It would seem that in one night the segment of fully electric small SUVs exploded with options for both startups and well-known car players. Two of the most promising new models come from related brands Hyundai and Kia.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a retro-futuristic design in a spacious shape with fast charging, while the Kia EV6 has a sleek look in the future that matches its excellent performance. Potential buyers are likely to consider both, as they are very similar under sheet metal. But are there enough differences for one to stand out over the other? Edmunds experts compared them to find out.
Charging range and time
Although the EV6 and Ioniq 5 have the same transmission and battery technology, the range figures may differ. Hyundai and Kia offer their EV in three configurations with two battery packs. In the entry-level SE, the Ioniq 5 uses a standard battery and one electric motor for a range of, according to EPA estimates, 220 miles on a full charge. The Kia EV6 Light trim uses the same combination to drive 232 miles.
The Ioniq 5 and EV6 with the largest power reserve use a larger capacity battery and rear-wheel drive to exceed 300 miles on a single charge – 303 miles for Hyundai and 310 miles for Kia. However, in both dual-engine and all-wheel drive models the range is 256 and 274 miles respectively.
But EPA numbers are not enough for us at Edmunds, so we conducted our own real-world range test on dual-engine versions. Both Hyundai and Kia have outperformed the EPA: 283 miles on a full charge for Kia and 270 for Hyundai.
Both EVs are compatible with public high-speed fast DC charging stations. With a peak fast 350 kW DC charge, the EV6 or Ioniq will jump from 10% to 80% power in just 18 minutes. Through a Level 2 outlet, each car can recharge its battery in less than seven hours.
There are small differences here, but not enough to tip the scales.
As part of the entry-level SE Ioniq 5 uses a single electric motor with a capacity of 168 horsepower to drive the rear wheels. The Kia EV6 Light trim uses the same combination that provides 167 horsepower. The twin-engine and all-wheel drive Ioniq 5 and EV6 produce 320 horsepower and accelerate to 60 mph in an impressively fast 4.7 seconds in Edmunds testing.
So far this is the same, but there is a difference between how these EVs feel. If you want to drive an EV SUV was fun, several options will be as interesting as the EV6. The suspension setting in the Kia is stiffer than in the Hyundai, and the whole car is clearly a bit more sporty than the Ioniq 5. The EV6’s sharp steering makes it responsive and a little easier to control cornering.
STYLE AND COMFORT
In proportion, the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are almost identical, but their design strategies are significantly different. Hyundai gives the Ioniq 5 a distinctive retro-hatchback of the 1980s with 8-bit pixel headlights and clear panels. Kia decorates the EV6 in visual maneuverability, with gorgeous body shapes and modern light signatures. We appreciate both aesthetics, but the bigger question is whether the Ioniq 5’s design will gracefully age.
Inside the Ioniq 5 showcases a fresh style that matches its whimsical exterior. The front seats are available with heating and ventilation, soft-touch materials adorn most surfaces, and a sliding center console expands storage options. The cab of the EV6 features a sleek, sporty atmosphere that will be more familiar to EV owners for the first time. The front seats are also available with heating and ventilation, but are bordered by a fixed center console upholstered in hard plastic.
Hyundai makes better use of space because of its more boxy shape and provides more passengers and cargo. It also rides softer and filters out road imperfections more efficiently than the Kia, which is more susceptible to rough driving over bumps and potholes.
Winner: Ioniq 5
PRICE AND WARRANTY
Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 starts at $ 45,245 in a SE with a smaller battery. Limited stickers with two engines and all-wheel drive for $ 56,245. These prices do not include the $ 7,500 federal tax credit.
The base finish of the Kia EV6 Light has a starting price of $ 42,115, while the GT-Line AWD line sells for $ 57,155. These book stand figures and each finish in between can be offset by a $ 7,500 tax credit.
Both EVs are covered by a five-year new car warranty / 60,000 miles, unlimited roadside coverage and a 10-year 100,000-mile battery warranty. And in general, you get the same number of standard and optional features.
The 2022 Kia EV6 features a great EV platform with a sporty undertone, but the Hyundai Ioniq 5 combines similar stats with more comfortable handling and a more spacious interior. Between these siblings of electric SUVs we would choose Hyundai.
This story was provided to the Associated Press by the car site Edmunds.
Miles Branman is a member of Edmunds and is on Twitter