2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. Kia EV6

  • By: Sean Cooper

Electric vehicles (EVs) are with us to stay whether we like it or not, but many brands are still finding their feet in this relatively embryonic market. Kia and Hyundai are doing fabulously in the gas and hybrid vehicle markets, but they’re relatively new to EVs. One model from each brand stands out at the moment, so here we’re going to do a 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. Kia EV6 comparison.

Hyundai and Kia are entering the mainstream EV market with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, respectively. With the world moving quickly toward electrification, Hyundai Motor Group developed a modular platform, the Hyundai E-GMP (Electric Global Modular Platform), on which both of these EV utes are based.

Ioniq is Hyundai’s sub-brand dedicated to electric vehicles. Additional shared models by Hyundai and Kia are set to enter the EV market soon. Kia states that it plans to build 11 new electric vehicles by 2026, with the first being the new 2022 EV6, while Hyundai has a similar target in sight.

The Ioniq 5 and EV6 are corporate cousins, so there are many things they have in common, but they are also quite different in their own ways. Since their introduction, both have received critical acclaim and many awards globally. With Ioniq 5 winning 2022 World Car of the Year, World Electric Vehicle of the Year, and World Car Design of the Year from the World Car Awards, EV6 is not far behind, winning ‘Best of the Best” at the 2022 Red Dot Design Awards and 2022 European Car of the Year award.

Both the Ioniq 5 and the EV6 have distinctive and futuristic styling. Despite the market being flooded with EVs of every shape and size, they manage to make a style difference. The interior is equally distinctive and very EV-like. They won’t be to everyone’s taste, but neither are EVs in general.

Both Hyundai and Kia have strived to make the absolute most of the EV format with these two models. For example, the wheelbase is that of a mid-size SUV while having the exterior length of a compact SUV. This gives them ample interior room and a styling advantage. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 takes inspiration from the 80’s era of boxier styling. In particular, we see the major influence of the Lancia Delta, whereas the Kia EV6 takes a more modern approach. Their interiors are loaded with modern technology, driver safety features, and driver assistance features.

Both of these EV SUVs are set to compete with rivals from other manufacturers, but before that, let’s compare the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. Kia EV6 and consider their pros and cons.

Pricing and Trim Levels

For the Ioniq 5, a total of seven trim levels with different ranges and/or drivetrains are offered, while the EV6 does with five trim levels.

Following are the trim levels of Ioniq 5, with starting MSRPs mentioned against each:

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Trim LevelsStarting MSRPs
SE Standard Rang$41,245
SE Long Range $45,295
SE Long Range AWD $48,395
SEL Long Range$47,545
SEL Long Range AWD $50,645
Limited Long Range$52,395
Limited Long Range AWD$55,745
Hyundai Ioniq 5 trim levels

Similarly, trim levels of EV6, with starting MSRPs mentioned against each:

Kia EV6 Trim LevelsStarting MSRPs
Light RWD $42,195
Wind RWD$48,295
Wind AWD$52,115
GT-Line RWD $52,495
GT-Line AWD $57,115
Kia EV6 trim levels

The Kia EV6 has much simpler trim levels, but they are slightly pricier than its Hyundai counterpart. The differences between powertrains and ranges are discussed separately.

EV6 and Ioniq 5 Powertrains

Depending on the trim level and battery used, power outputs vary. For the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the standard range SE trim uses a single motor at the back powering the rear wheels, with a power output of 168 horsepower. The long-range RWD models use an electric motor with 225 hp, while the power jumps to up to 320 hp in the AWD long-range models. The AWD models use a dual-motor setup, with the addition of one at the front powering the front wheels.

Since both of these EVs use the same platform, their powertrains are the same. The EV6 base trim, Light RWD, is equivalent to the Ioniq’s SE Standard Range trim. The motor and motor setup are the same, but Kia quibbles by quoting the output as 167 hp. Similarly, Wind RWD and GT-Line RWD are similar to Ioniq long-range RWD trims, using an electric motor with a 225 hp output. The AWD models also get the same power rating, i.e., 320 hp.

The electric motor is Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous with a single reduction gear, and both utilize regenerative braking to passively charge the batteries. The AWD models of both Hyundai and Kia use the HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive system in conjunction with torque vectoring to deliver maximum performance and extra traction.

Rear of Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 (inset)

Battery and Range

The Ioniq 5 is available with two Lithium-Ion Polymer battery packs for standard and long-range versions, respectively. The standard-range model utilizes a 58-kWh battery, while long-range models use a 77.4 kWh battery. The 58kWh battery is good for 220 miles of range, with long-range RWD models getting 303 miles and long-range AWD variants reaching 256 miles using the bigger 77.4kWh pack. The AC Level II, Standard 240V will charge (from 10% to 100%) the 58kWh pack in 5 hours 50 minutes and the 77.4kWh one in 7 hours 10 minutes. A DC fast charger can charge both batteries from 10% to 80% in 18 minutes, or add 68 miles when plugged in for five minutes.

As with the powertrain, the batteries are also the same, albeit with trim levels named differently in the Kia EV6. The Light RWD base trim level gets a smaller 58kWh battery that provides it with 232 miles of range. The rest of the trims receive the bigger 77.4 kWh battery pack. The range for Wind and GT-Line RWD models is 310 miles, while for AWD models it drops to 274 miles. The charge time is also the same for each battery pack as in the Hyundai Ioniq.

