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They are not similar but use the same “E-GMP” platform. They don’t have the same proportions, but both are original family SUVs. Two very close and relatively different Koreans who mark a new stage in the electrification of their models for their manufacturers. Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 compete in this 100% electric comparison over six rounds.

Design

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Their biggest thing in common in terms of style is track blur.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 looks like a compact sedan, but its volume leaves no doubt, it is more of an SUV with a length of 4.64 m, a width of 1.89 m and a solid height of 1.65 m. It is 10 cm taller than the Kia EV6 (1.55 m), for its part, a little longer (4.70 m) and just as wide (1.88 m). Enough to put it in the same category, but with much more elongated proportions, like a raised station wagon. A futuristic all-rounder, too.

With geometric lines, the Ioniq 5 EV6 combines rough lines at the front and pavilion level with very gentle curves at the rear. The result may be unexpected both in one case and in another. We do not go unnoticed behind the wheel, and the rendering is very different. Preference for one or the other is more a matter of taste. Draw.

Design victory: draw

Interior atmosphere

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Around the two screens of digital instruments and the central multimedia system, each 12.3 inches and strictly the same in the two models, the whole presentation changes. The surface that holds them is white in Hyundai and black in Kia. The former offers a light-colored interior with high-end otherwise black trim, while the Kia is necessarily dark inside, possibly paired with white stripes and panels in the “GT-Line” trim. The good build quality and choice of solid materials for the two cabins puts them on an equal footing that doesn’t hold up in terms of perceived quality. Finishes and looks immediately feel more appealing in the Kia. The plastic and areas within reach are pleasant to the touch. At Hyundai, some metal inserts improve the presentation, but the atmosphere is colder, and leather-like stitching on the dashboard does not deceive the eye. In addition, our copy was marked on the upper edges of the front door panels with ripples on the plastic.

A sense of spaciousness is guaranteed aboard both models, to which Kia adds a spaceship vibe, accentuated at night with apt customizable ambient lighting. However, you have to agree to at least select the second level of equipment to be eligible, but in Hyundai, ambient lighting is reserved for the high-end version and seems easier to integrate.

No difference in terms of multimedia and ergonomics, with numerous and complex menus to understand, such as changing settings. Kia ends up needing her presentation.

Atmosphere of the Victory interior: Kia EV6

Habitability, trunk

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The rear seats benefit from plenty of space thanks to a wheelbase of 2.90 meters for the EV6 and 3 meters for the Ioniq 5, with no significant difference when going from one to the other. However, Hyundai stands out for its modularity thanks to its sliding seat and more recline than the EV6 files. The front seats also feature high-trimmed sleeper-style fold-out footrests that Kia doesn’t have. Seat comfort is more solid in the latter, with the exception of the seat in the rear center seat, which is surprising.

Trunk volume in favor of Hyundai (527 l vs. 490 l), but the shape of the two compartments compensates, this time in favor of Kia, for equivalent practicality. The basket is available under the front hood for both cars (52L in all-wheel drive or 20L in all-wheel drive for Kia, increasing to 57L and 24L respectively for Hyundai). In general, the organization of the salon is very close to Hyundai.

Habitability Victory: Hyundai Ionic 5

Spend

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In terms of driving, there is more of a gap between our two protagonists.

When the Ioniq 5 turns into comfort, the EV6 opts for more dynamics. It matches the spirit of its lines or its solid foundation, offering stiffer suspension and sharper direction (sometimes a little too strong when approaching big motorway curves). Its shorter, longer body helps lower the center of gravity even further, and the rear-wheel-drive version we adopted even offers a playful side when traction control is off. The feeling of heaviness becomes less pronounced.

For its part, Hyundai is entitled to equally convincing handling, albeit a little more neutral, while our twin-motor, all-wheel-drive model has added a bit more coherent steering. But it also adds more noticeable body movement without harming it. Its more flexible adjustment provides much more thorough comfort. So the compromise between comfort and performance is in favor of the Ioniq 5.

