2019 Hyundai IONIQ Electric Premium v Nissan LEAF  Comparison Test | carsales

2019 Hyundai IONIQ Electric Premium v Nissan LEAF Comparison Test | carsales

Well doesn’t it seem like we have been talking
about electric vehicles for years but they are finally starting to make their mark here
in Australia And here are two cars that are making a bid
to become your next family car. The Hyundai Ioniq and Nissan Leaf now offer
more respectable range and more respectable looks
This pair are the only pure electric small cars available right now, for under $50000 And with an indicative range of 270km in the
LEAF and 230km in the IONIQ, these cars can serve the needs of most drivers’ day to
day requirements An early pioneer of the dedicated EV movement,
the Nissan LEAF may have polarised opinions with its early design but the all-new generation
is considerably more grown up, looking different enough without being quirky. Music
While the IONIQ has a relatively conventional look but with a solid grille that denotes
it is not a conventional vehicle Each of these cars will charge from a standard
household socket (which can be very slow), or a fast charger
The Nissan offers a choice of two charging configurations, including the Japanese favoured
CHA-DE-MO charger While the IONIQ offers just the one CCS style
charger, but with fast charging capability Ultra-fast charging bays are slowly appearing
in major metro areas, offering charging on the go. Even the slower charger increased the LEAF’s
range by 30 per cent in just 20 minutes – and that’s equivalent to around 90km extra travel Costing the credit card just $4
Charging and clever electric drivetrains aside, these vehicles are also pretty hi-tech inside
too – and they’d want to be, with each wearing a price tag close to $50,000
Both cars offer a high trim level, although it’s the Nissan that feels the most plush. There’s heated seats in the front and rear
of the LEAF, while the IONIQ gets heated and chilled seats in the front
Both cars have a heated steering wheel and will pre-heat the cabin before departure and
both offer infotainment tech including Navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
Each also gives good feedback on the EV settings and systems, allowing for timed charging to
make use of off-peak tariffs and plenty of data to help you geek out
There’s a decent amount of room in the rear of both the LEAF and the IONIQ – and both
cars will carry upto five people The LEAF has stadium seating so passengers
sit up a bit higher and while it doesn’t have the rear air vents that the IONIQ does,
it does at least offer a heated rear seat. And while the IONIQ only has one map pocket
in the rear, it does have a folding centre armrest with cupholders which is missing in
the LEAF. Both cars offer good luggage capacity – certainly
enough to carry a week’s shopping alongside the charging paraphernalia. And while the IONIQ has a tyre inflator kit
the LEAF offers a spare wheel In terms of driving, it’s the Hyundai that
is the driver’s choice between these two – the ride is firmer but better damped and
the steering give more feel But if it’s a softer ride that you prefer
and in softer surroundings then the LEAF is the better option, although its foot operated
park brake is clumsy and flies in the face of
the rest of this modern marvel. Here in Australia we’ve been slow on the
uptake when it comes to EV adoption. And that may be due to range anxiety, design
foibles, cost or practicality but all of those barriers are fast-disappearing
Yes these cars are pricey but what they represent is arguably a lot more valuable. They are a sign of the future, and they’re
here today. With range that meets the needs of the majority
of drivers and the arrival of fast charging solutions to ward off range anxiety, the LEAF
and IONIQ both make a solid case that they should be your next vehicle. Which should you choose? Well a lot of the decision is going to come
down to styling and personal choice. We like the way the IONIQ drives, but we love
how far the LEAF has come – it’s a mature car that’s right for the time. But with a preferable interior layout and
better ergonomics, we reckon the IONIQ does the better job of transitioning from conventional
vehicle to EV