2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

#10
in Midsize hatchbacks
2019 MODEL
$30,315 - $36,815

Detailed Review

Hyundai is offering its Ioniq for 2019 in 3 Avatars namely Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid and an All Electric variant. The Ioniq Electric is the All Electric Avatar Version in the Ioniq range of Cars and is the most expensive of the lot. Unlike the Rivals, the Ioniq can be charged upto 80% in just 25 Minutes and fully charged in just 4 hours.

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Pros

ZERO Emissions

Outstanding Fuel Economy

High Energy Efficiency

Good amount of Standard Features

Best in Class Warranty

Cons

Average Braking Performance

Pricey Top trim

What's New?

Driver Attention Alert and High Beam Assist are added in the Optional Features list

Slight changes to Battery Optimization and Power Output


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29815

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

118 hp

torque

218 lb.-ft. @ 0 rpm

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

suspension front

independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

176 in.

width

71.7 in.

height

57.1 in.

curb weight

3164 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.1 cu ft.

payload capacity

1025 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

150/136/122 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

7 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no

ev battery warranty

10 years/100000 miles


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Styles

 2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric in Black Noir Pearl color  2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric in Ceramic White color  2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric in Intense Blue color  2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric in Symphony Air Silver color
Black Noir Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine

8.2

Interior

8.0

Driving

7.5

Comfort

7.5

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric base

base

power
118 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
136 combined

$30,315


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Hatchback (electric 1DD) Starting at $30,315 MSRP (150 mpg/136/122 mpg) 118 hpelectricelectric
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1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5   Intense Blue
  Ceramic White
  Symphony Air Silver
  Black Noir Pearl

 2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Limited

Limited

power
118 hp
fuel
Electric
mpg
136 combined

$36,815


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric 1DD) Starting at $36,815 MSRP (150 mpg/136/122 mpg) 118 hp, electric, electric
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1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5   Intense Blue
  Ceramic White
  Symphony Air Silver
  Black Noir Pearl

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback
8.4/10

MPG: 136 combined

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8.7/10

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2017 Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid Sedan
8.7/10

Engine: 154 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 39 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial January 18, 2019

7.7

Overall Rating


7.5/10
Features

 

8.2/10
Engine

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

When it comes to the term “Green Car”, most people would see the Toyota Prius as the primary choice. The Prius has been dominating the US market for a while but has been under constant threat due to competition from brands like Honda, Nissan and others. Hyundai also jumped on the same band wagon with the Ioniq and gained popularity immediately from its launch in 2018. The 2019 Ioniq Electric wants to better its reputation and make electric mobility, more affordable and popular for the masses.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Features

7.5/10

Hyundai hasn’t changed the number of trims of the 2019 Ioniq as compared to the 2018 version. The 2019 Ioniq comes in 2 Trims and come powered with the same 118Hp motor.

Trim

Electric

Electric Limited

MSRP

$29,815

$36,315

Key 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 Cup holders

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

 

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

8” 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

Trim to choose

The Standard Trim offers a lot of bang for buck, with features like Leather Wrapped Steering, Big Touchscreen infotainment System and the lot and offers a lot of VFM than the much pricier Limited trim.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Engine

8.2/10

While the Ioniq feels faster than its platform-sharing cousin, the Kia Niro, its power output is nothing special when compared to others in the category–TheCarConnection.com

Engine and Transmission

The Biggest Difference between the PHEV and the Hybrid Variant of the Ioniq, when compared to this All Electric Variant comes in the form of the Powertrain. The Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor, that forms a part of the PHEV and the Hybrid Variant, now becomes the main driving force of the All Electric Variant. The Synchronous Motor develops 118hp of Power and 218lb.-ft. of Torque and has a 360V Rated Voltage. The Li-Ion Battery Capacity is 28KWh and comes with a 6.6KW on board charger with DC fast charging capability and SAE combo port.

As Expected from an Electric Motor, Torque is Instantaneous and the Power delivery is linear and is delivered instantaneously from the Word Go. The Motor is not the most powerful in the segment but is similar to compact Gas Powered Hatchbacks.

