Renault Megane electric vs Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5 58 kW Intuitive – €43,600 VS Renault Mégane E-TECH EV60 Iconic – €47,400

Reasons to choose the Ioniq 5…

We have chosen to oppose here two protagonists who satisfy the main qualities that we are entitled to expect from electric family models. In this category, the entrance ticket is around 45,000 €excluding ecological bonus. Rates that are partly justified by a technology that is still recent. The future will tell if this choice of all-electric, in which almost all manufacturers are committed, is the right one…

With its substantial size and its atypical one-piece design, combining classicism and modernity, this Ioniq 5 challenges and imposes. Its size, its crossover type body, and its electric architecture with XXL wheelbase (3 meters) free up a passenger compartment that is as vast as it is welcoming. Dashboard with a sleek design, with huge digital panel incorporating two 12”3 screens, reduced center console and flat floor give it a feeling of zen very relaxing and free up a very generous living space reminiscent of the large minivans of yesteryear.

Photo: Hamdi Ben Lagha

An impression that is confirmed meter in hand with significantly higher habitability ratings than those of the Mégane E-TECH, which belongs to the category compact wagons. Whether in elbow width, rear leg space or trunk volume, the Korean dominates the French. Added to this is a successful modularity with a bench sliding on 20 cm freeing up a flat load volume of up to nearly 1,600 litres.

Without forgetting numerous storage spaces scattered throughout the cabin, as well as a second 57 liter trunk under the front cover to store the charging cables. Simply clever as they say at Skoda!

A passenger compartment that invites you to take the road with your family… What this Ioniq 5 knows how to do very well thanks to very decent performance despite a fairly modest power (170 hp) in relation to its weight (1,905 kg)partly compensated by a substantial torque of 350 Nm.

Pleasure increased tenfold by several regeneration modes – and therefore engine braking – allowing the most virulent, “i-pedal”, to no longer have to use the brake pedal, a mode not offered by the Mégane E-TECH. Renault arguing that, in certain markets, senior customers would risk, by losing the habit of braking, confusing accelerator pedal and brake pedal! Although simple propulsion – the more powerful versions have all-wheel drive (not permanent) – this basic version of the Ioniq 5 enjoys behavior that is both rigorous and dynamicwhich can even become a player thanks to a fully disconnectable ESC anti-skid.

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With its lower power and its rear-wheel drive, it does not deplore any loss of traction, unlike the Mégane E-TECH whose front axle, although very rigorous, can be overrun by the sudden arrival of cavalry ; a defect specific to a number of electric tractions. Another good point for the direction, judiciously assisted, and more consistent than that of the Mégane, very light and not very informative, even if it offers the choice between three levels of assistance.

In addition to more than reasonable fuel consumption and even slightly lower than that announced by Hyundai – our average was 16.4 kWh on a well-run mixed course – this Ioniq 5 can be charged very quickly. Thanks to its 58 kWh batteries compatible with 800 volt charging, it requires only 18” to recover 80% of its autonomy on a 350 kW terminal. And less than 30′ on a more common 100 kW terminal, or even 5 hours for full charging on an 11 kW terminal.

To be compared to 1h14, minimum, on an 85/130 kW terminal for the Mégane, here in its most efficient Optimum Charge version, or every 6:25 a.m. on an 11 kW terminal. A V2L reverse charging system, which can supply or recharge – when stationary or while driving – any type of device, 110/220-230 v, up to 3.6 kW of power, is also available on the higher engines of the Ioniq 5. The Mégane E-TECH will eventually offer a V2G system to return energy to the network when needed.

… or prefer the Mégane E-TECH…

Aesthetically, this brand new 100% electric Mégane E-TECH, which shares no component with the thermal Méganeis closely inspired by the 2019 Morphoz concept car and the 2020 Mégane e-Vision. An undeniably successful design characterized by a cubic line with very worked sides, small glass surfaces and ultra-reduced overhangs. The result is an impression of elegance and robustness reinforced by a very compact size of 4.21 m, i.e. 15 cm less than a thermal Méganeand huge 20” rims (against “only” 19” on the Ioniq 5).

Photo: Hamdi Ben Lagha

Beyond an interior design that is also very elaborate, with a dashboard that is characterized by its digital counter blocks and its central slab forming an inverted L offering up to 774 cm2 of surfacethis Mégane E-TECH offers – in this most exclusive Iconic finish – a refined atmosphere combining a very neat finish and fittings with different materials, textiles in TEP, Alcantara, genuine leather or even this very elegant Nuo, a fabric of a new genre incorporating thin laser-cut linden leaves.

