Car and Driver staff praised Hyundai’s performance – it develops up to 320 horsepower from two electric motors, impressive fast charging capability and a relatively affordable price. Prices start at $41,245 for a rear-wheel drive car with up to 168 horsepower and 220 miles of range. A more powerful all-wheel drive version tested by Car and Driver cost $57,490.
According to the publication, the most striking thing about the Ioniq 5 is its design.
The overall shape of the Ioniq 5 is like a large hatchback or low-slung SUV – you could see it anyway – but it’s covered in sharp creases and straight edges. The taillights and front daytime running lights look like something out of a very low resolution PC game. Surprisingly, however, the Ioniq 5 has a rather slick drag coefficient of 0.29, which means it’s only marginally less aerodynamic. than Tesla Model 3.
According to Quiroga, the car’s 800-volt fast-charging electrical system, as well as easy-to-use and functional driver-assistance technologies, also contributed to the award.
But the magazine staff thinks the Ioniq 5 is actually a little more fun to drive than the Mustang, Quiroga said.
“Driving pleasure” was one of four categories in which the cars were judged. Others were cost, how well the car performed its function, and technology.
It also competed with the Kia EV6. While Kia and Hyundai operate as separate companies in the US, they are closely related companies globally. Hyundai’s parent company owns a majority stake in Kia.
While the Ioniq 5 and EV6 are very different from each other – both are strikingly unusual in their appearance, but in different ways – thanks to this kinship, they share their engineering solutions in many ways. Performance tests carried out by Car and Driver on the two models yielded similar results, and they are also priced the same, with the Car and Driver EV6 tested only $3,000 less than the Ioniq 5. Again, however, staff felt that Hyundai was a bit more enjoyable to use. ride than a Kia, Quiroga said.
A third car, the Genesis GV60, also uses the same engineering platform as the EV6 and Ioniq 5, but lost value due to the higher price, despite the judges’ praise, Quiroga said.