Hyundai Kona Electric vs. Hyundai Ioniq 5: Specs comparison [Update]

Update: ‘Hyundai Ioniq 5 & Hyundai Kona Electric Sales section updated.

The Hyundai Kona Electric and Hyundai Ioniq 5 belong to different segments and thus have different market positioning. Both the EVs are popular in their own right. However, some customers and EV enthusiasts mistakenly see them as rivals. A critical difference between the two is their platform. The Hyundai Kona Electric is a conversion BEV, while the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is based on Hyundai Motor Group’s dedicated E-GMP electric vehicle platform. Let’s delve deeper into the differences between the two EVs.

Dimensions

Measuring 165.6 inches long, 70.9 inches wide, and 61.2 inches tall, the Hyundai Kona Electric is a sub-compact SUV. At 182.5 inches long, 74.4 inches wide, and 63 inches tall, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a compact SUV. Thanks to its bespoke EV platform, the latter is noticeably bigger and significantly more spacious. Its wheelbase is almost four inches longer than the Palisade—the biggest model Hyundai offers in the United States.

DimensionHyundai Kona Electric SpecificationHyundai Ioniq 5 Specification
Length165.6 in.182.5 in.
Width70.9 in.74.4 in.
Height61.2 in.63.0 in.
Wheelbase102.4 in.118.1 in.
Cargo Capacity (Rear Seats Up/Rear SeatsFolded Down)19.2 cu ft/45.8 cu ft27.2 cu ft/59.3 cu ft
Front Cargo (Frunk) Capacity0.85 cu ft
Passenger Interior Volume106.5 cu ft
U.S.-spec Ioniq 5 and U.S.-spec Kona EV’s dimensions

Design

Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Hyundai Kona Electric front three quarter
The Kona is sculpted and modern, whereas the Ioniq is squarish and beautifully blends traditional and futuristic design elements. Images: Hyundai

The Hyundai Kona Electric and Ioniq 5 are both soft-looking crossovers. The Kona is sculpted and modern, whereas the Ioniq is squarish and beautifully blends traditional and futuristic design elements. The Ioniq 5 looks like an EV designed to make it appear futuristic, while the Kona EV seems more conventional in its form factor.

It would be technically incorrect to describe the Ioniq 5 neo-retro. In addition to the old elements derived from the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe concept—the same model that influenced the iconic DeLorean DMC 12—it’s more futuristic than the current era. The pixelated headlamps and rear combination lamps, V-shaped positioning lamps, and, in select markets, camera-based, fender-mounted ORVMs and the solar roof give the Ioniq 5 a futuristic appearance.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Hyundai Kona Electric interior dashboard
The cabins of both the cars are unique. The Ioniq 5 is minimalist, while the Kona Electric reminds us of other Hyundais as its based on the gas-engined car’s platform. Images: Hyundai

The Kona Electric and the Ioniq 5 have a minimalist yet well-appointed cabin. The latter elevates it with two-spoke steering, a dual-screen panel, a slimmer dashboard, and a smaller center console panel. It’s also more practical because it’s a bespoke EV. The front center console, for example, moves back and forth 5.5 inches. The rear seats are also more versatile, slidable forward up to 5.3 inches, and reclinable.

Specifications

The Ioniq 5 outshines the Kona Electric when it comes to the underpinnings. The small SUV is built on a modified ICE platform, whereas the compact SUV is built on the EV-specific Electric-Global Modular Platform. E-GMP is currently one of the most advanced EV platforms for mainstream brands and is also used by the Kia EV6 and the Genesis GV60.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Hyundai Kona Electric rear three quarter
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 comes with a single 77.3 kWh battery option with 303 miles of maximum range (EPA). Images: Hyundai

The U.S.-spec Kona Electric comes with a single configuration. It’s powered by a single front-axle mounted electric motor that’s good for 150 kW (201 hp) and 291 lb-ft. The energy is supplied by a 64 kWh battery pack manufactured by LG Chem. It has a range of 258 miles (EPA est.). Level 2 charging (10-100 percent SoC) takes approximately 9 hours 15 minutes, while Level 3 charging (10-80 percent SoC) takes about 47 minutes.

