Hyundai’s first-ever dedicated green lineup, the Ioniq, arrived in 2017 with three thrifty versions: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric. The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric will get a handful of exterior, interior, safety, and powertrain updates to help it keep pace with the competition.
The updates to the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric start on the outside with a new silver-colored grille close-off panel that boasts a distinct hexagon pattern and perforations, and a gloss-black grille surround. Other updates include a new front bumper with revised fog light housings and silver molding at the bottom, available LED lighting all around, updated 16-inch wheels, revised side-sill moldings, and a new rear bumper with an anthracite insert.
Inside, the updates continue with an all-new instrument panel with sleek air vents, a new standard dash-top 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, an optional 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, a new console upper cover, dark-chrome instrument panel trim, touchscreen climate controls with a gloss-black finish, blue ambient lighting, and piano-key controls.
The Ioniq Electric will also get a bit of trim and feature shuffling, starting with replacing the unnamed base trim with the new SE grade. On top of the new name, the Ioniq SE will gain adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and the new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Limited trim will remain the range-topping grade, but it will gain a handful of new features, including adaptive cruise with stop and go, LED headlights, a 10.25-inch infotainment system with navigation, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, ambient interior lighting, highway-driving assistant, lane-centering assist, and an upgraded automatic emergency braking system.
Under the 2020 Ioniq Electric’s skin lies an upgraded electric motor with 134 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque, which is a gain of 16 hp. Its battery also grows in power capacity by 10.3 kilowatt-hours, bringing it to 38.3 kWh. This extra capacity increases its range by 46 miles to 170 miles but drops its efficiency from 136 mpg-e to 133 mpg-e combined. Charging is also faster with its new 7.4-kW on-board charger.
The IIHS has not tested the Ioniq Electric, but its hybrid and plug-in hybrid siblings are IIHS Top Safety Picks. This rating should pass onto the electric model, as it is the same basic construction and boasts the same safety features. In 2020, the Ioniq Electric boosts its safety with standard automatic emergency braking with cyclist detection and available LED headlights in place of the HID units, so we expect the same high safety marks.