Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. Tesla Model Y: Should You Buy Either?

Hyundai’s new Ioniq 5 has the affordable electric vehicle (EV) market on its toes. The EV crossover undercuts the venerable Telsa Model Y’s starting cost and is thoroughly recommended by Consumer Reports and Car and Driver. However, the Tesla Model Y, and other Teslas for that matter, still have a die-hard following. So, is it worth considering either of them? 

Which EV has more range, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or the Tesla Model Y?

According to TrueCar, Hyundai claims that the Ioniq 5 Standard Range will cover 220 miles on a single charge. Furthermore, the Ioniq 5 SE, SEL, and Limited will reportedly cover much more ground, around 303 miles, with a single motor. However, the Tesla Model Y Long Range will cover 326 miles on one charge. It seems cut and dry, right? 

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 promises to provide a more affordable alternative to the Tesla Model Y.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Serhat Cagdas, Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Well, Car and Driver tested the Model Y, and their results looked a little different. In testing, the Model Y returned just 94 mpg equivalent and 220 miles on a single charge. Incidentally, the straight-line speed-focused Performance variant managed to cover 230 miles. Of course, in real-world testing, Car and Driver returned just 210 miles in the dual-motor Ioniq 5. 

Does the Tesla Model Y have autopilot?

The 2022 Tesla Model Y includes Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system standard. However, Tesla itself reminds operators on its website that “it is your responsibility to stay alert, keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times and maintain control of your car.” It’s a sober yet necessary reminder to distracted drivers and operators who put too much trust in semi-autonomous driving systems. 

The Tesla Model Y is difficult to dethrone, but the Hyundai Ioniq 5 might stand a chance.
Tesla Model Y | Patrick Pleul, picture alliance via Getty Images

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 also features the marque’s version of semi-autonomous driving systems. Specifically, the 2022 Ioniq 5 packs the Highway Driver Assist 2 (HDA 2) standard. Car and Driver says that Hyundai’s HDA 2 is similar to General Motors’ (GM’s) Super Cruise system in that it can change lanes and cruise highways with very little driver input. 

Does the Tesla Model Y have V2L?

Unfortunately for Tesla fans and potential Model Y owners, the Tesla crossover goes without “Vehicle-To-Load” (V2L) or bidirectional charging. That means you can’t use a Model Y to charge other electric vehicles. However, potential owners who are torn between the Model Y and the Ioniq 5 can add V2L to the Hyundai’s pros column. The 2022 Ioniq 5 offers a 3.6-kWh output system that effectively turns the Ioniq 5 into a 110V/220V power source. 

Is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 worth buying?

If you’re looking for a more affordable EV crossover than the Tesla Model Y with semi-autonomous driving capability and V2L charging, the Ioniq 5 is worth your consideration. Also, both vehicles offer DC fast charging and Top Safety Pick+ scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, if you want neck-snapping acceleration, the Model Y Performance is your only choice. 

Either way, both EV crossovers are capable, with impressive ranges, roomy cabins, and a library of standard features. Scroll down to the following article to read more about Teslas and other EVs!

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