Nissan Ariya vs Hyundai Ioniq 5: which is the better electric car?

Nissan Ariya vs Hyundai Ioniq 5: which is the better electric car?

The Nissan Ariya will today rub shoulders with one of the most stylish electric SUVs of the moment: the Hyundai Ioniq 5. We will see together which one is made for you.

The Nissan Ariya intends to make a name for itself among electric SUVs. In a market that continues to grow, we thought it would be good to compare it with one of the benchmarks in the segment: the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

With its singular design and its high performance, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has shown since its introduction that it ticks all the important boxes when it comes to electric cars. Autonomy, charging power, and space on board are some of the advantages of the Ioniq 5 that have made it successful so far.

Nissan is therefore coming to its Ariya to try to change the hierarchy in place and possibly attract some potential customers at Hyundai. Therefore, we will compare the two cars on all important points: design, ride feel, space in the car, or even price; everything will be worked out to help you determine which will be most suitable for you.


Model Nissan Ariya Hyundai Ioniq 5
Category Crossovers SUV
Power (horses) 217 horsepower 302 horsepower
Power (kW) 160 kW 155 kW
0 to 100 km/h 7.5 secondes 5.2 secondes
Level of autonomy 2 5
Max speed 160 km/h 185 km/h
Main screen size 12.3 inch 12 inch
Car side sockets Type 2 Combo (CCS) Type 2 Combo (CCS)
Length 4595 mm 4635 mm
Height 1660 mm 1605 mm
Width 1850 mm 1890 mm
Entry-level price N/C 41900 dollars


With atypical colors, the Nissan Ariya wants to offer a design that does not leave anyone indifferent, as you can see in the photos below. Some interesting details can be found in particular on the grille, which seems smooth but which actually includes many reliefs from traditional Japanese art, and at the level of the light signature, which is quite new.

Dimension-wise, the Nissan Ariya is decidedly a C-segment SUV, with a length of 4.60 meters, a width of 1.86 meters, and a height of 1.62 meters, ensuring a size suitable for European cities while having space on board.

For its part, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is slightly longer (4.64 meters), and wider (1.89 meters) but lower (1.61 meters), giving it a look at the crossroads of the sedan high, crossover, and SUV. On the scale, the difference between the two vehicles goes almost unnoticed, with between 1.9 and 2.2 tonnes depending on the configuration.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 design is one of the most successful, with a neo-retro look that does not leave anyone indifferent. The rear light signature contributes to its concept car look, which feels good in an automotive landscape that looks more and more alike across the different models. It is, therefore, natural that the point returns to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 against the Nissan Ariya regarding the exterior look.


When you open the door of the Nissan Ariya, you find an atmosphere that is both warm and original. A particular small element of the Ariya is the floating center console where the armrest rests is the only element separating the two occupants in the front, and the latter moves forward or backward by about six inches to adapt to the different jigs.

The materials used inside are of precise quality, with imitation leather upholstery that is well enveloping and pleasant. A negative point that we had raised in our test of the Nissan Ariya is, however, the lack of storage, in particular, because of the central console, which is more aesthetic than practical.

In terms of trunk volume, the Nissan Ariya offers only 468 liters compared to 527 liters for the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (as well as a small front trunk of 57 liters), which is, therefore to be preferred for family trips. The atmosphere on board the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is quite minimalist, but the pride of place is given to the rear passengers, who can move their seat back electrically by about 13 centimeters in order to maximize legroom.

In both cases, the layout of the screens is comparable to the usual combination of one screen behind the steering wheel and another in the center of the dashboard. Although the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has a slightly larger trunk, the Nissan Ariya offers, in our opinion, a more qualitative and out-of-the-ordinary interior, which is why we give it the point in this duel.


Nissan had a good idea to bring together a bouquet of onboard technologies at the level of what is best today on its Ariya. In addition to the classic Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are included, we find in particular a head-up display, a 360-degree view of the vehicle, or an interior rear-view mirror which is a screen replicating what the rear camera sees.

A suite of Level 2 driver assists is offered, combining adaptive cruise control with active lane keeping to make fast lane journeys more relaxing. The result is rather successful on the Ariya, and one wonders what would be missing for it to be flawless.

Hyundai has the answer since, in addition to everything that has been stated as being present on the Nissan Ariya, the Ioniq 5 also adds another gadget that will cause a stir: screens as side mirrors. The new versions of the Korean can be equipped with it, thus making the geek car par excellence.

Given the presence of all the technologies on board the Ariya and the addition of a few more gadgets, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 wins this round.


At the wheel of the Nissan Ariya, driving is very pleasant, but the first passages in town make us bitterly regret a feature: driving with one pedal. Indeed, it is unfortunately not possible to come to a complete stop without touching the brake pedal, which makes it a negative point in the face of many electric vehicles.

