Confrontation between two expert brands in the electrical field. On the one hand, Renault, which has invested in this market for 10 years with the first generation of Zoe and on the other Hyundaiwhich has become in the space of a short time, one of the reference brands in the field.
After having struck a chord with its city car, the French brand is accelerating with the introduction of a second 100% electric model, the Megane E-Tech which symbolizes the new start of the French manufacturer with a compact with a very modern look which serves as a banner for the brand’s freshly renewed logo. This model, standard-bearer of the know-how of the rhombus will be confronted with the Ioniq 5atypical vehicle in current production with its style halfway between sedan and SUV.
If they differ on many points, they share a common point: their style which does not go unnoticed. So whichever one you choose, heads will turn as you go.
With its new logo in the center of the front and rear, the Mégane is not lacking in character. The lighting signature made up of projectors and very thin lights brings dynamism.
The Mégane is distinguished in particular by its front end, in the center of which sits the new logo, surrounded by very slender headlamps which overhang the daytime running lights of an unprecedented shape. The whole gives an undeniable personality to this Mégane which also has a dynamic rear part with very thin lights and a rear window that is reduced in size due to the roof drop.
Very computer atmosphere on the Hyundai with projectors and lights that give the impression composed of pixels.
The Ioniq 5 does not leave anyone indifferent either because of its very straight lines but also of certain details such as the light signature particularly worked with projectors and lights which give the impression of being composed of computer pixels of color. Simply unique on the market.
This difference in philosophy can also be seen in the passenger compartment. The Mégane E-Tech is the first model of the brand to inaugurate the new interior organization called Open R. It consists of a double digital panel each measuring 12.3 inches. The one facing the driver is of course configurable, while the vertical 12-inch multimedia screen slightly oriented towards the driver, which works thanks to Google, is intuitive and particularly fluid. We are miles away from R-Link 2 and its multiple bugs. The presentation clearly marks a break with previous productions.
Modernity is also a must in the Ioniq 5 with a double digital panel integrated like a Mercedes A Class. Readable, the graphics are still less neat than those of the Renault, including instrumentation and navigation. However, Hyundai does not give in to all digital since the air conditioning controls remain analog.
Practical aspects: the Ioniq, logically.
With a longer length of 40 cm in favor of the Ioniq 5 (4.63 m against 4.21 m) including a larger wheelbase of 30 cm, there is not really a picture between our two rivals.
The Hyundai is much more livable than the Mégane and this is all the more striking in the rear seats with much greater legroom and roof guard on board the Korean. The impression of space is greater than on board the Mégane, in which the rear passengers will slightly feel a sense of confinement due to the drop in the roof and the less glazed surface. The Ioniq finally has another important argument in its favour, the presence of a sliding bench seat of nearly 20 cm.
This feeling is found in the front seats where the electrical architecture frees up a lot of space and in this area, it is once again the Ioniq that stands out.
Advantageous habitability for the Hyundai but the Korean sedan has to deal with a smaller trunk (384 liters) while the Mégane claims a volume of 440 liters, but beware, the first makes up for it with the presence of a second trunk in the front 57 liters, which brings the total capacity to 441 liters, the equivalent of the French one. But the Ioniq 5 proves to be easier on a daily basis due to a more accessible trunk, despite penalizing wheel arches.
Budget : l’expertise Hyundai
Even if our two sedans are marketed at very similar prices: €43,600 for the Ioniq 58 kW in Intuitive finish and €44,300 for the Renault Mégane E-Tech in Techno finish, and they benefit from a bonus of 6 000 €, the difference in terms of budget affects other criteria. And it is finally in terms of reliability and better resale value on the Hyundai that the latter scores points. And to complete this domination, the Ioniq benefits from a 5-year, unlimited mileage warranty, while that of the Mégane is basic with 2 years/unlimited mileage.
Equipment: complete but advantage to the Mégane
In terms of equipment, the Mégane E-Tech and Ioniq 5 lack nothing.
The Mégane is available in an intermediate “Techno” finish billed at €44,300, while the entry-level “Intuitive” is available to us on the Ioniq with a price of €43,600. The price difference of 700 € is minor and the equipment is complete in both cases with everything that is expected today (dual-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control, keyless access and starting). The Mégane goes the extra mile with certain specific features such as 20-inch rims (compared to 19-inch for the Ioniq), mixed leather/fabric upholstery, heated steering wheel and seats, induction charging, reversing camera and electric seats, all of which are unavailable on the Ioniq.
But beware, it will necessarily go through a pack charged € 1,200 to have level 2 autonomous driving, which is standard on the Hyundai. Enough to inflate the French car’s bill to €45,500, i.e. an additional cost of €1,900, justified by the richer equipment and allowing it to resist.