The Hyundai Ioniq 5 continues to prove how it’s one of the best electric cars currently on the market. Now Hyundai can also say it’s one of the safest, since the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that the Ioniq 5 has earned its highest award, Top Safety Pick+.
To receive the award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness tests, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests. Itmust also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests.
In addition to be eligible for the higher-tier Top Safety Pick+ award, the vehicle must have good or acceptable headlights standard on all trims.
The Ioniq 5’s standard front crash prevention system earned superior ratings in the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests. The SEL and Limited trims come equipped with good-rated LED projector headlights, while the SE trim comes with LED reflectors that earn an acceptable rating. The IIHS says this award only applies to Ioniq 5 models that were built after December 2021, since that is when Hyundai made changes to the front seats that could affect the head restraint evaluation.