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Comparison: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 versus 2022 VW ID.4

Which of these compact battery-electric SUVs is the better overall choice?

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

 

Pros

  • Maximum 488-km range
  • Excellent overall energy efficiency 
  • Plenty of legroom in both rows

Cons

  • Base trim’s limited range
  • Interior lacks the retro-futuristic charm of the exterior
  • AWD version relatively pricey

What are the highlights of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5?

Like its Volkswagen rival, the new Ioniq 5 is a huge step up compared to its internal combustion engine-based predecessor: the Ioniq Electric. 

This new battery-electric vehicle (BEV) from Hyundai is a 5-passenger compact SUV built on its own specific platform, with a lot of interior space. And an exterior that is not only a departure from Hyundai’s already interesting design approach but could signal the creation of another brand. Like Genesis has done in the luxury class.

Before any applicable Canadian government purchase incentives kick in, the base Ioniq 5 Essential RWD’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price starts at $44,999 in Canadian dollars. It uses a 58-kiloWatt hour (kWh) battery and a single 168-horsepower electric motor that drives the rear wheels and offers an estimated 354 kilometres of range. 

If you need more range, the $51,999 Preferred Long Range RWD trim gets a 77.4-kWh battery, 225 hp, and up to 488 km of range. 

Want traction at all four wheels? Then there’s the $54,999 Preferred Long Range AWD with two electric motors and up to 414 km of driving before needing to plug in.

 

What’s the interior of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 like?

A wheelbase longer than Hyundai’s three-row Palisade SUV has given the 5-passenger Ioniq 5 plenty of interior space. It seems even bigger than it is, thanks to a roof made almost entirely of glass. The dashboard has suitably high-tech touches in the form of dual 12.3-inch displays—one for driver information, the other for the infotainment system. 

Sustainable materials are used throughout the cabin, such as plant-based fabrics and recycled plastic bottles. A center console slides forward and back, allowing rear passengers better access to the console’s USB ports and wireless charging pad.

The backs of the front seats are 30 percent thinner than a regular car seat, resulting in more legroom over the Volkswagen ID.4 for both front and rear passengers. They also recline, apparently for naps at charging stations. And the rear seats can slide for flexible cargo space. 

 

How does the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 drive?

We found the Ioniq 5 to be a smooth-riding and quiet conveyance. It’s not an overtly sporty ride, but rather a balanced and pleasing all-rounder. Push hard when cornering and you’ll notice some body lean. 

When slowing, the brake pedal has a natural feel. With maximum regenerative braking selected, the Ioniq 5 can come to a complete and surprisingly smooth stop without the driver having to lift their foot from the accelerator.

 

2022 Volkswagen ID.4

 

Pros

  • Base trim’s impressive 400-km range
  • Three years of free public charging 
  • Excellent rear cargo room

Cons

  • AWD version offers less range  
  • No front trunk in the rear-drive model
  • No volume knob for stereo

What are the highlights of the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4?

You may be familiar with Volkswagen’s e-Golf BEV. But like the Ioniq Electric, that was based on an existing ICE chassis. The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 rides on the automaker’s modular battery-electric platform that also underpins the 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron. Like the Ioniq 5, the ID.4 offers two different powertrain configurations: rear-motor/rear-drive or dual-motor/all-wheel drive.

Pricing for the 5-passenger ID.4 starts at $44,995 (before rebates) for the base, rear-wheel drive ID.4 Pro with 201 hp and an estimated 400-km range. 

Like a lot of Canadians, if traction at all four wheels is a must, the 295-hp dual-motor ID.4 Pro AWD start at $49,995 and offers 386 km of range.

To counter Hyundai Canada’s longer factory warranty (5-years/100,000-km versus VW’s 4-yr/80,000-km program), VW Canada offers three years of free recharging with the Electrify Canada public network.

 

What’s the interior of the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 like?

