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Video: Hyundai IONIQ 5 vs Kia EV 6

Rory Reid pits the Hyundai IONIQ 5 against Kia EV 6: which electric family car will come out on top?

Published on 2 December 2021 | 0 min read

The Kia EV6 and Hyundai IONIQ 5 are two of the best electric family cars on the market today.
They share the impressive Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) – which has been created by the Hyundai Motor Group (parent company for Hyundai, Kia and Genesis) specifically for electric cars and acts as the shared foundation for the next generation of battery-powered models from all three brands. These two cars have many things in common, but they have their differences too – so we decided to pit them against each other, head-to-head. In the video Rory Reid compares range, performance, charging speed, interior design and practicality to see which is worthy of your cash. Want more head-to-heads, news and reviews? Head over to Auto Trader’s YouTube channel and subscribe for a first look at all our latest videos.

Spotlight: Hyundai IONIQ 5

Inspired by the Hyundai Pony from 1975, the IONIQ 5 has stand-out looks, including a crossover body with a chunky design and distinctive pixel headlights.
Prices start from £37,000, and you’re getting some decent performance for that money: 170 horsepower motor, a 58 kWh hour battery and an official range of 239 miles. A key selling point for the IONIQ 5 is that it supports 800V charging – on a suitable charger that’ll get you from 10 per cent battery to 80 per cent in under 20 minutes. Inside, you get reclining seats, footrests and a sliding centre console upfront, and rear seats that slide back and forth for choice of bootspace or seating space. The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is available in various battery and drive configurations, so there’s something for everyone, and all variations offer strong performance and real sense of style – all for a competitive price. Read the full review. Find Hyundai IONIQ 5 for sale on Auto Trader.
Hyundai IONIQ 5
Hyundai IONIQ 5
Hyundai IONIQ 5
Hyundai IONIQ 5

Spotlight: Kia EV6

Kia’s first bespoke electric car uses the same platform as the IONIQ 5 but looks far more traditional. It’s muscular, with a bulbous bonnet and sleek profile. Round the back, there’s a distinctive light signature thanks to a floating roof design and a C-pillar that flows into a massive wraparound light cluster.
It’s a stellar electric car, with tight body control that gives a sporty drive. The EV6 offers similar technology but different specifications to the IONIQ 5, and prices from £41,000 as a result. For that extra money, you’re getting a 77.4 kWh hour battery and an official range of 328 miles. That’s the same power but 100 miles more range than IONIQ 5. Inside, the rear seats are more spacious than the IONIQ and you get 490 litres of boot space. The GT-Line in our review comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, front parking sensors, suede upholstery and wireless phone charging as standard. Read the full review. Find Kia EV6 for sale on Auto Trader.
Kia EV 6
Kia EV 6
Kia EV 6
Kia EV 6

What to look for in an electric car:

Range: the average driver is well covered by the 200+ miles of range in modern electric cars, but if you regularly take long trips then consider a model with a longer range.
Performance: one car will never accommodate everyone’s driving preferences, but electric cars do tend to accelerate faster, and benefit from more evenly distributed weight. Charging speed: essentially, battery size (kWh) divided by charger power (kW) = charging time. Larger batteries on weaker chargers take longer, but factor in the battery’s age and health too. Don’t forget perks like zero tax, and free access to low emission zones and clean air zones remain. As the UK introduces more clean air zones this could grow into a serious money saver for motorists. Discover the true cost of electric cars.

Make the switch

Looking for your first electric car? Whether you’re trying to get your head around the jargon or ready to find the first one for you, we’ve got your back. Here are some helpful places to start:
Our electric car hub, with all the latest deals and news • The best electric cars , as picked by us • The best electric car finance deals available today • How home charging works, and how you’d charge without a drivewayYour chance to win an electric carMore about car platforms .