Kia EV6

It is clear from the numbers that the difference between the ranges is slight, but in mid-level trims, it can be more significant. The EV6 has an overall advantage in range, even though the motors, batteries, and charge time are the same in both EVs. Moreover, the real-world MPGe comparison shows that the Kia EV6 is a better performer.

Of course, anyone who reads media reports about EVs in the real world probably knows to take all these range claims with a significant pinch of salt. The range you’ll get is unlikely to be as advertised, but that’s common with all EVs and it isn’t a particular criticism of the Kia EV6 or Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. Kia EV6 exterior styling

The Kia EV6 is a tad longer, but its wheelbase is shorter than the Hyundai Ioniq. Other dimensions are more or less the same. The significant difference lies in weight. Ioniq’s heaviest trim is lighter than the base trim of the Kai EV6. Because EVs are inherently heavier than their ICE siblings, having a lighter curb weight is always an advantage that the Ioniq 5 has over the EV6.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 gives the vibe of the 80’s era of boxier-styled cars. But it does so in a pleasingly aesthetic way. The body has sharp lines and creases that go well with the overall proportion of the car. The headlights and taillights incorporate pixelated designs, which is rather eye-catching.

In contrast, the EV6 goes with traditional but modern styling. Its curves and smooth lines give it a much better personality than other mainstream EVs. While the front is artistically simple, the rear is somewhat dramatic. The sloping roofline meets the edgy tail lights to give a distinctive style, while retaining the visual appeal.

While beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, I can’t imagine too many people choosing the Ioniq 5 over the EV6 for its looks. The Ioniq 5 is a big improvement over previous Hyundai models bearing the Ioniq name, but the Kia EV6 is a far more attractive vehicle in my opinion.

Interiors

The interior of Ioniq 5 is rather minimalistic. The dashboard is adorned by two 12.3-inch screens, serving the purposes of infotainment and driver’s display. The use of eco-friendly materials throughout is also noticeable. The front seats recline and incorporate footrests. Its large center console has heaps of extra room on top-spec Limited trims, and it slides back and forth between the front seats.

The EV6 interior is not as dramatic as its exterior, but it’s still very modern by common standards and particularly futuristic for a Kia. The EV6 lacks features like a sliding center console and a front seat footrest, but it has a clever floating center console with abundant storage space. The dashboard is similar to the Ioniq 5, using two 12.3-inch displays. The interior is a nice place to reside in and compliments the car as a whole.

Once again, taking advantage of being an EV with no need for a transmission tunnel, both have a completely flat floor to maximize the interior space. The legroom in front and rear is ample, and so is the headroom. The interior of the Kia is clean, functional, and futuristic, and there’s little to complain about.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. Kia EV6 Technology

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has an optional head-up display with augmented reality that can project navigation directions onto the windshield and also has the Hyundai Bluelink app connectivity. The Kia EV6 only offers the former in GT-Line trims. Other than that, all other driver assistance and convenience features are available as standard or as an option on both the EV6 and Ioniq 5. Both the EVs place a strong focus on connectivity. Therefore, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, wireless smartphone charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard.

Standard safety features include Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and Highway Driving Assist in both the EV6 and Ioniq 5. Highway Driving Assist 2 (autonomous driving) is offered on top-of-the-line trims of both models.

Seating and Cargo Space:

Seating for up to five passengers is available, and there’s plenty of room to accommodate everyone. The storage capacity with the rear seats up for the EV6 is 24.4 cu.-ft. and with the rear seat folded down is 50.2 cu.-ft. This is on the smaller side when compared to the Ioniq 5, which boasts 27.2 and 59.3 cu.-ft. of capacity with the rear seats up and the rear seats folded down, respectively. Both have a front trunk, but the storage capacity is not that great. You could get a shopping bag in there, but not much else.

Driving

Combined with the low center of gravity and decent acceleration figures, the Ioniq 5 feels athletic and planted on the road. The only shortcoming is the steering, which lacks feedback, and the suspension, which is more than soft and not ideal for brisk driving. Other than that, the Ioniq is a great-at-everything EV. It won’t stir your soul, but it could raise a slight smile.

The commonness doesn’t end there, and just like the Ioniq 5, the EV6 is an affable cruiser with potent acceleration and agile handling. The suspension is compliant and the steering is nicely weighted. Both of these EV SUVs have enough power to do everything from grocery runs to highway cruising.

Conclusion:

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is reasonable, useful, and gives a pretty extraordinary driving experience that you might not expect when you first set eyes on it, but so does the Kia EV6. The choice is very subjective as it boils down to the exterior and interior design. I know that some people would prefer the Hyundai Ioniq 5 for the combination of its 80s vibe, advanced powertrain, and cutting-edge interior.

The bottom line here is these are two very similar EVs if you don’t look at them. You can make similar comparisons throughout the Kia and Hyundai lineup, where models like the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson share a ton of commonalities. However, the two automakers are starting to distance their related themselves from each with the exterior and interior styling and that’s particularly evident here.

I think thing Kia EV6 is a much more attractive and desirable vehicle than the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, but that’s just me. But if there’s one thing they do have in common that I don’t like, it’s their prices. You can buy a new Ford Mustang GT Premium Fastback for only a little more than the most affordable versions of these two, and that’s the way I’d go.

The competition

Both of these EV SUVs compete with the following EVs in the compact-size SUV segment. These are all worth taking a look at before you decide.

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