Price: from $48,999
For many consumers, the Ioniq 5 is THE reference model in its category. Its remarkable autonomy, its charging speed, its comfort, its towing capacity, its unobstructed passenger compartment and full of tricks make it one of the headliners of the segment. But the Ioniq 5 does not only have qualities. Facing the Ariya, the rear window of the Ioniq 5 suffers from the notorious absence of a windscreen wiper which reduces visibility in bad weather to nothing. In addition, its interior presentation is not as rewarding. Additionally, due to its rear-wheel-drive architecture, the Ioniq 5 encourages consumers to opt for the more expensive all-wheel drive.
Price: from $42,000
If the Ariya is late, what about the bZ4X? Its launch was severely disrupted (technical failure), which forced Toyota to suspend sales. That said, the bZ4X hardly bears comparison with Nissan’s latest addition. And this in all areas. The Nissan appears so much more refined, more comfortable and above all more efficient (range and charging capacity). In fact, the only advantage the Toyota has here is its price.
Price: from $49,160
Its cabin is perhaps not as rewarding as that of the Ariya or as quiet. In addition, its rear-wheel-drive architecture may pose a problem for motorists wishing to drive in all road conditions. For those, Volkswagen offers all-wheel drive, but there’s a price to pay. On the other hand, the ID.4 has significant advantages: it offers better performance, recharges faster and reserves more space for its occupants and their luggage. As a bonus, it benefits from a more generous basic warranty and is able to tow a larger load than the Nissan.