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To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Fiat 500e doesn’t offer pretensioners.
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 Fiat 500e doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Ioniq Electric has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The 500e doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
The Ioniq Electric’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The 500e doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
To help make backing safer, the Ioniq Electric’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 500e doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
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 500e doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
The Ioniq Electric has standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The 500e doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Ioniq Electric and the 500e have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.
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 500e’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Electric 2 years longer than Fiat covers the 500e. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 500e ends after only 8 years or 100,000 miles.
The Ioniq Electric’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the 500e’s (7 vs. 5 years).
There are almost 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Ioniq Electric’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 125 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.
The Ioniq Electric’s electric motor produces 23 more horsepower (134 vs. 111) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (218 vs. 147) than the 500e’s electric motor.
As tested in Car and Driver the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is faster than the Fiat 500e:
Zero to 60 MPH
Zero to 80 MPH
5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start
Passing 30 to 50 MPH
Passing 50 to 70 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Electric gets better fuel mileage than the 500e (145 city/121 hwy vs. 121 city/103 hwy MPGe).
The Ioniq Electric’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 170 miles on a full charge, over twice as far as the 500e’s 84-mile range.
For better traction, the Ioniq Electric has larger tires than the 500e (205/55R16 vs. 185/55R15).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ioniq Electric has standard 16-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the 500e.
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Fiat 500e only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Ioniq Electric has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The 500e’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 500e’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ioniq Electric’s wheelbase is 15.7 inches longer than on the 500e (106.3 inches vs. 90.6 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ioniq Electric is 5.8 inches wider in the front and 6.6 inches wider in the rear than on the 500e.
The Ioniq Electric’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49% to 51%) than the 500e’s (57% to 43%). This gives the Ioniq Electric more stable handling and braking.
The Ioniq Electric handles at .82 G’s, while the 500e pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The design of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric amounts to more than styling. The Ioniq Electric has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .24 Cd. That is significantly lower than the 500e (.311) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Ioniq Electric get better fuel mileage.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ioniq Electric a Mid-size car, while the 500e is rated a Minicompact.
The Ioniq Electric has standard seating for 5 passengers; the 500e can only carry 4.
The Ioniq Electric has 24.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 500e (96.2 vs. 71.6).
The Ioniq Electric has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, 6 inches more front hip room, 6.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, 8.1 inches more rear legroom, 10.3 inches more rear hip room and 8.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the 500e.
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Ioniq Electric has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The 500e doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.
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 500e doesn’t offer memory seats.
The Ioniq Electric’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 500e has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.
The Ioniq Electric’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower all of them with the lock engaged. Fiat does not offer a locking feature on the 500e’s standard power windows.
The Ioniq Electric’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The 500e’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Ioniq Electric’s optional front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches.
The Ioniq Electric’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 500e’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.
The Proximity Key standard on the Ioniq Electric allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Fiat 500e doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
The Ioniq Electric has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The 500e doesn’t offer automatic headlights.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Ioniq Electric detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 500e doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
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 500e doesn’t offer cornering lights.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Ioniq Electric has standard extendable sun visors. The 500e doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Ioniq Electric has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500e doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ioniq Electric has available rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500e doesn’t offer rear vents.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Ioniq Electric has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The 500e doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
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