2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited (Hyundai)

2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited (Hyundai)

2023 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Limited

IONIQ 5 is the first vehicle Hyundai has built to be exclusively electric.

  • By Larry Lark
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2023 9:12am
  • LifeCars

IONIQ 5 is the first vehicle Hyundai has built to be exclusively electric.

The 2023 IONIQ 5 Limited all-wheel drive is a mid-size SUV with a future-forward approach. It features an ultramodern design, a spacious, innovative interior, game-changing technology, and ultra-fast charging. It’s unlike any EV or SUV out there.

But don’t take my word for it. IONIQ 5 was recently named the 2023 ‘Motor Trend’ SUV of the year.

IONIQ 5 shines standing still. The exterior design features flush door handles, Hyundai’s first clamshell hood, cutting-edge parametric pixel lights front and rear, an eye-catching 45-degree C-pillar incline, aero-optimized 20-inch diamond alloy wheels, and an “Atlas White” coat of enamel.

“IONIQ 5 will accommodate lifestyles without limits, proactively caring for customers’ needs throughout their journey.” Executive Vice-President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor Company, Thomas Schemera said. “It is truly the first electric vehicle to provide a new experience with its innovative use of interior space and advanced technologies.”

Standard comfort and convenience features truly went over-the-top. My personal favorites were the proximity key, hands-free lift gate, smart cruise control, ambient lighting, rear side sunshades, Bose premium audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 12.3-inch navigation screen, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, front and rear USB ports, and wireless device charging.

The SUV handles crisply, smooths out most road imperfections, and provides a quiet cabin, allowing for normal voice-level conversations.

IONIQ 5 can also be equipped with an optional solar roof, which improves energy efficiency by providing an additional power source. This can prevent battery discharge and therefore extend driving range, depending on the local sun exposure where the customer lives.

I charged the IONIQ 5 twice during my week-long test drive, with journeys to Camano Island and Whispering Firs Golf Course on McChord Air Force Base, draining my range. Each charge took approximately 35 minutes, at a total cost of $58 on the ol’ Visa.

IONIQ 5 is equipped with the next level of Hyundai SmartSense, the company’s advanced driver assistance system, which ensures the highest levels of safety and convenience on the road.

It’s the first Hyundai model to offer Highway Driving Assist 2, which combines navigation-based smart cruise control and lane following assist and utilizes autonomous driving capabilities to make highway driving even more convenient. Using front view camera, radar sensors and navigation data, the system works to control speed, direction and following distance.

A variety of parking assistance features make parking in a variety of circumstances easier than before. Remote smart parking assist allows the driver to remotely park or exit a parking spot from outside the vehicle. This feature works for both parallel and perpendicular parking and can be activated via a button on the vehicle’s smart key.

Hyundai SmartSense safety features not previously mentioned include: lane-keeping assist, high beam assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, driver attention warning, forward collision-avoidance assist, rear occupant alert, remote smart parking assist, surround view monitor, parking collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision assist, and hill assist control.

Base Price: $57,795

Price As Driven: $58,405

Destination charge is included in base price. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.

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