The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 entered the market towards the end of 2021, and rollout began in California and other states such as Texas, with significant markets for similar vehicles. At first glance, the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 could be mistaken for a hatchback rather than its electric crossover; this is partly due to its long wheelbase. It is equipped with features that lend it a futuristic feel, making it a unique compact crossover SUV.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the same size as the Honda CR-V and the Toyota Rav4, but it is shorter in length than the Tesla Model Y.

This guide explores the features and quirks that make the Hyundai Ioniq 5 such an attractive vehicle. It comes at just the right time to usher in a new age of electric crossover vehicles, with unique features to set it apart from competitors.

Features to Look Out for in the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

These are some of the features to expect in the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Some of the notable features are common across competitor vehicles, but most are unique to the Ioniq 5 and provide a unique selling point.

Performance Features

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes in two models: the rear-wheel-drive, the base model, and the all-wheel drive. The rear-wheel-drive features 225 horsepower and can go on for 300 miles in terms of range. The all-wheel-drive has 320 horsepower, and its range is as far as 270 miles. You can go from 0-60 in about 5.2 seconds with the all-wheel-drive. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes with a fast-charging system that can add about 70 miles of range in around 5 minutes–but, according to Hyundai, this is only possible with a powerful-enough charger.

Exterior Design

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an electric crossover SUV that is chock-full of unique features, all of which give it a unique look without trying too hard. One of such unique designs is the pixel-like design that appears on several areas of the vehicle, both the exterior and interior. There are pixel-like designs along the rear and front lights; these designs are in the shape of small, chrome-colored squares. They are unobtrusive and blend with the vehicle’s overall design and color scheme. These pixel designs are a distinct look compared to designs used by other manufacturers.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5’s bumper is a sleek, matte color that goes well with the rest of the car. Indeed, it adds an elegant, mature, and almost-futuristic look to the Ioniq 5. But when you turn on the headlights, vertical light stripes appear across the surface of the bumper. These light strips up the ante and add an element of sophistication.

Another feature is its unique door handle. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 takes a unique approach to door handles; it says no to protruding handles and features flat door handles. These door handles lie flat against the vehicle’s body and protrude at the driver’s behest. When you lock the car (or the door), the door handles become flat. When the driver presses the button on the key fob to unlock the car, the door handles pop out for use. An alternative to using the key fob is a small button in the middle of the driver’s door handle. With the press of that button, all the door handles stick out.

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes with an adapter that you can plug into the car’s charging port. You can plug in other appliances to the adapter and charge or use them, e.g., your phone.

Interior Design

The quirky uniqueness and futurism evident in the exterior design of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 bleed into the vehicle’s interior. The end of the dashboard is magnetic, so the driver can attach little mementos as is sometimes done to a fridge. This magnetic dashboard encourages drivers to add a personal touch to their vehicles. Hyundai keeps things a bit minimalist with the interior design so that the steering wheel has no logo. It is the norm for manufacturers to insert the model’s name or the manufacturer (e.g., Ioniq 5 or Hyundai) on the steering wheel, but this does not happen with the Ioniq 5. The cabin area of the vehicle is mostly devoid of logos, with the only exception being the door sill which features the text “IONIQ 5”. With this sole logo, Hyundai keeps a touch of the originality that is present in the exterior; the “5” is written in the same pixels as those on the rear- and headlights.

At first glance, the center console is standard, with cup holders and storage compartments. But there is a little button beneath the center console that allows it to move back and forth. This feature provides more room in the front or rear seats, depending on its position; it will enable easier access to things and improves convenience. Hyundai provided another feature to complement this movable center console. Beneath the rear seats is a power outlet into which passengers can plug laptops and other devices on the go. Someone seated in the rear seats can plug their laptop into the power outlet and place the laptop on the center console once it has been moved back.

Infotainment and (Driving) Technology

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a robust infotainment system and is equipped with technology to make the driving experience extremely pleasant. There are two 10-inch screens mounted on the dashboard–one in the center and the other for the gauge cluster. The center screen is the infotainment screen, and it also contains the controls for heated and cooled seats. The gauge cluster screen features two areas: the speedometer is on the left side of the screen, the power/charging indicator is on the right side.

Another unique feature is the gear selector, which requires entire movement in most cars. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 takes a different approach with its gear selector: the movable part is at the end, and it can be moved to put the car in drive, reverse, and neutral, but there is a button to put the car in park. There are paddle shifters on the steering wheel, but they are not used to change gears. These paddle shifters change the amount of regeneration you’re doing with the braking system. When you pull the negative paddle, you do more regen and slow down the car; pulling the positive paddle does less regen and speeds up the vehicle. A tiny touchpad on the right of the steering wheel provides for driver assistance systems, e.g., steering, auto-braking, etc.

Two buttons on the key fob allow you to move the car to the front and the back. This feature is beneficial if you’re packed in a tight spot.

Cargo and Cabin Areas

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a 5-seater with especially roomy backseats for a compact vehicle. This roomy backseat is courtesy of the lengthy wheelbase, i.e., the distance between the front and back seats, which is longer than that of the Hyundai Palisade, a mid to full-size SUV. The interior is airy and bright because of the massive sunroof covering nearly the entire roof. You can adjust the driver’s seat to lay very flat but not completely flat so that the driver can sleep or relax on it. A footrest is attached to the driver’s seat, which you can bring out with a button.

The cargo area is quite spacious, but it is somewhat limited by the sloping roof design.

Conclusion

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a futuristic compact SUV that can serve as a model of what electric compact SUVs should strive to be. It features just enough unique elements to set it apart from competitors by making it memorable and efficient. It is the perfect model to lead Hyundai’s new Ioniq series.

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