Hyundai has produced the world’s first car to have a choice of three electrified drivetrains. The Ioniq comes as either a hybrid, full electric or, from next year, a plug-in hybrid.
Prices start at £19,995 for the Hybrid SE, which has a 140 bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine, plus a 43bhp electric motor. Hyundai claims combined mpg of up to 83.1 for the hybrid. This is quite an elegant four-door design, about the size of a Golf, with a smooth automatic gearbox and a neat cabin.
Higher trim levels get leather seats which can be heated and cooled. The Premium SE trim has integrated sat-nav, bi-xenon headlamps, wireless phone charging, blind-spot detection and front parking sensors.
On the road, it’s smooth and comfortable but the pure electric version rides slightly better. This has a range of 174 miles and can be recharged to 80 per cent in 23 minutes using a 100Kw direct current fast charger. Hyundai says this costs about 20 per cent of an equivalent petrol fill-up.
The hybrid has a smart front grille, and the electric has a smooth closed panel. The roof-lining and carpets use materials obtained from sugar cane, which is claimed to improve air quality in the cabin.
This is a pleasant, decent-looking car which should prove easy to live with. There is quite a price hike for the electric version, which starts at £28,940 for the Premium, after the £4,500 Government grant.