2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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MSRP $33,045 - $38,615
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2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Price, Review and Buying Guide

Updated on: January 13, 2021

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Hyundai declared the IONIQ moniker as its new sub-brand dedicated to electric cars and approved three new EV’s to join the lineup within the next four years. The Korean automaker first introduced the Ioniq in 2016 as a subcompact that comes in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric variants.

Amid growing pressure from a swarm of new EV offerings, Hyundai's fully electric version of the Ioniq breaks into 2021 with a starting price of $34,000 for the SE trim and $40,00 for the limited trim. The Ioniq Electric's motor puts out 134 horsepower and sends its power to the front wheels through a single-speed direct-drive transmission. 

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Pros

Impressive Economy

Generously outfitted with features

Easy-to-use infotainment system

Decent cargo capacity

Attractive design

Cons

Uninspiring handling

Low all-electric range

Cramped rear seats

What's New?

Hyundai has replaced the Summit Gray exterior color with a new Amazon Gray for the 2021 model year. Otherwise, there are no changes.


2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Latest Update

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Hyundai Unveils The First Official Teaser For The All-Electric IONIQ 5 Compact UV

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Hyundai Unveils The First Official Teaser For The All-Electric IONIQ 5 Compact UV

Hyundai Unveils The First Official Teaser For The All-Electric IONIQ 5 Compact UV

Hyundai releases the first images of all-new IONIQ 5, soon to make its debut globally in February 2021. The car will feature signature 'Parametric Pixels' and eco-friendly elements to offer a unique d ..

By K. Jetly January 13, 2021

Key Details Of Hyundai's Upcoming All Electric Crossover Ioniq 5 Leaked

Key Details Of Hyundai's Upcoming All Electric Crossover Ioniq 5 Leaked

Hyundai Austria inadvertently leaks critical information on the Ioniq 5 which is yet to be launched. The leak was found from Hyundai Motor's Austrian page that has given away some really interesting f ..

By K. Jetly December 28, 2020

Hyundai Drops The First Teaser Of Its Forthcoming All New Electric Vehicle- The IONIQ 5

Hyundai Drops The First Teaser Of Its Forthcoming All New Electric Vehicle- The IONIQ 5

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By K. Jetly December 11, 2020

Hyundai's New E-GMP Platform To Underpin It's Battery Powered EVs Of The Future

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Black Noir Pearl

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.5

Engine And Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

9.1

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.2

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.5

Final Verdict

6.6

7.7

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric SE

SE

power
134 hp
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
58 combined

$33,045


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $33,045 MSRP (57/58/59) 134 hp, 2 L, Electric, Regular unleaded
1-speed Direct Drive front wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Limited

Limited

power
134 hp
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
58 combined

$38,615


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) Starting at $38,615 MSRP (57/58/59) 134 hp, 2 L, Electric, Regular unleaded
1-speed Direct Drive front wheel drive 5

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


Powering the front wheels is a 100kW AC electric motor and 38.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with increased output 218 lb-ft of torque for the new year. Based on the regular Ioniq hybrid, it has an EPA-rated 170 miles of electric driving range. 

The cabin is decked out in eco-friendly materials, and Hyundai has packed it with a ton of standard driver-assistance features. Unfortunately, even with its significant upgrades, the Ioniq Electric still doesn't quite measure up to the likes of Toyota Prius or the BMW i3.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback front view
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback rear view

7.5/10
Pricing and Features

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

9.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.2/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition

6.6/10
Final Verdict


2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Pricing and Features

7.5/10

Hyundai Ioniq is one of the rare cars where you can find all three types of alternate-fuel versions, i.e., Hybrid, Plug-in hybrid, and all-electric. Shoppers should be content with the standard trim of each variation. 

All models include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration technology, and active safety techs like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. All Ioniq Electric models, which qualify for federal tax credits.

Model

SE (base trim)

Limited trim

MSRP(CVT)

$33,045

$38,615

Key Features

Electric Power Steering

In addition to SE trim

 

Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel

Turn Signal In Mirrors

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

Universal Remote Transmitter

 

Climate Control

Harman/Kardon Premium Brand Stereo System

 

Keyless Ignition

8 -Way Power Driver Seat

 

Pre-Collision Safety System

LED Headlamp

The base-spec SE now comes standard with remote keyless entry with push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, six-way manually-adjustable front seats, and automatic temperature control. Hyundai even made its SmartSense driver-assistance suite standard. 

