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Hyundai IONIQ pricing

Hyundai IONIQ comes in two models: plug-in hybrid and all-electric. The all-electric model starts at $34,045. It may be eligible for federal tax credits depending on the year. It’s time consuming to investigate what prices dealers will offer, so Electrek has called around to find the best deals available. You can take these prices to your dealer, and they will generally match them.

Check out our pricing and leasing pages for all the latest pricing information.

2020 IONIQ Electric Pricing
Model Electric Motor Transmission Drivetrain MSRP
SE 100kW (134HP & 218 lb.-ft. of torque) Single-speed reduction gear FWD $33,045
Limited 100kW (134HP & 218 lb.-ft. of torque) Single-speed reduction gear FWD $38,615

Hyundai IONIQ features

Hyundai IONIQ is one of the most efficient EVs on the market. The 2020 model includes a 38.3kWh battery that yields a new 170-mile EPA-rated range. The only EV that is more efficient is the Tesla Model 3.

Hyundai has been the champion of the electric vehicle efficiency game since it debuted its IONIQ in 2016. That vehicle and subsequent model years had a 28kWh battery from which Hyundai was able to squeeze an impressive 124 miles of range. That gave it a MPGe rating of 136 miles, which is above the 120-ish miles that compact BMW i3 and Chevy Bolts were able to achieve.

The ratings are based on EPA’s formula, in which 33.7 kilowatt-hours (121 megajoules) of electricity is equivalent to one (US) gallon of gasoline. So how far can the car go on 33.7kWh?  More from Wikipedia.

This year, Hyundai updated the IONIQ battery 36% to 38.3kWh that yields a new 170-mile EPA-rated range. That should make its customers quite a bit happier and push it from compliance land to something that can do long commutes and short trips. The 170 EPA miles compares to the 183-mile WLTP standard used in Europe, and about what we had guessed at the time. Unfortunately for Hyundai, that increased battery and slight design refresh seems to have pushed its MPGe rating down slightly to 133 MPGe, where Tesla’s Model 3… was.

The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus debuted with a 133 MPGe with its 240-mile range, and that continued through to the 2019 Model year. Tesla doesn’t do model years like most makers, however, as it continuously updates its cars for efficiencies and additional features. The EPA just takes one snapshot per year, and 2020 just dropped.

Tesla’s website was updated three weeks ago, showing 250 miles, and with the results out today from the EPA, it looks like that was enough to push Tesla to an incredible 141 MPGe combined, or only 24kWh of battery to travel 100 miles. That not only beats this year’s bigger IONIQ, it beats the all-time champ, the 2017-2019.

Hyundai IONIQ review

Electrek has not reviewed the 2020 model, but we did review the 2017 model.

In our reviews, Hyundai IONIQ performed very well. Both of our reviewers came away impressed with the car at its price point.

While the 2020 edition has a brand-new design, the older design is still tried and true. One of our chief complaints in the review was the number of buttons that the car has compared to Tesla. Be sure to read the entire review, though.

I love the Hyundai IONIQ EV and many of the decisions the engineers made on this vehicle. At around $19-23,000 after $7,500 US tax credit and various state incentives, it is the cheapest EV I’d recommend and opens the EV segment to a whole new swath of the population. If Hyundai is able to communicate the total cost of ownership to its customers, I think it could be a huge hit.

 

 

Hyundai IONIQ Stories January 28

Hyundai gave a decent range boost to the 2020 Ioniq Electric, but the Korean automaker has now announced US prices and it comes with a higher price tag: $33,000. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories November 8, 2019

The new 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric has received its official EPA rating with its new battery pack: 170 miles, but it lost the efficiency crown to the Tesla Model 3. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories November 7, 2019

The 2020 EPA estimated ranges are out for both the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai IONIQ, and we have a new champion of efficiency. Hint: It’s not the car that looks like a glorified Prius, it’s the full-featured sedan with a snappy 0-60 time… expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories May 2, 2019

Hyundai is three years into its IONIQ program, which includes 3 versions (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric), and today, it unveiled a refresh version with the all-electric version getting a bigger battery pack for a significantly longer range. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories May 8, 2018

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric still holds the crown of ‘most efficient passenger car’ and with its relatively low price, it attracted a lot of customers.

But now Hyundai is warning dealers of low availability of the all-electric version, which they blame on a ‘battery shortage’. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories March 23, 2018

Norway’s electric vehicle association decided to put 5 popular all-electric vehicles to a thorough winter test to see how they performed under harsh conditions.

Between the Nissan Leaf, VW e-Golf, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Opel Ampera-e (Chevy Bolt EV), and the BMW i3, the association tentatively declares the Ioniq as the winner. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories December 29, 2017

It has been almost a year since we reviewed the very capable Hyundai IONIQ Electric. As a refresher, this is the most efficient EV on the US market at 136 MPGe and the only model more efficient than the Tesla Model 3.

The problem, or recurring theme in a broader sense, is that it is almost impossible to get your hands on the all-electric version if you live outside of California even though the hybrid version is all over the country. This is because it is a compliance vehicle.

What could have been good news this week is that Hyundai finally announced the Plug-in Hybrid version price (along with EV only range moving from 27 to 29 miles). But not all Plug-ins are created equal…

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Hyundai IONIQ Stories November 2, 2017

The full GOP House tax bill has been released and as expected earlier this morning, it does include the end of the federal tax credit for electric vehicles.

The official language indicates that the bill, in its current form, will end the $7500 subsidy entirely by the end of the year, which is sure to completely change the EV market in the US over the next few months. If you look at what happened to Denmark or even the US State of Georgia when tax incentives end, it isn’t a pretty picture for the EV market.

Here’s how we suggest approaching buying a new Tesla, Bolt EV, Hyundai Ioniq or any electric car really, with this new potential change. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories October 5, 2017

Electric cars have been popular with car sharing services due to their low cost of operation. Some automakers have been building large fleets, like BMW deploying 400 BMW i3s in Copenhagen in 2015 and earlier this year, Renault started deploying a fleet of 500 electric cars for a new car-sharing service in Madrid.

Now that Hyundai has the Ioniq Electric, the Korean automaker announced that it is also launching a car sharing service using electric vehicles.  expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories August 18, 2017

Four months ago, Seth got a chance to try out the 2017 Hyundai IONIQ Electric at a Hyundai media day, and came away impressed. The IONIQ is Hyundai’s new three-powertrains-on-one-platform model, with a hybrid released and a plug-in hybrid planned, alongside the pure EV model we reviewed. Seth’s takeaway was that the IONIQ compares very favorably to the Prius, the car which it seems aimed to compete against.

Last week, I was given the chance to take a week long test drive of the IONIQ Electric, to go into a deeper dive of how the car works, more than our short test drive could give us (though do have a look at Seth’s review for a lot of the spec details). What I found is that the IONIQ is a lot of car for the money, and a complete game-changer in the “entry-level” EV market.

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