Chevy Bolt EV Vs. Hyundai Ioniq Electric: Which Fuel-Free Option is Best?

By Justin Cupler | March 5th, 2019

The electric vehicle segment has evolved nicely over the years. Gone are the days of crazy styling and super-limited driving ranges. Now, EVs easily crest the 150-mile mark — some even exceed 200 or 300 miles — and they look better than ever doing it. Two sharp-looking EVs available today are the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV and the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric, but the Ioniq has a big deficiency in EV range.

 

Which of these EVs is the better buy for our Linwood, Michigan shoppers? Find out below.

Exterior

Exterior styling went a little over the top in past electric vehicles, but automakers now realize EV buyers just want a simple car with all-electric power. Enter the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV and 2019 Hyundai Ioniq, which both feature basic styling that suits just about any buyer.

 

The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV boasts a traditional hatchback appearance that is attractive and bold without being overdone. Other than its closed-off grille, there is little else blowing this EV’s cover.

The Ioniq is a liftback instead of a hatchback, but with its liftgate closed it looks almost an everyday hybrid sedan. Because Hyundai styled it after the Ioniq Hybrid, it is just a touch more unique looking than the Bolt EV, but it is far from the overstyled messes we’ve seen from past EVs.

The 2019 Ioniq and 2019 Bolt EV have loads of standard exterior features that make them look more upscale and improve efficiency. These include sleek wheels, LED headlights, LED taillights and LED signature daytime running lights. The Bolt EV gets a small boost over the Ioniq with its standard 18-inch wheels.

 

Neither the Chevy Bolt EV nor the Hyundai Ioniq Electric are big vehicles. The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV is 164 inches long, 69.5 inches wide, and 62.8 inches high. It rides on a 102.4-inch wheelbase. The Ioniq Electric is longer and wider at 176 inches long and 71.7 inches wide, but it is lower at 57.1 inches tall. The Ioniq Electric sits on a 106.3-inch wheelbase.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Bolt EV

  • Traditional-looking hatchback
  • Huge standard wheels
  • Smaller footprint makes it more manageable

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

  • Sleek liftback design
  • Does not draw too many stares

Interior

While its exterior is straightforward, the 2019 Bolt EV’s interior takes a small step backward with styling. It’s not that the Bolt EV’s cabin is ugly; it’s more the fact it oozes EV styling, which can turn some buyers off. This styling includes its wild, two-tone dash, funky gear shifter, and in-your-face gauges. Some buyers may love these obvious EV details, but the masses may prefer a more reserved take.

Speaking of reserved takes, the Ioniq Electric’s interior is just that. Other than its eco gauges and a few small details, the 2019 Ioniq’s interior look just like any other Hyundai sedan. It is sleek, stylish, functional, and allows your eyes to focus on the road instead of the wild color schemes or design.

The 2019 Bolt EV and 2019 Ioniq Electric feature top-notch standard tech and amenities. The 2019 Bolt includes a leather-wrapped shift knob with metallic accents, a 10.2-inch touchscreen, digital gauges, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and more. The 2019 Ioniq Electric boasts similar features, including a 7-inch touchscreen, digital gauges, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, and more.

 

Inside, the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV has loads of front-seat space with 39.7 inches of headroom, 41.6 inches of legroom, 54.6 inches of shoulder room, and 51.6 inches of hip room. The Ioniq Electric is also roomy as it has an extra 0.6 inches of legroom, 1.5 inches of shoulder room and 2.2 inches of hip room relative to the Bolt EV, but it falls short in headroom by 0.6 inches.

 

In its rear seats, the Bolt EV offers 37.9 inches of headroom, 36.5 inches of legroom, 52.8 inches of shoulder room, and 50.8 inches of hip room. The Ioniq Electric comes up short in headroom and legroom by 0.5 and 0.8 inches, respectively. The Hyundai comes back to beat the Bolt EV by 2.2 inches of shoulder room and 2.1 inches of hip room.

 

Like any good hatchback, the 2019 Bolt EV offers decent cargo-hauling space at 16.9 cubic feet with the seats upright and 56.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Ioniq Electric offers 23 cubic feet with its seats up, but Hyundai did not release its capacity with the seats folded.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Bolt EV

  • EV styling may be just right for some buyers
  • Huge max cargo capacity
  • More rear legroom

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

  • Wide seats
  • Toned-down styling
  • Premium features

Performance

Affordable electric cars are supposed to be slow, right? They are supposed to be anything but exciting, correct? Well, the 2019 Chevy Bolt tosses that old belief to the side with its permanent magnetic drive motor that produces 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. This gives it a surprisingly quick 6.5-second 0-to-60 sprint time.

