2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Brake & steering issues are among the top complaints from vehicle owners

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The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 earned a lot of excitement from the EV community when it was first released. After all, the automaker boasted it was full of “Hyundai quality you can trust.” Yet, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of trustworthy aspects to this model, especially with the defective service brakes and malfunctioning steering.

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Problems with the Brakes

What seems to be most distressing is the trouble stemming from the braking system of the IONIQ 5.

One NHTSA complaint says, “The regenerative brakes had an error go off, which caused the brakes to stop working properly. This error went off twice, once in my driveway upon starting my car, then it reset itself. And again while driving, in which I nearly rear ended the car in front of me due to the brakes not working. Hyundai confirmed the error codes but could not reproduce. Hyundai eventually replaced components of the brakes, but I do not trust that it won’t happen again. I wanted out of my lease but they refused and made me drive it again, even though I’m terrified of it happening again.”

However, the problems run even deeper with a recent recall signifying trouble with the brakes on all IONIQ 5 models. Without a transmission, the parking brakes are electronic and needed to keep the vehicle from rolling away. When voltage fluctuations occur with the vehicle off and in a parked scenario, the signal can inadvertently disengage the parking brakes momentarily, but it’s enough for the car to roll away. A software update is required to fix the problem, but the car must be brought to the dealer for repair, which doesn’t make sense since it can get over-the-air updates. This problem isn’t helping anyone rely on the “Hyundai quality” that is pushed so heavily.

Problems with the Steering

Controlling a vehicle is just as important as being able to keep it parked. Yet, the IONIQ 5 is also suffering from serious steering problems.

One Edmunds review says, “Purchased the Ioniq 5 limited last Thursday, 3/24. Over the next couple of days, I noticed that while driving between 60-70 mph that the steering wheel was shaking excessively. I brought it into the dealer on Monday 3/28 and it has been there for 5 days and counting. Now I am stuck paying for a brand new car that I can’t even drive. Was looking so forward to it but am now so disappointed. Please test drive the car multiple times at highway speeds before buying.”

Already, the automaker has issued communications about steering problems. Service Bulletin #22-ST-005H discusses how the vehicle can end up with a bearing noise that’s coming from the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) column worm shaft assembly. When this noise occurs, the worm shaft bearing has to be replaced to fix the issue. Is this something that new owners should be worried about? Not really, and it sure is giving Hyundai a poor reputation in the EV market.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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