4 Reasons to Choose the Hyundai Ioniq 5 Over the Kia EV6

There’s a pair of electric SUVs that seem the same but look different on the outside. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 share a platform and most electrical components. These two electric vehicles are taking the market by storm, but in different ways. What makes the Ioniq 5 the electric SUV you want to drive instead of the EV6?

  1. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers an extroverted style
  2. The cargo room of the Ioniq 5 is larger than the EV6
  3. The cabin of the Hyundai is open, bright, and cheerful
  4. Hyundai offers a lower starting price for the Ioniq 5

Is the Kia EV6 the same as the Hyundai Ioniq 5?

a hyundai ioniq 5 on display at a car show, this car could benefit from this new electric motor
A Hyundai IONIQ 5 on Display | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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Even though the underpinnings are the same for these electric SUVs, there are some differences. Car and Driver highlights that these two vehicles offer styling differences, which will catch your attention right away.

If you want an extroverted, fun, funky, and futuristic electric SUV to drive, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the electric SUV you desire. The Kia EV6 doesn’t show up with as much personality, but it has a long and low build that makes it sporty, sleek, and, dare we say, a little elegant.

Which is bigger, EV6 or Ioniq 5?

A pair of 2022 Kia EV6 models drive on a road.
2022 Kia EV6 | Kia

These two electric SUVs ride on the same platform but offer slightly different interior configurations. If we’re measuring size strictly based on cargo room, we find some interesting numbers. With the rear seats upright, the Kia EV6 has 28 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Hyundai Ioniq 5 only offers 27.2 cubic feet. Once the rear seats fold down, the Hyundai bests the Kia with 59.3 cubic feet of cargo room compared to 54 cubes in the EV6.

What’s the cabin feeling of these two electric vehicles?

A blue 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV is parked.
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Hyundai

Stepping into the Ioniq 5 brings you a simple style that’s open, bright, and cheerful. This Hyundai electric SUV has a moveable center console that slides 5.5 inches forward or backward to accommodate your needs.

Turning to the Kia EV6, you find a darker cabin with a lower position on the road. A floating center console resides between the front seats. This electric SUV offers straightforward controls and plenty of storage spaces for your smaller items.

When it comes to numbers, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has the Kia EV6 beat. The Hyundai has a longer wheelbase at 118.2 inches compared to 114.2 inches for the Kia. Front passengers enjoy most of this extra space, with two inches more legroom for the Hyundai than you find in the Kia. The Ioniq 5 also offers more headroom and shoulder room making it a more comfortable electric vehicle.

 How much will either electric SUV cost?

Kia EV6 Electric SUV Posed with a Sunset Background
Kia EV6 Electric SUV | Kia

Both the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 currently offer three trim levels. The Hyundai electric SUV starts at a slightly lower price than the Kia. These starting prices are:

Hyundai Ioniq 5Kia EV 6
SE: $41,245Light: $42,695
SEL: $47,545Wind: $48,795
Limited: $52,395GT-Line: $52,995

Bonus: The Ioniq 5 SE trim is available with either RWD or AWD and either the standard or long-range battery. The Kia EV6 does not offer these options for the base Light trim.

Next, check out the new 2023 Hyundai Palisade, or watch the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 comparison video below:

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