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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 Chevrolet Volt doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
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 Volt doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Compared to metal, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Chevrolet Volt has a metal gas tank.
Both the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and the Volt 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
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 Volt has not been fully tested, yet.
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 Volt’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Volt. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Volt ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Volt’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 Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Volt running on electricity (123 city/114 hwy vs. 113 city/99 hwy MPGe).
On the EPA test cycle the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Volt running its gasoline engine (53 city/52 hwy vs. 43 city/42 hwy).
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Volt (11.4 vs. 8.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid higher (7 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Volt (3 to 7). This means the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Volt every 15,000 miles.
For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Volt has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Volt’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 Volt’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For better maneuverability, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Volt’s (34.8 feet vs. 36.4 feet).
The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Chevrolet Volt.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is 4.4 inches shorter than the Volt, making the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid a Mid-size car, while the Volt is rated a Compact.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has 5.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Volt (96.2 vs. 90.3).
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, 1.6 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Volt.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has a much larger trunk than the Volt (23 vs. 10.6 cubic feet).
When different drivers share the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, the optional memory seats make it convenient. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Volt doesn’t offer memory seats.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s optional front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Volt’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Volt doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Volt.
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 Volt doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.
Both the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and the Volt offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Volt doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will retain 42.08% to 42.09% of its original price after five years, while the Volt only retains 25.02% to 27.06%.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will be $8822 to $9109 less than for the Chevrolet Volt.
The Hyundai Ioniq outsold the Chevrolet Volt by 83% during the 2019 model year.
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