There's a bit more in the Limited, including a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, driver-side memory settings, power tilt/sliding sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and ambient LED in-cabin lighting. The driver assists consignment is further bolstered with highway drive assist and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Hyundai entered the American market with several highly competent products that are not just feature-rich and attractive but highly reliable and cheap to maintain. The Hyundai Ioniq Hatchback Electric is a well-built car and gets a neatly laid out cabin. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Ioniq a Top Safety Pick+, its highest award. The Ioniq has also earned above-average reliability ratings from the likes of J.D. Power and Consumer Reports. 

Reliability and Ownership costs

The Hyundai Ioniq performs solidly in customer feedback, and its safety credentials are unimpeachable. J.D. Power Ratings for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback are not available yet. However, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback gets an overall rating of 71 out of 100. The detailed report is as follows:

  • Quality and Reliability: 78 out of 100 (Great)
  • Driving Experience: 72 out of 100 (Great)
  • Resale: 77 out 100 (Great)
  • dealership Experience: 76 out of 100 (Great)

As per the data available on the NHTSA website, there have been no recalls made for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback. However, there was only a single recall issued for the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hatchback which includes:

  •  Rear Wheel Lug Nuts May Be Loose: A wheel detaching from the vehicle increases the risk of a crash.

Since its launch, no significant problems have been reported in Ioniq apart from minor electric faults and motor issues, which again is a reason for trusting Ioniq’s reliability.

Ownership of Ioniq is one of the lowest in the industry, and you can get this car under $35k with annual maintenance as low as $300 per year. The spare parts are cheap and readily available. People from Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Atlanta, and Delaware enjoy the lowest prices as they have exempted the sales taxes. 

Warranty

The warranty offered by Hyundai on the Ioniq Electric is one of the best in the segment. It has a lifetime battery warranty for the original owner, which should put any concerns about costly battery repairs or replacement to rest. 

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

5 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Rust Perforation

5 years/ Unlimited miles

Hyundai now also offers complimentary scheduled maintenance that’s better than anything that Toyota or any other rival offers. Hyundai offers a five-year warranty on powertrain restricting up to 50,000 miles, and also, the car comes with five years of rust perforation warranty with no restriction on miles covered.

Miles per dollar Cost

For every mile you’ll make in your Ioniq, you’ll be shelling out $3. This price is still favorable compared with other green car rivals, especially when they’re equipped to the same levels.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Buying Advice

Thanks to its expanded list of advanced safety features, we recommend the base SE trim. If you have the budget to upgrade to the Limited, we think it's worth spending a little more to get the Hyundai Ioniq Limited trim. It offers many safety features, range, and power, making it a better value proposition.

Is buying a used Ioniq a good option?

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq is part of a generation that debuted for 2017, and there have been several changes since then. As for resale, the Ioniq doesn’t hold its value as well as the Toyota Prius and even trails slightly behind the Kia Niro. If you’re interested in the all-electric Ioniq, the 2020 model’s extended range and increased horsepower make it more appealing than older models.

Electric cars depreciate a lot mainly due to battery and other electronic components, and it is found that Ioniq Depreciates at a rate of 12% to 15, so buying two years old Ioniq can be better to your pocket as you can get it nearly at $20,000. So if you are planning to buy a used one, then ponder on the lines above and then make a decision.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Engine and Performance

8.2/10

The Hyundai's 100kW magnetic synchronous motor and 319.4-volt electrical system produce peak outputs of 134 horsepower and 218 lb-ft of torque. The motor is paired with a 38.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and routes outputs to the Ioniq's front-wheel drivetrain via a single-speed reduction gear system.

It also has a faster onboard charger that allows the battery to recharge from empty to 80% full in just 54 minutes with a 100-kW fast-charging station. 

Models

2021 Hyundai ioniq Electric Hatchback(Expected)

2020 BMW i3 120 Ah Hatchback

2020 Nissan LEAF S Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

MSRP

$33,045

$46,000

$32,525

$37,190

Engine

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (38.3 kWh)

Synchronous Traction Motor (42.2 kWh)

Electric Motor (40 kWh)

Electric Drive

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

1-Speed Direct Drive

1-Speed Direct Drive

1-Speed Direct Drive

Single-Speed Reduction with sport drive mode select and shift-by-wire

Horsepower 

134 hp @ NA

168 @ 4,800

147 @ 3,282

201 @ 3,800

Torque 

218 lb.-ft @ NA

184 lb.-ft @ 0

263 @ 0

291 @ 0

While the Io niq Electric's performance is fine for when cruising around town, power delivery does quickly begin to taper off once at higher speeds, and commencing highway merges and overtakes will be somewhat of a gradual affair.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Acceleration and Braking Performance

The Ioniq Electric doesn’t deliver a Tesla-like exciting driving experience and puts up a sluggish zero-to-60 time of 8.3 seconds. Its braking performance is also dismal; it took 191 feet to stop from 70 mph. 

