The Hyundai Ioniq comes in three states of electrification:
A hybrid - paring a petrol 1.6 GDi with the 42PS electric lithium-ion 1.56kWh motor that charges whilst you drive
A plug-in hybrid that is the same but with a larger battery that can be charged
And the pure electric EV.
Quicker than a Toyota Prius and just shy of a Golf GTE, the Hybrid of petrol and electric delivers fast and responsive acceleration using a dual-clutch six-speed gearbox, with the ability to squeeze even more responsive power with a manual flappy-paddle shifting and controlled deceleration on steep hills.
On average low-speed city driving, the electric motor will take full control providing a whisper quiet experience and easy driving. Press the throttle some more and the petrol engine will cut in quite seamlessly to give the extra boost. Steering is light and easy to manage with optional sport modes and smooth braking dissimilar to other hybrids that can be quite grabby and jerky at times.
As you add more weight the handling does suffer, with the base Hybrid the most responsive, the added weight of larger batteries gives the Ioniq a larger car feel with less agile response much like you'd expect from a larger BMW or Bentley. At greater speed all versions keep wind and road noise to a minimum.
As standard rear parking sensors and rear view camera reinforce the high-tech appeal of the Ionic with the SE trim already equipped with a 5-inch colour touchscreen and the premium spec upgrading this to an 8" screen with TomTom Sat Nav. Menus are responsive and with lifetime map updates and Android Auto / Apple CarPlay connectivity, this car of the future is protected for years to come.
Ergonomics and quality are clear with soft-touch materials, robust switches and an easy to use layout.
With plenty of room in the front and lots of legroom in the back, four adults can easily fit into the Ioniq with the possibility of anyone over average height brushing the roof with the sloped rear. Without passengers, the boot space is larger with a 60/40 split allowing for easy extra capacity in the Hybrid Ioniq 1.6GDi, however fully electric and plug-in Hybrid models featuring the larger battery will reduce boot space due to the rear-mounted batteries.
With the EV model fully reliant on the 130 mile real world range and an 80% charge in 33 minutes on fast charge. In the right conditions fully electric is a good investment despite the high initial cost. However, without the right preparations, a 3 pin socket will charge the same in over 10 hours and a white box charger around 5.
For this reason, the Hybrid seems to be a clear winner in a modern society with the current technology available. With CO2 emissions of 79g/km and the ability to fuel up without any range anxiety, the base model seems the most efficient purchase for the average driver. But if your average commute is easily under 31 miles, the plug-in Hybrid version might be a worthwhile upgrade.
5 star Euro NCAP, and 5-year unlimited mile warranty add to the long-term appeal of this car. with many features on other cars included as standard.
Standard equipment includes: 15" alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, DAB, climate control, auto braking, seven airbags and hill start assist.
Premium adds: keyless start, 7 inch drivers screen and 8" central console screen with satnav and smartphone connectivity. Xenon headlights add to the look with heated front seats and wireless phone charging.
Up to top spec in the Premium SE with see the most luxurious options with added price: leather seating, electric adjustable and ventilated, with heated rear seats, front parking sensors, and bonus safety features such as blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert.
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