In this article, we have covered the details comparison of Hyundai Ioniq 5 & Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossovers, where we have compared their features, specifications, and performance along with their design and price, which will be good for buyers who are looking to purchase anyone among this electric crossovers.
The electric vehicle market fluctuates like a pendulum. Ten years ago, the most popular electric vehicles were expensive and attractive status symbols that were, once again, beyond the reach of all but the most desirable individuals.
However, the clock appears to be ticking a little less rapidly in recent years, since there are now several attractive and luxurious electric vehicles that occupy the middle of the spectrum: reasonable EV range combined with slightly higher-than-average pricing.
Both the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 fight for the heart of the vehicle industry as tiny crossovers, but in very different ways. The latter’s cheerful, VW-appropriate appearance and relatively traditional interior will appeal to people looking for a smooth transition to EVs, whilst the Hyundai’s retro-synthwave bodywork and airy, the minimalist cabin will appeal to those who like to clap on 2 and 4, rather than 1 and 3.
Design of Hyundai Ioniq 5 & Volkswagen ID.4
Hyundai Ioniq 5 :
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 manages to be both ultra-modern and vintage, with a form that harkens back to Hyundai’s first passenger car, the Pony hatchback, from 1975. The quad square headlamps and rectangular, full-width taillight panel, as well as the beveled C-pillar with a steeper slant to the hatchback than the door glass, demonstrate this. Those details are unmistakably contemporary on the Ioniq 5, thanks to pixelated LEDs on the front and rear, and geometric forms on the bodysides that would be completely alien to 1970s tastes.
Then there’s the matter of the scale. In photographs, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 appears to be a little hatchback, but it has a longer wheelbase than the three-row Palisade SUV. Compact front and rear overhangs give it a grounded posture, notably with the 20-inch saw blade wheels on the all-wheel-drive Limited — the rear-drive Limited and all other grades get less stunning 19s. A short, sloping bonnet should be clunky, but the Ioniq 5 likes to twist you around so much that it looks futuristic and sporty instead.
The cabin is similarly stylish, though somewhat less divisive. The Ioniq 5’s modular electric platform has a perfectly flat floor, giving the inside a light and spacious atmosphere. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster faces the driver, and a matching-size central touchscreen panel appears in the same glossy, white bezel. On the center stack, there are touch-sensitive temperature controls and a strip of hard buttons, as well as a small cubby at the base of the dash. Inside, there are more pixel images on the door panel trim, the seats, and the airbag cover for the two-spoke steering wheel.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is an attractive vehicle. The VW ID.4 looks like a villain, but not in a terrifying “Saturday cartoons” sense, with smirking front grille panels and thin headlamps with eyeball-imitating LEDs within, as if it’s going to break out a crate of Acme-brand explosives. Aside from the devious front end, the ID.4 is attractive enough, and our tester’s black-painted top and 20-inch wheels, which are part of the Gradient design package, make it appear lower and leaner than it actually is.
The dull Scale Silver paint, on the other hand, detracted from the design by obliterating the contrast between both the bodywork and the brightly polished roof arches. For those who want to stand out a little more, Volkswagen provides even more exuberant Kings Red and Dusk Blue hues. Regardless of paint color, the ID.4 is totally unobtrusive and appealing, even though it blends in a little more than the prominent Ioniq 5.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is light and airy on the inside, with a slim 5.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a twist-style gear selector atop the steering wheel. A 12.0-inch infotainment display with VW’s latest infotainment software is mounted high on the dash in its own binnacle. A narrow strip of touch-sensitive temperature and volume sliders sits just below the screen, with another button panel beneath it providing rapid access to on-screen functions such as climate, drive modes, and vehicle settings. While Clint and I disagree on the functionality of those buttons, we both agree that the setup is clear and straightforward.
Ride Comfort in Hyundai Ioniq 5 & Volkswagen ID.4
Hyundai Ioniq 5 :
With 20-inch wheels and rubber-band sidewalls, people expected the Hyundai Ioniq 5 to be a shaky ride. Instead, observers were met with on-road behavior that masked minor flaws while softening the impact of larger ones, as well as quiet wind noise and tire roar when riding at high speeds. When driving over uneven pavement, the Ioniq 5 defaults to softly sprung comfort over body control, so there are some ocean motions, but aside from that, the cabin is a comfortable place to spend some miles.
The 2021 VW ID.4 displays its Teutonic heritage with a strong, well-damped ride. The ID.4 is less isolated than the Ioniq 5 and has excellent body control on most road surfaces. On the interstate, there’s a little more tire noise, and after an hour or two, the firm seats start to feel a little squirmy. The rear passengers had to make do with a fixed seatback while having ample amount of head and legroom to move and stretch out.
Performance of Hyundai Ioniq 5 & Volkswagen ID.4
Hyundai Ioniq 5 :
The Ioniq 5 gets an electric motor on each axle in an all-wheel-drive configuration, for a total of 320 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. The Ioniq 5 will shock you with a hard shove to the lower back as it speeds from 0 to 60 in less than 5 seconds if you weren’t expecting it. With the rapid passing and merging performance we’ve come to anticipate from current EVs, the acceleration doesn’t let up at speed either.
Like the Hyundai, Volkswagen’s ID. 4 has a twin-motor configuration with all-wheel drive, producing 295 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. VW claims a 5.4-second acceleration to 60 mph, which is more than acceptable for a family crossover – although somewhat slower than the Ioniq 5. Still, when merging into traffic or overtaking a left-lane hog, the ID.4 is a capable, confident machine to drive.
Price of Hyundai Ioniq 5 & Volkswagen ID.4
Hyundai Ioniq 5 :
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 SE starts at $44,000 plus a $1,245 destination fee, but the tester was a Limited AWD model with a $1,000 matte paint job and some floor mats. The Ioniq 5 isn’t cheap, with an as-tested MSRP of $56,920, but Hyundai gives you a lot for your money. The Limited (and the mid-tier SEL) come standard with the aforementioned Highway Driving Assist II safety measures, as well as snappy 20-inch wheels, remote parking aid, 80s-chic LED projector headlamps, and the all-important sliding console inside.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is priced right in the middle of the crossover EV market, with a starting price of $41,230 plus $1,195 destination. The Scale Silver ID.4 S AWD that was tested cost $50,870 and had only one option: the strictly cosmetic Gradient package, which included a black top panel, 20-inch alloy wheels, and brilliant front and rear bumper elements. That’s more than $6,000 less than the competing Hyundai, and the ID.4 isn’t exactly bare-bones either.
Verdict : Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Volkswagen ID.4
There’s no way around it. Despite how wonderful the Volkswagen ID.4 is for most everyday driving chores, it seemed evident from the start that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 would win. Although the most crucial factors in the choice were range, charging speed, and performance, the Hyundai backed up its superlatives in those categories with more qualitative wins, namely its elegant styling, rulebook-ripping proportions, and slick interior.