2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric vs. 2019 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

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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 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive 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 ForTwo Electric Drive offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Ioniq Electric’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Ioniq Electric’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 ForTwo Electric Drive 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 ForTwo Electric Drive 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 ForTwo Electric Drive 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 ForTwo Electric Drive 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 and rearview cameras.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric weighs 988 to 1008 pounds more than the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

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 ForTwo Electric Drive’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Electric 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Smart covers the ForTwo Electric Drive. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the ForTwo Electric Drive ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Ioniq Electric’s corrosion warranty is 3 years and unlimited miles longer than the ForTwo Electric Drive’s (7/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 32 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Smart dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Ioniq Electric’s warranty.

Engine

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The Ioniq Electric’s electric motor produces 54 more horsepower (134 vs. 80) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (218 vs. 118) than the ForTwo Electric Drive’s electric motor.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is faster than the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive:

Ioniq Electric

ForTwo Electric Drive

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84 MPH

77.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Electric gets better fuel mileage than the ForTwo Electric Drive (145 city/121 hwy vs. 124 city/94 hwy MPGe).

The Ioniq Electric’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 170 miles on a full charge, almost three times as far as the ForTwo Electric Drive’s 58-mile range.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Ioniq Electric

ForTwo Electric Drive

Front Rotors

11 inches

10.2 inches

Rear Rotors

11.2 inches

9” drums

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the ForTwo Electric Drive. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Ioniq Electric has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Ioniq Electric stops shorter than the ForTwo Electric Drive:

Ioniq Electric

ForTwo Electric Drive

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ioniq Electric has larger tires than the ForTwo Electric Drive (205/55R16 vs. 165/65R15). The Ioniq Electric’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ForTwo Electric Drive (205/55R16 vs. 185/50R16).

The Ioniq Electric’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ForTwo Electric Drive’s standard 65 series front and 60 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ioniq Electric has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the ForTwo Electric Drive.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ioniq Electric’s wheelbase is 32.6 inches longer than on the ForTwo Electric Drive (106.3 inches vs. 73.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ioniq Electric is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 5.3 inches wider in the rear than on the ForTwo Electric Drive.

The Ioniq Electric handles at .81 G’s, while the ForTwo Electric Drive Passion Coupe pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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The Ioniq Electric has standard seating for 5 passengers; the ForTwo Electric Drive can only carry 2.

The Ioniq Electric has 50.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ForTwo Electric Drive (96.2 vs. 45.4).

The Ioniq Electric has 1 inch more front legroom, 8.4 inches more front hip room and 8.1 inches more front shoulder room than the ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ioniq Electric has a much larger trunk than the ForTwo Electric Drive Coupe (23 vs. 9.2 cubic feet).

The Ioniq Electric’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The ForTwo Electric Drive’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics

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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 ForTwo Electric Drive 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 ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Ioniq Electric’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The ForTwo Electric Drive 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. Smart does not offer a locking feature on the ForTwo Electric Drive’s standard power windows.

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 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive 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 ForTwo Electric Drive only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

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 ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The ForTwo Electric Drive’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Ioniq Electric’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

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 ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

The Ioniq Electric’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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 ForTwo Electric Drive doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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The Hyundai Ioniq outsold the Smart ForTwo by almost 19 to one during the 2019 model year.

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