The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is the belt-wearing title-holder of a prestigious honor: the most fuel-efficient car on the road. That badge isn’t without limitations, chiefly the fact that the Ioniq Electric is currently only sold in California. But for those who can find one to buy, the Ioniq Electric is a legitimate competitor to the electric establishment.
What's New for 2019
Changes to the 2019 Ioniq Electric come in the safety and technology departments. Driver attention alerts and automatic high beams join the list of available safety features, and remote charge management is now standard. Navigation-equipped Ioniq’s gain new voice-recognition software.
Choosing Your Hyundai Ioniq Electric
All Ioniq Electrics share a heart: a 28-kWh litium-ion battery paired to an 88-kW motor. The system is good for 118 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a single-speed reduction-gear transmission.
More importantly, the EPA estimates a range of 124 miles and an efficiency of 136 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). At the time of writing, that’s the highest rating of any vehicle sold in the US. The electric range, however, is a bit lower than that of rivals like the Nissan Leaf – expect a battery upgrade in the next couple years.
The Ioniq Electric also loses out on cargo capacity, although it still manages a respectable 23 cubic feet. Even base models are well equipped. Standard perks include remote start, keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control, and heated front seats.
The remainder of the features are decided by trim, of which there are two:
The base 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric offers a cheap entry into the world of electric cars, especially after federal tax credits. But for most buyers, it’s probably worth stepping up to the Limited trim, which gets useful luxury and safety perks.