Driving victory: Hyundai Ionic 5

Autonomy, consumption, charging time

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For the Kia EV6, only one battery can be selected with a usable capacity of 72.4 kWh. Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers an alternative: 58 kWh or 72.6 kWh. Thanks to the common technical base, charging times are almost the same, especially with DC power, which can reach 350 kW to restore 80% battery level from 10% in just 18 minutes*, thanks to an architecture that can accept 800 V current. In Kia AC limited to 10.5kW versus 11kW for the Hyundai, which takes less than 7 hours to fully charge, or about one less than the Kia. The Ioniq 5 in its 58kWh version can do even better: about 5 hours and 30 minutes to fully recharge at 11kW.

The combination of motors and battery capacity gives Kia an autonomy advantage, but the numbers are actually equivalent to comparable models. Thus, Hyundai announces from 384 km to 481 km, and Kia announces from 484 km to 528 km (excluding the “GT” sport version). Hyundai does offer two all-wheel drive engines (170bhp or 218bhp), with the less powerful one linked to a 58kWh battery. Kia only offers one (229 hp). All-wheel drive versions, equipped with an electric unit on each axle, develop 306 hp. Hyundai and 325 hp Kia with similar characteristics. Kia is adding a 585-hp “GT” variant that is unmatched in Hyundai’s offering.

When tested under similar conditions, consumption figures varied greatly due to different engines. Thus, there is no model that would stand out from the others, but there would be configuration options that would be more effective than others. It is highly recommended to choose a version equipped with a single engine and smaller wheels (19″ standard) like our EV6, which results in fuel consumption during our measurements in the city, on the motorway at 110 km/h and then 130 km/h. h respectively 17.2, 19 and 24.7 kWh / 100 km compared to 24.5, 26 and 32 kWh / 100 km with two engines and 20-inch wheels for the Ioniq 5.

With shared tech, the two Koreans find themselves back to back, but the Hyundai Ioniq 5 manages to take advantage of having a smaller battery in the catalog that might be more suitable depending on vehicle usage.

Victory in autonomy / consumption: Hyundai Ionic 5

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Price

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With the exception of the EV6 “GT” version, prices without options range from €47,990 to €55,790.

As for the Ioniq 5, with only the 72.6 kWh battery, they cost between 46,800 and 56,000 euros, still without options.

There aren’t many, but there are a few more packages on the Kia side whose standard equipment is a bit less complete. With prices posted slightly higher, Kia doesn’t beat Hyundai in the price-to-equipment game.

The Ioniq 5 proves this with its entry-level offering with a smaller battery and reduced power (but sufficient and light), starting at €43,600, qualifying for government assistance of up to €6,000 (€5,000 as of July 1, 2022). She logically wins the round.

Prize win: Hyundai Ionic 5

Balance sheet

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When pitted against two technical twins, the advantages are necessarily small. In every round, this was really tested.

But there are slight differences in the offerings, mostly mechanical, which in most cases explains the balance tilt towards Hyundai.

The main difference is the choice of a 58kWh battery in addition to the 72.6kWh battery, when Kia only offers a usable 72.4kWh battery. This affects weight, charging time and, of course, the price of the car. Considering only an equivalent battery level, Hyundai still manages to impose itself with superior comfort without giving up good handling and more advanced modularity in a smaller exterior size.

This is also played into by its range design in terms of hardware. While agreeing to pay a little more, Kia still offers a more refined interior ambience and will appeal to drivers looking for more performance and similar overall services.

Finally, with the body lines so faithful to these two Koreans, far from the usual SUV codes, the aesthetic aspect may ultimately decide the final choice of each. But when it comes to scoring, the Ioniq 5 takes over.

Final victory: Hyundai Ionic 5

generalize

Are you looking for an electric family SUV and wavering between Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5? The editors of Autonews offer you a six-point comparison of these two versatile electric vehicles based on our tests: design, interior atmosphere, habitability – trunk, driving, autonomy – consumption – charging time and price.

Quentin Kazerg