Hyundai IONIQ Electric vs Renault Zoe

Hyundai IONIQ Electric vs Renault Zoe

Both electric cars have their strengths.

The Renault Zoe has been the best selling electric car in Europe and now with a bigger battery capacity, more range and the option to buy the complete car without battery leasing it’s even more appealing. While DC fast charging is still missing, the powerful internal charger (22/43 kW) is very useful in everyday life. Its supermini and hatchback shape is also very useful in overcrowded European cities where finding an available parking space isn’t always easy. Being good looking is also a plus.

The Hyundai IONIQ Electric in the other hand, surprised us with its extreme efficiency and a vast package of safety features that can help you prevent an accident. Like the Renault Zoe, its battery is also made with LG Chem cells and it’s protected from temperature related degradation by a Thermal Management System (TMS).

But let’s not forget about range.

Below we have data in different scenarios for the Hyundai IONIQ Electric and the Renault Zoe with the ZE 40 battery.


Case 1:

Average speed of 50 km/h and outside temperature of 25º C with air conditioner off


Electric car



Hyundai IONIQ Electric

351 km

7,97 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe R90 15-inch wheels

386 km

10,62 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe R90 16-inch wheels

382 km

10,73 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe R90 17-inch wheels

361 km

11,36 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe Q90 15-inch wheels

380 km

10,79 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe Q90 16-inch wheels

376 km

10,9 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe Q90 17-inch wheels

355 km

11,55 kWh/100 km


Case 2:

Average speed of 100 km/h and outside temperature of 0º C with AC on (Zoe)

Average speed of 100 km/h and outside temperature of -2º C with AC set to 20º C (IONIQ Electric)


Electric car



Hyundai IONIQ Electric

175 km

16 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe R90 15-inch wheels

199 km

20,60 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe R90 16-inch wheels

196 km

20,92 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe R90 17-inch wheels

185 km

22,16 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe Q90 15-inch wheels

193 km

21,24 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe Q90 16-inch wheels

191 km

21,46 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe Q90 17-inch wheels

180 km

22,78 kWh/100 km


Case 3:

Average speed of 120 km/h and outside temperature of 5º C with AC on (Zoe)

Average speed of 120 km/h and outside temperature of 3º C with AC set to 22º C (IONIQ Electric)


Electric car



Hyundai IONIQ Electric

155 km

18,06 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe R90 15-inch wheels

172 km

23,84 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe R90 16-inch wheels

170 km

24,12 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe R90 17-inch wheels

159 km

25,79 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe Q90 15-inch wheels

166 km

24,7 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe Q90 16-inch wheels

164 km

25 kWh/100 km

Renault Zoe Q90 17-inch wheels

154 km

26,62 kWh/100 km


Overall I was nice to the Renault Zoe in this comparison, since the Hyundai IONIQ Electric’s tests were made in slightly colder temperatures, and even a small 5º C difference makes a huge impact in Zoe’s range as you can see in Renault’s online range calculator.

It’s curious that Hyundai makes the 16-inch wheels standard in the IONIQ Electric version, while the Hybrid version gets 15-inch wheels that are more efficient. I wonder how much more efficient would the Hyundai IONIQ Electric be with more aerodynamic 15-inch wheels…


Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid land speed record car


I’m surprised that moon discs aren’t more popular with electric car drivers in Europe and there aren’t many companies selling them online. I think that they are more usual in North America than here.


To sum up, my main point in this whole article is that there are a lot of reasons to choose either electric car, since both have their strengths and weaknesses, but range shouldn’t be the decisive factor. The range difference in many cases is marginal.


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 control of regenerative braking via paddles on the steering column.
  • 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.


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

  • Very useful and fast internal charger (22/43 kW).
  • Probably the best looking supermini on sale.
  • If you prefer to lease the battery (I don’t), you can.


How about you? Which are the characteristics you like and dislike the most in both electric cars?



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This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. Most important: availability…

    And according to what I’ve been reading, the Ioniq will only be available in May in Portugal, for example..

    Taking in account that first it was November this year, then January and now is only May…

    Other thing to consider: reliability. And the Zoe is not very famous in this area…

    1. Definitely. Reliability tends to be much higher in Hyundai than Renault and the better warranty reflects it.

  2. The Ioniq is good, but it’s a compliance car which we will see in the selling numbers. Like the Soul EV, the Ioniq will never be available at every dealer, in not much countries and in limited numbers. Thats one point, you buy a car the Hyundai brand doesn’t want. What you can expect from spare parts prices in the future if they sell 20.000 Ioniqs over the next 2-3 years.
    Renault is in an other league, they wan’t to sell and the battery is a good size.

