With the anticipated arrival of the all-electric Kia EV6 and related Hyundai Ioniq 5 just around the corner, a classic tale of sibling rivalry unfolds. This battle isn’t about strength, smarts or power, but it does address a key consideration for electric vehicle shoppers: How far can each vehicle travel on a single charge? Now we know: The EPA has released its official range estimates for the EV6, which comes out ahead of the Ioniq 5 with a higher maximum range (310 miles compared to 303 miles, respectively) and higher range estimates across all comparable trims.
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Hyundai and Kia are affiliated automakers. The EV6 has been EPA-rated between 232 and 310 miles of range, depending on the model, with trim levels comprising the EX, EX Plus, GT-Line and, eventually, the GT. With its base battery, which makes 58 kilowatt-hours, the EV6 EX is rated at 232 miles of range. An optional 77.4-kWh battery in the EV6 GT-Line and EX Plus moves that up to 310 miles if you get rear-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive models, which also have the 77.4-kWh battery, get 274 miles.
The EV6 will travel farther than the Ioniq 5 on a single charge in each comparable configuration. The Ioniq 5 standard-range models with RWD get 220 miles of range, which is approximately 5% less than the EV6 EX. The maximum range for the Ioniq 5 comes in the long-range version equipped with RWD, which is rated at 303 miles; that’s 2% less than the EV6’s maximum range of 310 miles. The EV6’s biggest lead over the Ioniq 5 is in the all-wheel drive category: The Ioniq 5 AWD is rated at 256 miles, or 7% less than the EV6.