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Review: Hyundai IONIQ Electric

This is the world’s first car to be built from the ground up based on 3 different power trains.

Yes that’s right, in the pursuit of moving towards more sustainable transport, and catering towards different people’s needs.  Available only in US to California residents in selected southern counties (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino).

The Ioniq will come in 3 electrified versions:

The Ioniq Electric
The Ioniq Hybrid
The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

As Hyundai says, with all the choices being better. It’s easier to make better choices. Here we’re going to review the Hyundai Ioniq Electric.

Pricing mentioned is for the Ioniq Electric Base: (+ $ 885 for shipping). Ioniq Electric Limited: $32,500 ($33,385 with shipping) and the Ultimate Package (available on Limited only): $3,500

Key Specifications

  • Make: Hyundai
  • Model: IONIQ Electric
  • First available: December 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 5
  • Range: 124 miles
  • Price: $29,500

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    Lithium-ion polymer – 360 V – 28.0 kWh

     

    Motor Power Rating:

    88kW/118hp

     

    MPGe RATINGS:

    150 City/122 Highway

     

  • Charge time

    4.5 hours at 220V

    0.5 hours at 440V

     

Innovation & Self-driving

  • 7-inch touchscreen display audio system
  • 8-inch touchscreen navigation system
  • Android Auto™
  • Apple CarPlay™
  • HD Radio™ Technology with multicasting
  • Infinity® Premium Audio with Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology
  • Smartphone integration and wireless device charging
  • Handy holder for tablet between the front seats
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone system
  • Smartphone/USB and auxiliary input jacks

Hyundai Blue Link®

The Ioniq lineup offers the Hyundai Blue Link® connected car system with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technology like Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, or via the Blue Link smartphone app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear and Apple Watch smartwatch apps. Owners of Ioniq Plug-in and Electric will also be able manage and monitor their car’s charging schedule remotely via the Blue Link® smartphone app. Charge scheduling is ideal for individuals that have lower electricity rates during off-peak hours. This BlueLink service package is standard on every Hyundai Ioniq for three years.

SAFETY

Standard:

  • 7 airbags
  • Hillstart Assist Control
  • Rearview camera

Driver Assistance Features (in Ultimate Package)

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Advanced Smart Cruise Control with stop/start
  • Lane Departure Warning (with Lane Keep Assist for 2018)

Changes for 2018:

  • Lane Keep Assist added to Lane Departure Warning

Extended e-car range with new battery

The Ioniq Electric will be Hyundai’s first All Electric Car. This is their take against the new breed of Electric vehicles being released by competitors such as the Tesla, BMW, Chevrolet and Nissan. So how are they faring off the bat?

In terms of the battery, this car has been rated as the most energy efficient car according to the EPA. It holds a 28 kWh Battery, and gets a 105 mile range on a full charge. At the moment, this pales in comparison to other cars such as the Tesla Model 3 which gets up to 215 miles on a full charge.

Hyundai is just starting however, and have plans to increase the range to 200+ miles by 2018.

How Does The Ioniq Electric Go?

If you’re looking for speed and fast acceleration times. The Ioniq may not be your best pick. It will do 0-60mph in just about 10s with its 118bhp electric motor, and reaches a top speed on 103mph.

For Hyundai however, that’s really not a big deal. As the Ioniq Electric has been built for efficiency. Which is what it duly delivers by using strong weight-saving materials in the main structure, and an aerodynamically efficient body.

Something you ought be aware of, is its use of regenerative braking. A feature that helps recover energy spent on braking. You can set the intensity of how quickly it slows down using paddles on the steering wheel. Apparently it works so well, that on the highest setting. The deceleration gets borderline uncomfortable…something you may want to experiment with.

A Car Built for Tech-Lovers

Coming from the land of Samsung and the likes. Hyundai couldn’t help but go hi-tech with the Ioniq.

Wireless Charging for your phone? Check. A mobile app that helps you monitor your cars charging? Check. A holder to store your tablet computer? Yes, you get them all along with other amenities such as,

  • Heated Front Seats
  • A Rearview Camera
  • A Power Tilt-and-Slide Sunroof
  • An 8-Inch Touchscreen Navigation System
  • And more with the Premium and Premium SE Models

Smart Safety Features

It doesn’t stop there, intelligent safety features such as Hill Start assist control comes as standard, and available as extra are Smart Cruise Control, automatic braking in emergencies, blind spot detection and lane departure warning to keep you driving safe on highways.

1 User Review on “Hyundai IONIQ Electric”

  1. brad
    Would prefer the hybrid version for now
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    My family owns two Hyundai cars and I can say, Hyundai’s are just alright in terms of speed and performance, but always seems to deliver great quality for the price. Especially the interior quality. When I see the Ioniq electric, I would have to concur.

    What’s nice about the car is all the amenities it comes with. I can really see the touchscreen navigation system and app connectivity becoming very useful at times. By helping you keep focused on driving where you need to go, and even allowing you to monitor your car remotely.

    For novice drivers, the hill start assist control, blind spot detection, and automatic emergency braking could be a life (or car) saver. Great features which you don’t often see in cars at this price point.

    However, using this car for everyday use would actually be quite nice except for the range. A range of 124 miles means that keeping track of range will always be a concern. So to be honest, it’s just ideal for city use.

    Second, I can’t believe the electric version costs £9000 more than the hybrid. Don’t see the point of it, unless you’re exempt from congestion charges and other road taxes and can really see viable cost savings, such as lower maintenance.

    This is an incredibly energy efficient car though, so if I were to be paying for electricity. This would be my car of choice. It’s also great that the battery can be nearly fully charged in about 30 mins with a fast DC charge. To me this would be one of my top choices if I were choosing a company car.

    Though for everyday use, hands down I would choose the plug-in hybrid.

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