Road Tests

Hyundai Ioniq

3

thumbs upGood range, rides and handles well, usual Hyundai quality

thumbs downSharp brakes, pricey, hardly dramatic looking

Should You?

The Ioniq comes in two guises - pure EV and hybrid with a PHEV to be launched soon – and compares well with the market leading, but ageing, Nissan Leaf. The EV Premium at £24,495 (after Plug-In Grant) isn’t exactly bargain basement but standard spec is strong with Apple Car Play, reverse camera, adaptive cruise control and sat nav. Premium SE models come with heated and cooled electric memory leather seats. The 174-mile range is decent from the 28 kWh battery pack, top speed is 103 mph and the sixty dash takes 10 seconds. The Ioniq Hybrid starts at £19,995 and with its 1.6 petrol and battery combo can cover 32 miles on battery alone. Real-life driving economy figure is only 50 mpg. Top speed is better than the EV though at 115 mph.

Cabin materials feel good quality, there’s a 35-litre boot (1,410 with the rear seats folded) and the Ioniq rides and handles tidily enough. We thought the brakes on the EV model a little grabby but liked the switchable gearbox with its Sport, Eco and Normal settings. Hyundai tell us they also have autonomous self-driving Ioniq prototypes on trial. 

My Charging Life

Charging times for the Lithium-ion battery are quick with 3 hours from a Hyundai supplied home wall box and 33 mins up to 80% capacity on a Rapid Charger. We managed an impressive 100 miles from a single half-hour charge making the battery-only Ioniq very usable indeed.

The Downsides

The hybrid version isn’t as an accomplished all-rounder as a Toyota Prius (although it is cheaper) and running costs will be about the same an equivalent 1.6 litre diesel - so do your sums. The EV’s slightly nervous brakes take some getting used to.

Verdict
4

A well-sorted family EV with short charging times, long range and bags of space