    1. Compliance car – maybe. But in Germany you can easily order a Kia Soul ev or an Ioniq ev and you will get it. One dealer alone sold more than 20 Ioniq electric already! On the dealers facebook account: “Ioniq Elektro”, you can see the car truck unloading many evs.

      1. One famous Renault dealer in Germany sold 86 ZE.41 in the first weeks. This Hyundai dealer makes only good marketing.

      2. I have been to a Hyundai dealer (I think is is the one referred to above) and can confirm he has the Ionic Electric, and is selling them. The prices are competitive, the top of the range came out at 32K Euros with sunroof. I had a test drive as well. His next delivery is in about a month.

    2. Even in South Korea Hyundai sold 1’000 Ioniq Electric in the first month. Renault sell ouer ZOE near by onely in europe. So they may produce lesser EVs then Renault in 2-3 years becaus of the asia market.

      We have a old ZOE and i drove the Ioniq yesterday. For me the ZOE have a better stearing Feeling, it’s smaller and the 3-phase charger ist a big benefit for me. But for near the same Price i think you get a way more luxery car with the ioniq. If I would by a car today I would realy considering the Ioniq.

  3. Both are too expensive compliance cars.

  4. Where did you get all these data?
    Its hard to believe that the Ioniq can be so much more efficient than the Zoe, but I do believe it
    It doesn’t seem to be related to speed, so I doubt aerodynamics is a big factor
    Temperature also doesn’t have much effect, so it must be down to the inverter, motor and mechanical components

    1. The Ioniq is more efficient, because the Zoe charger is totally inefficient. Also, the Cd for the Ioniq is much lower.

    2. The IONIQ’s results came from test drives available in the IONIQ Electric facebook group. I compared these results with the Renault online range calculator available to the Zoe. They aren’t exact Science, just a mean of comparison.

      1. Numbers from ioniq facebook group can’t be trusted. Ioniq/Zoe nedc range is 280/400. So it can’t be 351/386 in Case 1…

    3. Hyundai uses sqare wires in the motor to get more and thicker windings in less space.

      1. Thats cool, like that idea, Cross sectional area is what matters

  5. Battery size? I can’t see that, both two.
    Battery size advantage–> Zoe? (forgoten too).
    Ionic ac charger?
    Ionic 150 horse power only 7kwh/100 at 50km/h. Imposible, only my Fluence ze 95hp can do that!!

  6. I bought Zoe – it was the same situation
    I am sure that the Ioniq is better in nearly all points
    But as long as there are less DC Chargers there is always the risk to get to a blocked or broken charger. And then use 1 phase AC? I know how that feels i drive a NISSAN Leaf.
    With my ICCB NRGkick ( i can easily recharge zoe very fast

  7. Pedro, have you heard anything about Hyundai Creta EV? Several Norwegian Hyundai dealers are saying that they have just recently received information from the factory that this one is coming next year. Apparently with a much bigger battery than the Ioniq and 500+ km NEDC range. I’m wondering if this is actually for real in 2017 or if it’s a stalling tactic with just lofty promises.

    1. Hi.

      Never heard of it, but I will keep my eyes open for any news.

  8. It’s quite a leap between 16″ and 17″ wheels for the ZOE. Wonder what kind of tyres and rims, and widths is the basis for the numbers..(?)

    1. Hm i ordered my new Renault ZOE Intens Q90 41 kWh with 17 tech run rims.
      As my Q210 before.
      Yes you are right. In Summer there is 5-8% more consumption at all.
      Maybe this mean a 2-3 kWh more on the new battery. Of course.
      But in summer i dont have any problems with the range.
      And in winter i am going to use 15 or 16 inch rims with good winter tires.

      I hope to reach 200-230 km in winter conditions with 100-105 km/h cruise on motorway and 300 km in summer conditions overall range (city/land) at appr. 80 km/h.

      With 14 kWh/100 km it should work perfectly 🙂

    1. More than highway, urban driving range depends more on the driver.

      With the BMW i3, the strong regenerative braking is always on, you don’t need to be an expert to use it properly.

      While in the Hyundai IONIQ Electric you can configure the regenerative braking power with the paddle shifters from almost zero to very strong. The better you know the car the better results you can get from it.

      The BMW i3’s result doesn’t surprise me, but the Hyundai IONIQ Electric should beat it with a driver that knows how to avoid using the mechanical brakes.

      At least this is my opinion.

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