Ioniq5 vs EV6 Two cars, same platform but very different approaches

Ioniq5 vs EV6  – Hyundai and Kia are separate entities under the one major corporation. They both recently launched electric vehicles onto the Australian market built on the same platform but looking markedly different.


The Hyundai Ioniq 5 looks like a hot hatch with a bright interior that focuses on using the space inside the vehicle

The new Kia EV6 is a more flowing design and while classified as an SUV has strong elements of a large sedan.

Both are available with the same one electric motor two-wheel drive or a two electric motor AWD


The base model EV6 AIR is listed at $68,000 while the base Ioniq 5 is listed at nearly $72,000.

The difference is in features. The Hyundai base model has extras such as

  • Fully Automated Parking assist
  • Driver Fatigue warning
  • Side airbags and seat belt pretensioners for the rear passengers
  • Ventilated rather than solid disc brakes on the front

One of the most obvious differences was the operation of the door handles.

In both cases they are flush with the door but in the Kia you had to press one end to get it to pivot out.

The Hyundai’s handles would automatically extend to be able to more easily open, whenever the car was unlocked.

One of the other advantages of this is that you could tell if the car was locked from a distance.

The shape of a vehicle can mean so much to a person from their own perspective.

I drove behind a KIA EV6 and had a flash of memory of the Citroen DS.

The rear with the small protrusions from the top of the roof, in the Citroen they were blinkers in the Kia that provide puddle lights. The windows and roof Even from the front with a bonnet that slopes down. The tail slops down a bit on the Kia although the line is broken by the rear airfoil.

The nose of the car sloping down also had a memory spike for me.

My artistic friend felt I was stretching the image a bit but then again he thought the Hyundai Ioniq 5, from directly front on, reminded him of the DeLorean!

The detail pricings before on-road costs are are:

Hyundai Ioniq 5

  • 2WD $71,900
  • AWD $75,900

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto