£29,995 - £31,795 Price range
The Hyundai Ioniq is the company’s answer to the Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf. It’s available as a petrol-electric hybrid and as a (soon-to-be-launched) plug-in hybrid, but the model we’ll look at here is the all-electric version.
It gets its power from a 28kw lithium-ion polymer battery that gives an official range of 174 miles – although 130-140 miles between a charge seems more realistic. Replenishing the battery from empty takes 12 hours (from a conventional plug), 4 hours (using Hyundai’s home-install, £300 Pod Point) or just 33 mins using a 50kw fast charger.
Brimmed with electricity, the Ioniq is no more difficult to drive than a conventional car which, says Hyundai, was the whole point. That being said, there are some obvious electric-power traits such as its instant acceleration from a standstill and (aside from a generated, pedestrian-alerting hum) its near-silent running.
There’s even some fun to be had from behind the wheel. The electric model’s batteries sit flat in the car’s chassis to give it a low centre of gravity, something the aluminium bonnet and boot also help with. As a result, the Ioniq corners flat and true – qualities the responsive steering helps you make full use of.
More to the point, the interior is practical – offering enough room for a family of four and their luggage. Its conventional design could have been taken from any other Hyundai and build quality is pretty good, too.
Equipment levels are also high – even basic SE models come with 15-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, cruise control, and a five-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
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