The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has two all-or-nothing cost options linked to the two trim derivatives, with nothing in the way of options to find a halfway balance between the two offerings. In its most basic format, the Ioniq Electric has a sticker price of $30,315. The other end of the spectrum sees a fully kitted Ioniq Electric Limited carrying a price tag of $36,815. But, as fully electric vehicles being sold in the state of California, there’s up to $7,500 worth of federal tax credit available, depending on individual tax liability amongst other factors. The tax credit isn’t an initial benefit though, and doesn’t affect the purchase price, which means unless you find deals elsewhere, the Ioniq is always going to be in excess of the $30k mark.
Both of the two Ioniq Electric trims feature the same all-electric drivetrain and battery capacity, but more than $6,000 separates the two. The base Ioniq Electric costs $30,315 and comes with features like cloth upholstery, heated seats, a rearview camera, and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. At exactly $6,500 more, the Ioniq Electric Limited is priced at $36,815, but upgrades include leather upholstery, HID headlights, a power sunroof, power driver’s seat adjustment, eight-inch infotainment with navigation and an eight-speaker Infinity premium sound system, and a range of safety features including blind spot monitoring and auto-emergency braking.
|EV Hatchback||TBC||Single-Speed Reduction Gear Auto||Front wheel drive||$29,214||$30,315|
|EV Limited Hatchback||TBC||Single-Speed Reduction Gear Auto||Front wheel drive||$35,021||$36,815|
With such a disparity between the price of the two available trims, one would at least expect there to be a package to bridge the gap between the two. But no, Hyundai’s limited availability Ioniq Electric has no options packages, and no standalone options either. The entry Ioniq Electric isn’t poorly specced, but items like leather upholstery, the eight-inch navigation system with eight-speaker Infinity Audio, or the power sunroof would’ve been welcome additional options. The most notable difference though is the vastly increased safety available on the Limited trim for the extra $6,500 price premium. The upgrade includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with start/stop, dynamic bending headlights, driver attention warning, and high-beam assist. The lack of availability of these, even as optional extras, on the base Ioniq Electric is a big oversight as far as we’re concerned.