- The Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are some of the trendiest new electric vehicles to challenge Tesla.
- Having driven both – and Tesla’s popular Model Y – I can understand why.
- The Kia and Hyundai electric cars offer plenty of range and plenty of style in an accessible package.
Tesla is by far the US market leader in electric vehicle sales. But as the market continues to grow, Elon Musk’s piece of the pie is shrinking.
After driving two of the most popular new Tesla rivals on sale – the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 – it’s easy to see why Americans are warming up to new faces in the running. the trendy Korean SUVs are stylish, fun and technologically advanced – and cause Tesla’s Model Y trouble.
They’re just cool
For years, Tesla’s main competitors were wacky little hatchbacks. With bold, eye-catching design, the EV6 and Ioniq 5 are anything but. As I drove both cars through New York, I had several people stop and stare or ask questions.
Who is not a fan of The Ioniq 5 has chunky proportions and a cyberpunk aesthetic can opt for the swoopier design of the EV6. The Model Y, as good as it looks, has done so well that it’s nothing special where electric vehicles are popular.
High tech with fun features
The two SUVs shine where it matters most: range. Both are designed for at least 300 miles of driving in their more expensive variants with a large battery, which is not to be scoffed at. They can also be charged exceptionally quickly. They claim to regain 70% of their battery level in just 18 minutes when connected to a powerful charging station.
Interesting features include the electrical power supply on board, which allows you to charge a laptop or even a laptop cook a meal on the go like I did. The Ioniq 5 in particular uses the space very well. It feels surprisingly large inside thanks to a level floor and a large free space in front of the center console for a backpack or handbag.
Electrically cool in a normal car
With a generously sized touchscreen that offers an impressive range of unique features – such as games, a surveillance system and a web browser A Tesla is like a smartphone on wheels. That big screen and resulting button-free interior are big selling points, but some people might want a more conventional user experience. That’s what Kia and Hyundai deliver.
They’re high-tech and feel modern on the inside, but they basically function like the cars everyone is used to. They each have a touchscreen, but they’re more modest in size and not the only way to control everything like a Tesla’s command center.
In a Tesla, you have to tap the screen to adjust the windshield wipers, open the trunk or select the air conditioning. Kia and Hyundai have relatively standard controls for climate, radio and more.
Also, they drive great
The Model Y accelerates like no other and shifts like a sports car. But when you have your own personal roller coaster, comfort is sacrificed, and the Y’s suspension can feel stiff over bumps.
The Hyundai, on the other hand, glides comfortably over the road. the EV6 offers sporty steering and is more focused on driving pleasurebut it doesn’t feel as hardcore as the Model Y. In their twin-engine, all-wheel-drive configurations, both models are fast enough to put a smile on your face and shock your unsuspecting passengers.
Naturally, The Model Y also has many advantages. Exclusive Supercharger access, a minimalist interior and high-tech features still make it an attractive choice, especially for buyers who need to live on the cutting edge of technology. So it’s not going away anytime soon.