Instead of purely cosmetic changes, the new EV has important improvements.
It is hard to believe the Hyundai Ioniq Electric was originally presented three years ago, but it was. In 2016, it made its premiere with a disappointing battery pack of 28 kWh and a 110 mi (180 km) range. Now, its mid-cycle restyling has made its official debut in Amsterdam, the same place where the world premiere took place. But the changes involve more than just a new nose. For 2020, the Electric also gets a bigger battery, among other things.
The pack size was increased to 38.3 kWh, good for a WLTP range of 311 km (193 mi), according to Hyundai. When the facelift was announced, back in June, there was the expectation that it would offer a range of only 293.8 km (182.6 mi).
That is much better than the previous version, and possibly all the South Korean carmaker could provide at this point without an entirely new generation of the car.
Another welcome change was done to the onboard charger, which is now capable of pushing 7.2 kW instead of the previous 6.6 kW. That translates to 6 hours and 5 minutes of charging time for up to 80 percent of charge.
The older model took only around 5 hours to charge to the same 80 percent of capacity, but that is due to the fact that the battery pack was much smaller. We definitely prefer to wait a little longer for charging. Preferably taking a nap.
Besides the improved range and the stronger onboard charger, the new Ioniq brings a new interior, with an optional 10.25-inch Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) system that includes new connected services.
When it goes on sale in Europe, it will cost €34,900 ($39,500). At least in Germany, where the hybrid is already for sale for €25,800 and the plug-in hybrid costs €32,000.