You Asked, We Answered: Here’s What You Wanted To Know About The Hyundai Ioniq 5


We recently spent a week with the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, one of the most interesting electric vehicles to hit the market this year. We were very impressed with Hyundai’s first legitimate Tesla rival and can now answer some of the questions our readers asked a couple of weeks ago.

I’d like to know how fast the battery drain when the A/C is set to max while driving on the highway SkinnyDudeInASantaSuit

That’s a great question and given that we tested the car during a particularly hot week in Perth, Australia, we quite often drove the Ioniq 5 with the A/C on full blast. With the A/C turned off, the car routinely consumed roughly 17.5 kWh per 100 km. Turn the A/C on full for a highway jaunt and that would increase to around 25 kWh per 100 km.

Driven: The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Is Better Than The Tesla Model 3

It would be really cool of you guys would review the “recharging nap” feature of the front seats. Is the reclining angle and footrest comfortable? Felipe Politano

We are happy to report that the reclining feature of the driver’s seat works very well and is indeed nice and comfortable. Sure, it’s not a king-sized bed but it’s more than adequate for a quick nap while the car is charging.

Is it more SUV or hatchback height/driving position wise?? ctk4949

I had this very same question in my head when I first went to collect the car. The seating position is good and feels like a nice middle-ground between a typical hatchback and an SUV.

What’s passing power like at high speeds (where it counts)? How strong is the HVAC system? How long until blowing warm, or cold air? Is the glove draw (not box) actually more useful than traditional storage or just a gimmick? Just how ridiculously small is the frunk? Ben

Four good questions. Passing power is great, as you may suspect for an EV with all-wheel drive, 302 hp and 446 lb-ft (605 Nm) of torque. We found the HVAC system to be just as strong as a typical ICE vehicle. It also started blowing cold and warm air very quickly.

The glove draw is one of the car’s most intriguing interior features. It’s not a gimmick, it is very spacious and more practical than a normal glove box. We tested the all-wheel drive Ioniq 5, meaning it had a tiny 24-liter (0.8 cubic-foot) frunk and when we say it was ‘tiny’ we really mean it. You’re not going to fit much more than the charging cable in there.

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