The Most-Expensive EV Also Earned the Worst Road Test Score on Consumer Reports

You’ve heard the expression; you get what you pay for. However, that’s not always the case when it comes to EVs. The most-expensive EV option may not be the best. As it turns out, spending a fortune on a luxury EV may not get you the best vehicle as far as performance is concerned.

Surprisingly, Consumer Reports named two of the most expensive luxury EVs the worst-performing on their road tests. In fact, one reasonably inexpensive model faired much better than at least one veteran EV player, Tesla. Let’s look at which new EV scored better in road tests than two luxury EVs.

A red Tesla model X with the doors up, on of the most-expensive EV options.
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The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 beat out Tesla and Polestar

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, with a price tag of $39,950 to $55,000, had an almost perfect score on the Consumer Reports road test. The Ioniq 5 delivers 320 hp thanks to front and rear electric motors, taking you from 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds. That time is equal to the Tesla Model Y. 

Additionally, the all-wheel drive model has a driving range of 256 miles, while the single-motor, rear-wheel-drive versions with the 77.4-kWh battery have a range of 303 miles. The trade-off is that the larger battery also takes longer to charge. However, the 400-volt and 800-volt architecture allows a maximum of 235-kilowatt charging output when rapid charging at public DC fast-charging venues.

One of Consumer Reports’ lowest-scoring EVs is some of the most-expensive EV options

The 2022 Tesla Model X has a hefty price tag of $114,990 to $138,990. However, Consumer Reports scored it relatively low in many different areas. It was the lowest-scoring EV on the road test. One of the biggest reasons for the low score is the eight recalls of this model. 

One of the biggest complaints was the new yoke steering wheel. There are no stalks for the wipers, turn signals, or high beams. Drivers have to take their eyes off the road to press buttons on the steering wheel, which creates a dangerous distraction when driving.

However, the large battery gives you a range of 348 miles, and Tesla’s supercharger infrastructure makes traveling long distances more convenient because you don’t have to stop as often. Tesla’s Autopilot feature can also make driving for long periods much more comfortable.

The Tesla X, one of the most-expensive EV options, tied with the Polestar 2 in the road test

Consumer Reports also gave the 2022 Polestar 2 a much lower score than the Ioniq 5 on the road test. Considered a more affordable luxury EV at $45,900 to $49,900, it has a few issues that need to be addressed.

A few of the main complaints were the extremely stiff ride and confusing controls. Additionally, it took more than 10 hours to charge on a 240-volt connection. Getting in and out of the back seat is difficult due to the roofline and narrow door opening. Drivers will notice the plastic center console cuts into the knee room. 

However, the Polestar 2 makes up for some of its shortcomings with an impressive 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Despite the stiff ride, it does offer quick steering and minimal body roll. Their avoidance-maneuver test, which simulates swerving to avoid obstacles, achieved sports-car level speeds. 

Despite being the new kid on the block, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has garnered car reviewers’ attention. Hyundai has beat the competition on Consumer Reports’ road tests and overall scores despite the affordable price tag. 

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