What offer him an infinitely more opulent atmosphere than that of the Ioniq whose materials, for the most part hard plastics, are – on this basic version – of much more ordinary quality. Qualities reinforced by even more accomplished comfort combining soft seats and more considerate damping than that of the Korean, despite its large 20” rims. Its operating silence is impressive thanks, in particular, to a new compressed sound-absorbing foam in which the battery is wrapped and which helps to reduce noise from the chassis and wheels. Not that that of the Ioniq 5 is demerit, but you can hear more air and rolling noises on board, as well as a few nasty little nightingales…

Photo: Hamdi Ben Lagha

On the handling side, in addition to a softer and more precise road feel, served by a more direct steering, this Mégane E-TECH reveals an unusual dynamism on electric traction, even higher than that of the Korean.

Helped by a more reasonable mass (1,636 kg) and a multi-link rear axleits damping is also more effective on small bumpy roads, especially when the pace is more pressing. What encourages to do its electric block which compensates for its slight lack of torque (300 Nm, against 350) by a much more generous cavalry (218 hp against 170); knowing that the Ioniq 5 is also available in a 218 hp version (from €46,800), then equipped with a 73 kWh battery. Enough to offer this Mégane E-TECH performance that may surprise some drivers of small sports cars…

Balance sheet just as favorable in terms of consumption since despite its much higher power, but thanks to its better contained weight, it only claimed one decilitre more per 100 km; which corresponds to a real autonomy of 363 km, a bit higher than that of the Ioniq. On the staffing side, if this Mégane, here in high finish, logically does slightly better than the “basic” Ioniq 5, with in particular some additional comfort equipment (leather upholstery, induction charger, front and side maneuvering radars, etc.), the two rivals suffer from no real shortcomings.

Photo: Hamdi Ben Lagha

OUR VERDICT

More livable, cheaper – in this basic version with big bonuses – and recharging more quickly, this Ioniq 5 narrowly wins against a more rigorous, more efficient, more comfortable and better finished Mégane E-TECH. A result that would probably have been different compared to the more expensive Ioniq 5,218 hp.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 specs

TO BUY

Price: €43,600 (Intuitive)

Residual value after 48 months: €18,500

Electric range: from 170 to 306 hp, from 43,600 to 59,900 €

Fiscal horsepower (CV): 3

Warranty / mileage: 5 years / unlimited (batteries: 8 years or 160,000 km)

Average consumption Auto Moto / manufacturer: 16.4/ 16.7 kW/100 km

WLTP/real range (km): 384/353
CO2 (g/km): 0

Bonus: €6,000

Service interval: 1 year / 15,000 km

Country of production: South Korea

Number of points of sale: 202

LIVE

Front/rear elbow width (cm): 157/155

Rear legroom (cm): 60 to 81

5/2 chest (l): 527/1,587 (+ 57 before)

CONDUCT

Motor: synchronous electric with permanent magnets, rear

Transmission: rear-wheel drive, single-speed reduction gearbox, reverse gear

Batteries: Lithium-ion, Polymer, 58 kWh

Charging time: 18” to 80% on a 350 kW terminal, 29′ to 80% on a 100 kW terminal, 44′ to 80% on a 50 kW terminal and 5 hours at 100% on a 11 kW terminal.

Power (kW at rpm): 125 (170 hp)

Torque (Nm): 350

Weight (kg): 1,905

Length.xwidth.xhigh. (m): 4.63 x 1.89 x 1.61

Wheelbase (m): 3.00

Turning diameter (m): 11.98

Maximum speed: 185 km/h

0 to 100 km/h: 8”5

Standard tyres: 235/55 R 19

Test tires: Michelin Primacy 4 A GOE

EuroNCAP crash test: 5 stars

Renault Megane e-Tech technical sheet

TO BUY

Price: €47,400 (Optimum Charge Iconic)

Residual value after 48 months: €19,300

Electric range: from 130 to 220 hp, from 35,200 to 47,400 €

Fiscal horsepower (CV): 4

Warranty / mileage: 2 years, unlimited (batteries: 8 years or 160,000 km)

Average consumption Auto Moto / manufacturer: 16.5/16.1 kW/100 km

WLTP/real range (km): 450/363

CO2 (g/km): 0

Bonus: €2,000

Service interval: 1 year / 30,000 km

Country of production: France

Number of points of sale: 3,500

LIVE

Front/rear elbow width (cm): 141/138

Rear legroom (cm): 71

5/2 chest (l): 440/1,332 (including 32 for cables)

CONDUCT

Motor: synchronous electric with wound rotor, front

Transmission: traction, automatic, single gear reduction + reverse gear

Batteries: NMC (Nickel, Manganese, Cobalt) (LG), 60 kWh

Charging time: 1h14 on an 85 kW terminal, 3h10 on a 22 kW and 6h25 on an 11 kW.

Power (kW at rpm): 160 (218 hp)

Torque (Nm): 300

Weight (kg): 1,636

Length.xwidth.xhigh. (m): 4.20 x 1.78 x 1.50

Wheelbase (m): 2.69

Turning diameter (m): 10.4

Max speed: 160 km/h (limited)

0 to 100 km/h: 7”4

Standard tyres: 215/45 R 20

Tires of the test: GoodYear EfficientGrip Performance ED

EuroNCAP crash test: 5 stars

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