Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. Kia EV6: Korean bespoke EVs compared

Hyundai Motor Group’s EV offensive has intensified and entered phase II with the launch of models developed as EVs from the outset. The Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Kia EV6, and the Genesis GV60 are the first of the lot. While the GV60 is a luxury model, the others are mass-market offerings intended to make EVs the new normal. In this story, we compare the Ioniq 5 and EV6 in detail to help you make an informed decision for getting keys to one of the two.

Design

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 have a unique design and look like no other model on sale today. They may not look so from these pictures, but they’re compact crossovers. The EV6 has a sporty design with a coupe-like profile and plenty of curvy elements, and its high rear deck complements that sporty theme. The Ioniq 5 is sharper and features a retro theme inspired by Hyundai’s Pony Coupe Concept from 1974. Add the sci-fi headlight and rear light design to the mix, and what you get is a sure-shot head-turning exterior.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. Kia EV6 front three quarters
The Kia EV6 looks sporty and dynamic, while the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has an aggressive and futuristic design. Image Source: Hyundai Motor Group

On the inside, it’s the opposite, with the Ioniq 5 featuring many rounded elements and the EV6 angular parts instead. The Hyundai model has futuristic vibes, thanks to the simplistic door panels, the light and bright color scheme, and the specially designed dual cockpit. The dual cockpit is a white panel that houses two screens with a white background, and it blends with the rest of the cabin. The EV6 interior is relatively conventional, but it looks sportier because of the dark colors and the edgy elements.

Features

Both Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 have loads of styling, comfort, convenience, and safety features, many of which are pretty similar.

Exterior Features

On the outside, the Ioniq 5 flaunts parametric pixel lights at front and rear, Active Air Flap (active air intakes), virtual mirrors/digital mirrors (S. Korea-only), super-sized 20-inch alloy wheels, flush door handles, a rear spoiler with two openings, and a solar roof.

The EV6 features dual LED headlights with a sequential dynamic light pattern, 21-inch alloy wheels, flush door handles, a wing-type roof spoiler with two openings, and a high rear deck that serves as its lower spoiler. Virtual mirrors/digital mirrors and a solar roof are not available in this model.

Interior Features

Moving inside, the Ioniq 5 amps up the futuristic theme with two OLED monitors on the front doors that play the live feed of the digital side mirrors (DSMs) that are full-HD cameras. Another interesting interior feature is a ‘Universal Island’ moveable center console. This innovative center console allows sliding it back and forth 5.5 inches. Yet another feature we would like to highlight here is a magnetic board, which is the left-most portion of the dual cockpit panel. Customers can post pictures and notes just like on a refrigerator. Clearly, the designers have gone to great lengths to make the driver and passengers feel right at home, an attribute that matches the interior’s ‘Living Space’ theme.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. Kia EV6 interior dashboard
Unlike the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Kia EV6 can equally appeal to the open- and traditional-minded with its minimalist interior in a comparatively conventional design. Image: Hyundai Motor Group

12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, AR-HUD, column-type shift-by-wire, sliding glove box, sliding (5.3 inches forward) and reclining second-row seats, ‘Vision Roof’ panoramic sunroof without cross members, 15-watt wireless smartphone charger, and an 8-speaker Bose sound system are some additional noteworthy interior features of the Ioniq 5.

Hyundai has made an extensive usage of eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials, such as plant-based yarns and natural wool yarns, recycled PET bottles, bio paint with plant extracts, and eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts.

The EV6 isn’t short on the list of attractive features by any standards. 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, AR-HUD, rotary gear selector (on the fixed floor console), 14-speaker Meridian surround sound system,100% vegan leather surfaces, and a regular panoramic sunroof with tilt and slide functionality are among the main talking points of the EV6 in this aspect.

Connected Car Features

The Ioniq 5 comes with Hyundai’s Bluelink car services, including connected routing, Remote Charging, last-mile navigation, Remote Start Enhancements, Remote Profile Management, and more. The EV6 packs similar connected car solutions under Kia’s UVO suite. In addition to those similar services, UVO includes Kia Pay, a convenient payment solution that allows customers to pay for charging fees, parking fees, and more from inside the vehicle.

