2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs. 2019 Chevrolet Volt

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Volt doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Ioniq Electric’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Volt doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Ioniq Electric and the Volt have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Ioniq Electric comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Volt’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Electric 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Volt. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Volt ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Ioniq Electric’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Volt’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 19 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Electric gets better fuel mileage than the Volt running on electricity (145 city/121 hwy vs. 113 city/99 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Electric gets better fuel mileage than the Volt running its gasoline engine (145 city/121 hwy MPGe vs. 43 city/42 hwy).

The Ioniq Electric’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 170 miles on a full charge. The Volt can only travel about 53 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Ioniq Electric higher (10 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Volt (3 to 7). This means the Ioniq Electric produces up to 36.3 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Volt every 15,000 miles.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Ioniq Electric has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ioniq Electric flat and controlled during cornering. The Volt’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Ioniq Electric’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49% to 51%) than the Volt’s (58.5% to 41.5%). This gives the Ioniq Electric more stable handling and braking.

The Ioniq Electric handles at .82 G’s, while the Volt Premier pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Ioniq Electric’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Volt’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Ioniq Electric is 4.4 inches shorter than the Volt, making the Ioniq Electric easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Ioniq Electric is quieter than the Volt Premier (34 vs. 37 dB).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ioniq Electric a Mid-size car, while the Volt is rated a Compact.

The Ioniq Electric has 5.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Volt (96.2 vs. 90.3).

The Ioniq Electric has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, 1.6 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Volt.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ioniq Electric has a much larger trunk than the Volt (23 vs. 10.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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When different drivers share the Ioniq Electric, the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Volt doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Ioniq Electric’s optional front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Volt’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ioniq Electric offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Volt doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Ioniq Electric’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Volt.

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

Economic Advantages

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The Ioniq Electric will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Ioniq Electric will retain 40.13% to 40.62% of its original price after five years, while the Volt only retains 25.02% to 27.06%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Ioniq Electric will be $2437 to $4420 less than for the Chevrolet Volt.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Ioniq outsold the Chevrolet Volt by 83% during the 2019 model year.

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