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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.

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Hyundai IONIQ Stories Yesterday

As sales of electric vehicles continue to surge, many new and prospective customers have questions about qualifying for federal tax credit on electric vehicles.

Whether you qualify is not a simple yes or no question… well, actually it sort of is, but the amount you may qualify for varies by household due to a number of different factors. Furthermore, there are other potential savings available to you that you might not even know about yet.

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Hyundai IONIQ Stories August 4

Hyundai has announced a new all-in-one subscription service in the UK specifically dedicated to its BEVs, PHEVs, and hybrid vehicles. Named Hyundai Mocean, this new subscription service allows approved customers to have an EV delivered to them for a monthly fee that includes insurance, maintenance, road tax, and repairs. This is a business model Hyundai Motor Group has been experimenting with in other countries before trying it out in the UK.

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Hyundai IONIQ Stories July 27

In DK Kim’s first report from Korea, he gets a sneak peek at Hyundai’s incredible Ioniq 6, the production version of the Hyundai Prophecy Concept that was revealed in 2020.

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Hyundai IONIQ Stories March 17

2021 Hyundai Ioniq and Kona owners and prospective owners from today will get a free 250kWh of fast charging at Electrify America (EA) stations as the network continues to expand.

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Hyundai IONIQ Stories February 16

A press release from Hyundai USA has revealed a glimpse at its 2022 Kona Electric SUV, featuring a slight redesign. According to the automaker, these EVs will be available in the US some time this spring.

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Hyundai IONIQ Stories December 28, 2020

During our monthly search for the best EV discounts, we found four models – two BEVs and two PHEVs – that can cost less than $20,000 before tax and license. Considering the average used vehicle price as reported by USA Today was trending upward at $21,558 in July, and that the average new vehicle transaction price is just shy of $40,000 ($39,259 to be exact, per Kelly Blue Book), $20K for a brand-new electric vehicle looks like a relative bargain.

Note this is the last week we’ll include PHEVs in our roundups. Our resolution for 2021 is BEVs only!

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Hyundai IONIQ Stories September 7, 2020

EV lease deals put Chevy Bolt and Hyundai IONIQ below $200/month

There’s still time for EV shoppers to score a great Labor Day deal! After updating our list of manufacturer lease offers, we found a few deals worth considering.

Hyundai IONIQ Stories March 15, 2020

Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Ioniq EV drivers can get some relief from the pain of Electrify America’s opaque billing practices, at least until the end of the year. But you have to sign up with a promo code through the app. And only in the US, not Canada. And your rate will almost double at the end of the year, from $0.35 to $0.69 per minute.

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Hyundai IONIQ Stories January 28, 2020

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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Hyundai IONIQ Stories June 9, 2017

Hyundai is having a lot of success with the all-electric version of the Ioniq EV, as we anticipated in our review. So much, that it now has production constraints, which it plans to solve within the next few months.

The problem is reportedly related to the LG Chem battery pack supply and the Korean automaker now plans to increase orders by 50%. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories May 23, 2017

SmartCar announced a novel new way to connect to your Tesla today called TeslaBot. In a nutshell, it is a Facebook Chatbot that connects to your Tesla Model S or X via Tesla’s open APIs and can do much of what Tesla’s own app can do, often faster… expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories April 21, 2017

After our Electrek Review of the 2017 Hyundai IONIQ Electric, we were quite impressed with the car – especially with the aggressive $29,500 price before incentive. And now the company is launching a new ‘unlimited subscription’ program for its first all-electric vehicle that could reduce the entry price even more.

The only problem is that Hyundai is shaping up the Ioniq Electric to be a compliance car in the process. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories April 5, 2017

Last month I had the opportunity to travel to beautiful Durham, North Carolina on Hyundai’s dime to check out the new IONIQ EV and hybrids. The IONIQ, you’ll recall, is a 3 car strategy from Hyundai aimed at the high-efficiency vehicle market traditionally dominated by Toyota’s Prius line.

Though the Prius-beating 58 mpg and nifty new 12V battery replacement technology in the IONIQ Hybrid was impressive, it’s the IONIQ Electric we’re all here to talk about. I spent the bulk of my time driving the EV – and boy was I pleasantly surprised…

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Hyundai IONIQ Stories March 27, 2017

The state of New York has finally released all the details of its new electric vehicle incentive plan, which has been formally announced earlier this month and will start officially on April 1st.