Safety Features

Hyundai has equipped the Ioniq 5 with a plethora of ADAS features. The Ioniq 5 is the brand’s first model to offer Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2). HDA 2 can maintain a set distance and speed from the vehicle ahead and keep the vehicle centered in the lane, even around a curve, by taking control of the steering wheel. It can also automatically change the lane when the driver switches on the turn signal. Moreover, it looks out for close-range low-speed cut-ins by other drivers and responds by maneuvering automatically if needed.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 digital mirrors
Some features of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, such as digital side mirrors (DSM) with 3D pixel turn indicators and OLED monitors, and a solar roof, are not available in the U.S. Image Source: Hyundai Motor Group

Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control (NSCC) with curve function, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Machine Learning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-avoidance Assist (RCCA), Surround View Monitor (SVM), and Remote Smart Park Assist (RSPA) are some of the other main ADAS features of the Ioniq 5.

Kia has also equipped the EV6 with Highway Driving Assist 2 (HDA 2). Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-avoidance Assist (RCCA) are some of its other main ADAS features.

Specifications

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 sit on the E-GMP platform and feature a tunnel-free, flat floor. Both models have a front trunk for storing small items. Another common technical feature is a heat pump that scavenges waste heat from the vehicle’s coolant system and uses it to warm the cabin.

Dimensions

Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. Kia EV6 rear three quarters
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is more spacious than the Kia EV6. Image Source: Hyundai Motor Group

The Ioniq 5 measures 182.5 inches in length, 74.4 inches in width, and 63.0 inches in height, and it has a 118.1-inch-long wheelbase. Its passenger volume is 106.5 cubic feet, which is better than that of the VW ID.4 (99.9 cubic feet) and even the Ford Mustang Mach-E (101.1 cubic feet).

The Ioniq 5 offers 27.2 cubic feet of cargo space, expandable to 59.3 cubic feet by folding down the rear seats. The front trunk or frunk storage volume is 57 liters (2.0 cubic feet) in the Ioniq 5 RWD and 24 liters (0.8 cubic feet) in the Ioniq 5 AWD. However, both Ioniq 5 RWD and Ioniq 5 AWD offer a frunk of the same capacity in the U.S. and Canada – 24 liters (0.8 cubic feet).

The EV6 is 4,680 mm (184.3 in.)/4,695 mm (184.8 in.) long, 1,880 mm (74.0 in.)/1,890 mm (74.4 in.) wide, and 1,550 mm (61.0 in.) tall. Its wheelbase spans a length of 2,900 mm (114.2 in.). There’s 102 cubic feet of passenger volume and 27.7 cubic feet of cargo room, expandable to 53.5 cubic feet by folding down the rear seats. The frunk volume is 52 liters (1.8 cubic feet) in the EV6 RWD and 20 liters (0.7 cubic feet) in the EV6 AWD. These figures may not apply to the American and Canadian units.

Powertrain Configurations

We’ve already established that both Ioniq 5 and EV6 are available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Let’s talk about the powertrain and battery pack selections.

The Ioniq 5 is available with 58 kWh (Standard Range), 72.6 kWh (Long Range), and 77.4 kWh (Long Range) battery pack options. However, the 77.4 kWh option is exclusive to the U.S. and Canada.

The Ioniq 5 Standard Range packs a single motor generating 125 kW and 350 Nm in the RWD model and two motors generating 173 kW and 605 Nm in the AWD model. The Ioniq 5 Long Range gets a single motor developing 160 kW and 350 Nm in the RWD model and two motors developing 225 kW and 605 Nm in the AWD model. In the U.S. and Canada, the power outputs of these models are 168 kW and 239 kW, respectively.

