Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs. Kia EV6: Which would you pick?

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are two new electric cars based on a common platform, but from separate brands. That’s why they haven’t been shown together until now.

First spotted by InsideEVs, a short video ad for Hyundai Motor Group’s E-Pit high-power fast-charging network has shown the two models from the corporate cousins together for the first time.

The video shows an Ioniq 5 and a Kia EV6 parked side by side at one of the E-Pit charging stations, which have a layout similar to gas stations. Hyundai plans to open the first 12 sites in South Korea this month, with eight more later on. The initial 12 sites will be located at highway rest stops, while the following eight will be in urban areas.

Hyundai Motor Group E-GMP platform

Hyundai Motor Group E-GMP platform

Despite sharing Hyundai’s E-GMP platform, the Ioniq 5 and EV6 are two very different approaches to EV design. Kia has opted to emphasize performance, and gave the EV6 a futuristic look, while the Ioniq 5 is pitched as a mass-market crossover, with retro styling inspired by the 1970s Hyundai Pony hatchback, the first car designed in-house by the automaker.

The Ioniq 5 is neither the smallest nor the largest among its peers, which include the Volkswagen ID.4, Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Nissan Ariya. The EV6 is 2.3 inches longer than the Ioniq 5, but with a 3.9-inch-shorter wheelbase.