Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Volkswagen ID.4: safety and reliability
The 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
Of the three cars here, the Volkswagen ID.4 is the only one to have gone through Euro NCAP crash testing yet, receiving the maximum five-star rating. The ID.4 managed a 93% score for adult occupant protection, 89% for child protection and 85% for its safety assist systems.
Autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition and adaptive cruise control are all standard across the ID.4 range. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard, but 1st Edition models like the one we tested also come with a reversing camera, as well as automatic headlights.
The other two cars have yet to be assessed by Euro NCAP, but both come with a host of safety features. The Hyundai especially is excellent in this area, with Level 2 autonomous driving capability, which is ideal for long motorway journeys. The Ioniq 5 also comes with lane-keeping assistance, plus automatic emergency braking, seven airbags and even a system that prevents the rear doors from opening if it detects an oncoming car.
Meanwhile all Mach-Es come with lane-keeping assistance and lane-departure warning, as well as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, evasive-steering assistance and pre-collision assistance, with active parking assistance the only extra you get by upgrading from a Standard Range to an Extended Range model.
All three are too new to have been in the hands of owners for very long, so there’s no data on each model’s long-term reliability. However, in the 2020 Driver Power survey, Hyundai ranked best, in 13th position, followed by Volkswagen in 19th and Ford in 24th – all out of 30 brands.
In This Review
- 1IntroThe 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 reliability - currently readingThe 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