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Audi Q4 e-tron, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Polestar 2: e-cars being tested

That can’t be a coincidence: All three – Polestar 2, Audi Q4 and Ioniq 5 – have a number in their name. Reason enough to clarify which of the three electricians is number one. This time, all are not there as all-wheel drive vehicles, but with front-wheel (Polestar) or rear-wheel drive (Audi and Hyundai).
Selected products in tabular overview

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5

RRP from EUR 45,900, savings of up to EUR 10,518

Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi Q4 e-tron

RRP from EUR 47,500, savings of up to EUR 11,330

pole star 2

pole star 2

RRP from EUR 48,500, savings of up to EUR 8,570


Q4 and Ioniq 5 are typical Compact SUV, the Polestar takes a slightly different line: a slightly higher hatchback sedan with crossover appeal. It looks really good, no frills, stocky and robust, but in comparison it has the disadvantage of somewhat worse space conditions. The Polestar is still reasonably spacious at the front, but taller people first have to thread their way into the rear and then duck their heads.
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Independent: The Polestar 2 has the look of a raised hatchback – with disadvantages in terms of space.


The Polestar 2 goes its own way

The Polestar is furnished with the same consistency and rigor as the exterior design, there are hardly any switches or buttons. Most of the operating functions are handled by an 11.15-inch monitor touch screen with Android operating system from Google, including Google maps and GPS, Spotify and online radio. This works pretty well with large tiles, but the system was offline quite often, so only very limited functions are available.
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Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3 EV

rear right (CCS), mechanical

4588/1865-2108**/1632mm

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV

rear right (CCS), electric

527–1587L (+ 57L front)

4635/1890-2116**/1605mm

Continental SportContact 6

rear left (CCS), mechanical

405-1095L (+ 35L front)

4606/1859-1985**/1479mm


A rather modest 405 to 1095 liters fit into the Polestar trunk, plus there is a small compartment at the front with 35 liters for the charging cable, for example. The Swede is allowed to pack 469 kilos and at least 1.5 tons on the hook.

The best pack mule is in the Audi Q4

The Audi is only one ton, but the payload is significantly higher at 522 kilos, making it the best here. At 4.59 meters, the Q4 is practically as long as the Polestar (4.61 meters), but offers just as SUV more space, especially in the rear. It’s noticeably more airy here than in the narrow Polestar. And one or the other bag also fits in the 520 to 1490 liter luggage compartment.
Audi Q4 e-tron

Payload king: The Audi is allowed to tow the most with 522 kilograms, but can only pull one ton.

Audi has dispensed with experiments in terms of operation and multimedia and has arranged the large instruments in the Q4 in a very classic way. The 11.6-inch touchscreen reacts quickly, the multimedia comes with many functions but well-structured menus. There is also a separate control for the air conditioning. Fine.
Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5: Lots of space and equipment, superior driving performance and complex electrical engineering.


Passengers have the most space in the Ionig 5

But the clear winner of the bodywork rating is the Ioniq 5. With noticeably more space in the front and in the spacious rear than in the Audi. And at the rear with a sliding rear seat including adjustable backrest angle as standard. The trunk swallows 527 to 1587 liters, in front there is another 57 liters of storage space. However, the payload for the Ioniq in this version is a modest 370 kilos, but 1.6 tons are allowed on the hook.
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The Hyundai is extravagantly furnished to match the spectacular exterior design. With a two-spoke steering wheel, two large 12.25-inch displays, beautiful instruments that can be displayed in three layouts, clear menu navigation for multimedia and useful shortcut keys. You can see how the three test candidates drive in the photo gallery.

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Three compact e-cars in the test


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