The electric vehicle landscape has undergone a seismic shift in recent years, with consumer interest and innovation skyrocketing. This has propelled the electric vehicles market's projected growth to $846.70 billion by 2027. The growing adoption of electric vehicles is primarily due to the efforts of ardent EV companies, as well as traditional automakers, who are embracing the change and striving to improve and increase the availability of electric cars. One such automotive manufacturer leading the charge is Hyundai, pumping serious dough into EV R&D to get a head start on the competition. In fact, Hyundai is taking a bold step into the future of electric vehicles with a $10 billion investment and a plan to electrify half of its production by 2025. We know that Hyundai means serious business in the ever-evolving world of electric mobility because we've seen the mighty impressive Hyundai Ioniq 5 - an electric midsize CUV that packs a striking appearance, loads of techs and features, lightning-fast charging capabilities, rapid acceleration, and exciting driving traits. But, what sets the Hyundai Ioniq 5 apart from the competition?

10 The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Is Offered With A Single- And Dual-Motor Setup

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A front three-quatrers shot of a digital teal-green Hyundai Ioniq 5 driving on the road

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers a range of powertrain configurations to suit your driving needs. The base model with rear-wheel drive configuration and single electric motor comes equipped with a 58 kWh battery pack that delivers a total output of 168 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This alone could be enough to impress even the most discerning drivers. However, for those who demand a bit more oomph, the all-wheel drive version with dual electric motors is definitely worth a look. It features a larger battery pack to generate a hefty 320 horsepower and a considerable 446 pound-feet of torque, which translates to rapid acceleration and impressive performance on the road. Furthermore, with two electric motors integrated into the front and rear axles, this all-wheel drive setup delivers exceptional traction and stability, allowing for easy and confident handling in various driving conditions.

9 The Ioniq 5 Offers Up To 330 Miles Of Range

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Static side shot of the Hyundai Ioniq 5

Gone are the days when electric vehicles used to play second fiddle to their fossil fuel-guzzling counterparts. Thanks to the drastic advancements in battery life and efficiency, the range of EVs has exploded (pun intended) in the past few years. Electric vehicles now offer impressive travel distances that can compete with, if not surpass, traditional gasoline-powered cars. Take, for example, the Lucid Air, which can go the distance of a staggering 520 miles on a single charge, while the Tesla Model S covers 405 miles without you stopping to juice up your e-tank. Similarly, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers an admirable range to counter the burning question, "How long does the Ioniq 5 battery last?" The 58 kWh battery version boasts an EPA-estimated range of 220 miles, while the larger 76 kWh battery option takes it up a notch with a range of 330 miles. Even if you opt for all-wheel drive, the Ioniq 5 still manages to deliver a respectable 256 miles per charge. But wait, there's more! The Ioniq 5's solar roof not only adds a sleek and stylish touch but also helps extend the vehicle's range and prevent battery drain. And, what's more exciting is that the highly anticipated Hyundai Ioniq 6 will offer an impressive range of over 379 miles per charge.

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8 The Ioniq 5's Fast-Charging Capability Is Impressive

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A close up shot of a Hyundia Ioniq 5 being charged

With range anxiety conquered, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 takes on the next challenge, tackling the charge anxiety head-on. And, it has done a formidable job of doing that. You see, the Ioniq 5 comes equipped with the world's first patented technology that supports 400V and 800V charging infrastructure without extra components. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 makes recharging a breeze with its versatility in charging options. With the ability to charge at public stations, at home, or at state-of-the-art high-powered DC fast-charging stations, you'll never have to worry about running out of power again. Utilizing an 800V DC fast charger, the Ioniq 5 can charge from 10- to 80-percent in as little as 18 minutes. This means you can stop for a quick coffee break and return to an almost fully charged vehicle. Plugging into a DC fast charger adds an impressive 68 miles in about five minutes, which is far from the 20-miles-per-minute charge rate of Lucid Air or a 15-miles-per-minute charge rate of Tesla Model 3, but still not too bad. Even a 400V charger is a great option, taking only 35 minutes to charge the car from 10- to 80-percent.

7 The Ioniq 5 Boasts A Spacious And Minimalistic Interior

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Close up shot of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior

While there are many reasons the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of the best electric crossover SUVs, we have been thoroughly impressed by its clean, modern, and minimalist interior. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 interior design is a feast for the eyes, and the generous use of eco-friendly materials highlights the Ioniq brand's commitment to sustainability. Enter the Ioniq 5, and you get to enjoy its spacious, flat floor (for maximum cargo and passenger space) with ample headroom and legroom, highly adjustable front seats, the perfect perch to take in the panoramic view of the optional glass sunroof, and the moveable center console that can be easily repositioned to suit your needs. Moreover, the comfortable seats and ambient interior lighting combine to create a mesmerizing aura of luxury and elegance.