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback covers 0-60 in 9.9 sec

You won’t always need to use the brake pedal to slow down, as the Ioniq Electric has a regenerative braking system with four different settings controlled by steering-wheel-mounted paddles. In the highest setting, the car can be brought to a stop almost entirely by lifting your foot off the accelerator.

Models

2021 Hyundai ioniq Electric Hatchback(Expected)

2020 BMW i3 120 Ah Hatchback

2020 Nissan LEAF S Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

0-60 MPH 

 

9.9 seconds

7.2 seconds

8.4 seconds

6.4 seconds

Quarter Mile

17.4 seconds

15.8 seconds

17.1 seconds

15.0 seconds

Top Speed

103 mph

93 mph

101 mph

104 mph

60-0 MPH

152 feet

144 feet

153 feet

141 feet

Ioniq is the slowest car of the segment with a top speed of 103 mph. The brakes are also a bit lousy, and as it takes considerable distance for it to stop from 60 mph. The rivals seem to have better performance than the Ioniq, but as the performance increases, the efficiency decreases.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Fuel Economy

9.1/10

Ionic is frugal; without any doubt, it is the best car in the segment in terms of fuel economy. Earlier, Ioniq used to deliver a range of 124 miles, but with an upgrade in 2020, it delivers a range of 170 miles. The combined MPGE is 136, around 145 MPGE in the city, on highways is nearly 106 MPGE.

Model

2021 Hyundai ioniq Electric Hatchback(Expected)

2020 BMW i3 120 Ah Hatchback

2020 Nissan LEAF S Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

MPGE (City)

145

129

124

132

MPGE (Highway)

121

106

99

108

MPGE (Combined)

136

118

112

120

Fuel Capacity 

NA

NA

NA

NA

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

NA

NA

NA

NA

As mentioned, the MPGE offered by Ioniq is best in class and unmatched. The range offered by Ioniq is not best as one of its rivals BMW i3 offers a range of 259 miles, which is best until now; however, apart from BMW i3, no other car matches the range offered by Ioniq and is the second-best range offering car.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Interior

8.0/10

Ioniq being an eco-friendly car, the material used is somewhat derived from nature. The cabin is made using soft plastic, which comes from sugarcane fibers and recycling of old plastic. The use of sustainable materials doesn't detract from the overall feel and look of the interior, which is comfortable regardless of the trim you choose. 

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Front Seats

Four adults will fit comfortably into the Ioniq Electric, although seating for five is provided. The center rear seat is best left to children. Unfortunately, the Ioniq Electric's rearward sloping roofline does cut into the rear cabin headroom, and the under seat-mounted battery pack lifts the seating position and diminishes legroom as well.

Model

2021 Hyundai ioniq Electric Hatchback(Expected)

2020 BMW i3 120 Ah Hatchback

2020 Nissan LEAF S Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

Seating Capacity

5

4

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.6/53.6/40.5

41.2/54.3/42.1

38.0/55.5/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.4/55.0/35.7

37.2/49.2/31.9

37.3/52.5/33.3

37.7/54.5/33.4

The car competes well with the rivals on this parameter, but BMW i3 has better ergonomics than Ioniq. In terms of space, all are about the same, and there is no significant difference between Ioniq and its rivals, although the cargo space is better in Ioniq.

The Ioniq is provided with lots of in-car spaces like pockets, cup holders, bottle holders and many other spaces for your belongings. Non-plug-in-hybrid models have up to 26.5 cubic feet of cargo space, though that room is reduced slightly to 23 cubic feet in plug-in-hybrid and electric models because of the batteries’ placement.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Infotainment system

The base trim of Ioniq comes with an 8.0-inch tablet-like touch screen stacked at the center of the dashboard, and the limited trim comes with a 10.3-inch screen with optional navigation. The system is straightforward to use, but there is a bit of a learning curve. It is highly responsive and reliable; supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay smartphone integration.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Infotainment Display

The updated Blue Link technology comes with Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity; It is standard in both the trims and gives updates about traffic, charging stations, and other necessary locations. The Limited trim gets an 8-speaker Harman Kardon to surround sound system, whereas the base trim has a standard 4-speaker setup.

