The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is the all-guns-blazing effort from Hyundai to get you onboard the electric train ASAP! Hyundai has put forth a fabulous effort in the form of the Ioniq Electric by offering a feature-rich and practical electric vehicle while keeping the entry point quite reasonable. For the 2020 MY, Hyundai has brought about quite some changes to the design as well as the mechanicals of the Ioniq Electric to make it an even more enticing proposition since the Ioniq hasn’t really been a big sales success for Hyundai as of yet.
The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric now features a range of 170 miles on a single charge which is a jump of 46 miles compared to the outgoing model which now makes it surpass the Nissan Leaf’s 149-mile range as well. Under the reworked exterior of the 2020 Ioniq Electric, the battery pack capacity has gone up from 28 kWh to 38.3 kWh which translates to longer driving times between charge cycles, which certainly is a welcome move. The on-board portable charger has also been bumped up from 6.6 kW to 7.2 kW to increase it’s charging speed. But most importantly, the Ioniq Electric is now powerful than ever, as it dishes out 134 horses compared to the earlier model’s 118hp. The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric, also features a new ECO+ mode in its drive modes alongside the regular ECO, COMFORT, and SPORT setting that on paper is supposed to come in handy while trying to reserve the remaining battery.
The other interesting part comes from the part that Hyundai has tied up with Amazon to be able to provide customers with a seamless experience of installing a LEVEL-2 fast charger at their homes. These can be purchased directly via Amazon Home Services, hence expanding Hyundai’s digital presence. The 2020 Ioniq Electric, also features a completely reworked interior with a new center console. The new 10.25-inch tablet-style display results in a much more intuitive engaging user experience while the touch-sensitive climate controls look especially nice.
The well-specced base SE trim(replaces the Electric trim) comes loaded with the following set of features:
- Smart Cruise Control
- Lane Keep Assist
- Driver Attention Warning
- High Beam Assist
- Forward Collision-Avoidance
- Stop and Go
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
While the top of the line Limited variant adds even more creature comforts in the form of :
- LED Headlights
- Harman Kardon Audio
- Ambient Lighting
- Highway Driving Assist
- Blind Spot Collision Avoidance
- Lane Following Assist
- Touch Screen Climate Controls
The SE trim starts at $33,045 dollars while the range-topping limited can be had for $38,615, but both of these values are not the effective price of the vehicle as federal tax credits bring the price down to $25,545 and $31,115 for both the SE and Limited respectively which is quite a sweet deal.
The 2020 Ioniq Electric, when charged using a 100kW fast charger, can reach 80% of its range in as little as 54 minutes making it quite practical for everyday use which is the intended market. The Hyundai Blue Link system has also been carried forward from the outgoing model to 2020 MY. The Blue Link system helps control various functions of the Ioniq Electric such as remote start, pre-conditioning the cabin, car finder, remote light and horn access among the most notable via a remote application on the user’s smartphone. The updated Blue Link system also brings along Cloud-Based Navigation which offers a minute by minute updates.