Triple test: Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Volkswagen ID.4
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is finally here, and receiving plenty of praise. But how does it hold up against some of the best electric family cars around?
These days it's hard to find a carmaker that isn’t already producing or developing an electric SUV. This type of car promises space, comfort and practicality along with style and the usual electric-car benefits of strong performance and low running costs. So models like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4 have become the go-to family cars right now.
However, Hyundai may now have something to say about that. Its new Ioniq 5 electric family hatchback 'broke the internet' when it was revealed earlier in 2021, as people fell in love with its retro '70s-inspired styling and concept-car features. But now the rubber has to meet the road. The Ioniq 5 has a circa-£35,000 starting price, but certain versions are priced closer to £50,000, placing Hyundai’s zero-emissions family car directly in the crosshairs of the likes of the ID.4 and Mach-E.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Pros: Style, interior, comfort
Cons: Top-spec price, no rear wiper, fidgety ride over some bumps
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Pros: Fun to drive, infotainment, refinement
Cons: Firm ride, lacks serious performance, rapid-charging capability
Pros: Range, space, practicality
Cons: Fiddly infotainment, performance, interior quality
All of these cars have impressed us in the past for various reasons – but stick them side-by-side and it might already seem like the ID.4 is being left behind by the rakish Mach-E and show-stopping Ioniq 5. But can Volkswagen still snatch victory from the Ford or the Hyundai? Let’s find out...
In This Review
- 1Intro - currently readingThe Hyundai Ioniq 5 is finally here, and receiving plenty of praise. But how does it hold up against some of the best electric family cars around?
- 2Range and chargingNot much on the road comes close to the Ioniq 5’s ultra-rapid charging capability – including the ID.4 and Mach-E
- 3Performance and handlingThe ID.4 and Ioniq 5 are comfortable cruisers, but the Mach-E remains one of the best electric cars to drive on sale right now
- 4Space and practicalityThe ID.4 may offer the most boot space of this trio, but the Ioniq 5 triumphs thanks to its spacious feeling interior
- 5Interior and infotainmentThe Ioniq 5 stands out again with its elegant design and comfortable cabin, while the ID.4’s frustrating infotainment system and user interface remain bugbears
- 6Running costs and warrantyAll three models have low running costs, including company-car tax, but the top-spec Ioniq 5 sits in a very high insurance group, which could cost you more down the line
- 7Safety and reliabilityThe ID.4 is the only model here with a Euro NCAP crash-test rating, but all these cars come with a plethora of safety features
- 8Verdict and specificationsWhile the ID.4 and Mach-E both have positives, neither can match the Ioniq 5’s comfort, spaciousness or ultra-rapid charging capability, which put it above premium electric cars that cost twice as much