The Battery also has the ability to get fully charged in just 4hrs 25 Minutes using a 220/240 V Level 2 fast charger while with the SAE combo DC Fast Charger, the Ioniq can be charged upto 80% in just 23 Minutes.

Models

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

MSRP

$30,700

$44,450

$37,495

$30,885

Engine

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor

Synchronous Traction Motor

Permanent magnet Drive Motor

Electric Motor

Transmission

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

118 hp

170 hp

200 hp

147 hp

Torque

218 ft-lbs

184 ft-bs

266 ft-lbs

236 ft-lbs

Transmission duties are performed by a Single Speed Reduction gear as the Powertrain is an Electric Motor. This eliminates Transmission losses and hence delivers all the power immediately. The push button regenerative brake level control paddles, allow altering the strength of the regenerative braking system. This means you can completely switch off the regenerative braking or set it to the maximum for when you need the most power.

Acceleration

The Ioniq's Engine isn't the quickest motor in this comparison and one doesn't anticipate that it should perform like one. The Acceleration is just about normal with the motor getting loud at high rpms. The Paddle Shifters add to the driving feel of the Ioniq and enables you to take control of the Hatchback, when you need to take things in your control.

Models

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

0-60 MPH

10.2 sec

7.2 sec

6.5 sec

N/A

Quarter mile

17.8 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

Emission

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

-

-

-

-

The Quarter mile and the 0-60MPH figures of the Ioniq are just about average and is similar to the other alternatives in this comparison. For added boost in performance and responses however, drivers can switch to the Sport mode wherein the responses from the Motor become speedier and the throttle responses get quicker.

Ride and Handling

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq was designed as an ordinary use vehicle. It offers a decent ride quality and feels stable at City Speeds. The Competition on the other hand offer a higher level of quality in terms of the ride. Besides. 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 electric 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.

Braking

With regards to braking, Hyundai Engineers have investigated every possibility to address the braking of the 2019 Ioniq. The Ioniq accompanies disc brakes as Standard on the entirety of its 4 wheels and has likewise added Regenerative Braking to the Ioniq. This permits the Kinetic Energy generated during braking of the Car to be transferred back to the batteries for giving extra punch, as and when required.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Brake Front (in.)

11.2

11

11

11.1

Brake Rear (in.)

11.2

11

10

11.5

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3164

2965

3563

3433

60-0 MPH (ft.)

NA

NA

NA

NA

What aids the cause of the 2019 Ioniq is its low Curb weight of just 3164 lbs, which also bears the heft of the Electric Motors and the Lithium Ion Polymer batteries. The Ioniq also comes with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Collision Warning System that applies the brakes in case of an imminent collision.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Fuel Economy

Hyundai touts the Ioniq as the Most Fuel Efficient Hatchback being sold down in the US and that is tall claim. The Toyota Prius has been the King of this Segment as far as these figures were considered however the Honda Insight, figured out how to oust it just barely.

Taking learnings from all both the Toyota and the Honda, Hyundai's Engineers built up a sophisticated mix of the Electric Motor and the Gasoline Motor that works perfectly in tandem with each other.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

MPG (city)

150

129

128

124

MPG (highway)

122

106

110

99

MPG (combined)

136

118

119

112

Tank Capacity (gal)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

What also favors the Hyundai is the usage of Clever Technologies like Regenerative Braking that boost performance and output without consuming more gas and the light weight body. The BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Bolt however manage to come a close second but still have some ground to catch up, when compared to the Ioniq’s range.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Interior

8.0/10

The Ioniq’s cabin benefits from its wide measurements, which give it an open and spacious feel –TheCarConnection.com

Layout, Seating and Comfort

The Interiors of the 2019 Ioniq are all around protected from the Exterior, which permits very little or no noise to creep inside the Cabin. The Interiors feels loaded with a lot of highlights like Touchscreen Infotainment System, Bottle Holders, Armrest and others. The Dials are very legible to read in broad daylight and offer great readability from the 7” Screen as well.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

4

5

5

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

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.6/53.6/40.5

39.7/54.6/41.6

41.2/54.3/42.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/55.0/35.7

37.2/49.2/31.9

37.9/52.8/36.5

37.3/52.5/33.3

The Seats have average amount of cushioning and can be controlled through the press of a button in 10 ways for the Driver’s seat. The Rear Passengers won’t be the most happiest in the rear seats as it may feel cramped to many. The overall Cabin space feels a little less as compared to what the competition offers but isn’t a deal breaker as such.

