At its 2017 introduction, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric was the brand’s first plug-in car built on a platform dedicated to battery drivetrains – not to mention Hyundai’s first-ever mass-market electric vehicle. Hyundai refreshed the Ioniq Electric – along with the car’s hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants, both of which are covered in their own buyer’s guide entries – last year, and it is unchanged for 2021.
Hyundai offers the Ioniq Electric in Preferred and Ultimate trim levels. Both are powered by a 38.3 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which feeds an electric motor driving the front wheels with a promised 274 km of driving range.
The Ioniq Electric’s high-tech drivetrain is complemented by a number of other tech-centric features.
On the safety side, these are forward collision warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection and automatic emergency braking, highway driving and lane following assists, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, and tire pressure monitoring.
In the cabin, you get a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 7.0-inch digital gauge display, and Apple and Android smartphone integration.
Other interior and convenience features include automatic climate control, heated front seats, a leather-trimmed and heated steering wheel, and passive keyless entry.
Exterior highlights of the Ioniq Electric are 16-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, heated/power-adjustable side mirrors, LED taillights, and LED daytime running lights.
Ultimate trim brings blind spot collision warning, a power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, LED cabin lighting and ambient lighting, a sunroof, wireless smartphone charging, LED headlights, chrome exterior door handles and window trim, and power-folding side mirrors.
Hyundai’s energy consumption estimates for the Ioniq Electric are 1.6/1.9 Le/100 km (city/highway).
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