The U.S.-spec Ioniq 5 currently is available in three configurations: Standard Range RWD, Long Range RWD, and Long Range AWD. The Standard Range RWD variant uses a 58 kWh battery pack that provides an EPA-est. range of 220 miles and a rear motor that generates 168 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Long Range RWD variant uses a larger, 77.4 kWh battery pack that delivers an EPA-est. range of 303 miles and a more powerful rear motor that generates 225 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The Long Range AWD variant uses the same battery pack but an additional motor mounted at the front that dials up the power and torque figures to 320 hp and 446 lb.-ft. respectively. The EPA-est. range of this variant in the current model is 256 miles, but in the 2023 model, Hyundai is expecting it to return an EPA-est. range. of 266 miles, which would be a 10-mile improvement.

AspectHyundai Kona Electric SpecificationHyundai Ioniq 5 Specification
Drivetrain LayoutFWDRWD/AWD
No. of MotorsOne (Front)One (Rear)/Two (Front and Rear)
Motor Max. Power201 hpUp to 320 hp
Motor Max. Torque291 lb.-ft.Up to 446 lb.-ft.
Top Speed104 mph115 mph
Battery Pack Energy Content64 kWhUp to 77.4 kWh
Range (EPA)258 milesUp to 303 miles
On-Board Charger10.5 kW Three-Phase10.5 kW Three-Phase
Operating voltage356 volts800 volts
DC Fast-Charging Time (10 to 80% SoC)~47 minutes18 minutes
U.S.-spec 2023 Hyundai Kona Electric vs. U.S.-spec 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5

According to Hyundai’s product guide, Level 2 charging (10-100 percent SoC) in the Ioniq 5 takes 5 hours and 50 minutes in the Standard Range RWD variant and 7 hours and 10 minutes in the Long Range RWD and Long Range AWD variants. Level 3 charging from 10-80% SoC using a 150 kW charger takes just 25 minutes in the Long Range RWD and Long Range AWD variants. Thanks to its 800-volt charging capability, the Ioniq 5 can benefit from an ultra-fast charger. With a 250 kW or a higher capacity charger, charging from 10-80% SoC takes just 18 minutes in all three configurations.

In contrast to the Kona EV, the Ioniq 5 also supports bidirectional charging. Customers can use the energy stored in the Ioniq 5’s battery pack to power their home, power tools, portable electronics, and even another EV. Hyundai has termed bi-directional charging as Vehicle-to-load or V2L, and the same is also offered on other E-GMP-based models like the Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60.

The Kona Electric takes about 9 hours and 15 minutes for Level 2 charging (10-100% SoC). Level 3 charging (10-80% SoC) is a process of approximately 64 minutes if using a 50 kW charger or approximately 47 minutes if using a 100 kW charger.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Hyundai Kona Electric front
The newer Ioniq 5 is naturally the better of the two, but it also demands a premium price tag that all potential customers may not be willing to shell out. Images: Hyundai

Price

This is not a comparison where one vehicle trumps the other to take the top spot. Our article points out key differences between two EVs from the same brand which belong to different generations. Needless to say, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 outperforms the Hyundai Kona EV in every way. And with greater capabilities comes a higher asking price.

While the Kona Electric is priced between USD 34,000 and USD 42,500, the current Ioniq 5 costs between USD 39,950 and USD 55,000. In addition to being more expensive, the supply of the loniq 5 is extremely limited, and the incoming 2023 models could be pricier. A go-faster Hyundai Ioniq 5 N is in the pipeline, which could land in the U.S. next year carrying a USD 60,000 price tag.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 & Hyundai Kona Electric Sales

Between January and August 2022, Hyundai’s sold 468,833 new vehicles in the U.S. That’s a 12% decline in sales compared to the same period in 2021 (January-August 2021: 531,835). The company sold 17,186 units of the Ioniq 5 in the country during this period. The Kona and Kona Electric combined recorded 40,428 units, 38% lower than in January-August 2021 (65,154 units).

Featured Image Source: Hyundai Motor Group