2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 15, 2020

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Hyundai is probably not the first name that pops up in your mind when you think about an EV. Tesla has dominated this market so such an extent that you cannot even think about other names. However, Hyundai has been quietly making progress and taking great strides towards being one of the forerunners in the segment.

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Pros

ZERO emissions

Outstanding fuel economy

High energy efficiency

A rich list of standard features

Best in Class Warranty

Cons

Average braking performance

Pricey top trim

Slower acceleration than some of its rivals.

What's New?

Upgraded powertrain

Enhanced range

Refreshed exterior

New Infotainment screen


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31300

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

engine type

horsepower

134 hp

torque

218 lbs.-ft.

transmission

6 Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch

chassis

frame type

Unibody

performance

zero to 60 mph

11.4 sec.

fuel economy

ev range

133 mi.


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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

4.5

Interior

8.0

Safety

6.5

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Base

Base

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
61 combined

$31,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr hatchback (Electric DD) Starting at $31,300 MSRP (12/61/121) electric,
1-Speed Dual Clutch front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.0

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Hyundai has a versatile range of green cars that include Ioniq, Kona and the Nexo. The Ioniq is offered in three avatars, a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and an electric vehicle. This review focusses on the EV as the hybrid and the PHEV are reviewed separately.

2020 Ioniq receives quite a few changes over its predecessor. The powertrain has been updated with a faster charging rate and enhanced range. The exterior design has been refreshed to look more contemporary and stylish. The interiors also receive a mild refresh with an upgrade to the infotainment system. The new Ioniq EV has to prove its worth against the likes of the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf. Let’s find out how the car fares against its rivals.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Front View
2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Front View
2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Rear View
2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

4.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 

6.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Features

8.0/10

The trim ladder for the 2020 Ioniq EV remains unchanged from the last model year. The Electric trim while Electric Limited is the higher trim. Both the trims share the same powertrain. The standard feature list is pretty impressive with features such as heated and power mirrors, 2-Speed auto wipers and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Trim

Electric

Electric Limited

MSRP

$31,000

$37,315

Features

16” Eco-Spoke Alloy Wheels

Adds/Upgrades from Previous Trim

 

Power Folding Heated Side Mirrors

Mirrors with turn Indicators and Puddle Lamps

 

Front 2 Speed Intermittent wipers, Mist Function

Chrome Door handles and Beltline Molding

 

Auto Headlight Control with LED DRL, Taillights

HID Headlights with LED Light guide

 

Center and Rear Center Armrest with Cupholders

Power Tilt and Slide Sunroof

 

Door Handle Approach Light

Heat Pump and Wireless Device Charging

 

Auto Temperature Control with Auto Defogger

Floor Console Mounted Rear Seat HVAC Vents

 

Rear Window Defroster

Leather Seating Surface and LED Interior Lighting

 

Auto Up/Down Driver’s Power Windows

Auto Up/Down Front Passenger Power Windows

 

Heated Front Seats and Illuminated Ignition

10 Way Power Adjust Driver Seat, Lumbar Support

 

60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seats

Memory System for Driver Seats

 

7” LCD Instrument Cluster

Auto-Dimming RVM with Home link and Compass

 

8” Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Sirius XM/AM/FM/HD Radio, Blue Link, USB, and AUX Inputs

10.3” Touchscreen Infotainment System with navigation and all other features present in the previous trim

 

Leather Wrapped Steering wheel with Steering mounted Cruise, Bluetooth, Audio Controls and Tilt and Telescopic Adjustability

Infinity Premium Audio with 8 Speakers including Center Channel and Subwoofer with Clari-Fi Music Restoration technology

The Electric trim adds a host luxury features such as a power sunroof, a wireless charging pad, lumbar support and memory systems for driver’s seat and others.

Which trim do we recommend?

We suggest you opt for the standard trim as it offers most of the essential features. The Limited trim does not justify the price bump with its features list.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Engine and Performance

4.5/10

2020 Ioniq EV is powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor. This is the same motor that is a part of the powertrains of the hybrid and PHEV Ioniqs. The battery capacity has been upgraded to 38.3 kWh from 28KWh in last year’s model. The onboard charger has improved as well — the 6.6-kW unit is now 7.2 kW. Hyundai claims that the new battery can recharge from empty to 80% in just 54 minutes with a 100-kW fast-charging station.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback Engine Bay
2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Engine Bay

Talking about the power figures, the Ioniq EV now has the power of 134 horses as compared to 118 for last year’s model. The torque remains unchanged at 218 lb-ft. Transmissions duties are taken care of by a single-speed direct drive system that transfers the power to the front wheels.

