Hyundai IONIQ electric range test

Hyundai IONIQ Electric on the road

Before the video here’s the description:


“The Ministry of Environment officially approved that IONIQ electric’s mileage on a single charge is 191.2Km.
However, real mileage was confirmed to be 351.1Km, when it was tested.

IONIQ electric was driven at an average speed of 50Km/h in a downtown like environment, using engine brake with 3-stage regenerative braking device.
Then, it recorded real mileage of 351.1Km, which is higher than official mileage.

We drove around Hangang River four times, starting from Hyundai Autoway Tower Electric-car Charge Station.
As if it were in the middle of commuting, mileage was measured, while driving through downtown and congested areas, including Olympic highway and Gangbyeon highway.”



While it’s true that 50 km/h is a very low speed, it shows us how much efficient the Hyundai IONIQ electric can be.

Now that Renault Zoe has an online range calculator we can compare the two electric cars.


Renault Zoe range estimation at 50 km/h

Renault Zoe range estimation at 50 km/h


With similar conditions the Renault Zoe can achieve 388 km range, that’s only 37 km more than IONIQ’s test result. This 10,5 % difference in range seems little when we compare both batteries. We know that the Hyundai IONIQ electric has a 28 kWh usable battery capacity, while Zoe’s is 41 kWh, this is 46 % more.

The range difference decreases with higher speeds, since the Hyundai IONIQ is much more aerodynamic. At 120 km/h the IONIQ electric might even have more range than the Renault Zoe R90 with the ZE 40 battery.

Regarding weight, the Hyundai IONIQ electric weighs 1.420 kg and the Renault Zoe R90 with ZE 40 battery is just 30 kg heavier.

As you can see, the Hyundai IONIQ electric is not only more aerodynamic but also lighter. Curiously, both electric cars have batteries made with LG Chem cells.


Currently the Renault Zoe is the most sold plug-in car in Europe this year and it’s my favorite electric car, mostly thanks to its very useful internal 22 kW internal charger and its supermini shape. But it’s not perfect. In some aspects the Hyundai IONIQ electric is superior to the Renault Zoe.


Let’s see some advantages of the IONIQ electric when compared to the Zoe:

  • 100 kW CCS fast charging capability. Not only CCS allows faster charging, a direct DC connection to the battery allows the implementation of V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) in the future.
  • More efficient.
  • Better standard equipment. For example, the Renault Zoe only gets the heated seats in the highest trim.
  • Seats fold in 60/40 configuration.
  • Safer. Fitted with Blind Spot Detection, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Smart Cruise Control.
  • Better battery warranty, 200.000 km instead of 160.000 km.


We were all disappointed with the small battery capacity when the Hyundai IONIQ  electric was finally unveiled, but all in all it’s a great electric car. In some aspects there is no better. Its efficiency is unmatched. The only car I see beating it, would be a BEV version of the Toyota Prius Prime, but we all know what Toyota thinks about BEVs…


Hyundai IONIQ’s biggest problem might be the low production rate.


What do you think about the Hyundai IONIQ electric? Does it compensate the small battery capacity with other unique features?

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jonas Jovial
5 years ago

If only it had a bigger battery pack and a just price… it would be a winner!

5 years ago

I think that the Zoe will do much better than the 388 km in th same condition. The calculator uses realist condition, so you cannot compare those numbers, we will need toi do the same exercise with the Zoe.

5 years ago

Zoe should have done over 400 km under same conditions.

5 years ago

When I test the Zoe calculator I don’t get the results I expect to see. You get shorter range at 30 and 40 km/h than for 50km/h. And that does not make sense when you drive with the air conditioning off.

Regarding the Ionic test, 50km/h is very optimal conditions for getting long range. I have tested the e-golf under similar conditions and estimate the range to be 250 km. But normal driving conditions where you mix city driving with high way driving at higher speed and use air conditioning, gives a more realistic range of 150 km for the e-golf. And at low temperatures and wet or snowy roads the range might be as low as 100 km.

The same type of reduction will be the case for the Ionic even though it will benefits from good aerodynamic design. At 50km/h the aerodynamic is not very important since most of the energy is lost in rolling resistance that mostly depends on the propertys of the wheels and the weight of the car. A good driver can also affect the consumption by minimizing the amount of breaking and accelleration.

5 years ago

I think Hyundai’s measurements represent an extreme best case scenario and that the Zoe range calculator isn’t similarly optimistic. In time we will probably see direct comparisons from third parties (car magazines and the like), and then we’ll see if the Ioniq is truly this close to the Zoe. Is be surprised.

There’s no doubt it’s very efficient, but this serves to underscore what a blunder the battery choice amounts to. With LG Chem they surely could have chosen a higher density and got a product that would push the entire segment.

It has to also be said that Renault is itself the reason the Ioniq wins in many of the respects where it’s better. Having 60/40 folding seats and heated seats should be a no-brainer given that EVs are still expensive. Safety features like AEB ought to be standard almost regardless of price and certainly at this level. It’s not a huge expense provided it uses the same sensors as higher volume models.

5 years ago

In the Netherlands there is this famous old TV commercial for a toilet cleaning product called ‘WC Eend”, it shows some ‘scientists’ from the company “WC Eend” in lab coats comparing products with their own and then stating: “we from WC Eend, recommend: WC Eend!”

This last statement is now famous for pointing out that result from manufacturers ‘testing’ their own products should be taken with a grain of salt.

5 years ago
Reply to  Pedro Lima

Haha, funny indeed (-:

Jan Treur
5 years ago

You state ‘We know that the Hyundai IONIQ electric has a 28 kWh usable battery capacity, ‘. How do you know that the indicated 28 kWh is the usable capacity, is it in some documentation? if this is only the usable part, what is the total capacity? Like 32 kWh?