2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: This fun and funky EV is a must-drive
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: This fun and funky EV is a must-drive
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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5: This fun and funky EV is a must-drive

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Speaker 1: Meet the all new Hyundai, ionic five, the first dedicated battery electric vehicle from Hyundai. It's got proportions and style, unlike anything that the automaker's ever done before now, I'm not sure that if I love the concept car looks, but I certainly can't take my eyes off of it. It's, uh, it's something let's get behind the wheel and see how it drives. Speaker 1: [00:00:30] Now. The five is available in two power train configurations. The first is a single rear motor that makes 225 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. And what we're in right now is the dual motor setup. That adds a second motor to the front axle [00:01:00] for all wheel drive and bumps the us up to 320 horsepower and 446 pound feet of torque. In this configuration, you're looking at a zero to 60 time of around five seconds. It's the quickest version of the vehicle. So far now range between those is gonna differ pretty significantly with a single motor. You're looking at around 303 miles of range for, from full to flat stepping up to the dual motor. You're going to use a little bit more energy. So you're gonna step down to 256 miles of [00:01:30] range, but Hyundai says that this vehicle has a couple of tricks up its sleeve to help you maximize and even exceed that range. Speaker 1: Now, the dual motor me canal clutch on the front ale that allows it to completely disconnect when you're in eco mode. That means because Hyundai does all of their certification in normal mode. They say that the average driver should be able to best or even improve on the EPAs range. If you drive around an eco mode and you have a light [00:02:00] right foot, we'll see how that works out in the real world. Now, performance is actually pretty good. We've got a couple of different drive modes to choose from there's sport, normal and eco, and a snow mode. And you'll access those via this drive mode selector. It looks like a knob that you twist, but it's actually a button that you'll tap to toggle between the modes. You've also got the selection of different region modes. You toggle those with these paddle. Shifters can even step down into what they call an eye pedal mode, where when you lift off of the throttle, the vehicle, decelerates all [00:02:30] the way down to a stop. Speaker 1: That's your one foot driving mode. Now in sport mode, driving around in these wet conditions at pretty conservative speeds. Uh, I'm pretty impressed with the dynamics of this vehicle. The throtle pedal feels really good. You've got a lot of torque at your foot and the steering feels nicely weighted. Uh, the handling and suspension and ride quality feel a touch softer than this. Vehicle's twin the key EV six, which you'll remember. I drove for a very short time earlier this year, but overall, I'm very impressed with the dynamics that this vehicle [00:03:00] delivers, but I'm also not surprised that I'm impressed. I knew this was gonna be good. Now the interior design is minimalist bordering on sparse, but if you like a clean slate, look, you're probably gonna dig this. We've got a very strong, horizontal theme on the dashboard. We've got two 12.3 inch screens, one, one for our digital instrument, cluster. Speaker 1: Another is a touch screen that you use for your main infotainment. Now the software here looks a lot like the software that we've seen on other Hyundai vehicles, but it's unique in that [00:03:30] it will be the first over the air updateable software they've offered when it starts getting those updates in spring of 2022. Now Android auto and apple CarPlay are standard, but it's USB only no wireless. And that wouldn't be a problem. If most of the USB ports that you find around the cabin were actually connected to the infotainment as is the only one you can connect to for at mirroring is this one way down here by your feet. It's a bit of a stretch. And that means that that's also where you're gonna have to put your phone. If you don't want cable strew all around the cabin. [00:04:00] And I get why these aren't connected, this center console is a movable piece, and that's a gives you a nice little bit of storage down here by your feet. But it also seems like a little bit of an oversight and it's a lot annoying. Now, stylist, I've been back and forth on this car. I liked it. Then I was a little repulsed by parts of it. And I've come back around to liking it again. Let's just say it's a good looking vehicle, but there's [00:04:30] no denying the performance, the packaging. And most importantly, the value that Hyundai is offering in this space. It's not the perfect vehicle and I've got some nitpicks. You can find those in my full first drive over on the road of.com, but I think Hyundai has a winner on their hands.

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