Models

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

MSRP

$31,000

$46,000

$32,525

Engine

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (38.3 kWh)

Synchronous Traction Motor (42.2-kWh)

Electric Motor (40 kWh)

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

134 hp

170 hp

147 hp

Torque

218 ft-lbs

184 ft-bs

236 ft-lbs

Ioniq EV is excellent for daily driving. Power is sufficient and maneuvering through the narrow streets is easy for this compact SUV. With an enhanced range of 170 miles, it should easily last more than a couple of days on a single charge. On the highway too, this EV is comfortable. However, the range may be an issue.

How fast is it?

EVs are known for their instant torque and rapid acceleration, the Ioniq is not one of those. The Ioniq EV is one of the slowest cars in the segment. The motor takes its own sweet time to gain pace. The Ioniq hybrid is quicker than the EV. The hybrid takes 8.9 seconds to reach 60 from naught whereas the EV takes 9.9 seconds.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback Rear View
2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback 0-60 MPH In just 9.9 sec

Models

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

0-60 MPH

9.9 sec

7.2 sec

8.4

Quarter mile

17.4 sec

N/A

N/A

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A N/A N/A

2020 Ioniq EV, with extra power, is a tad bit faster than its last iteration. However, BMW i3, just like last year, is still the quickest car in the bunch. Being the lightest car in the competition definitely helps the Bimmers cause in this regard.

How well does it stop?

The braking performance of the Ioniq EV is decent, at least better than its acceleration. This EV ships with disc brakes on all four wheels assisted by ABS. There is also regenerative braking that charges your battery and increases your range on the go.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback Brakes
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback Front Brake is 11.2 in.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Brake Front (in.)

11.2

11

11.1

Brake Rear (in.)

11.2

11

11.5

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3164

2965

3433

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

NA

The Ioniq also comes with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Collision Warning System that applies the brakes in case of an imminent collision. There is no nosedive whatsoever. This is mainly because of the low curb weight of this car.

How does it handle?

Hyundai designed the Ioniq as a daily use vehicle. It offers a decent ride quality and feels stable at city speeds. The competition, on the other hand, offers a higher level of quality in terms of the ride.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback Front View
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback Front View

The Sport mode stiffens up the suspension and the ride becomes a bit more firm and stiffer as compared to the normal mode. Fitted with multi-link front suspension and Coupled Torsion Beam Axle with gas-filled shock absorbers for the rear shocks, the Ioniq EV manages to have a better riding package than its other 2 siblings. The wheelbase is the longest in this comparison and allows for decent stability around the corners and on the motorway.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Fuel Economy

Efficiency is one of the highlights of this car. Yes, this car is an EV. Thus, there is no mpg comparison here, rather empg. In the city limits, you’ll get 145 mpg which further goes to 121 mpg. This is in contrast to gasoline-powered vehicles whose efficiency goes up on the highways. This is because EVs are meant to be driven at a moderate speed. Different companies have their own sweet spot, which is generally close to 50 mph.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Charging Port

Model

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

MPG (city)

145

129

124

MPG (highway)

121

106

99

MPG (combined)

136

118

112

Range (miles)

170

259

N/A

The maximum range on a single charge claimed by Hyundai is 170. However, this is totally subjective as it depends on how the driver drives the car. There is also regenerative braking which comes in handy.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Interior

8.0/10

We all know that plastics are bad for the environment, but Hyundai has taken this fact too seriously. Not that we are complaining, but the materials used by Hyundai for the interiors of the Ioniq are unheard of in the automotive industry.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback Front seats
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback Front seats

The soft-touch material that can be felt throughout the cabin is derived from sugarcane fibers. The plastic is made by combining old recycled plastic with wood and volcanic stone fillers. The resultant composite plastic is not only light and durable but also negates the production of new plastics. This is a great initiative from Hyundai and all other car manufacturers should follow them on this. It's time for everyone to do their bit to save the environment.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.6/53.6/40.5

41.2/54.3/42.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/55.0/35.7

37.2/49.2/31.9

37.3/52.5/33.3

Seats are comfortable and spacious. The standard trim comes with cloth upholstery while the Limited trim gets leather upholstery. The driver’s seat is 10-way power-adjustable along with heating and lumbar support for added comfort.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The standard trim gets an upgraded 8” touchscreen while the Limited trim comes with a 10.3” screen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both presents, which ensures seamless integration of your smartphone with the car. There's also Sirius XM radio which lets you stream hundreds of radio channels directly via satellites. You can also split the screen to access the navigation and music playlist at the same time.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback Infotainment System
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback Has a 10.3” Infotainment Screen

Audio is taken care of by 6 speakers in the base trim that produce crisp and balanced sound for a good overall surround sound experience. However, if you're an audiophile, you might want to opt for the ClariFi Infinity premium audio system with 8 speakers that have a very vibrant and balanced audio signature.

