Hyundai Ioniq

Who’s it for?

The new Hyundai Ioniq is a zero-emissions car aimed at families who want an easygoing driving experience. It’s well-designed, and fits in with Hyundai’s growing reputation as one of the best affordable modern carmakers.

Hyundai offer both an all-electric and a plug-in hybrid version of their Ioniq, and both are solid rivals to more established electric cars, including the Nissan Leaf, the Renault Zoe, and the BMW i3.  

It’s the South Korean brand’s first ever stab at an electric car, and with neat looks and good battery capacity, it promises to be a very good first offering.

Blue Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Electric Motor & Handling

The all-electric Ioniq’s 119bhp is powered by a 28kWh battery pack. There’s enough power on offer to get you from rest to 62mph in 10.2 seconds while switching to Sports mode cuts that time to 9.9 seconds.

Keeping up with traffic is simple, and the car has a top speed of 103mph.

The Ioniq is at home in the towns and cities, but stop/start traffic will test the brake pedal, which some buyers might find to be inconsistent. Occasionally, it will need more pressure than you’d think.

Regenerative braking is standard, and this promotes efficiency by charging the battery with any potentially wasted energy. If driven sensibly and with care, it’s possible to use the pedal only when grinding the car to a sudden halt.

The steering lacks feel, which creates a disconnect between driver and the front wheels. The Ioniq’s steering wheel also comes with self-centring action, although this can be erratic.

On winding roads, the car is easy enough to drive and the way power is delivered by the electric motor ensures drivers can take corners with confidence.

The Cabin

The Hyundai Ioniq sports a bland if functional and on the whole relaxing cabin. Some buyers might wish there was more design flair, but it’s easy to live with.

 

  • Quality – Copper-coloured accents are a nice touch, there are lots of soft-touch materials on display, and build quality is good.
  • Comfort – The ride is comfortable, especially at speed. The suspension setup does a good job of ironing out most lumps and bumps, but at slower speeds the ride stiffens up a tad.
  • Insulation – It’s as quiet as electric cars are these days, but the lack of sound as you pull away will be disconcerting to cyclists or pedestrians. At speed, the car gets a bit nosier, and due to the lack of engines noise, tyre and wind noise becomes intrusive.
  • Space and Practicality – This is a five-seater and head and legroom is good for all. The sloping roof doesn’t do as much damage to rear headroom as you might have anticipated, and visibility is good all-round.
  • Load Capacity – The boot measures 350-litres, which compares favourably with regular hatchback’s. Fold the rear seats and you can increase it to 1,410-litres. A charging kit, however, takes up some of that space.

Costs

Price: £29,495 – £31,295

The Ioniq’s 28kWh battery pack is pretty lightweight, and this has had positive results on the car’s efficiency.

  • The Hyundai Ioniq has a 174 mile range, a number made possible by a few factors, including a special climate control system and specially designed wheels and tyres.
  • A full charge takes 4.5 hours if buyers use a 7kWh charger. Use a domestic three-pin socket and it will take as much as 12 hours.
  • It takes 33 minutes to charge the battery 80% using a CCS rapid charging point.
  • At present, the Hyundai Ioniq is only available in 27 UK Hyundai dealerships.

 

Need more information? Check out our full review of the Hyundai Ioniq here, including comparisons with its closest rivals.

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