2019 Kia Niro EV vs. 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Niro EV has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Niro EV EX Premium has standard Parking Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Niro EV and the Ioniq Electric have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Kia Niro EV weighs 690 pounds more than the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 5 places higher in reliability than Hyundai.

Engine

The Niro EV’s electric motor produces 83 more horsepower (201 vs. 118) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 215) than the Ioniq Electric’s electric motor.

As tested in Car and Driver the Kia Niro EV is faster than the Hyundai Ioniq Electric:

Niro

Ioniq

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.6 sec

27.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

83 MPH

Top Speed

108 MPH

104 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Niro EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 239 miles on a full charge, almost twice as far as the Ioniq Electric’s 124-mile range.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Niro EV’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ioniq Electric:

Niro

Ioniq

Front Rotors

12 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.2 inches

The Niro EV stops much shorter than the Ioniq Electric:

Niro

Ioniq

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Niro EV has larger tires than the Ioniq Electric (215/55R17 vs. 205/55R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Niro EV has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Ioniq Electric.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Kia Niro EV has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Niro EV has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Ioniq Electric’s suspension doesn’t offer rear gas-charged shocks.

Chassis

The Niro EV is 3.8 inches shorter than the Ioniq Electric, making the Niro EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Niro EV has 1 inch more front headroom, .3 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ioniq Electric.

Ergonomics

The Niro EV’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ioniq Electric’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Ioniq Electric’s optional windows’ rear windows don’t close automatically.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Niro EV has a standard rear wiper. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

When the Niro EV with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Ioniq Electric’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Niro EV EX Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Niro EV EX Premium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Niro EV and the Ioniq Electric offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Niro EV has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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