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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Gets Higher Price Tag — and Extra Range

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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
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The all-new 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric costs more than its predecessor, but its redesigned powertrain delivers an additional 37 percent of driving range.

The 2020 Ioniq Electric SE costs $33,045, nearly $2,000 more than the previous model year’s entry-level trim. The Limited trim starts at $38,615. Both models are eligible for a federal electric vehicle credit of $7,500.

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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric: new features and capabilities

Both Ioniq Electric trims offer a significantly expanded driving range of 170 miles, up from 124 miles for the previous model — and higher than the Nissan Leaf. Drivers will also notice the more powerful motor. It now generates 134 horsepower (up from 118) and 218 lb-ft of torque.

The Ioniq Electric’s extra range and power are made possible by the larger battery, which has grown from 28 kWh to 38.3 kWh. The on-board charger’s power has been boosted, too, to 7.2 kilowatts. When it’s hooked up to a 100-kilowatt fast-charging station, the battery can now achieve an 80 percent charge in 54 minutes.

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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
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The Ioniq Electric presents an array of new exterior and interior features. On the outside, the fascias, grille pattern, and wheel designs are new. The inside has been thoroughly upgraded as well, with a new instrument panel, center screen, and more.

The SE trim offers a generous selection of standard infotainment and safety tech. The 8-inch display screen comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Newly standard SmartSense safety tech includes Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and High Beam Assist. The SE now has Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go as well.

The Limited trim gets a new 10.25-inch display screen with built-in navigation, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, and ambient interior lighting. Highway Driving Assist, Lane Following Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist are included for this trim, too.