The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 Share 1 Devastating Design Flaw

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are two new electric vehicles making waves in the market. Built on the same Hyundai EV platform, the Ioniq 5 and EV6 boast striking styling and acceleration that match their Tesla rivals. However, despite the abundance of praise these two EVs have earned, some drivers have noticed a frustrating flaw.

Consumer Reports loves the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6

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Consumer Reports’ reviews for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are almost entirely positive.

CR says the EV6 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds — remarkable for a crossover SUV. It also earns praise for its exceptional braking capabilities. In its road test, Consumer Reports gave the Kia EV6 an excellent score thanks to its acceleration and handling. Testers note that despite being classified as a crossover SUV, the EV6 is more of a big hatchback, but there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s still an SUV at heart, and the dual-motor variant comes with all-wheel drive. 

Like the Kia EV6, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is an electric crossover SUV that Consumer Reports loves. The Ioniq 5 also accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. In addition, it earned high marks for handling, which Consumer Reports compared to a sports sedan in the Ioniq 5’s road test. Consumer Reports gave the Hyundai a slightly better road test score than the EV6.

The same problem plagues the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6

Consumer Reports had a lot of good things to say about the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, and these two EVs are impressive in their style, speed, and handling. However, some drivers have noticed a problem with both EVs, and it could be a dealbreaker for some buyers. 

Users in the Ioniq Forum have reported visibility issues with the EV6 and Ioniq 5. Small windows in the back of the vehicle could present potential problems when backing up, particularly while parking. It seems this visibility concern is more of an issue with the Kia EV6 than with the Ioniq 5, but that doesn’t mean Ioniq 5 drivers have experienced no visibility issues.

Poor visibility is not something only a few drivers on forums have noticed either. Consumer Reports lists it as one of the Kia EV6’s negatives. However, CR didn’t mention this issue with the Hyundai Ioniq 5. 

Future models could easily address the visibility issue

Blind spots that make reversing difficult could be a major issue, but there are solutions to make the flaw more manageable. Some users in the Ioniq Forum stated that exterior cameras on the EV6 and Ioniq 5 provide drivers with clear views, even if the vehicles have blind spots. But some forum users still expressed frustration. These EVs aren’t cheap — the Ioniq 5 starts at $39,950 to $55,000, and the EV6 starts at $41,400 to $56,400, depending upon the trim level — and models with cameras to counter the blind spots are even more expensive.

Hyundai and Kia could address this annoyance in future Ioniq 5 and EV6 models. Though little needs to change about these two highly rated EVs, excellent visibility would help them reach their full potential.

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