Hyundai Ionic Review

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Hyundai Ioniq Review

Named by Fleet News as the “Best 2017 Plug-In (0g/km)”, the Hyundai Ioniq is one of the best compact EVs on the road. With looks that don’t tell the world you’re a sandal-wearing tree-hugger, it blends in well with the rest of the traffic with crisp. modern looks.

 

Handling

Everyone likes a blast on the road just for the pleasure of driving. The Ioniq has three driving modes – Eco, Normal and Sport, and while the Normal mode will lag behind the Leaf, the Sport mode is rated at 9.8 seconds for 0-62. Mid-range acceleration is where the Ioniq is the business, with extremely quick acceleration from 30-50mph. As you’re coming out of a bend you can really launch it onto the straight…

It has quite stiff suspension, something that contributes to its confident road handling but might be a little uncomfortable for those in for an easy ride. On motorways however it cruises over the lumps and bumps with ease.

While the battery is smaller than the Leaf’s 30kWh it manages an equivalent range through its more effective regenerative braking system. This makes for a car that is 100kg lighter than the Leaf and 10hp more powerful.

Controls

Hyundai Ionic Drive ModesInstead of a gearstick, the Ioniq has four buttons in the centre console – Park, Reverse, Drive and Neutral. The dash is a little different too – it is a digital display that you can change around according to your needs on a particular drive, including range, speed etc.

The battery management system is key to the Hyundai’s range and performance, and it has three modes that can be changed by paddles by the steering wheel.

There are options for heated and cooled seats that reduces the need for air conditioning, and at the press of a button you can apply it only to the driver’s area of the car to improve energy consumption when driving alone.

Interior and exterior

Not everyone likes to brag about driving an EV, and until you notice the lack of a grille on the front, the Ioniq doesn’t scream “I’M AN EV”, but instead would blend in with most other newer gas-powered cars on the road today. The interior is modern but honestly, pretty run of the mill. A family user won’t complain, but it doesn’t make your jaw drop.

Range

One of the things people most complain about EVs is their lack of range. While it is rated at 175 miles, we all know that car companies like to stretch the truth and Hyundai isn’t different. In truth with reasonably average driving through a mix of urban and rural driving you will get 150 miles from a charge. That means with a 20 mile round trip to work every day you will get 7.5 days driving per charge. On a 50kW CCS charger you should be able to get to 80% charge in 33 minutes, while on a 3 pin plug at home you will be able to charge it to full in 12 hours. For most driving, this is not a bad deal and perfectly manageable.

Spec Numbers

  • 125 mile EV range
  • 28kWh battery
  • 136 MPGe combined (highest for a production car, ever) – 150 city, 122 highway
  • 88kw (110HP) Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
  • 215 lb-ft torque – not bad for Prius-class drivers
  • 6.6kW Onboard charger/AC Inverter. 28A@240V. Compare to Tesla’s 40-80A  or Bolt’s 32A
  • 100kW CCS DC charging. Tesla’s current 150kW is the only charging standard that is faster ( Tied with Kia Soul EV 100kW Chademo)
  • Price : From £24,000 ($29,000)

Overall?

For the price, the Hyundai Ioniq is the best new EV on the road currently in 2017. It should be the top of your list of fully electric EVs if you are on the market. While fun to drive, it is comfortable and modest to look at. The range is no bad thing either.

Our rating: 4/5

 

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