The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is already among the very best EVs in the world in terms of pricing, charging speed, and useable driving range. Pair it with a premium set of tires, and you’d have an EV crossover that could seriously compete with Tesla’s Model Y.
All-season touring tires would be my pick for this electric SUV. Besides preserving this vehicle’s excellent range (all-season tires have less rolling resistance than other types of tires), they’d help you enjoy the noise-free ride EVs are rightly famous for.
However, if you intend to push this crossover to its limits but don’t want to hurt its range by much, all-season high-performance tires may be a better option. These tires will enhance the Ioniq 5’s handling, making it even more efficient on the road.
Finally, if winters in your area bring heavy snowfall, dedicated snow tires might be needed. These tires’ flexible tread compounds, coupled with aggressive biting edges and water evacuating channels, can safely carry you the distance in harsh weather.
#1. Bridgestone Alenza AS Ultra
There are four reasons why the Alenza AS Ultra is our top pick for Hyundai Ioniq 5.
Currently, Hyundai sells five different trims of Ioniq 5, including Limited (AWD and RWD), SE (AWD and RWD), SE Standard Range, and SEL (AWD and RWD). The Alenza AS Ultra is compatible with all of them. So, no need to stress about finding the right size.
Another reason this tire deserves your attention is its low rolling resistance. This doesn’t mean it won’t hurt this EV’s range at all. It’s just that the damage done will be negligible than if you were installing other non-EV-specific all-season tires.
Thirdly, this tire is much quieter than its peers. That should interest you, given that EVs need ultra-quiet tires to offer the refined ride they are famous for (since they don’t have any engine noise to drown out the growl of the tire’s tread).
Lastly, Bridgestone backs this tire with an excellent 80,000-mile treadwear warranty, indicating a road life of up to six years (if not longer) for the average US driver.
- Offers remarkable dry, wet, and light snow performance
- Provides a serene and noise-free ride on the highway
- Class-leading 80,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Doesn’t come cheap
#2. Michelin CrossClimate 2
If Reddit is to be believed, the CrossClimate 2 is the first choice of many of this EV’s drivers.
Which won’t surprise me if it’s true. After all, not many tires can rival the CC2s in terms of rolling resistance. Thanks to Michelin’s EverTread Technology, it consumes less fuel per mile than many of its rivals. The result? Retention of the Ioniq 5’s excellent range.
Another reason why the CC2 is in the good books of many of the Ioniq 5’s drivers is that it has a tough tread compound. This should enable it to wear down slowly (and much more evenly) carrying your Ioniq 5. As such, you can expect to get years out of your investment.
Need proof? Check out this tire’s treadwear warranty. A 60,000-mile guarantee might not be as high as the one our top pick comes with (hence why the CC2s are 2nd on the pecking order). Yet it should translate into 3 to 4 years of use if you drive conservatively.
Yet another quality of this tire is that it comes with 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snowflake) and M+S (Mud and Snow) symbols on its tread. What do these emblems indicate? That you can count on the CC2 to safely carry you in harsh, wintry conditions.
- Remarkably low rolling resistance
- Comes with 3PMSF and M+S emblems
- Tough tread compound helps it wear evenly
- Premium rivals come with a longer treadwear warranty
#3. Bridgestone Ecopia HL 422 Plus
The Bridgestone Ecopia HL 422 Plus is another exciting pick for the Ioniq 5.
This tire delivers the kind of refined ride you associate with premium all-season tires (which explains why it’s on our list of the quietest tires). Its symmetric tread pattern makes sure that whatever noise this tire encounters gets dissipated before it can enter the cabin.
Another quality is that it won’t struggle in the rain. Even when you press the accelerator, its superb traction will keep your vehicle firmly planted on the road.
Dry performance is equally brilliant. The HL 422 Plus is one of those highway-oriented tires that don’t struggle one bit even as you accelerate them from a halt. Similar good things can be said about its high-speed stability, steering response, and road feedback.
All of the above may lead you to believe that this tire is faultless. Unfortunately, as its lackluster snow performance indicates, that is not the case. This means that if you end up opting for this tire, you better have a replacement set ready for harsh weather.
- One of the quietest tires out there
- Performs reliably in slippery conditions
- Decent wet and dry cornering grip
- May struggle on snow
#4. Pirelli Scorpion AS Plus 3
Several qualities make the Scorpion AS Plus 3 a potentially promising pick for the Ioniq 5.
Start with the fact that drivers trust it. User review indicates that users are highly impressed with the AS Plus 3’s ride quality, with some going so far as to describe it as ‘whisper-quiet’. Its snow performance has earned equally rave reviews.
Then comes their low rolling resistance. Multiple drivers have pointed out that the AS Plus 3s can improve your vehicle’s mileage. While this benefit should appeal to all drivers, it should especially excite those like yourself who drive an E-SUV.
Why should that be the case? A pair of tires can make (or break) an EV’s range. So, the fact that these tires will (most likely) do the former should endear them to you.
Another thing the AS Plus 3 does quite well is keeping the balance, especially between ride comfort and performance. Despite being quiet for the most part, they also offer decent handling. You can push them to their limits without losing a tiny bit of control.
