2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback

2019 MODEL
$30,315 - $36,815

7.8

Overall Rating

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2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Abhinandan Banerjee Senior Correspondent Updated on: October 23, 2019


Hyundai is offering its Ioniq for 2019 in 3 avatars which are Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid and an All-Electric variant. The Ioniq Electric is the All-Electric version in the Ioniq lineup and also the most expensive of the lot. Unlike its rivals, the Ioniq can be charged up to 80% in just 25 minutes and gets fully charged in just 4 hours.

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Pros

Zero emissions

High range

Ample 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

$30315

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

118 hp

torque

218 lbs.-ft @ 0 rpm

transmission

1-speed direct drive

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11/11.2

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

23 cu ft.

payload capacity

1025 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

11.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

150/136/122 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

120 months. / 100000

corrosion warranty

7 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / Unlimited

ev battery warranty

10 yr. / 100000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback in Black Noir Pearl color  2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback in Ceramic White color  2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback in Symphony Air Silver color  2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback in Brilliant Blue Metallic color
Black Noir Pearl

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.2

Interior

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback 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 (150/136/122) 118 hp, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5   Intense Blue
  Ceramic White
  Symphony Air Silver
  Black Noir Pearl

 2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback 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 (150/136/122) 118 hp, electric, electric
1-speed direct drive front wheel drive 5   Intense Blue
  Ceramic White
  Symphony Air Silver
  Black Noir Pearl

Expert Review

7.8

Overall Rating


When you hear the term “Green Car”, most people would picture a Toyota Prius. The Prius has been dominating the US market for a while. However, in recent times, it has been under constant threat due to competition from brands like Honda, Nissan, and others. Hyundai also jumped on the same bandwagon with the Ioniq and gained popularity immediately after 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 EV Front View, silver, front quarter
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV front view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV rear view, silver, back quarter
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV rear view

8.0/10
Features

 

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Features

8.0/10

Hyundai hasn’t changed the number of trim levels of the 2019 Ioniq from its predecessor. The 2019 Ioniq comes in 2 trims and powered with the same 118 hp motor. The base trim is priced at $29,815 while the Limited trim will set you back by $36,315.

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 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

 

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

The base trim comes with a bunch of standard features such as auto climate control, door handle approach lights, heated front seats, a 7" infotainment screen with Infiniti Premium Audio system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls for audio and cruise control. The Limited trim adds leather upholstery, an 8" infotainment screen, memory setting for driver's seat, and a wireless charging pad. 

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The Standard Trim offers a lot of bang for the buck, with features like leather-wrapped steering wheel, a big infotainment screen and offers a lot of VFM than the much pricier Limited trim.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Engine and Performance

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 with the 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 is the main driving force for the All-Electric Variant. The Synchronous Motor produces 118hp of power and 218lb.-ft. of torque and has a 360V rated voltage. The capacity of Li-Ion Battery is 28KWh and comes with a 6.6KW onboard charger with DC fast charging capability and SAE combo port.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Engine
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Engine

As expected from an electric motor, the torque produced is instantaneous and is delivered instantly from the word go. This motor is not the most powerful in the segment but capable and easily handle all of your daily needs. 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 up to 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 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 depending on your needs.

Acceleration

The Ioniq is not known for speed and in this comparison and one shouldn't anticipate that it would perform like one of the faster cars in the segment. Acceleration is just about normal with the motor getting loud at high rpm. The paddle shifters add to the driving feel of the Ioniq and enables you to take control of the hatchback when you feel like taking things under your control.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV

2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Acceleration

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

7.1

Quarter mile

17.8 sec

N/A

15

15.9

Emission

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

-

-

-

-

The quarter-mile and the 0-60 MPH figures of the Ioniq are just about average and comparatively slower the other alternatives in this comparison. For an 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 a daily use vehicle. It offers a composed ride quality and feels stable at city speeds. The competition, on the other hand, offers a higher level of ride quality in terms of stability and feel. The Sport mode stiffens up the suspension and the ride becomes a bit more firm and sportier 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 a better riding package than its other 2 siblings. The wheelbase is the longest in this comparison that allows for greater stability around the corners and on the motorway.

Braking

With regards to braking, Hyundai engineers have investigated every possibility to address any flaws with the braking of the 2019 Ioniq. The Ioniq comes with disc brakes as standard on the entirety of its 4 wheels and has added Regenerative Braking to the Ioniq. This allows the Kinetic Energy generated during braking of the car to be transferred back to the batteries which give an extra punch, as and when required.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Wheel
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Wheel

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 in terms of its braking performance is its low curb weight of just 3164 lbs. This 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 Hatchback Fuel Economy

Hyundai touts the Ioniq as the most fuel-efficient hatchback being sold in the US and that is a tall claim. The Toyota Prius has been the King of this segment. However, the Honda Insight figured out how to oust it, just barely.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Charge
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Charging Port

Taking the learnings from both the Toyota and the Honda, Hyundai's engineers developed 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, which boosts performance and output without consuming more energy and the lightweight body. The BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Bolt both manage to come close second but still have some ground to make up, when compared to the Ioniq’s range.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback 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 comfortable and well insulated which permits very little or no noise to creep inside the cabin. The interior is loaded with a lot of features like a big touchscreen infotainment system, bottle, and cupholders, armrest and others. The dials are very crisp and easily readable, even in broad daylight. 

