2020 Hyundai IONIQ gets more range and power at Los Angeles Auto Show
- New IONIQ Electric how offers 170 miles of range, or 272 kilometres
- Power increases to 134 horsepower
- More technology inside including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a new optional 10.25-inch screen for the navigation system
Of all the electric vehicles, the Hyundai IONIQ would be deserving of being called the forgotten one. Introduced three years ago and part of a larger family that also includes a plug-in model and a hybrid version, the Hyundai IONIQ Electric has struggled to keep up with the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Bolt.
The changes made to the 2020 Hyundai IONIQ Electric may help the fully-electric version stand out a bit more.
For starters, the 2020 Hyundai IONIQ Electric gets more range thanks to an upgraded battery that goes from 28 kWh to 38.3 kWh. The 36-percent improvement means a full 170 miles of range (272 kilometres) versus 120 miles previously (192 kilometres).
While a definite improvement, the Hyundai IONIQ Electric still has less range than the Chevrolet Bolt (417 kilometres), Nissan LEAF Plus, or even its own sibling the Hyundai Kona EV.
Other improvements made to the Hyundai IONIQ Electric include a larger, 7.2-kWh onboard charger which replaces a 6.6-kW unit in last year’s model. The end result is that although the battery is larger, the 2020 IONIQ Electric shouldn’t take too much longer to charge. A 100-kW DC fast charger means owners get 80 percent of the total range in under an hour.
The 2020 IONIQ Electric also delivers more power with 134 horsepower versus 118 before. Torque is still rated at 218 pound-feet.