Sibling Rivalry: Are the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 the Same?
We’ve all seen platform sharing. That’s when a manufacturer takes a car, redesigns some of it, and slaps on a different badge. General Motors is famous for it, with the Cadillac Escalade basically being a Chevy Tahoe with lots and lots of chrome and leather. The Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are mostly the same car, but they do have some key differences.
Do the differences between these two Korean sibling cars come down to more than styling?
What’s the same between the Ioniq 5 and the EV6?
Both cars (or crossovers) ride on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform. They both get the Korean company’s 58-kWh hour battery pack or an upgraded 77.4 kWh pack with all-wheel drive. Each car puts out 320 horsepower, and can quick charge. If you look at the spec sheets side by side, even down to the tire size (though not brand), they’re the same cars.
Both cars also come with Level 3 DC fast charging capability. Fast charging allows these two to take advantage of 800-volt chargers, unlike competitors like the Mustang Mach E or the Tesla Model Y. According to ElecTrek, Hyundai sells more Ioniq 5s than Kia does EV6s.
What’s different between the two on the spec sheet?
The Kia is tuned for a sportier ride and handling. The suspension is tuned slightly stiffer in the Kia, and it has a 114.4 inch wheelbase compared to the Hyundai’s 118.1-inch wheelbase. That extra length does improve the cargo handling and legroom in the Hyundai, but only by a few inches here and there. The Hyundai starts at $55,725 and the Kia starts at $57,115, though both are eligible for tax credits. As a side note, the Ioniq 5 won MotorBiscuits’s EV of the Year award.
Most likely due to a slight increase in weight and a less wind-cheating style, the Ioniq 5 has less range. It can go 256 miles on a charge, while the Kia EV6 can go 256 with the upgraded motors. Even in the more efficient base trim, the Kia eeks out seven more miles of range than the Hyundai, with 310. Other than that, the differences on the spec sheet are hard to find.
Styling sets the EV6 and Ioniq 5 apart
Do you favor the modern station wagon look of the EV6 with its cool hatch that kind of resembles a Porsche Taycan? Or, do you prefer the retro blocky styling of the Hyundai with four square headlights that gives it more of an SUV stance? In the Kia, however, you do sit considerably lower than you do in the taller Hyundai.
Inside, though, both brands really worked to differentiate the cars. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a bright modern interior with a long flat dash and a floating console. It sort of has the look of something an Ikea or Apple designer might put out. The Kia, on the other hand, focuses on broad black plastic and has a, dare we say, more conventional feel inside with everything canted towards the driver. Both cars have long infotainment screens that merge into the gauge cluster.