill, and the car can use its regenerative braking feature to recharge the battery. So, while the EPA rates vehicles with a single "range," this number is really an estimate under a set of highly controlled conditions. Short term range changes tend to reflect external factors, while permanent range effects point to vehicle degradation and age.
Read more about how temperature affects range.
The Ioniq 5 is a new car as of 2022 so there is very little evidence for how range degrades with time. Recurrent is actively looking for new Ioniq 5 drivers to share their data with us so we can paint a clearer picture of how range changes with time.
In the Recurrent data set, we track the maximum achievable range at 100% charge for vehicles in different locations and conditions. New vehicles, less than a year old, should have used ranges very close to their original rated range. We see 2022 long range Ioniq 5s getting between 229 and 391 miles on a charge. The longer range observations are generally in the RWD configuration, which average 314 - 321 miles. The AWD version average 280 - 297 miles on a full charge.
The main ways to measure vehicle efficiency, or energy use per distance traveled, are MPGe and miles/kWh. You may see these values on new car stickers or on dealer listings. The RWD versions are very efficient, getting 110-114 MPGe (110 for standard range and 114 for extended). For comparison, the Tesla Model 3 is the most efficient EV on the road, getting 131 or 132 MPGe. The AWD configuration of the Ioniq 5 gets 98 MPGe, putting it slightly below the normal range.
Our community of Ioniq 5 drivers give their car a Charging Score of 4.25/5, meaning that most drivers are satisfied with their charging experience. The most common complaints are around charging availability, likely because the Ioniq 5 can charge up to 350 kW, a speed that very few commercial chargers have just yet.
Onboard, the Ioniq 5 is equipped with a fast 10.9 kW charger, meaning that it can charge to full in under seven hours. This is fast, but not as lighting fast as the advertised 350 kW DC charge speeds. Hyundai says that the Ioniq 5 can go from 10% to 80% state of charge in just 18 minutes, or nearly 70 miles of range in five minutes. Of course, this requires a driver to actually find a 350 kW charger - they are not yet industry standard because few EVs can match this speed!
With a standard 120V plug, it will get the standard 3-5 miles an hour, meaning that a full charge can take
Hyundai has partnered with Electrify America to provide drivers with two years worth of 30 minutes charges.
The Ioniq 5 uses lithium ion batteries - a power dense, high voltage technology that works well for storing a lot of energy. Although the lithium ion batteries in an EV are much stronger and more durable than those in your phone or laptop, they will still start to lose power and capacity with age and use. Battery degradation happens because of two things:
a) the age of the battery (also known as 'calendar' aging)
b) how the battery is used, charged, and stored
Calendar aging is inevitable - it starts the moment a battery is made. However, there are things that can cause a battery to degrade faster. The way an EV is charged and stored will impact the rate of battery degradation, so there are ways for an EV owners to slow the process. This discussion is covered in a research article on battery degradation.
The battery size, or battery capacity, is measured in kWh. The first US release of the Ioniq 5 is the extended range, with the 77.4 kWh battery pack. Soon to come is the standard range, with 58 kWh. The battery pack does not vary based on trim level, although AWD configurations do get lower range than RWD.
Hyundai calls their vehicle warranty the best in the nation, and it does beat out the federal minimum by two years. They warranty their high voltage batteries against degradation in excess of 30% for 10 years or 100,000 miles. After previous Hyundai warranties that offered lifetime non-transferrable coverage, it does seem the Ioniq 5 battery warranty is transferrable to subsequent owners.
This page shares Ioniq 5 data collected from 93 drivers across the United States. Each of the 57 thousand miles driven helps to draw a picture of the driver experience. We polled our community to find out what they love and what they could leave with their vehicles.
Note that since the Ioniq 5 is so new, these values are still preliminary.
Most liked features:
"The "head turning" looks and body styling"
" 800v high performance charging, 2 yrs free EA charging, smooth ride/comfort, cruise control"
"Lots of room for a tall person, AKA me"
Room to improve:
"It takes a long time to charge and the battery' efficiency degrades significantly in the cold months"
"The fact that it cannot pre-heat battery for DC fast charging - huge problem in cold weather"
"Infotainment software. Hopefully will improve with updates. Workable as is so not a real complaint"
The Green Score for the Ioniq 5 is GREAT. Like other battery electric vehicles, it has no tailpipe emissions. If driving electric isn't environmentally friendly enough for you, you can lower your impact by buying used and avoiding the production and shipment of a brand new car. Finally, you can really up your green game by powering your EV with renewable energy for the ultimate clean machine.
It may be hard to get your hands on the new Ioniq 5 right now. Even Hyundai's website cautions limited availability. However, if you can find one, it will be the first-released "extended range" version, with starting price of $44,000 for the base SE trim. Hyundai electric cars are still eligible for the $7500 federal tax credit, but I'm sure they are hoping their new EV line changes that. If you're looking for more features and options, the SEL trim starts at $46,250 and the top-of-the-line Limited starts at $51,100. All of the "extended range" options are available in rear-wheel (303 mi. range) or all-wheel drive (256 mi. range), but the EPA range is the same for each trim level.
The "standard range" trim is listed as "coming soon" and will be offered in the same trim levels and drive options. It starts at $39,700 and will also be eligible for federal tax credits, bringing the purchase price to just over $30,000.
There are not yet many used Ioniq 5's on the market but given trends in the past year, don't expect major savings on any gently used ones you see on the market anytime soon. Of the eight listings as of publication, the average price is $57,000 - more than even the new price for the top tier trim.
Cost per range mile is one way to look at the value of an EV across different makes and models. It helps a shopper understand how much of the purchase price is really going towards range, as opposed to amenities, comfort, or brand name. The Kona EV has a cost per range mile of $145 to $199 based on EPA range, which makes it a low-to-moderately priced ride. If you look at observed range, the cost per range mile can be as low as $114 or as high as $249.
Recurrent uses data from the AFDC to determine the range of annual charging costs for the Ioniq 5. The highest electricity price we use is in Hawaii and the lowest in Louisiana. We assume an average driving pattern of 34 miles a day, 5 days a week, 49 weeks a year with 25% highway driving, plus a few additional highway road trips. For a Ioniq 5 of either trim, this puts the annual charging costs between $395 - $1,190. More detailed and personalized values can be calculated at the link above.