Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Volkswagen ID.4: verdict and specifications

While 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

Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Volkswagen ID.4

1st: Hyundai Ioniq 5 – 5.0 /5

Never mind it being the best electric car out of the three here, if you’re looking for a new electric car, the Ioniq 5 rightfully deserves a place on your shortlist. Hyundai nailed it with its new electric family car, offering a near perfect combination of range, ultra-rapid charging capabilities, comfort, interior quality, comfort and technology. And that’s all besides the fact the Ioniq 5 is a better head turner than some supercars. Read our full review for more.

2nd: Ford Mustang Mach-E – 4.0 /5

Although it has lost to the Ioniq 5 here, the Mustang Mach-E is still an excellent electric SUV. But in this Standard Range, rear-drive configuration, it doesn’t match the practicality, charging speed or range on offer from the Hyundai. However, it still represents good value at this price point and is the most fun to drive of the three here, with enjoyable handling and performance on tap. Read our full review for more.

3rd: Volkswagen ID.4 – 4.0 /5

The ID.4 is the most practical and comfortable of this trio, and a worthy car to consider if you’re in the market for an affordable electric SUV. But it finishes third in this test because it simply cannot keep up with the performance, handling, charging capabilities or interior quality of either the Ford or the Hyundai. Read our full review for more.

Specifications

Car

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Ultimate 225kW AWD

Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard Range RWD

Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition Pro Performance

List price/price as tested (July 2021)

£48,145 / £48,830

£41,330 / £41,330

£40,800 / £40,800

Engine

Dual electric motors

Single electric motor

Single electric motor

Transmission

Single-speed, all-wheel drive

Single-speed, rear-wheel drive

Single-speed, rear-wheel drive

Battery capacity (total / usable)

77 / 72.6 kWh

75 / 70 kWh

82 / 77 kWh

Power / torque

321bhp / 605Nm

265bhp / 430Nm

201bhp / 310Nm

0-62mph

5.1 seconds

6.9 seconds

8.5 seconds

Top speed

115mph

111mph

99mph

Annual electricity cost (12k/20k miles, August 2022)

£950 / £1,600

£950 / £1,600

£820 / £1,400

Charging speeds

3.7 / 11 / 220kW

3.7 / 11 / 115kW

3.7 / 11 / 135kW

Charging times

23h 15m / 7h 45m / 18m

21h 45m / 7h 30m / 38m

24h 30m / 8h 15m / 34m

Official range

282 miles

273 miles

328 miles

On-test efficiency / range

3.4m/kWh / 247 miles

3.5m/kWh / 238 miles

3.4m/kWh / 262 miles

BiK rate / total for 20% taxpayer

2% / £206

2% / £200

2% / £174

Length / width / height / wheelbase

4,635 / 1,890 / 1,605 / 3,000mm

4,713 / 1,881 / 1,625 / 2,984mm

4,584 / 1,852 / 1,612 / 2,771mm

Boot capacity (seats up/down)

527 / 1,591 litres

402 / 1,405 litres

543 / 1,575 litres

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