- I’ve driven the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5, two of the most exciting new electric SUVs out there.
- They share a basic platform and have a lot in common, but I would choose the Ioniq 5.
- Hyundai wins because of its open and spacious interior and better looks.
The latest electric SUVs from Hyundai and Kia have just landed on soaring opinions. And while the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are built around the same electric platform (Hyundai owns the Kia brand) and both cost around $40,000, they couldn’t be more different in the way they drive, look and feel inside.
Testing of both models proved that both are excellent options. But if you gave me a pile of cash and forced me to choose, I would choose the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Here’s why.
the design: Hyundai
Although the EV6’s sporty, bold look grew on me after a few days, the Ioniq 5 is still the most attractive option in my book. I love the Hyundai’s hard edges, squat proportions, and retro futuristic styling. The “embossed” headlights and taillights, made of tiny little squares arranged in a grid, are a stylish touch.
However, the EV6 . turned road More headers than Ioniq 5. So I might be in the minority here.
Driving experience: Kia
If you are looking for an enjoyable driving experience, the Kia EV6 is your best bet.
With precise steering and responsiveness, the EV6 handles better than the Ioniq 5. While the EV6 looks sporty and agile, the Ioniq 5 is all about comfort. In an all-wheel drive configuration, both SUVs should provide impressive straight-line acceleration, but the EV6 does better around corners and down twisty roads.
Interior space and luggage: Hyundai
The cabin of the Ioniq 5 is freshly open and tidy. There is a wide open space in front of the center console (which can slide forward and backward) that can fit a large backpack. Its seats are comfortable and there is plenty of room in the back seat.
The EV6 is also nice and roomy as both cars have an extended wheelbase, but the Ioniq 5 looks bigger and more fun. Hyundai offers 59.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats folded, compared to the Kia’s 50.2 cubic feet.
Technical and safety: association
Kia has a slight edge in terms of tech features, offering WiFi hotspot and wireless device charging as standard equipment, but both models come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and identical touchscreens that are responsive and intuitive.
Both EVs offer a generous variety of safety technologies, including lane keeping, blind spot monitoring, and rear collision avoidance through traffic. Both offer extras like a head-up display, blind-spot cameras, and an excellent highway driving feature that automatically brakes, accelerates, steers, and watches surrounding traffic.
Range and Shipping: association
In longer-range rear-wheel drive configurations, the EPA rates the EV6 for 310 miles and the Ioniq 5 for 303 miles. All-wheel drive versions, which get a second drive, lose some mileage. The Kia gets a rating of 274 miles, while the Hyundai can travel 256 miles.
With their compatibility with 350 kW charging stations, the most powerful charging stations available, both cars claim to charge faster than the competition. They promise to replenish 10-80% of their charge in just 18 minutes. On some models, both vehicles can power household appliances through a built-in adapter, a rare and interesting feature.
Kia comes with a slight range advantage, but it’s not enough to strongly influence a buyer’s decision. The takeaway: Both the rear-wheel drive EV6 and Ioniq 5 offer a range-to-price ratio that’s hard to beat.
Winner: Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are great options for buyers interested in a combination of crossover utility and electric flair. While the Kia is more fun to drive, the more used cargo area and Hyundai’s comfortable interior push it over the edge.