Triple test: Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs BMW iX3 vs Volvo XC40 Recharge
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of our favourite electric family cars, but how does it stack up against the more premium offerings in the electric SUV class?
While electric cars of all shapes and sizes are available these days, and even more are in the works, the sheer amount of zero-emissions SUVs you can buy right now is undeniably staggering.
At one end of the spectrum you’ve got the likes of the compact Vauxhall Mokka-e, Peugeot e-2008 and Kia e-Niro, which focus more on value for around the £30,000 mark or less, while more exclusive, luxury options like the BMW iX and Tesla Model X can crack the £100,000 mark with ease.
Slap bang in the middle of those extremes are the three premium, zero-emissions family cars we’ve decided to pit against one another here: the BMW iX3, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Volvo XC40 Recharge, all of which we’ve commended individually in the past for their exceptional interiors, soothing refinement, useful practicality and up-to-the-minute technology.
Pros: Practical, well built, clever regenerative braking
Cons: High starting price, only two trim levels, most expensive to insure
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Pros: Styling, interior, comfort
Cons: Only top spec gets all-wheel-drive, no rear wiper, performance compared to rivals
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Pros: Excellent refinement, Google infotainment, dual-motor performance
Cons: Not the most fun to drive, rivals have longer range, quite expensive
We’ve heaped praise on the Ioniq 5 in particular since our first test drive in the South Korean model, however, it must be said that Hyundai isn’t exactly the first brand you'd think of when considering spending £50,000 or more on a car. So does that mean even the space-age Ioniq 5 is unable to hold its own against the electric SUV heavy-hitters from BMW and Volvo? Let’s see which one comes out on top...
In This Review
- 1Intro - currently readingThe Hyundai Ioniq 5 is one of our favourite electric family cars, but how does it stack up against the more premium offerings in the electric SUV class?
- 2Range and chargingThe Ioniq 5 leaves both the iX3 and XC40 behind here, thanks to its 220kW ultra-rapid charging speed
- 3Performance and handlingWhile the dual-motor setup in the XC40 offers stunning performance, and the Ioniq 5’s ride is the most comfortable, the iX3 stands out as the most engaging of the three to drive
- 4Space and practicalityWhile the iX3 and XC40 offer similar amounts of interior space, neither can touch the cavernous expanses of the Ioniq 5’s cabin and boot
- 5Interior and infotainmentWhile the iX3 and XC40 interiors are as well built as you’d expect from their respective brands, the Ioniq 5 is simply more comfortable and packed with technology
- 6Running costs and warrantyAll three models have low running costs, including company-car tax, but the Hyundai’s lower insurance ratings and comprehensive warranty put it ahead here
- 7Safety and reliabilityThe Ioniq 5 and XC40 have five-star Euro NCAP crash-test ratings and all three cars feature a plethora of safety systems
- 8Verdict and specificationsThe Hyundai Ioniq 5 claims victory over its pricer competition from BMW and Volvo thanks to its spacious cabin, ultra-rapid charging capabilities and supremely comfortable ride quality