The electric hatchback segment — dominated by the Tesla Model Y and growing more recently with the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID4 — is perhaps becoming the most competitive battlefield for the green crowd.
Just entering the combat zone is the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, not to be confused with the Ioniq, the gasoline-electric hybrid launched in 2016 as an alternative to Toyota's Prius.
The Ioniq 5 is a new all-electric model that heralds Hyundai's full play in EVs.
Hyundai hopes to undercut the competition by pricing the base Ioniq 5 electric crossover below the Ford and VW EVs, while offering a progressive walk up the trim ladder for buyers wanting more power, range and creature comforts.
The Ioniq 5 is engineered and built on a flat skateboard platform that integrates a large battery (77.4 kilowatt-hours) below the floor, with an electric motor bolted on the rear axle.
Hyundai says the layout helps deliver D-segment interior space in a midsize package.
More powerful all-wheel-drive versions add a front axle-mounted motor.
It is available in rear-wheel drive with an EPA-estimated range of 220 miles for the Standard Range version and 303 miles for the Long Range. All-wheel drive is available only with the Long Range and has an estimated range of 256 miles.
The cockpit features a 12-inch touch infotainment screen and a hoodless 12-inch digital gauge. Also on tap is a new augmented reality head-up display, a first in a Hyundai vehicle.
We've collected some early reviews from the automotive media.