Presenting Automotive and Driver’s 2022 EV of the 12 months

John RoeAutomotive and Driver

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C/D Check Outcomes at a Look

60 mph: 4.5 sec
13.2 sec @ 102 mph
Braking 70–0 mph:
170 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad:
0.85 g
Freeway Vary:
210 mi

If you wish to know why the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is our EV of the 12 months, simply have a look at it. Is that this not the best new design on the highway? Simply once you thought the two-box crossover form was completely consigned to amorphous wind-tunnel blobbiness, alongside comes this assortment of slashes and rectangles, all rakish and defiant however one way or the other nonetheless scoring a comparatively slippery 0.29 coefficient of drag. That is excessive design for the plenty, proper right down to the exotic-looking matte-gray paint—a $1000 possibility. Sure, that is all. The Ioniq 5’s pricing, which begins at $41,245, is the one factor about it that is resolutely regular.

This automotive is confidently bizarre. The driving force’s seat has an influence leg relaxation? Okay! The middle console slides again 5.5 inches, so you may climb into both entrance seat from both facet, ought to that want come up. You too can drive the automotive ahead or again utilizing the important thing fob, proving Hyundai’s dedication to squeezing into inadvisable parking areas. The cruise management pays consideration to the way you drive, so it might probably attempt to emulate your type (alternately, it may be manually configured for “indignant Boston man dashing to purchase Powerball tickets”). Whenever you plug in, a disembodied voice booms “charging began” from someplace beneath the automotive. You may flip that down, or off, nevertheless it’s enjoyable to startle folks at public chargers along with your assertive speaking automotive.

With its commonplace 58.0-kWh battery, the Ioniq 5 is sweet for 220 miles of EPA-rated vary. The bigger battery (77.4 kWh) delivers 303 miles of vary in rear-drive fashions and 256 miles in all-wheel-drive automobiles. These numbers aren’t class-leading (the EPA charges the Tesla Mannequin Y Lengthy Vary at 330 miles), however that does not matter a lot given the Hyundai’s 800-volt structure and consequently fast charging means—a 350-kW charger can blast the bigger of the 2 battery packs from a ten to 80 p.c state of cost in 18 minutes. Hyundai’s battery, provided by SK Innovation, can be capable of act like a generator; Hyundai calls this vehicle-to-load functionality. With an outlet forward of the rear seat and an adapter that plugs into the cost port, you have obtained 1900 watts out there for tailgating or conserving your fridge chilly throughout an influence outage. That function may be a boon for tenting, and actually the Ioniq 5 can haul a tidy little teardrop trailer: Its tow score is a modest however helpful 1650 kilos.

You’d hope that our EV of the 12 months could be enjoyable to drive, and the Ioniq 5 would not disappoint there both. In all-wheel-drive kind, it hits 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, simply 0.2 second behind a Ford Mustang Mach 1. And that launch would not require any finicky preparation, as evidenced by the 4.8-second 5-to-60-mph time. The Ioniq 5 feels prefer it’s rear-drive, pleased to hold its tail out. Of its 320 complete horsepower, 221 horses come from the rear motor and 99 from the entrance. In actual fact, once you’re not deep on the accelerator, the Ioniq is rear-wheel drive, because it’ll present you by way of the instrument-cluster drivetrain graphic that depicts real-time energy supply to the 4 contact patches. Traction and stability management are totally defeatable, normally an indication of a automotive that is able to get together. This factor on winter tires, in just a few inches of recent powder, will likely be a riot.

And once you’re not driving such as you’re on a Rally Finland stage, the Ioniq can morph right into a supremely comfy cruiser. Its 67-decibel inside sound studying at 70 mph is only a decibel greater than that of a Bentley Bentayga S—when it is raining, you actually discover the slap of the windshield wipers as a result of that is all there may be to listen to. The inside feels large, a operate of the lavish 118.1-inch wheelbase, which is full-size-SUV territory. Hyundai would not make a giant deal about its Freeway Driving Help 2 system (which mixes adaptive cruise and lane centering), nevertheless it’s top-of-the-line within the enterprise and appears like it might be able to go hands-free with the addition of a driver-monitoring digital camera. It even helps with lane modifications—give the steering wheel a nudge and the automotive easily slides over for a move. The pinnacle-up show has an augmented-reality mode, in case you want a break from common actuality. As with the outside styling, the Ioniq 5’s inside appears like an idea that in all probability will not make it to manufacturing. Besides it already did.

Fails? The tiny frunk—successfully a briefcase sitting atop the power-electronics {hardware}—is a joke, and the turning circle is unusually large, a couple of foot greater than that of a base GMC Yukon. The rotary stalk shifter additionally requires acclimation.

However so what? The Hyundai Ioniq 5 appears like the longer term. And the longer term is sweet.

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