Confrontation between two expert brands in the field of electrical engineering. On the one hand, Renault, which has invested in this market for 10 years with the first generation Zoé, and on the other hand, Hyundai, which has become one of the reference brands in this field in a short time.
After hitting the spirit with its city car, the French brand is accelerating its second all-electric Mégane E-Tech model, which symbolizes the French manufacturer’s new start with a compact car with a very modern look that serves as a banner with the brand’s updated logo. This model, the flagship of diamond know-how, will take on the Ioniq 5, an atypical car in current production that is halfway between a sedan and an SUV in style.
If they differ on many points, they have one thing in common: their style, which does not go unnoticed. So whichever you choose, heads will turn as you go.
With a new logo at the center of the front and back, Mégane is not without its own character. The light signature, consisting of projectors and very thin light sources, brings dynamism.
The Mégane stands out in particular for its front end, which has a new logo in the center, flanked by very thin headlights that hang over the unprecedentedly shaped daytime running lights. All this lends an undeniable personality to this Mégane, which also has a dynamic rear end with very thin headlights and a rear window that has been reduced in size due to the falling roof.
A very computerized atmosphere at Hyundai with projectors and lights that make it look like it’s made of pixels.
The Ioniq 5 leaves no one indifferent thanks to its very straight lines, as well as some details such as the light signature, especially working with projectors and lights that give the impression that they are made up of computer pixels of color. Simply unique on the market.
This difference in philosophy can also be seen in the cabin. The Mégane E-Tech is the brand’s first model to feature a new internal organization called Open R. It consists of a 12.3-inch dual digital pad. The one that faces the driver is of course customizable, while the slightly driver-oriented vertical 12-inch multimedia screen, powered by Google, is intuitive and particularly fluid. We are far from R-Link 2 and its many mistakes. The presentation clearly marks a break with previous productions.
Modernity is also required in the Ioniq 5, with a dual numeric keypad built in Mercedes Class A fashion. Readable graphics are still less neat than Renault’s, particularly the instrument panel and navigation. However, Hyundai doesn’t lend itself to all the numbers as the air conditioning controls remain analog.
Practical aspects: Ioniq, logical.
With 40cm more length in favor of the Ioniq 5 (4.63m vs 4.21m), including a 30cm longer wheelbase, there really is no picture between our two rivals.
The Hyundai is far more livable than the Mégane, and this is all the more striking in the rear seats, with much more legroom and roof protection aboard the Korean. The impression of spaciousness is greater than on board the Mégane, in which rear passengers will feel a bit enclosed due to the lowered roof and less glassed surface. Ioniq finally has another important argument in its favor – the presence of a retractable bench seat of almost 20 cm.
That feeling comes from the front seats, where the electric architecture frees up a lot of space, and the Ioniq excels again in this area.
Beneficial habitation for Hyundai, but the Korean sedan deals with a smaller trunk (384 liters), while the Mégane claims 440 liters, but beware, the former makes up for this with a second trunk in the front of 57 liters, which brings the total capacity to 441 liters, which equivalent to French. But the Ioniq 5 proves to be easier on a day-to-day basis due to a more accessible trunk despite the lowered wheel arches.
Budget: Hyundai Expertise
Even if our two sedans are sold at very similar prices: €43,600 for the Ioniq 58kW in Intuitive trim and €44,300 for the Renault Mégane E-Tech in Techno trim, and they receive a bonus of €6,000, the difference in budget terms affects to other criteria. And finally, in terms of reliability and better resale value, Hyundai scores. And to complete that dominance, Ioniq gets a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty and Mégane gets a 2 year unlimited mileage base warranty.
Equipment: complete, but superior to Mégane
In terms of equipment, the Mégane E-Tech and Ioniq 5 are second to none.
The Mégane is available in an intermediate ‘Techno’ finish for €44,300, while the entry-level ‘Intuitive’ is available for us on Ioniq for €43,600. The €700 price difference is negligible, and both are equipped with everything expected today (dual-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry and start). Mégane goes all out with some specials such as 20-inch wheels (versus 19-inch for the Ioniq), mixed leather and fabric upholstery, heated steering wheel and seats, induction charging, a rearview camera and power seats. which are not available on Ioniq.
But beware, it will definitely go through a €1,200 package to have the Level 2 autonomous driving that is standard on Hyundai. Enough to inflate the bill for the French car to €45,500, a €1,900 surcharge justified by the richer equipment and allowing you to resist.