Cargo Capacity

Not only is the Ioniq a standout amongst the competition in terms of MPG figures but manages to beat even smaller Capacity cars in terms of the Cargo Capacity on offer. The Ioniq offers a Massive 23 Cubic Feet with its back seats collapsed up. What shocks us is the astute usage and position of the Engines and batteries that liberates ton loads of Space in the Interior.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

23.0

36.9

16.9

23.6

When the Luggage or the Cargo increases, the Rear Seats have the provision to be folded in a 60/40 split configuration that allows for even higher liberation of space.

Infotainment System

The Hyundai is a well loaded Car in terms of the Infotainment System. The System is very Intuitive to use and comes with all the bells and whistles, one would expect from a Car of this segment.

The Interior features include

  • 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 Mjirror

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Exterior

Though it goes head to head with mainstays such as the Toyota Prius, the 2019 Ioniq acquits itself well in the hybrid hatchback world. It's a likable little car, and Hyundai's gone to lengths to make it feel normal, something the stalwart Prius still doesn't do very well–TheCarConnection.com

Design and Dimensions

The Designers at Hyundai seem to have taken their design inspiration from their Japanese Rivals before designing the Ioniq. The Ioniq looks like it has been thoroughly tested in a wind tunnel because of its sharp body lines and creases, all around its body. The Car is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and doesn’t looks awkward or weird from any angle.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback

BMW i3 120Ah hatchback

Chevrolet Bolt EV LT hatchback

Nissan LEAF S hatchback

Curb weight (lbs.)

3164

2965

3563

3433

Length(in)

176.0

158.3

164.0

176.4

Width(in)

71.7

69.9

69.5

70.5

Height(in)

57.1

62.9

62.8

61.4

Ground clearance (in)

5.5

N/A

N/A

5.9

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

101.2

102.4

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

61.2/61.6

61.9/62

59.1/59.1

60.6/61.2

In terms of the Dimensions, the Car isn’t the Biggest of the lot but is not the smallest as well. 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.

Exterior Features

  • 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

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Safety

The Safety Equipment in the 2019 Ioniq remains mostly unchanged over the 2018 Variant other than addition of the Automatic Emergency Braking as Standard Equipment across the range. That being said, the Car has decent standard safety equipment and gets good ratings from IIHS as well.

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.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Competition

Hyundai Ioniq vs. BMW i3

The Toyota and the Hyundai are similar in a lot of ways and they can’t go unnoticed. The Prius has a better build quality, braking performance and a long legacy behind it. The Hyundai on the other hand offers a higher MPG figure, performance and Cargo Space behind its back. So if Practicality and Frugality is your demand, the Ioniq has its nose ahead.

Hyundai Ioniq vs. Chevrolet Bolt

The Chevrolet Bolt has one of the most powerful and responsive engine in the class, with over 200hp available on tap. The Ioniq on the other hand offers a far superior MPG figure and an outstanding Cargo Space. The Bolt also is $7,000 more expensive than the Ioniq as well. Hence, the Bolt is more suited for the Performance enthusiasts while the Ioniq will please the more fuel conscious drivers.

Hyundai Ioniq vs Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf was the 1st Car in the world that showed people that Electric Cars can compete directly to Gas powered Cars. The Leaf delivers 110 miles of driving range in a full charge and offers a lot features as well. The Nissan however can’t match the practicality that the Ioniq offers. The Leaf is best suited for people, who are mostly willing to do in city commutes while the Ioniq will be suited for longer drives due to its range and spacious Interiors and Cargo.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Final Verdict

With the 2019 Ioniq Electric, Hyundai has pulled off all stops when it comes to making a Future Ready Car. With rapid charging feature that can charge the vehicle up to 80% in just 25 minutes and a range of 130Miles on a full charge, the Hyundai Ioniq does show that Electric Cars aren’t boring. Hence, if you do want a Car that produces 0 Emissions and can perform your daily routine commutes without any hesitation, the 2019 Ioniq is a great Car that will suit your needs well.