2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. 2022 Kia EV6: Range, Features, and Price Compared

Although they share a platform, these new electric crossovers are substantially different in a few key ways.

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Debuting for the 2022 model year, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 have been riding a wave of electric car hype. With plenty of range and performance, room for five people and their gear, and relatively attainable prices, it’s easy to get excited about these EVs.

Interestingly, the Hyundai and Kia crossovers share the same platform and all-electric powertrain. However, some significant differences set them apart.

2022 Kia EV6 ChargingKia

Ioniq 5 vs. EV6: Electric Driving Range and Charging

Where the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 differ most is in their powertrain offerings. The Kia offers a 58-kilowatt-hour (kWh) standard-range battery pack or an optional 77-kWh long-range battery pack, while the Hyundai is available only with the long-range pack.

The base EV6 Light trim uses the smaller battery and is rated for 232 miles of driving range in EPA testing. Upgrade to the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) Wind or GT-Line trim and the EV6 delivers 7 more miles than the base Ioniq 5’s 303-mile estimate. If you need all-wheel drive (AWD), the Kia offers up to 274 miles of range—compared with 256 for the Hyundai—when equipped with the long-range pack.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 ChargingHyundai

Both vehicles use an 800-volt architecture, allowing for speedy, Level 3 charge rates at up to 350 kW. This means the vehicles can recharge from 10% to 80% in just 18 minutes and add about 68 miles of range in only 5 minutes of charging.

With a Level 2 home charger, long-range models should be able to recharge in about 7 hours, while standard-range models should do it in about 6 hours.

2022 Kia EV6 InteriorKia

Ioniq 5 vs. EV6: Key Features

A few key features differ between the Hyundai and Kia electric crossovers. The EV6 comes standard with leather-accented cloth seating, while the base Ioniq 5 features just cloth seats. However, the Hyundai offers a power-reclining driver seat to help make stops while charging more relaxing—the EV6 has no such option. Hyundai also offers a head-up display and provides base models with standard rear parking sensors. On the other hand, the EV6 can be equipped with heated rear seats.

Like their Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E rivals, the Hyundai and Kia EVs offer SUV-like practicality with large rear openings. However, whether measuring behind the second row or with the second-row seats folded, the Ioniq 5’s taller rear profile provides more cargo room.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 InteriorHyundai

Ioniq 5 vs. EV6: Prices

It’s somewhat about driving range when it comes to how much you’ll pay for a new Ioniq 5 or EV6. With the least amount of range, the base $42,155 Kia EV6 Light is the most affordable. But as you move up their respective trim levels, the Hyundai costs less. The $48,255 EV6 Wind RWD, with 7 more miles of range, costs $760 more than a comparable Ioniq 5. The least expensive AWD Kia EV6 goes for a $3,410 premium ($52,155 vs. $48,745) over the lowest-priced AWD Ioniq 5, but comparably equipped, that premium shrinks to $1,160.

The price difference between the top-of-the-line trims favors the Hyundai, as well, with the $56,245 Ioniq 5 Limited AWD costing $910 less than the $57,155 EV6 GT-Line AWD.

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Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad is an award-winning automotive journalist who has contributed to several automotive, electric vehicle, luxury lifestyle, and technology publications. His work isn't just limited to the written word, as he's also hosted YouTube videos and podcasts. Having grown up in the '90s, he has a strong sense of attachment to that era's style, though he also loves to geek out about the modern, futuristic tech and powertrains rolling out today.