Green for go, go, go as Hyundai Ioniq offers three electric-based powertrains

PUBLISHED: 07:18 10 November 2016

Hyundai Ioniq offers three electric-based powertrains but hybrid is likely to be most popular.

Hyundai Ioniq offers three electric-based powertrains but hybrid is likely to be most popular.


Hyundai’s new Ioniq hatchback is the first car to offer three electric-based powertrain aimed at offering something for everyone.

What’s new?

The Ioniq is a big deal for Hyundai. The first car in three different electric-based powertrains – hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric
– is designed to offer something for everyone.

The hybrid and all-electric versions are now on sale with the plug-in version next year. With all-electric and hybrid vehicles commanding an ever-growing market, a three-car offering should mean that the Ioniq should please all.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Price: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 1.6 GDi Premium SE £23,595 (range from £19,995)

Engine: 1.6-litre, four-cylinder petrol plus electric motor offering 139bhp combined

Transmission: Six-speed dual-clutch automatic

Performance: 0-62mph 10.8 seconds; top speed 115mph

MPG: 83.1 combined

CO2 emissions: 79g/km

Looks and image

The futuristic Ioniq, with bi-xenon headlights and LED rear lamps, has a bang-up-to-date look.

There’s a huge variety of exterior colours to choose from, and bright orange and blue really shout about this clever and forward-thinking car.

Space and practicality

The Ioniq’s traditional hatchback layout means decent space for all passengers. The driver has a reasonable amount of seat and wheel adjustment, which means that finding a comfortable position isn’t tricky. Likewise, the front-seat passenger has plenty of room and bags of stowage space with door bins big enough for bottles of water and other everyday items.

In the back, passengers won’t feel too short-changed when it comes to legroom. Those back seats split 60/40 too, adding to the boot’s capacity of 443 litres which sounds respectable but is quite shallow. Owing to the fact that the car’s large lithium-ion battery is placed at the back of the car, luggage space is limited, something families may want to consider.

The cabin has a solid feel but there are some areas where the impression slips. Nevertheless, the overall feeling is of a car that is well screwed together.

It’s relatively well equipped, too, with the dash dominated by a large eight-inch touch screen which integrates navigation, multimedia and Apple CarPlay, as well as Android Auto.

While the Ioniq comes with Hyundai’s five-year unlimited-mileage warranty, the lithium-ion battery is covered for eight years, or just over 180,000 miles.

Behind the wheel

The Ioniq isn’t going to set hearts racing when it comes to driver involvement but is more interesting than rivals. The hybrid version is set to be the most popular.

The six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox does well to recreate a normally fuelled car’s power delivery. It’s especially well suited to driving around town, where it appears most Ioniqs will spend their time.

If you want to enjoy a winding B-road, though, the gearbox can be placed in sport mode, which allows it to hold gears for longer.

The steering has little feedback, despite feeling quite heavy, but the Ioniq rides impressively well, and it’s quiet and relaxing at high speeds with very little wind or road noise.

Value for money

The Ioniq starts at £19,995 for the entry-level Hybrid 1.6 GDi SE which gets 15in alloy wheels, a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors and a decent amount of kit. You’ll even find autonomous emergency braking – something plenty of premium rivals aren’t throwing in yet.

The most expensive Ioniq Electric Premium SE, at £30,795, includes front and rear heated leather seats and a heated leather steering wheel.

The Hybrid Premium SE is likely to be most popular model, offering good value for at £23,595. Also, thanks to that hybrid powertrain, it’ll be far more usable than the all-electric model – especially for those looking to do longer trips.

Who would buy one?

For getting around town and avoiding congestion charges, the Ioniq is a fine choice. Also, with two powertrains to choose from and a third in the pipeline, there’s a version to suit anyone.

And with the base car coming in at £19,995, it’s ‘reasonably priced’ – it’ll definitely be worth looking at if you’re thinking of a hybrid family hatch.

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