2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 AWD - Bottom Line Review

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 AWD - Bottom Line Review
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: Act Two of charged particles driving is exclusive battery electric sub-brand, launching with all-important mid size crossover EV.

GONE IS THE PRIUS CHALLENGER : By the fourth generation of Godfather of Green, gas electric hybrid vehicle fans had developed burn out from the awkward looks. All that would be required to challenge the Toyota Prius hegemony was a more conventional look and a name actually referring to electrically charged particles.

Signaling what might portend, the first generation Hyundai Ioniq, with classic sedan derived lines, came to market armed with conventional, plug-in gas electric hybrid, as well as a battery electric powertrains, the better that this David would battle Goliath.

HARD CHARGING RAPIDLY E-SAV: Already, the public had already voiced that it instead favored conventional crossover utility vehicles for their gas hybrid choice. Thus, the second act of Korean electrically charged particle vehicle has made a hard turn to zero tailpipe emissions at the propulsion fork in the road. The all new 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 AWD BEV crossover utility vehicle comprises the first in the fully electrified sub-brand.

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WHAT: 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 AWD plug-in battery electric passenger automobile. This 5-door crossover sport activity vehicle shares its Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) foundation with the Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60 BEV crossovers. Unlike the first series Ioniq, no gas electric hybrid versions are available.

POWER & DRIVETRAIN - ELECTRIC:

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD
Net power BHP (kW) / Torque (lb-ft)320 hp (239 kW) / 446 lb-ft @ 0-3600 r.p.m.*
Powertrain - electrified / power flowMG 1 PMS 360VAC (rear): 221 hp (165 kW), 258 lb-ft; MG 2 PMS 360VAC (front): 99 hp (74 kW), 258 lb-ft, traction & reverse polarity charging
Drivetrain / Final gear ratio(s)2 x Mobis 1-speed axial planetary reduction ring gear;(1 per axle) Rear e-limited slip differential / 4.71:1
Notes*Std. rear drive: 167 hp (127 kW) / 258 lb-ft @ 0-3600 rpm; *Opt. rear drive: 225 hp (168 kW) / 258 lb-ft @ 0-3600 rpm

Manufacturer Provided Specifications @2023 Roadblazing.com

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: small frunk covers DC to AC inverter
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: small frunk covers DC to AC inverter

POWER SUPPLY - BATTERY ELECTRIC:

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD
Battery, extended range - electric propulsionLiIon Polymer1 376 cells, 180 Ah, 697 V, 77.4 kWh; 1063 lbs., Heat pump conditioner
Battery charger connector type, speed: Battery - electric propulsionLevels 1, 2 AC = 10.9 kW SAE J1772 / Level 3 DC = 240 kW CCS Combo 2*
Notes*NACS compatible adapters forthcoming; Navigation dependent regenerative charging

Manufacturer Provided Specifications @2023 Roadblazing.com

WHAT (A) STYLING DIFFERENCE(S): As the first model of an all electric propulsion sub-brand, the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 delved into to the deep resources of Luc Donckerwolke's proteges at the Korean automaker's European design studio.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: Parametric lighting language goes pixelated cubic
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: Parametric lighting language goes pixelated cubic

Parametric Cubed: Roadblazing.com spies a stubby proportioned, raised hatchback in the mold of the Hyundai Kona subcompact. On the other hand, muscular intersecting diagonal 45o body panel creases, which form a cinched fuselage, come from the Hyundai Tuscon small family SUV. However, it has been said that the effort commemorates the 45th anniversary of the brand's first volume vehicle, the Hyundai Pony.

The Korean automaker's "Parametic lighting" language has evolved from a cascading LED's hidden within the grill to lateral cubist Pixelated array in the rear full span light bar, all complimented with a cabin accent swath.

While the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 bears a slim darkened upper grille to bridge the front lighting, the sloped clamshell hood houses the latest slim matte metallic slanted "H" emblem at the center leading edge.

The latest optical trickery includes tandem wheel arch creasing to impart greater width where there is none. Just gander at all the striated body accents. The front and rear lower fascias. The flared lower door spats. The windmill arms on the wheel arches.

Despite the detail fuss, the beltline crease remains linear from the hood break to the taillights. Windshield and backlights are dramatic raked. The slotted roof spoiler forms a boomerang. The liftgate Kammback is pronounced. (And no there is no rear wiper.) The rear license plate is low mounted on the planar bumper cover. There are even ornamental front and rear bash plate spats.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: intersecting right angle body folds bring sporty side spats
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: intersecting right angle body folds bring sporty side spats

WHY: Act Two of charged particles driving is exclusive battery electric sub-brand, launching with all-important mid size crossover EV.

