2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

MSRP from $33,045 - $38,615
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MSRP$34,295
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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Review

  • Great value for an EV
  • Generous cargo space in back
  • Packed with active driving aids and technology
  • Uses electricity very efficiently
  • Back seat is tight and not very comfortable
  • Limited availability
  • Rear visibility is impeded by low-cut split rear window
  • Driving range increases from 124 to 170 miles
  • Capable of quicker charging times
  • Horsepower increases from 118 to 134
  • Part of the first Ioniq Electric generation introduced for 2017

As its name suggests, the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is an all-electric version of the popular Hyundai Ioniq hatchback. We think the Electric is the best of the Ioniq lineup, primarily because the gasoline engine in the other models is slow and the transmission is easily confused. Without either, the Ioniq Electric showcases the fun little car that had been hiding underneath for so long.

Now, four years after it first debuted, the Ioniq Electric is getting a few upgrades to keep pace with leaders in the EV segment. First and foremost is a larger battery pack that increases both range — from 124 miles to 170 miles — and available horsepower (now 134 hp, up from 118 hp). 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. New optional features, including a 10.25-inch touchscreen, are designed to improve the ownership experience.

The 2020 Ioniq may only be a refresh, but it is a much-needed one that pushes the Ioniq into a new tier in the EV segment. The increased range elevates it among competitors, while the larger battery pack should also improve acceleration, which we found lacking in the previous model.

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The Hyundai Ioniq EV may no longer be one of the cheapest EVs on the market, but it's still a fantastic value since it comes with many of the latest safety and technology features that owners want. Cargo space is segment-leading thanks to its hatchback design, and with 170 miles of range, it will satisfy the needs of most drivers on a daily basis.
For the most part, Hyundai's Ioniq EV is adequate across the board. You'll have no issues commuting, running errands, or taking an occasional cruise within range. Acceleration is slightly slower than average for this class, coming in at 8.8 seconds to get up to 60 mph. And the Ioniq doesn't stop as well as others, measuring a lengthy 136 feet from 60 mph.

But it's good where it counts for a city runabout: It responds well off the line and is peppy around town; the steering is light, precise and stable at higher speeds; and overall it drives smoothly. It's not quite the athletic type, but its handling can be surprisingly fun.
The Ioniq EV is about average in terms of overall comfort. The ride is smooth and acceptable over most surfaces, and you'll love how quiet the cabin is, with wind and road noise pretty hushed.

The front seats provide decent cushioning and support with enough adjustability for most people to find a comfortable position. Rear seating is average at best. The simple single-zone climate control system proves effective and features updated touch controls. They are easy to use, but some might prefer the older interface with knobs and hard buttons.
The Ioniq's interior is functional, and passenger space is pretty decent given its smaller size. The driver's seat will accommodate people of a wide size range, and as long as you're not much taller than 6 feet, the front seats will be comfortable. The rear seats are cozy but livable. The slope of the rear doors, though, means a little less head clearance for taller folks.

Most controls are clearly labeled, arranged logically and operated by touch, which may be a turnoff for some people. The thick front and rear pillars obscure outward visibility a bit, but the available blind-spot monitoring system helps with the over-the-shoulder issues when switching lanes.
The Ioniq has a solid suite of technology that's straightforward to use. The upgraded 10.3-inch touchscreen is well lit, sharp and easy to use, though there's a slight lag in response time. Bluetooth pairing is quick, and smartphones can be connected with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The voice controls function well but are fairly basic in scope.

The premium sound system in the Limited trim produces surprising clarity, while the navigation system is reminiscent of today's smartphones in look and feel. We like that a number of advanced safety and driver aids come standard. Most work well. The lane keeping system, which was oversensitive at times, was the exception.
By design, hatchbacks offer more utility than comparably sized sedans, and the Ioniq naturally holds an advantage in this area over some of its EV competition. With 23.0 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, it's one of the more spacious in this group. The Nissan Leaf has slightly more cargo space, but its rear seats create a sizable ledge when folding. In comparison, the Ioniq's seats fold nearly flat.