How much cargo can it store?

The default cargo space onboard the Ioniq EV is 23 cubic feet which is the same as the PHEV variant. However, the Hybrid variant has a cargo capacity of 26.5 cubic feet.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

23.0

36.9

23.6

The 60/40 split-folding rear seats come handy when you're planning a long weekend ahead. With the extra available space, there’s no need to pack light and you can carry all of your stuff for the perfect weekend getaway.

What are the creature comforts on offer?

The Ioniq EV comes with quite a few convenience and luxury features. Some of them are

  • Bluetooth Telephony with Voice Recognition
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity
  • Power Operated Driver Seat
  • 7” Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • AM/FM/HD/Sirius XM Radio
  • Dual Auto Temperature Control
  • 60/40 Split-Folding Seats
  • Steering Mounted Controls
  • Cruise Control and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Auto-Dimming Rear-View Mirror

2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Exterior

The exterior styling of the Ioniq is unmistakably Hyundai. The fluidic design language, curved extended headlights, the bold ‘EV’esque grille with the italic “H"; you can tell from a mile that it's a Hyundai car.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback Three Quarter View
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback Three Quarter View

Model

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Curb weight (lbs.)

3164

2965

3433

Length(in)

176.0

158.3

176.4

Width(in)

71.7

69.9

70.5

Height(in)

57.1

62.9

61.4

Ground clearance (in)

5.5

N/A

5.9

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

101.2

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

61.2/61.6

61.9/62

60.6/61.2

In terms of the dimensions, the Ioniq isn’t the biggest. The Ioniq offers decent Ground Clearance and has the lowest weight in this comparison. A point that we would criticize Hyundai for is the use of 15” Wheels for the Ioniq which somewhat looks disproportionate for the size but contributes to better Fuel Efficiency.

  • Active Grille Shutters
  • Heated and Powered External ORVM
  • Turn Indicators on Side mirrors
  • Integrated Spoilers
  • Automatic Headlight Control
  • Projector HID Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • 17” Alloy Wheels
  • Powered Sunroof
  • Chrome Accent Door handles

2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Safety

6.5/10

Hyundai takes the safety of its cars very seriously. The standard safety equipment in the 2020 Ioniq remains mostly unchanged over the 201 variant. Some Safety Features inside the 2019 Ioniq include

  • Lane Keep assist
  • Smart Cruise Control
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
  • Automatic High Beam Assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Driver knee, Dual Front, Side Impact and Side Curtain Airbags
  • Remote Keyless Entry with Alarm
  • ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • Traction Control with ESC.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq EV has not been tested by NHTSA. In the IIHS crash tests, it was rated good in most of the categories and received the “Top Safety Pick” award.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Competition

Hyundai Ioniq EV vs BMW i3

The BMW and the Hyundai cater to different sets of consumers. Yes, they are EVs, but the Bimmer is far more luxurious and pricier than the Hyundai. The Ioniq should be your pick if you want a car for daily commutes. The Ioniq has the best in the class economy with all the bells and whistles you would expect from this price range. The BMW, on the other hand, adds a touch of premium to everything.

2020 BMW i3
2020 BMW i3

Hyundai Ioniq EV vs Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf was the 1st car in the world that showed people that EVs can compete head-on with the gas power ones. The Leaf delivers 110 miles of driving range in a full charge and offers a lot of features. The Nissan however can’t match the practicality that the Ioniq offers. The Leaf is best suited for people, who are most willing to drive in the city limits, while the Ioniq will be suited for long drives due to its range and spacious Interiors and Cargo.

2020 Nissan Leaf
2020 2020 Nissan Leaf

 

2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric Final Verdict

As stated by Hyundai in the official brochure of the 2019 Ioniq lineup, “The world didn’t need another hybrid car. It needed a better car. Period”, Hyundai has made its stand clear with this statement. Just making a hybrid or electric car is not going to serve the purpose. Hence, instead of trying to attract customers with flashy interiors, Hyundai stuck to the basics and used recycled materials.

The Ioniq EV is a very capable car. The powertrain has been upgraded and the range has also been enhanced. The cabin is pretty spacious and the trunk is huge. The infotainment system is pretty up to date and loaded with various handy utility features. The exterior shell has also been refreshed to look more contemporary. Therefore, if you have decided to get yourself an EV, you should seriously consider the 2020 Ioniq.