Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Volkswagen ID.4: safety and reliability
All three cars come with a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating and a plethora of safety features
With these cars at the forefront of their respective manufacturers’ technological development, it’s no surprise that all come with a wide range of safety features and driver aids.
All three were crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2021, and all gained the maximum five-star scores. There’s very little in it, but the ID.4 ultimately got the best set of results if you drill down into the scores. It managed 93% for adult occupant protection, 89% for child protection and scored 85% for its safety assist systems.
In comparison, the Mach-E was awarded 92%, 86% and 82% in the same categories. The Ioniq, meanwhile, scored 88% for adult protection, 86% for child protection and 88% for its safety features.
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 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 2022 Driver Power survey, Hyundai ranked best, in 11th position, followed by Volkswagen in 18th and Ford in 25th – all out of 29 brands.
In This Review
- 1IntroThe Hyundai Ioniq 5 has received plenty of praise since its introduction. 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 readingAll three cars come with a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating and 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