And the best thing about these radials? Pirelli backs them with a whopping 70,000-mile treadwear warranty. Which should go a long way of justifying these tires’ eye-watering price.
- Delivers a quiet and comfortable ride
- Stays stable in diverse weather conditions
- Superb 70,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Doesn’t come cheap
#5. General Altimax RT45
The General Altimax RT45 will improve your Ioniq 5’s ride in more ways than one.
These all-season tires offer great smoothness on a variety of surfaces, and their wide-for-an-EV profile joins forces with the Ioniq 5’s low center of gravity. So? This EV would feel more athletic than ever before going from one side to another.
Another thing I like about them is that they’re reliable in the rain. That isn’t to say you won’t have to slow down when driving through deep puddles. It’s just that you’d find the RT45’s wet traction and braking distances a smidge better than the competition.
All the above talk about rain cannot obscure this tire’s dry performance – which is decent for an all-season touring tire. You can accelerate, brake, and corner without much slipping. Additionally, the strong lateral grip will let you easily execute quick lane changes.
I’m also pretty confident about this tire’s ability to safely carry you on snow and ice. A combination of sipes, circumferential grooves, and open shoulder slots is why.
There’s, however, one area where the Altimax RT45 may disappoint you. A few sizes come with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is average for any tire in this category.
- Smooth ride on a variety of road surfaces
- Superb dry and wet performance
- Decent stability on packed and unpacked snow
- Average treadwear warranty on a few sizes
#6. Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus
The ExtremeContact DWS06 Plus highlights the possibilities for AS high-performance tires.
Many tires in this category settle for offering stability on dry and wet roads. Only very few, if any, can dare roll on snow and ice without slipping. Fortunately, the DWS 06 Plus belongs to that minority, as long as you keep the speed down in harsh weather.
Its ride quality is also pretty high. I’m not saying that you would get the same levels of noise reduction as from premium all-season touring tires. Yet, for tires in this category, the DWS 06 Plus offers a pretty refined ride, especially on paved roads.
To push the envelope further, its dry traction almost rivals that of UHP tires. Similarly, they can make quick turns without massive oversteering or understeering.
Want to hear more good news? The DWS 06 Plus is backed to last up to 50,000 miles. This warranty is pretty high, considering we’re discussing an AS UHP tire here.
- 50,000-mile treadlife warranty
- Decent dry, wet, and light snow performance
- Offers a reasonably refined ride
- Dry braking distances are longer than dedicated UHP tires
#7. Michelin Primacy Tour A/S
The Michelin Primacy Tour AS isn’t your average all-season tire.
Your standard tire in this category isn’t optimized for snow performance. Yet that is precisely what Michelin did with this model. The French tire manufacturer tweaked this tire’s tread design to give its snow traction a 17% boost over its predecessor.
Another thing you cannot say about most A/S tires is that they’re whisper-quiet. Yet, thanks to Michelin’s PIANO noise reduction technology, I could use the exact words to describe this model’s ride.
Moreover, a vast majority of this tire’s rivals come with very few sipes, whereas the Primacy Tour A/S has more biting edges than you’d get on several mid-range A/S HP tires. The result? Consistent performance across a variety of road surfaces as well as at higher speeds.
Unfortunately, the dissimilarities extend into the negative side. Unlike most of its siblings, the Primacy Tour fails to offer a vibration-free ride. If I were to assign the blame, I’d pick the stiff sidewall for this tire’s noticeably firm ride than many of its counterparts.
Another area where this tire could do better is the treadwear warranty, which, at 55,000 miles, is what I’d expect from a mid-range tire. Not one that costs as much as the Primacy Tour AS.
- Short wet braking distances
- Improved snow performance vis-à-vis its predecessor
- Offers very direct handling
- A firm ride
#8. Michelin X-Ice Snow
The Michelin X-Ice Snow is arguably one of the best winter tires on the market.
Mainly because it offers class-leading braking distances on ice. I have personally spoken to lots of drivers – as well as read reviews left by I-5 drivers using this tire – and all of them seem adamant that not many winter tires can rival this model’s stopping distances.
Another thing I like about the X-Ice Snow is that they are noticeably softer. That is great news, as it would keep them from making much noise on snow-laden surfaces. You can thus count on them to offer superior ride comfort compared to OEM (original equipment) tires.
You’d also find it good to know that the X-Ice Snow fares brilliantly in the handling department. User reviews indicate that it’s one of the few winter tires that is ‘perky’ on dry roads. As such, expect decent steering response, road feedback, and high-speed stability.
Still haven’t made up your mind? The fact that it comes with a 40,000-mile treadwear warranty (most winter tires come with none) should be enough to convince you to buy this tire.
- Superb handling and traction in harsh weather
- Delivers a much quieter ride than competitors
- Comes with a 40,000-mile treadwear warranty
Although the Ioniq 5 is one of the best EVs sold today, it still needs the help of premium tires to offer you the excellent ride it’s famous for. Thus, you should only pair this electric SUV with premium brand tires, like the ones recommended above.