Together with the Model 3, the Model Y has done a brilliant job of making Teslas more accessible to more customers. They look similar to their larger counterparts yet provide a mix of performance, charging infrastructure, and range that remains out of reach for most other automakers at this point in time. That’s true for the Ioniq 5, which is simply outgunned by the quicker Model Y while failing to match its range numbers.
It’s not quite as simple as a numbers game, though. The Ioniq 5 is a big first step for Hyundai and shows its dedication to EVs now and in the near future. As a piece of design, it is hard not to be won over and there’s loads of technology to enjoy. If Hyundai can get the price right and the Ioniq 5 turns out to be good to drive, the Tesla’s better performance may not be enough to see it walk away with all the spoils. We’ll know more when the Ioniq 5 becomes available in the fall.