Aspect\SpecificationIoniq 5 SR RWDIoniq 5 SR AWDIoniq 5 LR RWDIoniq 5 LR AWD
Battery Pack Nominal Voltage523 V523 V653 V (U.S. & Canada: 697 V)653 V (U.S. & Canada: 697 V)
Battery Pack Capacity111.2 Ah111.2 Ah111.2 Ah111.2 Ah
Battery Pack Net Energy Content58 kWh58 kWh72.6 kWh (U.S. & Canada: 77.4 kWh)72.6 kWh (U.S. & Canada: 77.4 kWh)
No. of MotorsOneTwoOneTwo
Max. Power125 kW/170 PS/168 hp173 kW/235 PS/232 hp160 kW/217 PS/214 hp (U.S. & Canada: 168 kW/228 PS/225 hp)225 kW/305 PS/302 hp (U.S. & Canada: 239 kW/325 PS/320 hp)
Max. Torque350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.)605 Nm (446 lb. -ft.)350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.)605 Nm (446 lb. -ft.)
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration8.5 seconds6.1 seconds7.4 seconds5.2 seconds
Top Speed185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)
Max. Combined Range (S. Korea, MOTIE)336 km (209 miles)319 km (198 miles)429 km (267 miles)390 km (242 miles)
Max. Combined Range (U.S., targeted EPA-est.)NANA300 miles269 miles
Max. Combined Range (Europe, WLTP)384 km (239 miles)360 km (224 miles)481 km (299 miles)460 km (286 miles)
Hyundai Ioniq 5 official specifications

Kia has launched the EV6 with 58 kWh (Standard Range) and 77.4 kWh (Long Range) battery pack options. The EV6 Standard Range has a single motor producing 125 kW and 350 Nm in the RWD model and two motors producing 173 kW and 605 Nm in the AWD model. The EV6 Long Range uses a single motor developing 168 kW and 350 Nm in the RWD model and two motors developing 239 kW and 605 Nm. From 2022, Kia will sell a GT variant of the EV6 Long Range, and that variant sports two motors churning out 430 kW and 740 Nm.

Aspect\SpecificationEV6 SR RWDEV6 SR AWDEV6 LR RWDEV6 LR AWDEV6 GT LR AWD
Battery Pack Nominal Voltage522.7 V522.7 V697 V697 VTBA
Battery Pack Capacity111.2 Ah111.2 Ah111.2 Ah111.2 AhTBA
Battery Pack Net Energy Content58 kWh58 kWh77.4 kWh77.4 kWh77.4 kWh
No. of MotorsOneTwoOneTwoTwo
Max. Power125 kW/170 PS/168 hp (U.S.: 167 hp)173 kW/235 PS/232 hp168 kW/228 PS/225 hp239 kW/325 PS/320 hp430 kW/585 PS/576 hp
Max. Torque350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.)605 Nm (446 lb. -ft.)350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.)605 Nm (446 lb. -ft.)750 Nm
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) AccelerationTBA6.2 secondsTBA5.2 seconds3.5 seconds*
0-97 km/h (0-60 mph) AccelerationTBATBATBA5.1 seconds<3.5 seconds*
Top Speed185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)185 km/h (115 mph)260 km/h (162 mph)*
Max. Combined Range (S. Korea, MOTIE)370 km (230 miles)351 km (218 miles)475 km (295 miles)441 km (274 miles)TBA
Max. Combined Range (U.S., targeted EPA-est.)TBANA300 miles269 milesTBA
Max. Combined Range (Europe, WLTP)394 km (245 miles)NA528 km (328 miles)506 km (314 miles)TBA
Kia EV6 official specifications

*Targeted figures

Charging

The Ioniq 5 and EV6 are the most advanced mainstream EVs in the market, as they have the world’s first multi-high-speed charging system that supports 400-volt and 800-volt DC charging. They support 800V ultra-fast charging, and thanks to an Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU), even multiple vehicle-to-load (V2L) functions, including charging another EV.

With a 350 kW charger, it takes just 18 minutes to charge both Ioniq 5 and EV6 from 10 to 80% SoC. In the U.S., Hyundai says that the Ioniq 5 Long Range (77.4 kWh) has a 10.9 kW AC on-board charger and using a Level 2 charger, it takes 6 hours 43 minutes for a full charge. Similarly, Kia equips the U.S.-spec EV6 Long Range with an 11 kW AC on-board charger and says that recharging from 10 to 100% SoC takes 7 hours 10 minutes.

Price

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are now on sale in South Korea, with prices starting at KRW 50,001,750 (USD 42,493) and KRW 49,31,000 (USD 41,905). In the U.S., Hyundai says that the Ioniq 5 is “coming (in) winter 2021,” while Kia expects to start shipping the EV6 in January 2022. Reservations of both the new EVs have closed. Base prices aren’t out yet, but Kia has confirmed USD 58,500 MSRP for the First Edition of the EV6.

Featured Image Source: Hyundai Motor Group. All images in this story are from Hyundai and Kia media centers.