WHEN: On-Sale (in the U.S.) since Winter 2022-2023

WHERE: Hyundai new vehicle dealers (designated HYUNDAI EV, on a state by state basis)

WHERE MADE: Ulsan, Yeongnam Province, South Korea

WHERE TO: Drive mode dependent front and rear axle independent dual motor torque distribution locks the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD all-wheel drive for smooth launches whether on dry or slick pavement.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD
Ground clearance (inches)6.1"
Approach / Departure / Breakover angles (degrees)N.L.o / N.L.o / N.L.o
Suspension F:RF: Strut + Lower A-arm / R: 5-link, anti-sway bars + dampers
Brakes F:RF: 12.8" vented disc, 1-piston caliper R: 12.5" solid disc 1-piston caliper
Tires / Wheels255/45-W Michelin Primacy Tour A/S M+S EL / 20" diamond cut alloys / tire inflator

Manufacturer Provided Specifications @2024 Roadblazing.com

HOW ROADWORTHY: Designed with a robust 800 volt power supply, the new 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV, swaps out the first generation Ioniq's front drive compact economy car limitations for a rear-drive derived premium mid size crossover with some serious performance potential paralleling its Kia EV6 GT-Line cousin.

The rear axle motor on the Ioniq 5 Limited AWD is rated for twice the work power of its front counterpart, for a 30:70 full time front to rear torque split. Pedal travel input reaction offers precise control of direct drive acceleration. Sport drive mode allows it to burn a 2021 VW ID.4 Pro with a potent shove of all occupants deep into their seat backs.

Three degrees of regenerative slowing are dispatched by the twin steering wheel dorsal paddles. Variable on the fly, single-pedal driving adapts to virtually all traffic conditions is a trick the Ford Mustang Mach-E wish it had up its sleeve. It might even fool the recent gas to EV convert into believing that a rapid shifting a conventional multi-ratio transmission lies underneath.

Synthesized low speed pedestrian exterior alert whine is less annoying than in Toyota hybrids. Subtle motor whirring is genuinely subdued as speed builds, while lots of passenger cell stuffing snuff out much road noise. Yet, a few rattles emanated from the hatchback area.

  • Three (3) drive modes = Eco, Normal, Sport: the latter for testing occupant G-Force tolerance.
  • Variable Regenerative Slowing: 3 levels, with 3 being most aggressive, accessible via steering wheel dorsal paddles
  • One pedal driving: "I-Pedal" about the easiest to master.
  • Drive actuation = twist to shift steering column lower right side stalk

In the modus of a grand touring crossover ute, the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD displays ample forgiveness of road surfaces. Floor pan battery mass allays most tipping sensation. That rear biased full time all-wheel drive tempers the tail in wide outs, however Michelin touring shoes limit turn in sharpness. Ultimately, long brake pedal action won't impact daily driving once I(ntelligent)-Pedal regenerative slowing mode, is relied upon.

HOW FAR (EV Range): 266 miles (74 kWh)

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD
EV Energy Efficiency EPA City / Hwy / Observed/ (MPG-e)113 MPG-e / 90 MPG-e / 121 MPG-e
Driving Range (miles)266 miles(highway)
EV Energy Consumption kWh/ mile / Miles/ kWh0.28 kWh per miles / 3.6 mi./ kWh @ 25o deg. Celsius

Manufacturer Provided Specifications @2023 Roadblazing.com

HOW TO CHARGE IT: Hyundai EV Charging account available with an established Electrify America ("EA")public charging network account (w/ bank credit card for overage). The Electrify America account is available via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay OS.

Non- Electrify America public charging requires proprietary app accounts; Native GPS navigation includes dedicated public charging location search in vicinity; Native in-vehicle at-home charge scheduling with remote BlueLink + control; Charge depletion level re-charge notification settings.

  • +1 Prominent instrument cluster & infotainment battery charge status + range graphics
  • +1 Three (3) years complimentary 30 minute Electrify America DC station charging
    • +/- Complimentary charging limited to 30 minutes per charge and 60 minutes wait between successive complimentary charge.
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD
EV Battery Charge time: Levels 1, 2 6A AC (20-95% charge state)68 hrs. @ 110 VAC / 7 hrs. @ 220 VAC, 10.9 kW
EV Battery Charge time: Level 3 DC fast (0-80% charge state) 50 kW / 100 kW / 150 kW* / 240 kW+ average1.6 hrs. @ 50 kW DC / 45 min. @ 100 kW DC / 28 min. @ 150 kW DC / 18 min. @ 240 kW DC
Notes*480 VAC, 125 A - +800 VAC, 200 A

Manufacturer Provided Specifications @2023 Roadblazing.com

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: public DC charging gulps peak of 108 kW w/ 800 V architecture
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: public DC charging gulps peak of 108 kW w/ 800 V architecture

