2020 Kia Soul EV vs. 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Soul EV and the Ioniq Electric have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

The Kia Soul EV weighs 551 pounds more than the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked third.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 5 places higher in reliability than Hyundai.

Engine

The Soul EV’s electric motor produces 83 more horsepower (201 vs. 118) and 76 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 215) than the Ioniq Electric’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Soul EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 243 miles on a full charge, almost twice as far as the Ioniq Electric’s 124-mile range.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Soul

Ioniq

Front Rotors

12 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Soul EV has larger tires than the Ioniq Electric (215/55R17 vs. 205/55R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Soul EV has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Ioniq Electric.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Kia Soul EV 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 Hyundai Ioniq Electric has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

Chassis

The Soul EV is 10.8 inches shorter than the Ioniq Electric, making the Soul EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Soul EV has .8 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the Ioniq Electric.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Soul EV has a standard rear wiper. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

On extremely cold winter days, the Soul EV Designer Collection’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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