Kia EV6 vs. VW ID.5 GTX: Who will win the electric crossover duel?
RRP EUR 54,890.00
VW ID.5 GTX
RRP EUR 56,455.00
The Kia is more solid and valuable
Anyone who takes a seat in the hard plastic-heavy VW likes to look at the bill again – in order to be able to really believe the test car price of 65,000 euros.
Engine design in front
Rear engine design
overall peak performance
test car tires
Charging power AC/DC
Charging time (10-80%, DC charging)
Trailer load braked/unbraked
Length Width Height
Test car price (is evaluated)
Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV
Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 3 EV
With 549 to a maximum of 1561 liters, the trunk in the VW swallows noticeably more than that in the EV6, here it is 490 to 1300 Liter. And the Kia affords a weakness in the details: The lashing eyes are made of plastic and attached to the interior paneling – on the VW they are made of metal and attached to the sheet metal.
When operating the VW makes nervous
Kia has made the controls conventional, with plenty of physical buttons, beautiful, easy-to-read gauges and logical multimedia menus. Works fine. For example, the dimmer can be set in any menu without any searching.
But no comparison with the ID.5. Here it takes a lot more getting used to, here many functions are grouped together in the middle of the touchscreen, the menus are confusing and poorly structured.
In addition, there are the strange sensor fields – sliders – for temperature and volume. They quickly make us nervous: they never do exactly what you want, and the loud/quiet slider is also unlit and requires a closer look. That’s not progress.
The EV6 kicks powerfully in the small of the back
VW has even done away with the start button. The key in your pocket is enough, take a seat, step on the brake. Engage gear D and it starts humming.
There is more balance in the ID.5 chassis
The VW (460 Nm torque) is not boring either, but accelerates rather gently and emphatically, doing the sprint to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. The chassis with adaptive dampers (package 1150 euros) is typically VW balanced rather than sporty to work.
This is matched by the Kia steering with its firmer hand feel, unfortunately also with something
synthetic overall impression. And on our test rumble route, the Kia looks more solid than the VW, which occasionally crackles.
Front/rear weight distribution
Turning circle left/right
from 100 km/h cold
from 100 km/h warm
at 50 km/h
at 100 km/h
at 130/160 km/h
Average of the 155 km test lap (deviation from the WLTP specification)
While the lane departure warning system in the VW likes to work discreetly in the background, the Kia system constantly corrects and tugs at the steering wheel. Annoying, there is a lack of fine-tuning. In the VW, on the other hand, Travel Assist and Lane Assist do not invite you to switch off and actually relieve you. You can find more details about the comparison test in the picture gallery!