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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 Bolt 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 Bolt doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Ioniq Electric and the Bolt 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.
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 Bolt’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 Bolt. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Bolt ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Ioniq Electric’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Bolt’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).
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.
On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Electric gets better fuel mileage than the Bolt (145 city/121 hwy vs. 127 city/108 hwy MPGe).
The Ioniq Electric stops shorter than the Bolt:
60 to 0 MPH
The Ioniq Electric has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Bolt’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 Bolt’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Ioniq Electric has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Bolt doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ioniq Electric’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Bolt (106.3 inches vs. 102.4 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Ioniq Electric is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Bolt.
The Ioniq Electric’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49% to 51%) than the Bolt’s (56.3% to 43.7%). This gives the Ioniq Electric more stable handling and braking.
The Ioniq Electric handles at .82 G’s, while the Bolt LT pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the Ioniq Electric’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Bolt’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).
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 Bolt (.31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Ioniq Electric get better fuel mileage.
The Ioniq Electric has .6 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Bolt.
The Ioniq Electric has a much larger trunk than the Bolt with its rear seat up (23 vs. 16.9 cubic feet).
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 Bolt doesn’t offer memory seats.
The Ioniq Electric’s optional front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Bolt’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 Bolt doesn’t offer cornering lights.
Both the Ioniq Electric and the Bolt 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 Bolt doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat 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 Bolt doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
Insurance will cost less for the Ioniq Electric owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Ioniq Electric will cost $735 less than the Bolt over a five-year period.
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 Bolt only retains 34.49% to 35.47%.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Ioniq Electric will be $3051 to $4706 less than for the Chevrolet Bolt.
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