Key features of Ioniq’s infotainment system

  • 8.0/10.3 inch touch screen
  • Android Auto and Apple ParPlay support
  • Bluelink Technology
  • Multiple Bluetooth connections (2 devices)
  • Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
  • 8-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system (limited trim only)
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Exterior

6.2/10

The 2021 iteration of Ioniq would be similar to the ongoing version in terms of exterior looks and dimensions. Hyundai keeps the Ioniq’s styling pretty mainstream. Aerodynamics is the prime motivator behind the hatchback’s wedge-shaped profile. To save weight, Hyundai engineers fashioned the Ioniq’s hood and liftgate from aluminum. The Ioniq Electric features a closed front grille and lighter, more aerodynamic wheels.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Third Quarter View

Model

2021 Hyundai ioniq Electric Hatchback(Expected)

2020 BMW i3 120 Ah Hatchback

2020 Nissan LEAF S Hatchback

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

Curb Weight 

3164

2965

3433

3,770

Length 

176

158.3

176.4

164.6

Width 

71.7

69.9

70.5

70.9

Height 

57.1

62.9

61.4

61.2

The dimensions of Ioniq are more extensive as compared to others resulting in more space than others. Moreover, Ioniq is lighter than other competitors except for BMW i3. Nissan leaf is the heaviest of the lot and which is a big reason for its low fuel efficiency. 

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Safety

9.0/10

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests. Properly equipped Ioniq’s earned a top rating of Superior for front crash prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Ioniq an overall safety rating of five out of five stars.

Ioniq has lots of safety features to enhance the safety of the vehicle and which has helped to score well in the test, safety features like:-

  • Automatic Emergency braking system
  • Driver assistant system
  • Front and rear sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring system

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Competition

7.5/10

Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs. BMW i3

These two cars are outstanding and reliable competitors but finding a winner is quite easy, Hyundai Ioniq beats BMW i3 due to cost and efficiency. Ioniq is approximately $10,000 cheaper than i3, and the efficiency is way better than i3, which is enough to decide which car is better. The performance of both cars is quite similar. However, i3 has a better range than the Ioniq and functional looking interior, but these advantages don’t make up for the efficiency and cost difference. So going for Hyundai Ioniq is a way better and cheaper.

BMW i3

Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs. Nissan Leaf S

Here the competition is more demanding as both cars come at an identical price. Leaf S and Ionic cost nearly $34K and come with similar specs. Still, Ioniq takes an edge over Leaf as it has better efficiency and is lighter in weight; Leaf S has a better infotainment system than Ioniq, but the interior of Leaf does not appeal much, so here also Ioniq has a clear advantage over Leaf. Moreover, Leaf is new in the market and cannot be entirely relied upon, making it inferior to Ioniq. It comes out that Hyundai Ioniq should be fancied over Nissan Leaf S.

Nissan Leaf

Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs. Hyundai Kona

Now, this is a family tussle between elder sister and a younger sister, and in this scenario, a middle way out is the best option rather than choosing one. It is clear if you are a mileage lover and ready to compromise with features and power. Ioniq is your taste, but if you are a power freak, want a car loaded with features, and a premium feel than going for Kona is better. Kona might be low in mileage and range, but the power it carries is unmatchable; it also features a better interior than Ioniq though costly but worth it.

Hyundai Kona

2021 Hyundai Ioniq electric Final Verdict

6.6/10

Besides the weak infotainment system (base trim) and powertrain, you cannot find any disadvantages in Ioniq. It is the most reliable and most preferred all-electric car in the US market and is worth buying for the environmentalist in you. It is reliable, safe, efficient, loaded with features to some extent, and most importantly, cheaper than the other competitors. These benefits make the car unprecedented as its name.

Used Hyundai Ioniq electric for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric 0 $19,999 3 Listings
2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric 0 $27,888 1 Listings
2020 Hyundai Ioniq electric 1 $24,887 226 Listings
2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric 5 $14,898 43 Listings
2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric 0 $16,400 10 Listings
2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric 0 $22,107 1 Listings
2018 Hyundai Ioniq electric 1 $12,000 9 Listings
2018 Hyundai Ioniq electric 0 $15,888 1 Listings
2017 Hyundai Ioniq electric 8 $9,491 36 Listings
2017 Hyundai Ioniq electric 1 $12,777 4 Listings
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