2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive vs. 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ForTwo Electric Drive 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Tires and Wheels

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional 185/50R16 front and 205/45R16 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series front and 45 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ioniq Electric’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The ForTwo Electric Drive 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.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the ForTwo Electric Drive’s turning circle is 12 feet tighter than the Ioniq Electric’s (22.8 feet vs. 34.78 feet).

Chassis

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 pounds less than the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 5 feet, 9.900,0,0000,0,00001 inches shorter than the Ioniq Electric, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The ForTwo Electric Drive is 6.2 inches narrower than the Ioniq Electric, making the ForTwo Electric Drive easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the ForTwo Electric Drive. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Ioniq Electric’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Servicing Ease

The ForTwo Electric Drive uses a reverse-tilt hood for easier service access. The Ioniq Electric uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The ForTwo Electric Drive has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’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.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Ioniq Electric’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the ForTwo Electric Drive (except Cabrio) has a standard rear wiper. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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

Model Availability

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Hyundai Ioniq Electric isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

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