Electric cars are taking over the UK market; especially thanks to the recent fuel shortages happening across the country. Electric is the future so we decided to compare two of our best electric lease cars that have been released in 2021: the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Volkswagen ID.4. Both of these cars are just the beginning and give us a look into the future of electric motoring in the UK.
The Ioniq 5 and ID.4 are both premium electric SUVs and offer no other fuel types in the range. The Ioniq 5 is Hyundai’s first push into all-electric cars using its E-GMP platform with smaller and larger models in the works for the brand. The ID.4 is the VW brand’s second only electric car (after the ID.3) and uses the brand’s MEB architecture which VW Group uses across its other affiliate electric cars like the Audi E-Tron.
When it comes to power and performance, the Ioniq 5 has an advantage over the ID.4 with more brake horsepower and a quicker 0-62mph time. The Ioniq 5 is also better off the mark, with 605Nm torque compared to the ID.4’s 310Nm. When it comes to EV Range which is an important statistic for many drivers new to electric cars, the ID.4 has a better range compared to the Ioniq 5 with a difference of 33 miles. Yet, the Ioniq 5 has impressive charging technology.
When it comes to how they drive, the Ioniq 5 is considered a calm cruiser; relaxing and quiet. There is minimal wind or road noise when at high speeds. The ID.4 has light, feel-free steering and a soft ride making it easy comfortable to drive. Both cars do well on motorways thanks to features like adaptive cruise control (ID.4) and Highway Drive Assist (Ioniq 5).
Both cars are premium SUVs so are sure to offer a lot of space inside. The ID.4 has the larger boot space of the two (543 litres compared to 527) but the Ioniq 5 feels the most spacious as it has a flat floor and a long wheelbase. Its backseat legroom is impressive and on par with a premium brand saloon. Yet with the rear seats folded down, the ID.4 can house a massive 1,575 litres of space which is quite remarkable.
Both cars have great safety features like: lane-keep assist and AEB. The Ioniq 5 also has a system that prevents rear doors opening if it detects an oncoming car. The ID.4 also has blind-spot assist, all round parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition and auto high beam.
Both cars are impressive premium electric SUVs and both have their advantages and flaws when comparing them to each other. If you are used to driving a Volkswagen, the ID.4 will feel familiar and isn’t too overwhelming for any new electric car drivers. The Ioniq 5 is strong improvement on the Ioniq hatchback model, its full of tech and a great drive.