2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Seating
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Rear Seating

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 Row (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 Row

(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 decent cushioning and can be controlled through the press of a button in 10 ways for the Driver’s seat. Space is adequate for the front seats, however, the rear passengers won’t be the happiest as they do feel cramped to many, especially for tall adults. The overall cabin space feels a little less as compared to what the competition offers but isn’t a deal-breaker as such. You will not have any complaints driving this car on a daily basis.

Cargo Capacity

Not only is the Ioniq a standout amongst the competition in terms of MPG figures, but it also manages to beat most competitors in terms of the cargo capacity on offer too. The Ioniq offers a massive 23 cubic feet of cargo space with its back seats in the upright position. The intelligent placement and position of the engine and batteries liberates loads of space in the rear.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Cargo space
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Cargo Space

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

23.6The

The rear seats have the provision to be folded in a 60/40 split configuration that allows for even higher liberation of space. Thus, you do not need to pack light for the next weekend getaway. 

Infotainment System

This Hyundai is a well-loaded car in terms of the infotainment system. The UI is very intuitive to use and comes with all the bells and whistles one would expect from a car of this segment.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Infotainment
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Infotainment Display

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 Mirror
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV steering
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV steering
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Front seat
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Front seat
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV infotainment
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV infotainment
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV instrumental cluster
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Instrumental cluster

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback 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 design inspiration and cues from their Japanese rivals Toyota while developing the Ioniq. The side profile has striking resemblance to the Prius. The Ioniq looks sleek and aerodynamic because of its sharp body lines and creases all around its body. The car is aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t look awkward or weird from any angle.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Side View
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV Side View

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, this car isn’t the biggest of the lot. The Ioniq offers a decent ground clearance of 5.5" and also the lightest car 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 EV
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV front view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV front view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV rear view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV rear view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV rear view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV rear view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV side view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV side view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV top view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV top view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV top view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV top view
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV taillight
2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV taillight

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Safety

The Safety features in the 2019 Ioniq remain mostly unchanged from the 2018 Variant other than the addition of Automatic Emergency Braking as standard across both trims. That being said, this car has good standard safety ratings from IIHS.

Some of the safety features of 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 Hatchback Competition

Hyundai Ioniq vs. BMW i3

The Bimmer and the Hyundai are similar in a lot of ways and they can’t go unnoticed. The German car has a better build quality, braking performance and a long legacy behind it. The Hyundai, on the other hand, offers a higher MPG figure and more practicality. Thus, if hasslefree usage and frugality is your demand, the Ioniq is the car for you. Else, you can opt for the BMW i3 if luxury and performance are your priorities. 

2019 BMW i3
2019 BMW i3

Hyundai Ioniq vs. Chevrolet Bolt

The Chevrolet Bolt has one of the most powerful and responsive engines 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 is also $7,000 more expensive than the Ioniq. Hence, the Bolt is more suited for the performance enthusiasts while the Ioniq will please the more fuel-conscious drivers.

2019 Chevrolet Bolt
2019 Chevrolet Bolt

Hyundai Ioniq vs Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf was the 1st Car in the world that showed people that EVs can compete directly with 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 most willing to do in city commutes while the Ioniq will be suited for long drives owing to its range and spacious interiors and cargo.

2019 Nissan Leaf
2019 Nissan Leaf

 

2019 Hyundai Ioniq electric Hatchback Final Verdict

With the 2019 Ioniq Electric, Hyundai has pulled off all stops when it comes to making a future-ready car. With a rapid charging feature that can charge this vehicle up to 80% in just 25 minutes and a range of 130Miles on a full charge, the Hyundai Ioniq does show that EVs aren’t boring. Hence, if you do want a car that has zero emissions and is an excellent daily commuter, the 2019 Ioniq is the car that will suit all your needs.

FAQs

Does the Ioniq come is AWD configuration?

No, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq is not available in AWD configuration

What are the warranty features on the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq?

Hyundai offers a basic warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles. 

What is the cost of ownership of this car?

The estimated cost of ownership of this car for the next 5 years is around $35000. 

Will I get a good resale value?

The estimated depreciation of the 2019 Ioniq over the next couple of years is around 20% of the current MSRP.