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Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Kia EV6 vs Hyundai Ioniq 5 vs Tesla Model Y: spec battle!


It’s the next installment of our Chasing Cars spec battle, and we size up Ford’s new Mustang Mach-E against price-busting RWD versions of popular electric SUVs  

All-electric SUVs are becoming more and more common on Australian roads. And Ford Australia will soon bring its all-electric Mustang Mach-E to local shores to join a range of other SUVs with electric power. 

There is no better time than now to compare the new Mustang Mach-E with some of its closest rivals. In this latest spec battle, Chasing Cars has pitted four rear-drive electric SUVs against each other to see which comes out on top on the spec sheet. 

Ford Mustang Mach-E Select 2023 front 3/4
The Ford Mustang Mach-E will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2023

For this exercise, we’ll look at the following base model variants:

Let’s get stuck in!

2023 Tesla Model Y red rear 3/4 desert
The Tesla Model Y will be a big competitor for the Mach-E

How much do the models differ in terms of price?

Starting with the upcoming Mustang Mach-E Select, pricing will start from $79,990 before on-road costs, however the highest-spec all-paw GT will cost $107,665 before on-road costs. 

Next up is the Tesla Model Y RWD which is priced from $65,400 before on-road costs . The flagship all-wheel-drive Performance costs $91,400 before on-road costs. 

The Kia EV6 Air is the most affordable variant in the EV6 range

The Kia EV6 Air RWD, meanwhile, is priced from $72,590 before on-road costs, while its much more expensive dual-motor EV6 GT performance flagship costs $99,590 before on-road costs. 

Lastly, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in rear-drive Dynamiq guise currently costs $72,000 before on-road costs, while its high-spec AWD cousin will cost buyers $84,981 before on-road costs. 

This means that the Ford Mustang Mach-E is the most expensive of this EV group by some margin. 

Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022 art shot front
The Hyundai Ioniq 5 shares its platform with the Kia EV6

Standard specs compared

The Ford Mustang Mach-E in standard Select guise includes the following features as standard:

  • 15.5-inch centre touchscreen 
  • 10.2-inch instrument cluster 
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with aero covers
  • LED headlights 
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Artificial leather seats 
  • Bang and Olufsen 10-speaker sound system 
  • 360-degree camera 
Ford Mustang Mach-E Select 2023 front
The Ford Mustang Mach-E Select is priced from $79,990 before on-road costs

Next up is the Tesla Model Y, which in base guise features the following:

  • 15-inch centre touchscreen
  • Glass roof 
  • Wireless phone charging 
  • Vegan leather interior 
  • 13-speaker premium audio sound system
  • 128GB storage device 
  • Electric front seats with heating 
  • Four USB-C ports 
2023 Tesla Model Y with water and bridge in background
Model Y comes standard with a glass roof and 15-inch touchscreen

The Kia EV6 Air follows along with the following standard specification:

  • 12.3-inch touchscreen
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster 
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Satellite navigation 
  • Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 
  • Three USB-A and USB-C ports 
  • Electric front seats
  • Dual-zone climate control
All of the EV electric cars in this list are rear-wheel drive

And finally, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 Dynamiq has the following features as standard:

  • 12.3-inch touchscreen
  • 12.3-inch instrument cluster
  • BOSE eight-speaker sound system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility 
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • V2L capability 
  • Remote start 
  • Smart key
  • Leather appointed seats 

In terms of specifications, each vehicle seems to be pretty equally weighted in terms of standard kit. 

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 gains a Bose eight-speaker sound system

Which car has the best battery range?

Ford has stated that the Mustang Mach-E Select will have a WLTP range of 470km and will be fitted with a 71kWh battery pack. 

Tesla states that its entry-level Model Y rear-wheel drive has a 455km WLTP range and uses a 57.5kWh usable battery pack. 

Hyundai E-GMP platform
Hyundai’s E-GMP platform

The Kia EV6 Air RWD has a claimed 528km of WLTP range thanks to a 77.4kWh battery pack. 

Finally, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 Dynamiq uses the same 77.4kWh battery pack as the Kia EV6, which provides a claimed 507km (WLTP) range. 

So, it’s the EV6 Air that comes out on top as the entry-level electric SUV with the best claimed range at 528km. However, it must be noted that these are claimed figures only and not real-world figures.  

Ford Mustang Mach E 2023 review-1
The Ford Mustang Mach E uses a 71kWh battery pack in base specification

How fast are these electric SUVs?

If you want to be the master of traffic light acceleration runs, then check out the 0-100km/h times for each of the SUVs down below:

Ford Mustang Mach-E Select – 6.6 seconds

Tesla Model Y RWD – 6.9 seconds 

2023 Tesla Model Y Performance red side cornering
The Tesla Model Y being driven at the Chasing Cars production facility

Kia EV6 Air – 7.3 seconds 

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Dynamiq –  7.3 seconds 

The Mustang Mach-E takes the cake with the fastest claimed 0-100km/h time, however the rest of the pack won’t be too far behind. As with range data above, these are claimed figures. 

Final verdict 

Buying a full-electric SUV in 2023 means that you will get a well-specified vehicle for your financial investment.

2023 Tesla Model Y silver rear 3/4 shot
The Tesla Model Y is the most popular EV in Australia at the moment

The South Korean Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 make for pretty good value with great electric range and plenty of standard equipment. The Tesla Model Y, however, offers a lot for the least amount of money at $65,400 before on-road costs.

It’s not hard to see how the Tesla Model Y has become such a big seller on Australian shores.

After all, it’s currently the best-selling electric car locally. 

The electric Ford Mustang Mach-E is set to arrive in Australia during the fourth quarter of 2023.