What is the best electric car to buy?
- Hyundai’s Ioniq electric vehicle sub-brand now includes both the Ioniq 5 crossover and Ioniq 6 sedan.
- The Ioniq 6 offers more range and is a bit cheaper, while the Ioniq 5 has more cargo space and will soon offer a high-performance N model.
- The two cars share the same E-GMP platform and battery packs, and the single- and dual-motor powertrains are similar.
Hyundai and Kia build some of the best electric cars you can buy today. We named both the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 to our 2023 Top 10 Trucks and SUVs list, and now, even within the electric-only Hyundai Ioniq sub-brand, we’re even more spoiled for choice. The 2023 Hyundai IONIQ 6 sedan joins the 5 crossover and shares the same E-GMP platform, many interior appointments, and its various battery and engine configurations.
But the two Ioniq models look very different on the surface, and there are some key differences between the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 in specs, character and packaging. Now that we’ve tested both, we’re comparing these Hyundai electric cars to help you decide which is better.
Range, charging and efficiency
The Ioniq 6 sedan is much lower, sleeker and more aerodynamic than the Ioniq 5 crossover, which is a boon for its rated driving range – in some configurations. The range-topping version of the 6, the SE Long Range RWD, is EPA-rated to go an impressive 361 miles on a charge. A similarly specced Ioniq 5 Long Range RWD can manage an EPA range of just 303 miles. It’s worth noting that the Ioniq 5’s range estimate applies to all rear-drive single-motor trim levels (SE, SEL, Limited) with the larger battery pack, while the Ioniq 6 achieves this impressive number only in the lower-level SE model with its smaller 18-inch wheels. inch. The Ioniq 6 SEL and Limited feature 20-inch wheels and wider tires that bring their estimated range to 305 miles.
The difference is less pronounced between the dual-motor and all-wheel drive variants. The top-spec Ioniq 6 AWD SEL and Limited models are rated at 270 miles of range, while the Ioniq 5 AWD has a rated range of just under 266 miles. Both the 5 and 6 also offer a smaller battery pack in standard range models, which is rated at 240 miles for the sedan and 220 miles for the crossover. Perhaps the best compromise of the entire lineup is the Ioniq 6 SE AWD, which combines 18-inch wheels with a dual-motor setup and offers an estimated 316 miles of range. No matter which battery and powertrain you choose, all Ioniq models can charge quickly, with DC fast charging capability.
Of course, all of these are just estimates, and things are different in the real world. In our real-world testing of 75 mph highway range, both Ioniqs fell short of the EPA ratings. The Ioniq 5 Limited AWD we tested managed 210 miles, while the Ioniq 6 SE RWD managed 260 miles. Admittedly, this isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison, and we’re looking forward to testing more of the 5 and 6 configurations to see how they stack up in this test.
Power and performance
With horsepower numbers ranging from 149 horsepower for the Ioniq 6 Standard Range RWD configuration to 320 horsepower for the top Long Range AWD configuration, both the Ioniq 5 and 6 offer a wide range of performance capabilities. Base rear-wheel-drive models come with the standard 53.0 kWh battery pack with a single electric motor that produces 149 hp in the Ioniq 5 and 168 hp in the Ioniq 6. Upgrading to the long-range RWD model with a more powerful 77.4 kWh battery pack, power output reaches Power to 225 horsepower in both cars. All-wheel drive comes standard with a larger battery pack and has front and rear electric motors that combine for 320 horsepower.
Again, our acceleration test results are for non-equivalent versions. The 320-hp Ioniq 5 Limited AWD reached 60 mph in a quick 4.5 seconds in our tests, while the less powerful 225-hp single-engine Ioniq 6 SE RWD managed to accelerate to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. When we finally get our hands on the Ioniq 6 AWD for testing, we’ll see if it ends up being quicker than its taller sibling. But we don’t expect much difference between the two, as their claimed weights are similar when comparing equivalent configurations.
A high-performance N version of the Ioniq 5 has already been confirmed, and this model will offer a much more powerful range of electric motors with around 600 hp. We don’t know for sure if the Ioniq 6 will also get the N treatment, but we wouldn’t be shocked if it comes to fruition.
Interior and dimensions
Although the Ioniq 6 sedan is longer and lower than the Ioniq 5, the crossover has the longer wheelbase of the two vehicles. Both cars feel roomier inside, and the Ioniq 6 has slightly less passenger volume than the Ioniq 5. We thought the Ioniq 6 felt roomier up front, and it offers significantly more front legroom than the Ioniq 5. In the back seat, the Ioniq 5 wins In terms of legroom.
As expected, the Ioniq 5’s hatchback body design offers significantly more cargo space than the Ioniq 6’s conventional trunk. You get 27 cubic feet of space behind the Ioniq 5’s rear seat, while the Ioniq 6’s trunk offers just 11 cubic feet.
Price levels and trimming
The Ioniq 6 is the cheaper option of the two, but it’s just that. It’s slightly less than the crossover price, with the sedan starting at $42,715 for the base model compared to a starting price of $42,785 for the Ioniq 5. Finally, the Ioniq 5 Limited AWD is priced at $57,835 compared to the Ioniq 6 Limited AWD at $57,215. . Both are offered in SE, SEL, and Limited trim levels, and standard and optional equipment is similar between the two. Color-wise, the Ioniq 6 offers some colors you won’t find on the Model 5, including a beautiful Digital Green and a bright Ultimate Red, but both cars offer matte paint options for an additional $1,000.
Although he grew up on a steady diet of typical Honda and Toyota models — or perhaps because of it — Joey Caparella had an obsession with the automobile industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to start his first professional auto writing gig at Rice University. Car magazine. It was part of Car and driver Team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.