Is the New Hyundai Ioniq 6 Stealing the Ioniq 5’s Thunder?
The Hyundai Ioniq lineup provides the features consumers want in all-electric vehicles. The Ioniq 5 compact crossover was a game changer in style and affordability, and the Ioniq 6 sedan has impressed with its efficiency and range. The latter could be the most significant reason shoppers would choose the Ioniq 6 over the Ioniq 5. Let’s examine whether the new Ioniq 6 has affected Ioniq 5 sales.
Are Ioniq 5 sales down because of the Ioniq 6?
Hyundai’s May 2023 U.S. sales numbers for the manufacturer’s two dedicated all-electric models — the Ioniq 6 and Ioniq 5 — look solid.
Year-to-date, Hyundai has sold 10,839 Ioniq 5 units and 2,083 Ioniq 6 units. That makes the electric compact crossover, which came out in December 2021, more popular than its newer stablemate.
However, since the Ioniq 6’s U.S. release this past March, sales for the Ioniq 5 have dropped by 3% since last year.
It’s impossible to say with 100% certainty that Ioniq 5 sales are down because of the Ioniq 6. But the latter’s superior efficiency and range position this all-electric sedan to dominate in 2023 and beyond.
Is the Ioniq 6 better than the Ioniq 5?
The Ioniq 5 has been a hit with consumers wanting a stylish, affordable EV. But the Ioniq 6 builds on that reputation and provides even more features and value. Base models for both vehicles start at around $45,000.
One of the Ioniq 6’s most significant advantages is its better range than its predecessor. The 2023 Ioniq 6 can go 361 miles on a full charge. That’s almost 60 miles farther than the 303-mile 2023 Ioniq 5 SE.
In addition, Hyundai built the Ioniq 6 for greater efficiency, with next-generation semiconductors, a more aerodynamic design, a lower ride height, and an optimized control strategy when switching between single- and dual-motor operation for the all-wheel-drive model.
Furthermore, the sedan offers Hyundai’s latest technology, including Premium Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA 2), which includes parallel and angled parking. Those two features are not available with the 2023 Ioniq 5’s standard RSPA.
In those regards, the Ioniq 6 is a better EV than the Ioniq 5. However, the compact crossover is not without its advantages.
What are the major differences between the 2 Hyundai EVs?
The most noticeable differences between the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6 are their exterior styling, body dimensions, and interior space.
Both EVs accommodate up to five riders on cushy yet supportive seats. But the Ioniq 5 has a more spacious cabin. That’s especially apparent in the back row, where the Ioniq 6’s sloped roof limits headroom. So adult passengers will be more comfortable in the SUV.
Additionally, the Ioniq 5 has more than double the cargo capacity of the Ioniq 6: 27.2 cubic feet behind the back row versus 11.2 cubic feet in the trunk.
Although both EVs have trims with similar features and price points, drivers who value performance should consider the Ioniq 6. Those who need more passenger and cargo space will prefer the Ioniq 5.