WHAT IS THE CHARGING EXPERIENCE:

  • Household supply J1772, 3 kW - 10.9 kW = $0.14 / kWh
  • Free AC Electrical charging:
    • Shell VOLTA J1772, 6 kW AC E = 2 hrs. free(no app. required)
  • Free DC Electrical charging:
    • Shell Volta CCS 50 kW(up to 30 min. with app. acct. & payment method on file)
2023 Ioniq 5 Limited AWD DC charging events2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD DC charging results
EVgo, Metro Chicago, IL, 61% initial charge state, 22o deg. Celsius, $0.37 USD per kWh130 kWh, 42 minutes, 95% state of charge, 47 kW peak speed
Electrify America, Metro Chicago, IL, 62% initial charge state, 24o deg. Celsius, $0.48 USD per kWh226 kWh, 20 minutes, 91% state of charge, 108 kW peak speed
Notes: 1,2 Guest pricing with account

Manufacturer Provided Specifications @2023 Roadblazing.com

HOW BIG/ LITTLE: 5 Occupant 2+3 seating; +1 Entirely flat 1st & 2nd Row floor; -1 Front buckets seat cushions narrow

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: 60:40% split sliding & tilting 2nd Row seating
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: 60:40% split sliding & tilting 2nd Row seating

- For 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD Comparison's Sake:

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD
Wheelbase (inches)118.1"*117.5"
Dimensions Length x Width x Height182.5" x 74.4" x 63.0"185.6" x 71.4" x 64.0"
Headroom Row 1, 2 (inches)39.1", 37.5 (w/ panorama roof)38.8", 38.2"
Legroom Row 1, 2 (inches)41.7", 39.4"41.6", 38.1"
Cargo Capacity (nom. - max. cubic feet) / front trunk27.2 cu. ft. - 59.3 cu. ft. / 0.85 cu.ft.29.7 cu.ft. - 59.7 cu. ft. / 4.7 cu.ft.
Curb weight (pounds)4663 lbs.4647 lbs.
Towing / Roof support (pounds)1650 lbs. / N.L. lbs.N.R. lbs. / N.L. lbs.
Notes* WB = 1.0" > Kia EV6

Manufacturer Provided Specifications @2024 Roadblazing.com

HOW USEFUL: Hatchback cargo bay; 60/40% split sliding, tilting, near flat folding 2nd Row seat backs; 2nd Row 110 VAC V2L* capable outlet; Variable height power liftgate w/ proximity activation; Cargo bay privacy shade; Carpeted hard cargo floor lid; Sub cargo floor management & home 110V charging cable; Cargo-area 12V outlet; Split-level glove box w/ damped lid; Center console bin with aft hinged lid; Under-hood bay covered bin = "Frunk"

  • +1 *Vehicle to Load (V2L) 1900 Watts available through 110V AC outlet at base of 2nd Row seats or via external charging port
    • Continues outbound feed for 36 hours
    • 1.1 kW supply to another vehicle = 110V charge supply
    • +1 Low load liftover; Floating center console with floor storage tray; Dual height cargo floor lid
    • +/- "Frunk" = a small, shallow covered tray located under-hood
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: low liftover cargo bay + subfloor storage
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: low liftover cargo bay + subfloor storage

HOW SAFE: 2023 IIHS = Top Safety Pick Plus status

STANDARD: 7 airbags; Rear camera w/ predictive grid; Audible rear park assist; Roll mitigation; BlueLink + restrictive access & geo-fencing; Auto high beam LED headlamps; Rear occupant alert + sensor + mobile device app notification; Traffic street side driver's door alert + 2nd Row door lock-in; Rain sensing interval windshield wipers

INCLUDED ADAS: Blind Spot & Rear cross traffic warning + avoidance braking; Blind Spot View adjacent lane monitor; Post collision S.O.S. alert; Lane Departure Warning & Steer Prevention; Forward collision, pedestrian detection warning w/ avoidance braking; Intersection left turn oncoming traffic avoidance braking; full Adaptive Cruise control, curve speed control, w/ lead vehicle lane follow notice; Sonar fore & aft park collision warning w/ avoidance auto-braking.

+/- Remote Smart Parking Assist limited to moving directly forwards or backwards in a straight line where convenient where there is limited space to open doors, while stopping for obstructions in the path.

