The new 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric boasts a higher driving range than the Nissan Leaf.
The Hyundai Ioniq has been on sale since 2016 and was the world's first model to be offered with three electrified powertrains including hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric. To keep up with the competition, the Ioniq has been given a significant upgrade for the 2020 model year. Debuting at the 2019 LA Auto Show, the new 2020 Hyundai Ioniq arrives with fresh styling, an upgraded interior, and a significantly improved range.
The new Ioniq Electric's battery has been upgraded from 28 kWh to 38.3 kWh. With 36 percent more energy storage capacity, the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric delivers a range of 170 miles between charges, beating the Nissan Leaf. An electric motor delivers 134 horsepower and 218 lb-ft of torque and current 6.6-kW charger has been upgraded to 7.2-kW. Using a 100-kW fast-charging station, the battery can be charged up to 84 percent in 54 minutes. With a combined 133 MPGe, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is one of the most efficient EVs on the market. Like the Hyundai Kona Electric, the Ioniq electric adopts one-pedal driving, allowing the driver to stop the car by holding onto the left paddle-shift lever often without having to apply the brake pedal.
The new Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid are both powered by a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine delivering 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. A permanent magnet electric motor in the Ioniq Hybrid delivers 42 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, powered by a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery positioned under the rear seats.
Powered by an 8.9 kWh lithium-ion-polymer battery, the plug-in version's electric motor delivers 60 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. In total, the Ioniq Hybrid delivers 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, while the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid delivers a total 156 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Ioniq Hybrid Blue model still has an EPA-estimated 58 MPG combined rating, the highest of any non-plug-in vehicle sold in the US, while the Plug-in Hybrid version delivers 29 miles of pure electric driving range.
Visually, the hybrid and plug-in versions of the new Ioniq feature a redesigned mesh-type radiator grille, while the front of the new Ioniq Electric has a new distinctive pattern on the closed grille. All models feature an updated front bumper design with a silver molding at the bottom. Elsewhere, a new anthracite gray trim has been added to the rear bumper molding and daytime running light bezels help give the Ioniq a more refined look.
Newly available LED headlights and taillights have also been added. As standard, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and Electric ride on 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Ioniq Hybrid is available with a new 17-inch wheel designs.
Inside, all 2020 Ioniq models get a revamped interior with an optional new widescreen 10.25-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and the redesigned control panel for heating and climate control sports a sleek, glossy finish. As standard, the Ioniq's seven-inch display, which is optional for hybrid and plug-in hybrid version, uses mood lighting to visualize the different drive mode themes. Blue ambient lighting has also been applied across the passenger-side lower dashboard and the center console.
Standard safety tech across all Ioniq models includes front collision warning and avoidance assist with pedestrian detection and new cyclist detection ability and driver attention warning, as well as a lane-keeping assist and high beam assist. Available options also include lane following assist, which helps keep the car in the middle of a lane.
The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq range is available now, with pricing starting at $23,000 for the Hybrid, and $26,300 for the Plug-in Hybrid, plus a $930 destination charge. Pricing for the Electric model hasn't been announced yet, however.