Comfort on board the Ariya is very good, and both front and rear passengers will be comfortable in the quiet cabin of the Nissan SUV. With its two tons on the scale, the laws of physics will still remind the driver during hard braking, where it will be necessary to anticipate.

On the Hyundai Ioniq 5, paddles on the steering wheel control the level of regenerative braking, and it is possible to maximize it to come to a complete stop without touching the brake pedal.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers an excellent level of comfort, unfortunately to the detriment of dynamism, as is often the case with such heavy vehicles. It is therefore advisable to favor driving as a good father and to resist the call of the 325 horsepower of the most powerful model. To learn more, don’t hesitate to read or re-read our Hyundai Ioniq 5 review.

Thanks to its one-pedal driving and paddles on the steering wheel, the advantage goes to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in terms of driving pleasure over the Nissan Ariya.


The Nissan Ariya is available in 3 different engines, with two battery sizes:

  • Traction with 63 kWh battery: 218 horsepower front motor, 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds, top speed of 160 km/h
  • Traction with 87 kWh battery: 242 horsepower front motor, 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds, top speed of 160 km/h
  • All-wheel drive with 87 kWh battery: 306 horsepower front and rear motor, 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, top speed of 200 km/h

Similarly, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is available in three different engines in France, with a small or larger battery:

  • Propulsion with 58 kWh battery: 170 horsepower rear motor, 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, a maximum speed of 185 km/h;
  • Propulsion with 77 kWh battery: 229 horsepower rear motor, 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds, a maximum speed of 185 km/h;
  • All-wheel drive with 77 kWh battery: 325 horsepower front and rear motor, 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, top speed 185 km/h.


The Nissan Ariya wishes to be the main vehicle of the household and must therefore offer substantial autonomy. It is thus necessary to count between 398 and 533 kilometers of autonomy in the WLTP cycle according to the size of the battery which will equip the Japanese SUV. Whether with the small 63 kWh battery or the large 87 kWh, fast charging offers similar performance, with a charge from 20 to 80% in about thirty minutes, which peaks at 130 kW of maximum power.

Charging with alternating current on a suitable Wallbox is possible up to a power of 22 kW if the appropriate option is selected when ordering, enough to completely fill the battery in less than four hours (compared to 30 to 40 hours on a plug). Domestic).

If the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and its 11 kW onboard charger cannot compete with the Nissan Ariya in fast charging, the story is quite different. It only takes 17.9 minutes to charge from 10 to 80% on an 800-volt fast charging station, such as Ionity, for example. It’s not for nothing that the Ioniq 5 is one of the champions of fast charging!

In terms of announced autonomy, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 equipped with the 58 kWh battery offers 384 kilometers in the WLTP cycle, against up to 507 kilometers with the 77 kWh battery. With fast charging performance that is unmatched, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 unsurprisingly beats the Nissan Ariya. Indeed, the charging speed is very important on long journeys, as our comparison of the fastest cars on long journeys reminds us.


The Nissan Ariya is available on the French market in three different configurations, for prices ranging between 47,300 and 61,900 dollars (excluding the ecological bonus for the versions which are eligible for it). As standard, the vehicles are generally very well equipped, and the options catalog is simple enough that it is not possible to add a substantial sum to the base price.

The Nissan Ariya with the 87 kWh battery starts at a price of 54,400 dollars and offers a range comparable to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 propulsion with the 77 kWh battery, which starts at just 49,700 dollars. This is a major advantage for Hyundai, which allows itself to be better placed financially on certain configurations.

The range starts at 46,500 dollars for the 58 kWh version of the Ioniq 5, and the most expensive models arrive at 62,400 dollars (four-wheel drive, 77 kWh battery). Some concessions offer a discount for going below the threshold of the current ecological bonus, which can allow a significant discount on the final price to be paid.


When taking stock of these two vehicles, it seems difficult to recommend the Nissan Ariya against the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Indeed, in addition to the incomparable fast charging power, the Ariya has a smaller trunk, a price that isn’t more attractive, and comparable battery life despite its bigger battery.

Still, the interior of the Ariya is quite welcoming and of excellent quality, and its exterior lines can be an asset according to individual tastes. However, if its endowment in embedded technologies can impress, it is clear that here too, Hyundai hits hard by offering at least as well.

It is not for nothing that the Hyundai Ioniq 5 has won various awards as part of the best global car 2022: between exceptional charging power, outstanding design, and top-level equipment, it is one of the cars to beat right now. And unfortunately for Nissan, its Ariya does not seem to be able to beat it.