The latest K-pop CUVs are twins at 2WD entry level, with the 58kWh battery delivering 170PS and 350Nm of power, both going from 0 to 100 in 8.5 seconds. The bigger battery on the AWD doubles those numbers to 306PS on the Hyundai and 325PS on the Kia, with torque at 605Nm for both. 0-100km acceleration drops to 5.4 seconds on EV6, while the Ioniq 5 shaves off another 0.2 seconds.
WLTP range is close, too: at 400km on the lower battery variants, with the long-range editions topping out at 485km for the Ioniq 5 and 510km for the EV6. Kia has an edge at the top end, too, with a game-changing 430kW of power and 740Nm of Torque on the EV6 GT, due in 2022. Hyundai has no corresponding answer, although its limited-edition Project 45 compensates.
The E-GMP base gives the relatives an operating voltage of 800 volts, a level so far reserved for luxury models such as the Porsche Taycan. Ultra-fast charging gets you to 80 per cent in 18 minutes on both cars, just enough to stretch your legs. Both cars also support two-way charging, cranking out 3.6kW to power a decent coffee machine or a 55-inch TV in the bivouac. Here, the Ioniq 5 has a slight edge: a solar panel on the roof replenishes the battery.