New Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Tesla Model 3 vs Volkswagen ID.4 | What Car?

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NEW Hyundai Ioniq 5 73kWh RWD Premium

List price £41,945
Target Price £41,945

Hyundai moves into a new era of electric cars with this large hatchback, which promises an official range of close to 300 miles in the form tested here, plus super-fast charging

Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus

List price £40,990
Target Price £40,990

Our favourite large electric car is the one to beat for around £40,000 when it comes to performance and technology, although this entry-level model has the shortest official range

Volkswagen ID.4 77kWh Pro Performance Life

List price £42,040
Target Price £40,987

As a large SUV, the ID.4 should have practicality and a high seating position in its favour. It also promises the longest range of our contenders, at up to 324 miles

Ioniq 5. If you’re thinking that sounds like an Elon Musk invention – the fifth space rocket to come out of his SpaceX programme, perhaps – it isn’t. It’s a Hyundai.

But there is a tie-in to Mr Musk here, because it is an all-new large electric vehicle (EV) that sits squarely in the same territory as the Tesla Model 3. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is recognisably a hatchback but, at the same time, it’s one of the most futuristic-looking hatchbacks we’ve ever seen. It comes with two battery choices, and here we’re testing the bigger one – 73kWh – and mid-range Premium trim.


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