New Nissan Leaf vs Hyundai Ioniq road trip



We did a test between Leaf and Ioniq. Despite having a smaller battery, Ioniq managed to get more range than Leaf. It seems like Leaf struggles in very cold weather. When I tested Leaf in Tenerife, the range and consumption was much better. Therefore, I have to take a new test once the temperature is higher.

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45 Replies to “New Nissan Leaf vs Hyundai Ioniq road trip”

  1. paul mcmillan

    I disagree with your assertion that the Ionic is getting be an old design. The Leaf 40kwh is a face lift of the 2010 vehicle with some technical updates. This makes the 1.5 year old Ionic design much fresher by comparison. Ionic 40kwh has been announced for next year so given the Ionics more efficient drive train and aerodynamics it should easily trump the Leaf 40 for distance at least. I have driven Leaf since 2013 and I have loved my 24kwh, 30kwh and finally 40kwh versions. Having now taken delivery of a Kona 64kwh I can see how Hyundai have moved forward in so many ways.

    Thank you for your excellent channel and great no BS reviews.

  2. silvergalena

    This test depends on your ultimate target distance and your driving speed. There are situations where I think the Leaf will win. Try this game with a 125 mile race, and the ioniq will be charging up while the Leaf gets to the finish line at 80mph and a few percent remaining. I bet the Leaf could win in a 200 mile race as well. The limitations come in over 250 miles, and honestly who wants to drive that far in a day, fly fool.

  3. Edgardo Vidal

    I dont have electric car but I think Hyundai ioniq is better than Nissan leaf. there's no a big difference in price. Leaf has comfort seats backside, but ioniq looks more capable in "norwegian" winter conditions with faster charge.

  4. Morten Orre

    I'm so happy I chose the Ioniq and not the leaf 🙂 Great refined car, almost premium feel and excellent efficiency. The only drawback is the rolling noise on winter tires. Have not tested the summer tires yet, hope they are more silent but doubt it.
    Also I actually think the trunk space is way better on the Ioniq. The Leaf has these narrow "legs" around the wheel arches that steal a LOT of space and it looks even more shallow than the Ioniq. Drove Stavanger – Hovden this winter with tons of luggage and three people and coming from an estate version of Avensis this car actually works really well.
    Note that the middle seat does NOT have skibag hatch, bummer!

  5. Tony Shen

    Well, you should redo the test in summer time with AC off. The Leaf could let more fresh air in than the Ioniq hence need more energy to heat the fresh air which is -10 degree. This could mean, Ioniq's longer range could base on a unsafe base due to the driver could miss O2.

  6. MoMo Mek

    Why you shift gear to "B" it use more energy from "D" in hybrid or electric vehicle use "B" when you go down from hill it like shift gear down to use engine brake in petrol vehicle

  7. Kent Purdy

    Interesting trip. For the Leaf I would have appreciated it if you would have tracked the battery's temperature with LeafSpy. All of that DC charging in one day probably raised the battery temperature by the end of the trip which would have explained better range towards the end of the trip.

  8. William LaBarre

    With LeafSpy you can also see the Aux and Heat power demand detail. For Heat, it uses Heat Pump for a bit on the downward temperature conditions, then it switches to Resistance Heat, which is least efficient battery use.

  9. mesud sali

    Reality anything other that Tesla is headache considering all real life conditions. Supercharger is MASSIVE usp, if you want to spend rest of your life waiting to charge or while charging buy anything but Tesla

  10. Cyberslug1

    Does not surprise me at all !! The Nissan Leaf is garbage, I owned one for a year. The Nissan Leaf has NO temperature management. It does not do well in hot climates or cold climates. I live in Las Vegas where it gets up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the late summer early fall and averages 100 Fahrenheit all summer and goes down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit in the mountains and in the desert. When the old Leaf battery temp got over 100 degrees the range goes down to 35-40 mile per charge with a full charge, If you charge the way Nissan tells you the range is 25-30 miles.

  11. Matthew Cho

    Bjorn.. I enjoy your content but your videos are too damn long! With some pre-planning and post editing, you can make a really good 10-15 min video here and get alot more hits. Great content but not worth spending 1hr.

  12. KG 03

    I start to doubt if ordering new Leaf was a good idea. I have recently read two opinions where users said that New Leaf cant stand more than one fast charging. First one is fast and each next is much slower. I have watched the video and didnt notice that problem was mentioned. So I would be thankful if someone could confirm or deny that Leaf has problems with more than sone consecutive fastcharging during long trips?

  13. SoUdNoGoR

    Higher Energy density cells just have the tradeoff of less efficiency (higher inner resistance), especially in cold temperatures and under higher loads. The cells have a nice capacity under testing conditions and on the paper, but immense problems in real world driving!! So better focus on a battery with a nice, low inner resistance at low temperatures…

  14. Jo Te

    Bad thermal battery management on the Renault Nissan Leaf, not only means that you loose range when hot or cold, it also means that life time of the battery will be drastically shortened! See Weber Auto video explaining the technical flaws of the new Nissan Leaf the same story as the previous one!

  15. Michael Skelton

    I'm hoping that in 3-4 years you'll be able to pick one of these put for less then £7000 with over 100 miles range left in the battery. The old leaf is in this price range at that age but the battery degradation of those models means it's unsuitable for my needs

  16. Michael Skelton

    You're forgetting to mention a bigger battery with have a longer service life, it will cycle less for the same total distance travelled. In the old leaf you might lose 20% capacity after 60,000 miles, the new leaf under the same use may only lose 10% capacity

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