VW says the ID.4 interior is designed to be minimalist. Sometimes to a fault, as in there’s no volume control knob. At least the quality of materials is excellent, and the overall aesthetic is modern without being too far out in the future.

The drive selector is noteworthy. It’s a rotating knob on the end of an arm extending from the right side of the instrument binnacle. By placing the gear selector high and near the driver’s right hand, the ID.4’s center console is freed up to have a large storage well with a sliding cover to help you keep valuables out of sight. 

Despite not offering a front-trunk (or “frunk”), with the rear seat in use, the ID.4 has 858 litres of space behind its rear seat compared to 770 in the Ioniq 5. The ID.4 also benefits from a bi-level cargo floor, which conceals a storage well for the onboard charger.

 

How does the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 drive?

VW says they have spent quite a bit of effort on that mission and expanded their use of sound deadening countermeasures. And that makes for a serene driving experience. 

Once underway, there are several drive modes to choose from—Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Custom. The ID.4’s standard regenerative brake calibration feels more like coasting when you lift the throttle. Sport mode also engages the car’s more aggressive regen calibration. Eco mode changes the car’s behavior too. The throttle is less aggressive, the steering is lighter, and VW says it limits the power output slightly to increase range. 

VW has done a great job balancing the ride and handling of the ID.4. On the worst potholes, the BEV rides smoothly. And on twisty backroads, the ID.4 feels nimble and corners flatly. The AWD version of the ID.4 handles surprisingly well on twisty two-lanes. Its extra power provides strong acceleration.

 

Should I buy a 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 or a 2022 Volkswagen ID.4?

Depending on your driving needs and access to charging, a new battery-electric small SUV is becoming more of a reality for many Canadians.

The Volkswagen ID.4’s longer base trim driving range, spacious rear cargo room, and complimentary network charging are all compelling reasons to make this your next new electric vehicle. 

However, we feel that the Ioniq 5’s roomier and more flexible passenger space, better energy efficiency, and longer maximum driving range makes it the better BEV pick.

Specs

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

2022 Volkswagen ID.4

Powerplant

RWD: 58-kWh battery/electric motor

RWD Long Range: 77.4-kWh battery/electric motor

AWD Long Range: 77.4-kWh battery/2 electric motors

RWD: 82-kWh battery/electric motor

AWD: 82-kWh battery/2 electric motors

Net Horsepower

RWD: 168

RWD Long Range: 225

AWD Long Range: 320

RWD: 201

AWD: 295

Net Pound-feet of Torque

RWD: 258

AWD Long Range: 446

R

WD: 229

AWD: est. 350

Transmission

1-speed automatic

1-speed automatic

Drivetrain

Rear-wheel-drive

All-wheel-drive

Rear-wheel-drive

All-wheel-drive

Le/100 km Fuel Economy

RWD: 1.9 city, 2.5 hwy.

RWD Long Range: 1.8 city, 2.4 hwy.

AWD Long Range: 2.1 city, 2.7 hwy.

RWD: 2.3 city, 2.6 hwy.

AWD: 2.4 city, 2.7 hwy.

Electric Driving Range

RWD: 354 km

RWD Long Range: 488 km

AWD Long Range: 414 km

RWD Long Range: 400 km

AWD Long Range: 386 km

Warranty

5 years/100,000 kilometres

4 years/80,000 kilometres

Max Seating Capacity

5

5

Base Curb Weight

1,800-1,897 kg

2,068 kg

Wheelbase

3,000 mm

2,766 mm

Overall Length

4,635 mm

4,584 mm

Width

1,890 mm

1,852 mm

Height

1,600 mm

1,637 mm

Headroom, Front

1,046 mm

1,044 mm

Headroom, Rear

982 mm

975 mm

Legroom, Front

1,138 mm

1,044 mm

Legroom, Rear

1,002 mm

955 mm

Shoulder Room, Front

1,465 mm

1,461 mm

Shoulder Room, Rear

1,470 mm

1,420 mm

Cargo Volume, Behind Rear Seats

770 L

858 L

 

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