2020 Nissan Leaf vs. 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Leaf are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Leaf has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Leaf has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Leaf (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Ioniq Electric only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Leaf 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available daytime running lights and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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There are over 29 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Leaf’s warranty.

Engine

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The Leaf’s standard electric motor produces 13 more horsepower (147 vs. 134) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (236 vs. 218) than the Ioniq Electric’s electric motor. The Leaf PLUS’ standard electric motor produces 80 more horsepower (214 vs. 134) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 218) than the Ioniq Electric’s electric motor.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Leaf (base engine) is faster than the Hyundai Ioniq Electric:

Leaf

Ioniq

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.9 sec

15.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.3 sec

8.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.8 sec

3.4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Leaf PLUS’ maximum EPA estimated driving range is 226 miles on a full charge, 33% further than the Ioniq Electric’s 170-mile range.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Leaf’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Ioniq Electric are solid, not vented.

The Leaf stops shorter than the Ioniq Electric:

Leaf

Ioniq

70 to 0 MPH

191 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Leaf SV/SL’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ioniq Electric (215/50R17 vs. 205/55R16).

The Leaf SV/SL’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ioniq Electric’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Leaf SV/SL has standard 17-inch wheels. The Ioniq Electric’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

The Leaf has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Leaf SV is quieter than the Ioniq Electric:

Leaf

Ioniq Electric

At idle

25 dB

34 dB

Full-Throttle

67 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

72 dB

Cargo Capacity

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The Leaf has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Ioniq Electric (23.6 vs. 23 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Leaf SV/SL has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

Both the Leaf and the Ioniq Electric offer available heated front seats. The Leaf SL also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Ioniq Electric.

On extremely cold winter days, the Leaf’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Ioniq Electric doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Leaf owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Leaf will cost $1180 to $2530 less than the Ioniq Electric over a five-year period.

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