10th November 2016

Reviews: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq – a sparkling treble choice

Last Word First

Hyundai’s Ioniq is a new name gliding onto Irish streets, with three new model choices, offering customers propulsion via full EV, Hybrid or Plug-in Hybrid.

The full electric I got to drive at its Irish launch was hushed along by a lithium-ion polymer battery, with a 28kWh output, which should allow for some 280kilomotres to pass beneath its wheels before recharging is required.

Electric and Hybrid vehicles will undoubtedly play an ever-increasing part in our personal and commercial transport needs. With these offerings from Hyundai, customers who know their driving habits can choose a full Electric Vehicle, a petrol Hybrid or a plug-in Hybrid, thereby eliminating their need to ever enter a fuel station or reduce those visits to a minimum.

New technology invariably costs, the Ioniq Electric starts at €28,495, with the Hybrid starting at €31,995 (excluding delivery and related charges). This puts them in the price range of vehicles in the segment above, the family Tucson starting at €26,245, with their diesel executive starting at €30,995, (excluding delivery and related charges).

That said, the Ioniq is roomy, (four adults without fuss), equipped to premium levels and an absolute doddle to live with. Anyone living in an urban area, doing journeys less than 280 kilometres in one go, will revel in the easy-to-live-with persona of the Ioniq Electric and its minuscule running costs. For me living within the city, an EV like the Ioniq makes huge sense.  

The Ioniq is further proof that EV’s are a serious option for many users. Do yourself a favour and go test drive one.

Make: Hyundai, Model: Ioniq Electric, Power: 28kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, (the 2017 Hybrid will come with a 1.6 petrol engine and a 32kW/42bhp electric motor powered by a 1.56kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, Drive: front wheel drive, Transmission: Auto single-speed, Output: 118bhp, Torque: 295Nm, Range: 280 kilometres, CO2 emissions: Zero, Road Tax Band: A0, Annual Road Tax: €120, Warranty: 5-years on car, with 8-years on battery.

Some other EV’s: Nissan Leaf EV, Toyota Prius EV, Renault Zoe, BMW i3, Toyota Auris Hybrid, VW Golf GTE Hybrid, Tesla

Outside View

Easily recognised by its enclosed nose, the Ioniq Electric is distinguished from its Hybrid sibling by the latter's conventional grill. Being full Electric it also wears a copper inset outside and in, to signify its conductive power- subtle. Air intake vents to the outside of the front DRL’s add positively to the cars looks. The rear is a split-window affair, a design experience those owning a Honda Civic and Toyota Prius can opine on.

Inside Story

The inside of the Ioniq is conventional enough, save for the ‘gear lever,’ which it's not, as your Electric’s motion status is selected via pushing the relative button for ‘D,’ ‘R,’ and ‘N,’ all located in a lower mid-console together with a neat mouse-like rest, with the button for your heated seats, Drive Mode selection, Audio Park warning, heated steering wheel, auto-hold and the electronic handbrake.

Overall fit and finish of the Ioniq is hard to fault, albeit a tad dark. Such is the Argos catalogue of standard equipment, (see list below); new owners are strongly advised to acclimatise themselves to all it offers prior to venturing into traffic. Pour a cup of coffee, click onto http://www.hyundai.ie/ioniq/ and check it for yourselves. Internally the Ioniq is well laid out, with impressive space and the proven capability of carrying four substantial adult men comfortably during my test drive. Boot space is some 93 litres down on the Hybrids 443 litre, the batteries claimed squatter’s rights – this extends with the rear seat folded to 1,505 litres.

On the Road

This is where the Ioniq Electric sells itself. Akin to all full EV’s, the Ioniq is serene in its motion, the instant torque available ensuring that from the off you are whooshed to your road speed of choice. Hit the Drive Mode button selection, where Sport gives you all the juice for those motorway sprints.

Running on 16” low resistance tyres, the Ioniq coped well during my short test drive. Setting the regenerative mode of the car via the steering paddles to the level3 allowed for deceleration assistance that with planning, (and consideration for following drivers), can eliminate the need to brake until you actually need to stop. For drivers with advanced training this will be a cinch.

Final Word

A short drive in the Ioniq proved a number of things. One, its presence adds to the need for alternative road propulsion and two, it will work for those doing less than 280kms in one journey. Changing is via a domestic three-pin, which is a 10/12-hour effort, the domestic, wall-mounted fast charger taking 4/6 hours. Pull in at a public fast charger and you get an eighty percent charge in just over thirty minutes.

Electric Vehicles are here to stay, in either full EV or petrol Hybrid. Us motor hacks get the experience of driving all on offer and in the Ioniq, we have a definite contender. Your entrance into the ring is purely a matter of time.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric Specification

Convenience 

  • Cruise Control - Smart Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Parking Sensors - Rear
  • Parking System - Rear Camera and Guidance System
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Remote Control
  • Tyre Inflation Kit

 Seating

  • Driver's Seat - Heated
  • Passenger's Seat - Heated
  • Driver & Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments
  • Driver's Seat Lumbar Support (Electric)
  • Front Passenger Seat Height Adjustment
  • Front Passenger's Seat – Heated

 Ioniq Exterior Electric

  • 16” alloy wheels
  • Door Mirrors - Automatic Power Folding
  • Exterior Door Handles - Chrome Effect
  • Illuminated Door Handle
  • Window Surround - Chrome Finish
  • Door Scuff - Chrome with IONIQ logo
  • Interior Door Handles - Chrome Effect
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

 Ioniq Interior Electric

  • Door Scuff - Chrome with IONIQ logo
  • Interior Door Handles - Chrome Effect
  • Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

 Technology and Entertainment

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Driver's Supervision Instrument Cluster with TFT Display (7")
  • Phone Connection - Android Auto
  • Phone Connection - Apple CarPlay
  • Radio, RDS, DAB
  • Speakers - Upgraded Infinity Sound System - 1 Centre, 2 Tweeters, 2 Front, 2 Rear, 1 Subwoofer and 1 Ext Amp
  • Touchscreen Satellite Navigation (8") including Traffic Messaging Channel, MapCare and TomTom LIVE Services
  • USB - Driver's Arm Rest (Charging Only)
  • USB and Aux Connections - Front
  • Wireless Phone Charging Pad

 Safety and Security

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS)
  • Smart Key - Keyless Entry with Engine Start/Stop Button
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Individual Tyre Pressure Display

Ventilation and Visibility 

  • Air Conditioning - Duel Zone Climate Control
  • Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights with Dusk Sensor
  • Door Mirror Puddle Lights
  • Headlight – Twin LED
  • Heat Pump
  • Positioning Lights - C Shape LED
  • Rear Air Vents - Centre Console
  • Rear Light - LED

 

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