2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited HTRAC First Test

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited HTRAC – The 2023 Hyundai Hyundai Ioniq 5, the most important new Hyundai model since the original Genesis sedan, is the 2023 Hyundai Hyundai Ioniq 5. Genesis changed the perception of Hyundai as an automaker. It placed Hyundai in luxury conversation alongside BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus for the first time. The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5, the new Hyundai Ioniq 5, is set to change Hyundai’s perception again, but this time it will be about Tesla.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited HTRAC
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited HTRAC

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited HTRAC Review

The Ioniq 5, the first Hyundai electric vehicle, was built using Hyundai Motor Group’s Electric-Global Modular Platform. The Ioniq 5 can be purchased worldwide with either a 56-kWh or 77.4 kWh battery pack, and one motor driving the rear wheels. Or (with the 77.4 kWh battery), two motors providing all-wheel drive. North America’s only option is the 77.4kWh battery pack.

The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5, even by today’s standards, is a market leader. Photos show a Veloster-sized hatchback that has a Hyundai-does–VW-Golf feels. Consider this: It is rolling on 20-inch wheels with 255/45 Michelin Primacy Tour tires. The Ioniq 5’s metal frame is nearly as large as a BMW X3 and has a 118.1-inch wheelbase. This is an inch more than a BMW X5.

Engine

The range-expanding 2023 Hyundai Ioniq5 Limited HTRAC is our test vehicle. It comes with a big battery, all-wheel drive, and big battery. Two motors produce a total of 320 hp as well as 446 lb-ft. You also get a host of premium goodies, including a power driver’s chair with memory and a Bose sound system. There is also a head-up display as well as adaptive cruise control. All this is included for only $55,725.

This is significantly less than what you would spend on a dual-motor Tesla Model Y Long Range at $60,000. The Hyundai feels and looks much better than the Model Y’s. The Model Y’s cabin was stark and uninviting, but the Hyundai Ioniq 5, on the other hand, is beautifully designed and finished. It has buttons, knobs, and targeted touch panels so you don’t need to spend as much time looking at a large screen, or glancing off the road, to access the same functions as the Tesla. The Model Y’s exterior looks like it was thrown together in a tent. There are inconsistencies between the panel fits that you can see from Mars. But the Hyundai’s fit-and-finish is excellent.

Performance

Initial impressions of the new Ioniq 5 feel more comfortable than other EVs. The suspension seems to be tuned more for comfort than corners. It’s not slow, however. The sprint from 0-60 mph took only 4.4 seconds, and the standing quarter-mile was completed in 13.2 seconds at 102.7 mph. The Hyundai’s acceleration rate didn’t drop dramatically with increasing speeds, unlike other EVs (the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition being a notable exception). It was able to maintain its forward momentum right through the quarter-mile. The Tesla Model Y Long Distance is faster overall, cruising down the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 114.8 MPH. However, this difference is mostly at high speeds, which is not relevant in real-world driving. The superior torque of the Hyundai–its twin motors generate an additional 70 lbft compared with the Tesla–effortlessly knocks the Ioniq 5 off its feet. It is also only 0.3 seconds slower at 60 mph than Model Y, which is 7 percent lighter and 20% more powerful.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5, despite its soft suspension, is quite adept in twisty roads. Our figure-eight lap time was 25.7 seconds. This is just 0.2 seconds slower than the BMW X3 M40i that we tested on the same day. We were astonished and exclaimed, “Holy smokes!” We didn’t think this car would be so fun and capable. It’s fast and has more grip than expected.

Specs

The most surprising thing about the Ioniq 5 was its ability to drift on corners, even with all the nannies off. We tried a complete sideways lap on the skidpad. The Hyundai managed to make it two-thirds of its way around before giving up. The Ioniq 5-‘s asymmetric front to rear power and torque split, which produces 99 hp at 188 lbft and 99 hp at 225 hp respectively, combined with a near-neutral front/rear weight distribution makes the Hyundai fun to drive on the track. The Hyundai feels more composed on normal roads at normal speeds despite the fact that its steering is not very precise and direct. The car’s greatest dynamic problem is its brake feel. The smooth blending of mechanical and regenerative braking allows the Hyundai to stop at 60 mph in 123 feet. This is 5 feet faster than what the Tesla Model Y needed. We were disappointed by the lack of feedback from the pedal. There is very little pedal travel and pressure when heavy braking occurs before ABS kicks in.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited HTRAC Specs
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited HTRAC Specs

A large button located beneath the left spoke of the steering wheel can be used to activate one of three modes: Eco, Normal, or Sport. The modes alter the weight of the accelerator pedal, allowing the driver to make more gentle inputs and smoother movements. There are six levels of regenerative brake, from zero, which allows the Ioniq 5 coast free, to one-pedal driving. The car will slow to a gentle stop when you lift off. You can also choose an auto mode. You can toggle between these modes by using the steering wheel paddles. After some experimentation, we settled on Sport as the preferred drive mode. This allowed us to take advantage of the powertrain’s instant-on response and lift-off regenerative brake to Level 1. The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5, which has an automatic transmission, was able to move down the road just like a regular combustion engine car.

Battery Capacity

Hyundai claims that the Ioniq 5’s dual-motor Ioniq 5 has a range of 256 miles with the 77.4-kWh lithium-ion battery. The Ioniq 5 consumed 2.7-kWh per mile during our road trips, which included highway cruising at 70-80 mph and brisk bursts on quiet back roads. This translated to an approximate range of 200 miles. Normal driving should give you a range of 220-230 miles. If you’re content to cruise in Eco mode, this can be extended to 220-230 miles. The Ioniq 5 Limited will not travel as far between charges, as the Tesla ModelY Long Range which claims a range of more than 300 miles. The Hyundai will take you 30 percent less time to charge. The 350-kW DC fast charger can charge the Ioniq 5’s battery in under an hour. It can go from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes. No other mainstream EV, apart from the identical-under-the-skin Kia EV6, can recharge so quickly.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited HTRAC Inteiror
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Limited HTRAC Inteiror

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 Redesign

The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is not the most practical. A long wheelbase and flat ground mean that the rear seat can easily fit 6-foot adults. There’s also plenty of storage space throughout the cabin. It is a hatchback and not a wagon, unlike other two-box SUVs. The shallow rear load space is clogged by the angled backlight and the C-pillars. There’s also only one small storage compartment in the trunk. The Tesla Model Y Long Range is the best choice if you are looking for driving range and load-lugging. It will travel 28 percent further between charges and can hold about 60% more luggage with the rear seats raised. These two benefits come with a cost. The Ioniq 5 Limited is about $5,000 cheaper than the Model Y. It’s also quieter, more comfortable, has a better interior and exterior quality, and can charge much faster. It’s fun and fast to drive if you choose it to be so. The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq5 Limited HTRAC is a great all-rounder for those who want a premium EV without spending a lot.