Although mechanically very similar, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 are surprisingly different. A primary area where they are separated is their interior. And since you will spend most of your time here with each car, it is important to know which one is best for you. So we spent some time on each and highlighted the differences in their design, usability and space to help you determine which electric hatch might be most suitable.
Like their exterior, the Kia and Hyundai feature distinct styling that has distinctly different goals. The Ioniq 5 is clearly designed as a modern, light and airy machine. Door panels are extremely minimal, even hiding the grab points behind a simple, blocky armrest. Dash is similarly simple and concise. All space under the dash is also open, and the center console slides with a large open storage area. The shifter also sits in the column, further opening the space under the dash. This is an unusual placement under the windshield wiper stalk where many cars have a cruise control stalk, of course its functionality: its functionality: twist for reverse, twist for drive, press end button for park.
All materials are muted in color, either black or soft gray (although in digital tiled cars that color can be applied to doors and dashes). There are some shiny or glamorous trim pieces. It doesn’t even have a chrome badge on the steering wheel, just four small squares. These squares resonate throughout the cabin, either in the pattern printed on the door panel or in the available leather upholstery. At night, the ambient light is similarly soft and gentle, most of which is reflected from the door panel, with the lights stuck behind the armrest.
The Kia EV6, especially the GT-Line trim, is much more chic and sporty. The dashboard is stuck further away and has all kinds of decorations. The top is striped, and in the middle of the dash are customizable ambient light sections. The controls seem to come down further and they are almost filled with a long and long center console. This console has a few controls with a shifter dial, which virtually fits in the palm of your hand. It all helps to create more of a future cockpit feeling.
The materials are all much darker, but with higher contrast. Our model was black wrong suede with bright white leatherette trim. There are more bright metallic accents, such as rings attached to the bottom of the steering wheel. The lower roof line and dark headliner form-fitting, wrapped cockpit take Vib home.
This is an area where two EVs begin to show that they are related. They rely on a pair of 12.3-inch screens for both instrumentation and infotainment. These may be skinned differently with different color and font schemes, but their layout and functionality are essentially identical at the bottom. They both look great in cars, drive smoothly and are quite easy to read. Touchscreens are equally responsive to icons that are easy to hit The menus aren’t too complicated or too deep, so it’s a tough experience everywhere.
At the bottom of the screen are more dedicated buttons and this is where the two cars separate. Each of them has the same set of controls, but they are presented differently. The Hyundai (pictured above) has a series of physical shortcut buttons and a volume knob to assist in the infotainment function. Below that is a bank of touch buttons for control Most Climate function oddly missing heated seat controls from those buttons. They need to bring up a more detailed climate menu on the infotainment screen.
Kia consolidates all of these controls into a line of touch-sensitive buttons (see video above). Only climate control or infotainment control can be used at a time. One of the buttons is a dedicated switcher. Having these multi-function buttons and knobs is a great small strategy and helps to streamline the look of the EV6 cabin. In practice, though, if you want to adjust your air temperature by following the volume, bouncing between the two is a bit annoying. And like Hyundai, the climate buttons don’t cover everything, so some functions on the screen need to be adjusted.
There is another weird user experience when it comes to phone charging and connectivity. On the Ioniq 5, the wireless phone charger is pressed under the center console with wired charging ports, making it a bit of a hassle to reach. The EV6 is even better with its wireless charger on top of the console. Although neither car has a wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. This means that you either charge wirelessly or plug in, which is another problem. And it also loses the slight advantage of EV6 in terms of phone features.
The seat is certainly suitable for the general focus of each vehicle. The Ioniq 5 has the pair’s original show-stopper thanks to the built-in leg rest in the driver’s seat that is designed to be used with the back of the Max recline seat. As good as it is to wait for your electric charge, it will not work for everyone. For a long-haul driver like you, in a real sense, it doesn’t really extend well enough to provide much support. If you are short, it may come in handy.
One of the other key features of Ioniq is the headroom. Its long roof line means there are more headrooms at the front and back – in fact, taller people can brush their hair on the roof of the kiosk. It also contributes to Ionic’s light, airy feeling.
The EV6 lacks a lot of fancy seating features, but the GT-Line models have some very sporty fox suede upholstery. It fits the sporty sporty design of the car, but it helps keep you in more space so you don’t slide around while taking advantage of driving mobility. The design of the seat seems a bit more robust, but it’s not particularly noticeable.
Outside of this difference, the two car seats are quite similar. They have a good amount of cushions even though they do not have lumbar support or many shapes. The bottom cushions are a little smaller, but the angle helps provide decent thigh support. The foot and knee room in both rows is spacious, with many people’s seats and the baby seat at the back being the same. We also like adjustable reclining in the back seats.
Just as different body sizes have affected passenger space, so the Ioniq 5 and EV6 each have different amounts of cargo space. The more conventional and longer design of the Ioniq 5 gives it more space. With rear seats, it has 27.2 cubic feet and the folding space extends to 59.3. The rear seats of the EV6 have 24.4 cubic feet on the back and are folded 50.2 with them, which still proves to be large enough to fit all the bags in our standard luggage test (we still have to test the Ioniq 5).
Objectively, the Ioniq 5 has one A little Good interior. It’s a little rumier, and its controls are a little more user friendly. But it is much less important than the thematic aspects. If you are looking for a car that looks like a quiet lounge, Hyundai Hall is the way to go. But if you’re looking for something like a spaceship’s sporty cockpit, Kia carries your captain’s chair. And you really can’t go wrong with both.