Hyundai Ioniq 2020 - A multi-electrified car
The Hyundai Ioniq is a stunning car featuring advanced and eco-friendly electrified engines, to limit emissions and carbon footprint to a bare minimum. In a society where climate control, global warming and sustainability are at the forefront of all our minds, Hyundai has created and developed a car, through updates, which is affordable and practical for almost everyone.
The Ioniq comes with a selection of three green engine configurations, a hybrid, which uses a petrol engine and electric motor which is self-charging, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or an all-electric (EV) option. There is a choice of four trim levels, SE Connect, Premium, First Edition and Premium SE, each with varying degrees of features and assists.
The Ioniq takes aim at several rivals in different categories, thanks to its variety of eco-engines. It’s sleek, coupe-esk silhouette and smooth body panels ensure there is an unrestricted path for airflow, helping to create an aerodynamic body giving it a class-leading drag coefficient of just 0.24. Hyundai has not only focussed on making the outside efficient but also the inside. It uses a selection of lightweight advanced materials throughout the cabin. It also minimises the number of buttons and clutter to save weight, which in turn increases the range of the Ioniq.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The standard hybrid Ioniq combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 32kW electric motor, which gives a total power output of 141hp and 265Nm of torque. The engine works in conjunction with a powerful 42kW lithium-ion polymer battery, which is charged through the regeneration of energy when braking, to help maximise electrical driving. It will hit 0-62mph in 10.8 secs and go on to a top speed of 115mph.
The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version uses the same 1.6-litre petrol engine as the standard hybrid, but it combines with a more powerful 44.5kW electric motor and larger battery pack with 59kW of power. It develops the same 141hp and 265Nm of torque as the standard hybrid version but will hit 0-62mph marginally quicker in 10.6secs although the top speed drops to 110mph. Standard charging, using a 3-point pin connector, will take between 5 and 6 hours to 95%. If you have a Hyundai POD Point wallbox (7kW) fitted at home, charging time will take just 2hrs 15mins to do a 100% full charge.
Both hybrid iterations are fitted with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and 2WD system. The EV Ioniq has a single-speed transmission as will most electric vehicles.
Lastly, we have the all-electric Ioniq (EV), which uses a 136hp electric motor with 295Nm of torque, which is powered by a large 104kW lithium-ion polymer battery. It is the quickest of all the Ioniq range and is capable of getting from 0-62mph in 9.9secs, but its top speed is only 103mph. As this is the largest and most powerful engine as you would expect, it also takes the longest to charge. If you charge using a 3-point pin connector, it will take around 19hours to charge to 95%. If you have the POD Point wallbox installed at home, this will reduce to around 6hours to fully charge. If you are on the road and can get to a public charging station with 50kW then charging to 80% will take just 57minutes. Hyundai claims a maximum range of up to 193miles between charges, which is great, but in real-world terms, this would be less.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the Ioniq is a bit of a mixed bag with plenty of soft-touch materials on the dashboard in the main view, but as you begin to investigate further, you will find a few more hard, and rough plastics tucked away out of sight. On the whole though, the interior is pleasant, and all buttons and functions are in easy reach, it has a conventional layout, without being too futuristic like the Nissan Leaf. I actually quite like the interior, and given the price of the Ioniq, I think it is great value, especially given the amount of kit which is included as standard.
All Ioniq models feature an all-digital instrument display cluster, with a 7-inch colour TFT LCD screen in all but the entry-level SE Connect model, which gets a small 4.2-inch colour screen. The entry-level SE Connect gets an eight-inch colour touchscreen to access the infotainment system, with features such as Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with DAB radio as standard. Some of the other features included across all models are; rear parking sensors with a rear-view camera and parking assist and Hyundai’s Eco Driving Assistant System (ECO DAS).
Choose the next trim level up (Premium) or above, and the list of standard kit increases significantly. Not only do you get the larger 7-inch driver display, but you also get a larger 10.25-inch widescreen colour touchscreen with sat-nav including Live Services, Mapcare, Traffic Messaging Channel and BlueLink. You also get an eight-speaker Infinity Sound System, keyless entry and a wireless phone charging pad for compatible smartphones.
It is undoubtedly worth selecting the Premium trim level or higher, for all the additional kit and safety features which are included. The Plug-In Hybrid and the all-electric Ioniq are only available in either Premium or Premium SE trim, so you will get the majority of tech as standard with the Premium SE being the top-spec you get every extra as standard.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Ioniq has a generous amount of space in the front to accommodate any shape person, with plenty of headroom and legroom. The seats and steering wheel have a good range of adjustment, so finding a great driving position should be quick and easy. The driver’s seat also comes with electrically adjustable lumbar support for added comfort as standard. Moving to the rear and we find there is plenty of legroom even for tall passengers; however, headroom is a little compromised due to the sloping roofline if the Ioniq. It is a very tight squeeze to fit three adults across the rear seat; children would be ideal. One bonus is that if you opt for the Premium SE model, then your passengers will benefit from heated rear seats.
The boot, as you would expect, has a different capacity depending on which Ioniq you choose, hybrid, PHEV or EV. The hybrid comes with the largest boot, with 443-litres of space which rises to 1505-litres with the rear seats folded down. The PHEV boot reduces in size to 341-litres and 1401-litres, with the rear seats folded away. The EV Ioniq has a boot capacity of 357-litres, and 1417-litres with the rear seat tucked away.
The Ioniq scored an impressive 5-star rating at the Euro NCAP safety tests, which is mainly as a result of an impressive list of safety features and assists as standard. Every model comes with; Lane Keep Assist, Hyundai E-Call, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) amongst many others. Premium SE models get added extras such as a Blind Spot Detection System and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The Hyundai Ioniq is a stunning looking car, certainly one of the better-looking hybrid/electric cars on the market today. It offers superb value for money and great versatility, allowing you to pick a version which best suits your lifestyle. If you’re thinking of swapping for something more efficient and economical, the Hyundai Ioniq could be the car for you.