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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a FANTASTIC, fully electric, five-seater family car that is crammed full of BabyDrive family-friendly features. I have to say I am super excited by the Ioniq 5 and think this might be my new favourite electric car and I REALLY want one for our family! Let's get stuck in and see how it stacks up as a BabyDrive…

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BabyDrive Verdict

If we start with the fact the Ioniq 5 looks VERY cool on the outside, with futuristic lines and minimal detail.

On the inside, the Ioniq 5 has a calm and peaceful interior which is a pleasure to be in.

It feels very light, open and spacious. The central console feels like it's floating and does not fully separate the two front passengers, which is nice and allows you to easily swap from one seat to the other without having to get out of the car. Great for those times when someone parks too close to you for example.

The central console has a great area for popping your handbag or hat while driving, below a floating armrest with storage.

The glove box is a big drawer that you slide out, which is fabulous for holding everything in place and for easy access. You do not have to reach in and rummage around at an angle like in conventional glove boxes.

Instead of traditional handle storage wells in the doors, the Ioniq 5 doors all have long shelf-like door handles behind the arm cushions. These are great for popping your phone and they will hold an iPad or book.

In the back, the footwell is flat which makes it easy for passengers to move around creates a walkthrough when getting in and out of the car and for adults to sit in the central seat.

The seats in the Ioniq 5 have some fantastic functions for families! The rear seats are split 60:40 and each section moves using controls on the side of the seat base.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

Or you can move the rear seats forward and backwards using controls on the side of the front passenger seat.

You can also control all the seats using controls in the media screen, where you can also save the settings. This would be great for easily switching between drivers and having the seat settings already saved so you can have the legroom distributed exactly how you need it.

The Ioniq 5 also has recline mode front seats! AMAZING! They may sound like something you would never get time to enjoy but you definitely do! When Bub was asleep I used recline mode, or when I arrive at school pick-up and have five minutes until the bell rings I use recline-mode. Also, while I am waiting for the car to charge at a public charger I use recline mode! A footrest comes out and your seatback tips back. Of course, being an electric car it's no problem to just keep the aircon and heated/cooled seats running so you stay super comfortable while you relax as well!

The Ioniq 5 is one of very few five-seater cars to have built-in rear window blinds.

It also has rear pillar air vents instead of them being in the ceiling or in the back of the central console. These are great as they keep a nice rear climate without blowing directly down onto rear passengers.

Another of the Ioniq 5's iconic features is the magnetic pad next to the driver's display screen. Great for phones with a magnetic back or for your kiddies' love letters 🙂

When it comes to fitting child seats in the back of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, it is quite spacious for a five-seater. There are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three backrests. I could fit three Infasecure child seats across the back, I installed three Infasecure Achieve More or Attain More seats forward and rear-facing.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 with three child seats installed in the second row

I also fitted an Infasecure Attain More rear-facing and Infasecure Roamer II forward-facing. You could fit any two child seats in the back of the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 space between two child seats installed in the second row

I found I could sit between two child seats in the back of the Ioniq 5. Legroom is good in the Ioniq 5 too because you can move the front and rear seats around to distribute the legroom. With a rear-facing Infasecure Attain More child seat installed, we could sit a 186cm passenger in the front.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 legroom with rear-facing child seats installed in the second row

Or with the same child seat installed on the other side of the car, we could fit a 180cm driver.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 with three child seats installed in the second row

To learn more about the child seats I used in this review, click on the link here.

 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

Space has not been taken from the boot, where 15 shopping bags will fit really comfortably. This is a lot more than other electric cars I've tested such as the Kia E-Niro which holds 10 shopping bags, the Hyundai Kona and MG ZS which both hold 9 shopping bags. For reference, it's also one more than the Hyundai Tucson medium SUV!

You can fit a twin pram in the boot of the Ioniq 5 with four shopping bags beside it.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

The media system in the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is lovely to use and navigate. It also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

I love the white screen background and surround. It has a nice calming effect on the eyes and you don't get the same reflections and glare from it as you do dark backgrounds.

There are some great inbuilt features for families like ‘Quiet mode' which mutes the speakers in the back and brings the sound to the front speakers. I love this when I'm driving along and my kids fall asleep in the back or if they are on their devices.

There is ‘Sounds of nature” which is great when you have little kids because it is white noise at your fingertips! My little ones fall asleep quite quickly to the sound of the calm ocean waves.

Voice memos is another we like to use to record the little conversations we have with our kids in the car. You can also control the climate through the media screen and importantly the heating of the rear seats.

I think my only negative for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the position of the heated seat button on rear doors as children are able to reach and turn them on themselves without you noticing.

Thankfully you can control the rear seat heaters through this page in the media screen too.

You can also access your EV information through the media screen.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an easy EV to charge and use. We found it does around 430km to a full battery charge. If you're not charging from home (for example on a road trip) it charges really quickly up to 80% battery and then is slightly slower for the last 20% of battery charge using public fast charging stations. We found it can add 50% charge in around 15 minutes at one of the fastest chargers in our area, which is a realistic amount of time for a fuel stop for a family.

The Ioniq 5 has more tricks up its sleeve when it comes to charging with this easy to use converter that turns the charging socket into a conventional plug, so you can run your plug-in Esky or laptop off it when camping or plug your vacuum into it when cleaning it out. You can even set how much of the car's battery it uses up before turning off the socket (so you don't get stranded with not enough charge). Interesting fact: The energy capacity of the Ioniq 5's battery is enough to power an average Australian family home for at least THREE days!

All the charging leads are kept in the ‘Frunk” under the bonnet of the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a beautiful car to drive, it's an absolute joy. It feels calm and peaceful and I love the quiet, smooth drive and peaceful interior. Overall the new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an epic five-seater family EV.

The new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes with seven airbags and has been given a five-star ANCAP safety rating.


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Tace Clifford
About Tace Clifford
Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.


  1. A great review as always. Did you do your boot storage test with the rear seats pushed right back or forward? I’m trying to find out how much difference it makes because the listed 527 litres of boot space doesn’t sound enough.

  2. Hey there! I just went to a dealer and really struggled with getting two booster seats (we have a 5 and 7 year old in them) and making it possible to buckle the seat belts. The receiver was just completely covered. Any tips for boosters that make it easier?

    • Glad to be of help! That Skoda isn’t on sale in Australia yet, very keen to try it when it does arrive!

  3. Hi! I appreciate your perspective. It’s interesting that the Kia EV6 gets great reviews but you point out the poor rear visibility with car seats. As for the Ioniq 5, given it’s near impossible to get one of these cars these days, which other EV would you recommend for a family? Could you possibly pick top 3 EVs or do a comparison? Thanks!

  4. Could twin capsules and a booster seat (for a four year old) fit in the rear? And can the rear seats be moved back to accomodate a 186cm driver? We have a toddler and twins on the way and would love to have an electric car :).

    • Congrats on the twins! This is a super spacious car, you should be fine with that combo. For height of driver, it might be doable depending on your proportions and preferred backrest position. To be sure, take your capsule/rear-facing seat with you to the showroom and try it out.

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