2020 BMW i3 vs. 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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Safety

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Both the i3 and the Ioniq Electric have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and available crash mitigating brakes.

Warranty

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The i3’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Ioniq Electric’s (12 vs. 7 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The i3’s standard electric motor produces 36 more horsepower (170 vs. 134) than the Ioniq Electric’s electric motor. The i3s’ standard electric motor produces 50 more horsepower (184 vs. 134) than the Ioniq Electric’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The i3 REx’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel and a full charge is 197.3 miles, after which it can be refueled at any gas station in minutes. The Ioniq Electric’s range is only 170 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 54 minutes for only an 80% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 35 hours and 30 minutes.

Brakes and Stopping

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The i3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Ioniq Electric are solid, not vented.

The i3 stops much shorter than the Ioniq Electric:

i3

Ioniq

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

194 feet

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60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

129 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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The i3s’ 195/50R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ioniq Electric’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the i3 has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Ioniq Electric. The i3 offers optional 20-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the BMW i3 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.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the i3 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Ioniq Electric.

The i3 handles at .80 G’s, while the Ioniq Electric pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the i3’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Ioniq Electric’s (32.4 feet vs. 34.8 feet). The i3s’ turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Ioniq Electric’s (33.8 feet vs. 34.8 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW i3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 400 pounds less than the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.

The i3s is 1 foot, 5.9 inches shorter than the Ioniq Electric, making the i3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

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The i3’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.

If the windows are left open on the i3 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Ioniq Electric can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The i3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Ioniq Electric’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the i3 has a standard rear wiper. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The i3’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Ioniq Electric has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The i3’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW i3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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