Other compact vehicles in its class barely have enough small-item storage, but the Ioniq offers plenty. The door pockets are somewhat narrow, but between those, the deep center bin and center console nooks, there's good space for your stuff. Our Limited tester had the wireless charging pad in the front cubby too, which can hold larger phones. Car seat accommodation is just OK; anchor points are clearly marked but tight to access.
On paper, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is one of the thriftiest EVs in its class, with an EPA rating of just 25 kWh/100 miles. We drove the Ioniq on Edmunds' EV range loop and it only used 20.8 kWh/100 miles (the lower the number, the more efficient).

The Ioniq also has an EPA-estimated range of 170 miles, but in Edmunds testing we achieved a maximum of 202 miles on a single charge.
The Ioniq offers compelling value in a competitive EV class by providing a lot of standard tech and features, including smart cruise control with stop-and-go. On rivals, they're often offered as options. It may not be the cheapest, but you get a decent-size battery with good range. And despite some cheap-looking interior surface plastics, the Ioniq feels fundamentally well built.

As far as charging goes, a full charge from empty takes six hours on typical 240-volt (Level 2) equipment. DC fast charging can fill the battery to 80% in as little as 54 minutes.

Hyundai's warranty is best in class. It includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties. The EV battery carries a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty, and complimentary maintenance is provided for three years/36,000 miles. Roadside assistance is provided for five years with no mileage limit.
The Ioniq won't wow with either blazing speed or edgy design. But its refreshed looks are enough to turn heads, and it now offers enough range to take the edge off more people's concerns. And you get all the value that Hyundai normally brings to the table.

Which Ioniq Electric does Edmunds recommend?

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 Kona Electric in its Limited trim. The Kona offers more room, range and power, making it a better value proposition in our eyes.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric models

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is an electric vehicle offered in a hatchback body style and two trims: SE and Limited.The Ioniq Electric uses a 100-kW electric motor (134 horsepower, 218 lb-ft of torque) with a 38.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Range on a full charge is an EPA-estimated 170 miles.

If you like the Ioniq Electric but need a car that uses gasoline, the mechanically similar Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid or Ioniq Hybrid (both reviewed separately) should suffice. Highlighted features of the 2020 Ioniq Electric include:

SE
The entry-level Ioniq Electric is generously equipped with:

  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Height-adjustable, heated front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Standard advanced safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front)
  • Automatic emergency braking (if forward collision sensors trigger and no driver intervention is registered, the car can automatically apply the brakes)
  • Lane keeping assist (automatically steers the car back into its lane if the Ioniq Electric begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Lane-centering assist (monitors lane markers to the left and right to keep the Ioniq centered in the lane)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Ioniq and the car in front)

Limited
Includes everything above, plus:

  • LED headlights
  • Sunroof
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Power driver's seat with lumbar support and memory settings
  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • Wireless device charger
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)

Consumer reviews

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    5 out of 5 stars, Utilitarian, sensible and unassuming
    Ditch the SUV,
    SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)

    Switched from a Mercedes ML diesel - this car is better in every way. Has the same stereo which I'm happy about... A multi speaker Harmon Kardon with sub; it is adequately peppy; it is quiet; it is comfortable; it is so easy to charge at home the supplied 120v charger is all i need to replenish my daily commute which for work occasionally includes a trip to the next town over which is 30 minutes away on the highway; range will never be an issue i don't even need the 220v at home; the Mercedes would attract attention: people have pulled up to me more than once at a red light to swear at me over nothing; this car let's me go about my life without any of that irritating human interaction... It's peace and serenity in a car.