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6 The Ioniq 5 Comes With A Comprehensive Set Of Smart Safety Features

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Front and partial side shot of a gray Hyundia Ioniq 5 driving on a road

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is not just about the impressive range and charge capabilities but also how it has elevated the driving experience with SmartSense safety features. It is loaded with an array of advanced safety features such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-avoidance Assist (RCCA), and Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), which make maneuvering in tight spots a breeze. And let's not forget about Lane Keeping & Lane Following Assist (LKA & LFA) and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), which make highway driving a much less stress-free experience. The Ioniq 5 is also equipped with pedestrian detection, driver drowsiness monitoring, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), and Brake Assist System (BAS) to increase the braking force in case of an emergency.

5 The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Looks Futuristic

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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 parked, three-quarter front view 

The Ioniq 5 has a true attention-grabbing (out of this world) design that leaves a lasting impression. Think modern architecture and retro elements fused to create a futuristic design that exudes sportiness and pays homage to the 1974 Hyundai Pony. The most striking aspect of the Ioniq 5's exterior design is its distinctive pixel-style headlights and taillights. The sleek clamshell hood adds to the vehicle's smooth, cohesive look, lending an air of modernity and innovation to the overall aesthetic. In addition, bold angular lines on its sides beautifully strip away complexity in most electric vehicles' designs (a refreshing change). In short, Hyundai's ambitious goal to fundamentally revolutionize electric mobility with a sleek and modern design is clearly evident in the Ioniq 5, setting a precedent for future models to come.

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4 There's Ample Cargo Space Available In The Ioniq 5

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Rear shot of 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 open hatch 

Okay, we get that Ioniq 5 is not as spacious as a Model X (37 cubic feet storage behind the rear seats and 85 cubic feet with the seats folded), but it's certainly no slouch in the storage department. Some could argue that it doesn’t even have the cargo capacity of a Mustang Mach-E or Tesla Model Y, but we think this crossover SUV more than makes up for it with its impressive 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space (extending to 59.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down). It has more than a decent amount of storage for an electric SUV, especially considering the Ioniq 5's compact dimensions.

3 The Ioniq 5's Cabin Is A Tech-Haven

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Interior shot of the Hyundai Ioniq 5

When Hyundai launched its new sub-brand Ioniq, one of the goals of the South Korean automobile manufacturing company was to provide a connected lifestyle experience through its models. The Ioniq 5, in particular, embodies this goal with its advanced infotainment and connectivity features. The first thing you'll notice when you step inside the Ioniq 5 is the two wide touchscreens located in the center console. The 12.0-inch touchscreen on the dashboard serves as the primary interface for various functions, such as navigation control. On the other hand, the 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster acts as a hub for features like voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone integration. In addition to these features, the Ioniq 5 also offers a wireless charging pad, USB ports, and a six-speaker stereo with BOSE premium sound system for an unparalleled in-car audio experience. It won't be wrong to say that the Ioniq 5 has done a commendable job of delivering on Hyundai's promise of a connected lifestyle experience.

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2 The Ioniq 5 Sprints To 60 mph In Under Five Seconds

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Front three-quarters shot a Hyundai Ioniq 5 on a road

Although the Hyundai Ioniq 5 delivers sporty acceleration (the all-wheel drive version shoots to 60 mph in an astounding 4.5 seconds) and a top speed of up to 114 mph, it has proved to be an assured performer on the road. However, what sets it apart from the competition is its ability to deliver a quiet and comfortable cruising experience effortlessly. With its unique steering tuning and soft suspension (specifically fine-tuned for a smooth ride), the Ioniq 5 is able to absorb bumps effectively on the road, resulting in a comfy ride in every type of driving situation.

1 The Hyundai Ioniq 5 Won't Break The Bank

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Front shot of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 with mountains in the background

Wondering if the Hyundai Ioniq 5 fits into your budget? Well, the good news is that it won't break the bank, and you can enjoy the benefits of a top-of-the-line electric SUV. The thing is, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of the least expensive electric SUVs in the market. You can even say that it is an affordable Tesla killer. After all, the SE Standard Range will set you back $39,950 (excluding a freight charge of $1,295), and the Limited trim costs $51,100 - these prices don't include the Federal tax credit of $7,500. Boasting lightning-fast charging and an enviable range, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a true powerhouse in the world of electric SUVs. All in all, its cutting-edge technology, performance, and unbeatable value-for-money make it a standout choice in its class.