They decided to go with tranches that take into account both range and price. Only a few vehicles, like the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt EV, will take advantage of the full $2,000 incentive. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories February 14, 2017

2017 IONIQ HEV

As we recently reported, Hyundai is about to launch the all-electric version of its new IONIQ vehicle in the US. The Korean automaker has now confirmed pricing and it’s a lot more competitive than anticipated. The vehicle will start at an MSRP of just $29,500.

After electric vehicle incentives, the car could technically be sold for less than $20,000 in certain markets – making it highly competitive in its segment. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories February 8, 2017

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The all-electric version of the Hyundai IONIQ (it’s also available in PHEV and HEV) is reportedly finally coming to the US this week after deliveries in Korean and Europe last year and being fairly well-received around the world. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories January 3, 2017

Hyundai announces Google Assistant/Home integration, incl. ability to start & stop charging IONIQ

Hyundai, as part of its presence this year at CES in Las Vegas, will be showing off integration between its Blue Link in-dash system and Google’s Assistant platform. The collaboration means that drivers of vehicles equipped with Hyundai’s Blue Link system will be able to control their vehicle using voice commands via Google Home and presumably other products that tap into the virtual assistant platform. That includes the ability to start and top charging for Hyundai’s electric vehicles… 

Hyundai IONIQ Stories November 21, 2016

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its official fuel economy rating for the new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric, the Korean automaker’s first all-electric car, and it took the first spot as the most efficient car rated by the agency – dethroning the BMW i3. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories November 14, 2016

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Hyundai was one of those automakers entrenched in fuel cell hydrogen technology in its effort to develop zero-emission cars, which is why the IONIQ is so important. It’s the Korean automaker’s opportunity to test the market and sees if it should divest from fuel cells and invest in electric powertrains.

The problem is that Hyundai fell behind in EV development and it is now releasing a model equivalent to the last generation of EVs (LEAF, i3, e-Golf etc.) in term of range. But it could still find a market in Europe and in its home country, South Korea, for the next year. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories July 5, 2016

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You remember the Hyundai IONIQ? The South Korean automaker’s one-car platform to release three models with different electric powertrains, IONIQ Hybrid (HEV), IONIQ Plug-in (PHEV) and IONIQ Electric (BEV). It created a lot of buzz earlier this year with hopes that the all-electric version could compete with the Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model 3 and other long-range electric cars coming to market in the next year.

We were disappointed when it was actually revealed that the IONIQ Electric will actually have a 28 kWh battery pack allowing for an EPA-rated of about 110 miles. Now Hyundai reveals the first pricing for the vehicle in Europe, starting with the UK, further confirming that the vehicle will actually be competing with the Nissan LEAF. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories March 22, 2016

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We have been speculating about the “real-world” range of the upcoming all-electric (BEV) version of the Hyundai Ioniq for a while now, especially since the company confirmed it will have a 28 kWh battery pack, but now Hyundai confirmed that it expects it will achieve an EPA-rated range of 110 miles.

The Korea-based automaker was previously suggesting that the pack can enable 155 miles on a single charge, but as we discussed when Hyundai first release the estimate, it is more likely to be based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is known to be less restrictive than the EPA standard. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories March 3, 2016

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Hyundai officially debuted the IONIQ platform at Geneva Motor Show this week and its 3 versions, which are now aptly named IONIQ Hybrid (HEV), IONIQ Plug-in (PHEV) and IONIQ Electric (BEV).

The automaker seems fairly committed to bring electric vehicles to market in significant volume and confirmed a few important details including the size of the battery pack of each version and charge rate capacity. expand full story

Hyundai IONIQ Stories February 23, 2016

IONIQ exterior design

The IONIQ is Hyundai’s new car platform that will be offered with 3 electric powertrain options: all-electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and conventional hybrid without a plug (HEV).

The Korean automaker already released all the specs of the HEV version, but we still don’t have all the details for the all-electric and PHEV versions, even though they will all look the same and only their powertrain will be different. expand full story

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