The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a brand new model with a body style different from that of Nissan Leaf. This looks more similar to a Prius than the usual hatchback that gives it some benefits. However, on the eco front, this is somewhat comparable.
On the other hand, the Nissan Leaf represents an overall redesign for among the first widely successful and available electric cars. This largely adheres to its predecessors but this time, it adds some extra tech and electric range while slightly dialing back to the weirdness of the first generation. Read on to know more about these two new electric cars to know which best suits you.
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is the all new model which joins its equally new plug-in hybrid and hybrid siblings. The interior of Electric is a bit different.
The Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf got a completely redesign for year 2018 but is primarily an evolution of its early predecessors. The styling both inside out is less funky, with the driving range increased by around 45 miles. The motor is also made more powerful and there are also advanced safety tech features added.
The Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Ioniq Electric are too new to give fair comments regarding their possible reliability. The early generation seems to be somewhat free from troubles, though, with the electric vehicles having fewer parts that move for things to go wrong. However, one thing should be noted. The warranty of Hyundai includes 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain, 5-year/60,000-mile basic, as well as lifetime coverage on battery failure.
There are 2 things that you should take for consideration and these include energy consumption and electric range. 2018 Leaf actually achieves superior range as Environmental Protection Agency shows it could go 151 miles after a complete charge. Ioniq Electric, on the other hand, is rated 124 miles. Both of these are strong among other electric cars in the market. However, when it comes to energy consumption, Ioniq would take less of the toll on your power bill every month. It utilizes on twenty-five kWh of electricity throughout the 100 miles course versus the 30kWh of Leaf.
Ioniq and Leaf are priced similarly, yet Hyundai gives more equipment for the money, longer warranty and must use less electricity. With that said, Leaf has more premium and richer cabin when it comes to the quality of the materials and appearance. On contrary, the clever center console design as well as cargo area of Ioniq is more functional compared to the Leaf’s.
Aside from the advanced safety technology, every vehicle comes with the newest infotainment technology. Base Leaf comes standard with the five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB port, and four-speaker sound system, yet stepping up to SL or SV trims are commended becase these add a seven-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and some remote vehicle functions as well as reporting through a smartphone app. Basically, Ioniq comes standard with the optional equipment of the Leaf. But, you may go further with Ioniq Limited trim that adds a wireless smartphone charging and 8” touchscreen.