Thanks to its 60-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, the Bolt EV can travel up to 238 miles between charges, giving it EPA ratings of 128 mpg-e city, 110 highway, and 119 combined. On a 240-volt charger, the Bolt EV takes 9.5 hours to recharged while a DC fast charger can deliver up to 90 miles on just a 30-minute charge.

 

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric isn’t as powerful as the Bolt EV with its interior-permanent magnet synchronous motor delivering 118 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque. It’s not as quick as the Bolt EV either with its 8.1-second 0-to-60 sprint time.

The Ioniq Electric’s 28-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack allows it to travel up to 124 miles on a charge, and its more efficient charging gives it EPA ratings of 150 mpg-e city, 122 highway, and 136 combined. On a 240-volt charger, the Ioniq takes just 4.4 hours to recharge. Need a quick charge? The Ioniq can get an 80 percent recharge in 23 minutes on 100-kilowatt fast charger or 33 minutes on 50-kilowatt fast charger.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Bolt EV

  • Sports-car-quick to 60 mph
  • Class-leading range

Advantage: 2019 Hyundai Ioniq

  • Quick charging
  • Wide stance delivers good handling

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV has just two trim levels — LT and Premier — and their prices start from $37,495 and $41,895, respectively.

 

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq comes in a pair of trim levels — base and Limited — and their starting prices start from $29,815 and $36,315, respectively.

2019 Chevy Bolt EV Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LT: $37,495

  • Electric drive unit
  • 60-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery
  • 7.2-kilowatt-hour charging module
  • Regen On Demand
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Drive mode selector
  • Keyless ignition
  • Four-wheel antilock disc brakes
  • 17-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Automatic-on/off headlights
  • Body-color door handles
  • Intermittent front wipers
  • HID headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Black mirrors with heat and power operation
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Deluxe steering wheel
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 8-inch driver-information center
  • Body-color shark-fin antenna
  • Cargo cover
  • Carpeted front and rear floor mats
  • Cruise control
  • LED ambient lighting
  • Keyless open
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob with satin-silver and chrome accents
  • Outside temperature display
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows
  • Rear heat duct
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Remote ignition
  • Automatic climate control
  • SiriusXM
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Dual USB charging ports in center console
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System
  • 10.2-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Teen Driver
  • Rearview camera

 

Premier: $41,895

  • All LT features, plus
  • 17-inch Ultra-Bright aluminum wheels with painted pockets
  • Body-color door handles with chrome strips
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Automatic heated steering wheel
  • False cargo floor
  • Passenger’s seatback pocket
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated outboard rear seats
  • Blind-zone alert with lane-change alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear center armrest
  • 360-degree camera
  • Perforated leather seating
  • Silver center-stack trim

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $29,715

  • Interior-permanent magnet synchronous motor
  • 28-kilowatt lithium-ion battery
  • Drive mode select
  • 6.6-kilowatt-hour charging module
  • On-demand regenerative braking
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric parking brake with auto-hold
  • 16-inch eco-spoke alloy wheels
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Body-color power mirrors with heat
  • Two-speed intermittent front wipers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Automatic projector headlights
  • Door handle courtesy lights
  • Single-zone automatic climate control
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down driver’s window
  • Power door locks
  • Premium cloth seating
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 folding rear seats
  • Center armrest storage
  • Passenger seatback pocket
  • Leather-wrapped steering
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted control
  • Proximity key with keyless ignition
  • Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio
  • USB charging port in center console
  • AM/FM/HD Radio/SiriusXM audio system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • 7-inch LCD gauge cluster
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

 

Limited: $36,315

  • All Base features, plus
  • Power-folding mirrors with puddle lights
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Chrome beltline molding
  • Chrome door handles
  • HID headlights with LED guides
  • Sunroof
  • Heat pump
  • Rear heater vents
  • One-touch-up/down passenger window
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather seating
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • Premium door-sill plates
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Universal home remote
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system
  • Clari-fi Music Restoration Technology
  • 8-inch navigation system
  • LED interior lighting

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Bolt EV?

The younger crowd that prefers the hatchback segment will also approve of the wilder interior the Bolt EV comes with. This makes it the perfect option for this crowd. It’s also a better buy for those who need a little extra interior room or its impressive 238-mile EV range.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric?

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq is the better bet for a more established buyer who doesn’t have the patience for all the bells, whistles, and wild styling of the Bolt EV. But keep in mind, its lower EV driving range means it’ll work best for shorter daily commutes.

Ready to take your daily commute to Bay City or family trips to Standish without using a drop of gasoline? The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV is in stock here at Garber Linwood and ready for you to take it for a test drive. Swing by today to see if the Bolt is right for you. Can’t make it by our new-car showroom serving Linwood today? You can check out our online inventory to see what 2019 Bolt EV models we have in stock to pick the one that best suits you before coming in.