    5 out of 5 stars, Fun Fun Fun...Driving 2020 Ioniq Electric
    Stefanie T,
    Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)

    We shopped and tested a number of EVs and we're happy we decided on Ioniq EV Limited. A few bucks more but with government incentives, it was hard to resist. This car unbelievably easy to drive around the city and highway. It's even more fun when you blow the pants off a $100K BMW. The inside controls are easy to use, just take some to get familiar. The looks really good with charcoal gray, cleans easily. It's very quiet when driving, sometimes surprises people that there is a car coming up behind them. Startled a few bikers. Drove from Vancouver to Nelson in four charge...not bad with up and down hills and mountains along the way. It's not the prettiest EV out there, but all about efficiency, cost and doing our part for mother nature. I highly recommend this car for city and not to distant driving. Signed...Happy EV driver

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    Features & Specs

    SE 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    SE 4dr Hatchback
    electric DD
    MSRP$33,045
    MPG 145 city / 121 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission1-speed direct drive
    HorsepowerN/A
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    Limited 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    Limited 4dr Hatchback
    electric DD
    MSRP$38,615
    MPG 145 city / 121 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission1-speed direct drive
    HorsepowerN/A
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Ioniq Electric safety features:

    Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
    Detects the vehicle ahead and maintains a safe following distance. Can come to a full stop and resume cruise in heavy traffic.
    Forward-Collision Avoidance Assist
    Applies brakes automatically if a collision with a vehicle or pedestrian is deemed imminent.
    Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
    Detects when a vehicle is in a blind spot or approaching from the side while reversing and provides an audible and a visual alert.

    Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs. the competition

    Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs. Tesla Model 3

    The Tesla Model 3 isn't just a good vehicle at its price — it's one of the best electric cars, period. Its cabin is roomy, acceleration is quick and it's quite fun to drive. On the downside, the base-level Model 3 is more expensive than the top-trim Ioniq Electric, and the central touchscreen requires far too much attention to use. We bought one of the very first Model 3s. Read our long-term road test to see what we learned over three years and 24,000 miles.

    Compare Hyundai Ioniq Electric & Tesla Model 3 features

    Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs. Nissan Leaf

    In its standard form, the Nissan Leaf is similar to the Ioniq Electric in power and range estimates, albeit at a lower price point. There's also a long-range Leaf Plus model with increased power and range. Overall, these two EVs are pretty evenly matched. If you want to learn more about a Leaf of this generation, be sure to check out our long-term road test of a range-topping 2018 Nissan Leaf SL.

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    Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs. Hyundai Kona Electric

    The Hyundai Kona Electric is one of our favorite EVs. We like its quick acceleration and exceptional range. If you can afford its higher price tag, we recommend the Kona over the Ioniq. If the Kona piques your interest, you might want to know what it's like to live with. We currently have a long-term Kona electric in our long-term fleet — read more about it here.

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    FAQ

    Is the Hyundai Ioniq Electric a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Ioniq Electric both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.8 out of 10. You probably care about Hyundai Ioniq Electric energy consumption, so it's important to know that the Ioniq Electric gets an EPA-estimated 133 mpg-e. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Ioniq Electric has 23.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Hyundai Ioniq Electric. Learn more

    What's new in the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric:

    • Driving range increases from 124 to 170 miles
    • Capable of quicker charging times
    • Horsepower increases from 118 to 134
    • Part of the first Ioniq Electric generation introduced for 2017
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    Is the Hyundai Ioniq Electric reliable?

    To determine whether the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Ioniq Electric. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Ioniq Electric's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Ioniq Electric and gave it a 7.8 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Ioniq Electric is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric?

    The least-expensive 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,045.

    Other versions include:

    • SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) which starts at $33,045
    • Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) which starts at $38,615
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    What are the different models of Hyundai Ioniq Electric?

    If you're interested in the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, the next question is, which Ioniq Electric model is right for you? Ioniq Electric variants include SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), and Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric DD). For a full list of Ioniq Electric models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

    2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Overview

    The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is offered in the following submodels: Ioniq Electric Hatchback. Available styles include SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), and Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric DD).

    What do people think of the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Ioniq Electric 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Ioniq Electric.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Ioniq Electric featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric?

    2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)

    The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,865. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $3,925 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $3,925 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $35,940.

    The average savings for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is 9.8% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 19 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)

    The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,295. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is trending $3,475 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $3,475 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $30,820.

    The average savings for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) is 10.1% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 2 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    Which 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electrics are available in my area?

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    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric?

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