2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid vs. 2019 BMW i3

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid 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 BMW i3 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking optional in the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid as “Superior.” The i3 scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The i3 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’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 i3 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’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 i3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and the i3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is safer than the i3:

Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

i3

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance Below Top of Head

-16 mm

-4 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Torso Acceleration

11.8 g’s

13.3 g’s

Neck Force Rating

Low

Low

Max Neck Tension

436

561

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The i3 was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The i3’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than BMW covers the i3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the i3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s warranty.

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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 11 places higher in reliability than BMW.

Engine

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The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s 1.6 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 184) than the i3’s standard electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Fusion Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity (123 city/114 hwy vs. 107 city/93 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the i3 REx running its gasoline engine (53 city/52 hwy vs. 30 city/31 hwy).

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has 9.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the i3 Range Extender (11.4 vs. 2.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has larger tires than the i3 (205/55R16 vs. 155/70R19). The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the i3 (205/55R16 vs. 175/55R20).

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the i3’s standard 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The i3’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid flat and controlled during cornering. The i3’s suspension doesn’t offer stabilizer bars.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s wheelbase is 5.1 inches longer than on the i3 (106.3 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

Chassis

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The design of the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid amounts to more than styling. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .24 Cd. That is significantly lower than the i3 (.29 to .33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid a Mid-size car, while the i3 is rated a Subcompact.

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has standard seating for 5 passengers; the i3 can only carry 4.

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has 12.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the i3 (96.2 vs. 83.6).

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has 1.7 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom and 5.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the i3.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume than the i3 with its rear seat up (23 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’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. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the i3’s standard power windows.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The i3 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has standard extendable sun visors. The i3 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The i3 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s 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. The i3 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Recommendations

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The Hyundai Ioniq outsold the BMW i3 by almost four to one during the 2019 model year.

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