2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid vs. 2020 Honda Insight

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Safety

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To help make backing safer, the Ioniq Hybrid SEL/Limited’s 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 Insight doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Ioniq Hybrid and the Insight have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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

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

The Ioniq Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Insight’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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The Insight’s redline is at 6600 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Ioniq Hybrid has a 5500 RPM redline.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

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 Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 6 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Insight:

MPG

Ioniq Hybrid

Blue 1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

57 city/59 hwy

1.6 4-cyl. Hybrid

55 city/54 hwy

Insight

1.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

55 city/49 hwy

Touring 1.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

51 city/45 hwy

The Ioniq Hybrid has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Insight (11.9 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Ioniq Hybrid stops shorter than the Insight:

Ioniq Hybrid

Insight

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ioniq Hybrid Limited’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Insight (225/45R17 vs. 215/55R16).

The Ioniq Hybrid Limited’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Insight Touring’s 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Ioniq Hybrid 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 Insight doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Ioniq Hybrid BLUE handles at .87 G’s, while the Insight Touring pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Ioniq Hybrid BLUE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Insight Touring (27.5 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Ioniq Hybrid’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Insight’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Ioniq Hybrid is 7.6 inches shorter than the Insight, making the Ioniq Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Ioniq Hybrid uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Insight doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ioniq Hybrid a Large car, while the Insight is rated a Mid-size.

The Ioniq Hybrid has .1 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 5.6 inches more rear hip room than the Insight.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ioniq Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Insight (26.5 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Ioniq Hybrid’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Insight’s useful trunk space.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Insight’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics

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

The power windows standard on both the Ioniq Hybrid and the Insight have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Ioniq Hybrid is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Insight prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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

The Ioniq Hybrid has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Insight Touring.

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

Economic Advantages

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The Ioniq Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Ioniq Hybrid will retain 42.38% to 42.93% of its original price after five years, while the Insight only retains 38.77% to 39.07%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid will be $818 to $1502 less than for the Honda Insight.

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The Hyundai Ioniq outsold the Honda Insight by 21% during 2018.

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