These two new electric SUVs offer unique styles and interesting performance. But which one to choose?
A shower of electrical innovations in recent months! And for good reason: at the end of 2020, one in four cars sold in Europe was electric … Suddenly, this engine is gradually filling all segments, from the city car to the sports car. Today, we are interested in two striking novelties, two electric SUVs in the striking design : the Nissan Ariya and the Hyundai Ioniq 5. May the best win!
Exterior: between science fiction and minimalism
In terms of looks, the Nissan and Hyundai start from dthem very different philosophies. Japanese is very futuristic, with large taut curves but a grille reminiscent of the stars of the brand like the new Qashqai. Hyundai side, we do clean slate of brand habits, for a retro-futuristic look made of straight lines and geometric shapes. A minimalism that disguises its size, also thanks to an XXL wheelbase. The Ioniq 5 is indeed 4 cm taller than the Nissan, but measures 22 cm more between the wheels ! The guarantee of very good roominess in the rear seats.
Overall, these two electric SUVs have their own unique look, and quite successful, although we’ll let you decide between them.
Interior: feeling of space and refined furniture
The Hyundai and Nissan share an interior philosophy: a very modern minimalism, to make the most of the space offered by their electrical architectures. Both have large screens, and especiallya flat floor at the front, which gives a nice feeling of space. See what our journalist Agnès Lasbarrère thinks about the interior of the Nissan Ariya:
If we haven’t been able to board the South Korean crossover yet, we have to admit that it seems to push the concept a little further than the Ariya. His large flat surfaces are reminiscent of the Honda e, while the Nissan remains closer to a classic car.
It remains to be seen which of these two SUVs will be the most pleasant to live in. The Ioniq 5 promises exemplary habitability thanks to its giant wheelbase, and refined front seats to gain space in the rear. The Nissan Ariya is already very generous on this side.
Hyundai promises 531 liters of volume for its trunk, against 468 liters for the Nissan.
Technological flagship of their two brands, the Nissan and the Hyundai are both at the cutting edge of high-tech. We find in particular systems of autonomous driving level 2 (hold in the lane and acceleration / braking, until stop). The screens are similar, although those of the Nissan are slightly larger (12.3 inches against 12 inches). The Hyundai retorts by offering a system for connecting equipment on 220V, using the battery. Convenient for camping, for example.
Autonomy, performance and charging time: the war!
The Nissan Ariya is offered in 5 power levels, and 2 battery sizes. In the best case, it will offer 394 hp (four-wheel drive), and up to 500 km of autonomy (two-wheel drive with the large battery).
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 does less well in both cases. It can be equipped with one or two motors and two batteries, with a combined power reaching 301 hp maximum. The maximum autonomy is estimated at 480 km, with a single motor and the large battery.
But the master weapon of Korean is its charging speed : thanks to an 800V electrical system, the charging power can rise to 350 kW, compared to 130 kW only on the Nissan. Hyundai announces 18 minutes only to go from 10 to 80% battery, or about 100 km of autonomy gained in 5 minutes. It’s faster than at Tesla!
While it will certainly be necessary to look for Ionity sockets to benefit from this super fast charge, Hyundai is a network partner, and will therefore be able to benefit from reduced prices. It is also a way of predicting the evolution of terminals in general in the coming years.
For long journeys, the Ioniq 5 could therefore prove to be more efficient, despite its slightly lower maximum autonomy.
Verdict: while waiting for the tariffs …
The battle is tight between these two new electric SUVs. Difficult to decide between them before having taken the wheel, but it seems that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers for now slightly higher benefits, from the point of view of livability, trunk and charging times, even if it is weakening in terms of performance and range. The final whistle will be that of the prices, for the time being still unknown. We are waiting for the Nissan Ariya around 45,000 €, when the Ioniq 5 should be more expensive, the small electric Kona already starting at € 39,900. Answers in a few weeks!
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