It showed us the fuel cell ix35 over a year ago and probably more significantly it launched the Ioniq in the UK last autumn as the first car with three powertrains, a petrol-hybrid, an electric model and soon to come a plug-in hybrid electric.
At the moment there are five models in the range in three trim levels and comprising two 120ps electric powered cars alongside three 141ps 1.6 petrol/ hybrids between £20,500 and £31,300. Plug in hybrid electric models will joint them very soon.
That’s an impressive line-up and achievement in anyone’s book and it underlines how slow and backward the really big boys have been in moving with or ahead of the times.
For Hyundai it puts them on a world stage where not all the actors know their parts as well as the Korean company and after a week with the petrol-hybrid Ioniq I think it has a starring role to play.
There is no compromise with the powertrain, its smooth, has adequate power and seamlessly switches between them while always returning remarkable economy, but you do lose a bit of bootspace to the battery pack and mechanical package. Having said that, it’s roomy in the back for passengers and spacious infront as well.
The access is good through the five doors and once inside the seats are supporting and comfortable, with reasonable adjustment on the front pair.
Secondary stalks smoothly work the lights and wipers, with switches on the lower dash out of sight or clearly placed on the central console topped by a good sized multi-function info-tainment screen and the familiar dials are infront of the driver with an on board computer display splitting the two.
Heating and ventilation was straightforward with electric windows and the system was quick, quiet and comprehensive doing its job.
Visibility was good with lights well up to the Ioniq’s performance but I thought the fastest wiper setting was a bit slow and I would have liked a rear wiper as well.
On the move, the Ioniq was responsive and economical with good ride quality and safe handling.
It covered distances without complaint and usually over 62mpg was registered on the computer.
Mechanically it was usually quiet and wind noise was very well suppressed.
The Hyundai Ioniq is to me a second generation petrol-hybrid as tested because it’s brought added refinement to the sector but not complication or prohibitive cost.
|Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid prem SE||Price: £23,695|
|Insurance Group: 11 (Eleven)||Mechanical: 4cyl 1580cc 141ps petrol/ hybrid engine, six-speed manual|
|Max Speed: 115mph||0-62mph: 10.8 sec|
|Fuel consumption : 62mpg||Fuel consumption : 62mpg|
|C02 emissions: 79 gkm||Bik rating: 17%, £100FY, £140SR|
|Warranty: 5yrs/ unlimited||Sizes: L 4.47m, W 1.82m, H 1.45m|
|Bootspace: 443 to 1505 litres||Kerb weight: 1370 kg|
For: Very economical without trying, comfortable & roomy, big luggage space, light controls, good handling
Against: Very poor rear visibility with small back window and no wiper, road and engine noise, difficult oddments room.