AVAILABLE ADAS:(included in test vehicle)

  • Surround View camera w/ sonar proximity warning
  • Heads Up Display - w/ dimension Augmented Reality depth (HUD)
  • Lane Change Assistance
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: ADAS 2.5 includes Lane Change Assist
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: ADAS 2.5 includes Lane Change Assist

HOW PEOPLE FRIENDLY: The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD cabin blends comprehensive informativeness, simple operation & bounteous travel comfort in an setting of soothing modern accents. Conventional door panel releases and power controls are reassuring rather than mystifying. Massive curved, contiguous dual panoramic displays mimic the latest luxury German car. Pliable materials are found where occupants reach and contrast dashboard print schemes dare to be the barest artwork. Otherwise cohesive control arrangement, low distraction precision mechanism controls and a just enough piano black accenting managing a premium business casual finish, the kind one would find in a Kia Telluride.

Dueling Blended Big Screens: Curved, contiguous, landscape dual 12.3 TFT instrument and touch LCD infotainment displays have the acreage to disseminate power, charge/ discharge, maps, road signs, ADAS systems, media & comm in a story book way. The Kia Connect infotainment screen contains the expected corporate swipe menu screens to touch set up, with absolutely logical menu flow. Variable size font script is welcome. MFI displays, usefully including ADAS settings, are selected via a ribbed metallic steering wheel spoke toggle.

• -1 Audio fine tune settings contained under SETUP sub-menu

ICE Non-traditional, EV Conventional: Power ejecting, retracting blade style exterior door handles; Open center console; Center console knurled metallic rotary drive position twist knob

H-Tex vegan leatherette seating - heated Row 1; Wide berth, sport bolstered front bucket seats; 8-way power front seats, w/ 3-setting driver memory; Push button start; Thick rimmed, flat bottom heated leather tilt + telescoping steering wheel with spoke integrated tactile redundant controls; Automatic 2-zone climate control; 2nd Row climate vents; 2nd Row outboard heated seats; Large center console ribbed rotary metallic transmission position dial; Overhead console retracting sunglasses bin; Power folding side mirrors.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: driver entry
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: driver entry

Cool Gizmo(s): Augmented reality 3-D Heads Up Display; 12.3" drive mode variable TFT instrument cluster w/ navigation map; Blind Spot View gauge cluster display; Tinted panoramic moonroof, front power open & venting + power barn door shade; Variable color foot well, center console & striated door panel ambient lighting.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: panoramic glass roof + barn door power shade
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: panoramic glass roof + barn door power shade

Details Done Right: Vegan simulated leather seating; Recycled cabin plastics; Segment printed soft touch dash and center armrest; Matte metallic switches and bezels; Parametric pixelated mid-dashboard accent printing; Aluminum trimmed pedals; Variable color illuminated "Bose" door audio loudspeaker covers.

Nearly Non-Descript: -1 Coarse grain below waist-height, pillar, aft cabin wall plastic cabin trim & omission of center console knee padding; seats low on lateral torso support.

HOW CONNECTED: BlueLink + center dash top pod mount 12.3"-inch landscape, capacitive touch LCD infotainment screen is curved and contiguous to the instrument display; Bluetooth & voice command hands-free communications; GPS HDD OTA Navigation w/ 3-D map, voice guidance w/ connected weather at destination app; SMS messaging + pre-defined replies; Android Auto / Apple Car Play smart phone projection; USB-A x 2, USB-C x 2, 110 VAC (Row 2), 12V x 2 (incl., cargo);

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: wired Android + Apple CarPlay app projection
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD: wired Android + Apple CarPlay app projection

♦ Audibly: 8-speaker, 480 watt DTS 5.1 Bose audio quite crisp + punchy

HOW "APP" -LICABLE: Hyundai BlueLink + (formerly BlueLink telematics - 5 years included)

  • +1 Extensive Hyundai BlueLink + voice commands for climate, audio, and navigation inputs; Traditional Hyundai BlueLink + system + simple decipher menus
  • "Last Mile" pedestrian walking destinations from between 0.1 and 1.2 miles distance
  • -1 "Navigation Charging POIs" lacks real time charger status and electricity cost (in contrast to phone projection charging apps)

By Subscription: Sirius XM (90 days included); Navigation maps OTA updated (3 years incl.) Wi-Fi hot spot (by Verizon Wireless - 90 days or 2 GB included)

HOW MUCH: $58,005 = as tested 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited AWD suggested retail price. Final assembly outside in Korea = INELIGIBILITY for the Clean Vehicle federal tax Credit per Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 amendment, effective August 17, 2022, (though eligibility remains for state by state purchase rebates).

WHAT'S MISSING: Lighter weight; More tightly grained cabin walls; Fewer 2nd Row seat creaks; public DC charging which comes close to 350 kW speed; Rear backlight wiper.(reportedly to be available for MY 2025)

ANY COMPETITION: Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium Extended Range: the name, the handling; Kia EV6 GT-Line: the sportback analog; VW ID.4 Pro: the cabin material contrast

RB BOTTOM LINE:Charged Particle name befits winning player in quick charge battery electric crossover EV game.