27.10.2016Hyundai's Ioniq goes on sale
Hyundai's new Ioniq has gone on sale, with prices starting at Â£19,995 for the Ioniq Hybrid, and Â£24,495 for the Ioniq Electric - including Plug-in Car Grant. The two new models will be joined by an Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid next year.
The first model to be sold with three different electrified powertrains, the Ioniq is an important model for Hyundai as it targets established market leaders. The Ioniq Electric is taking aim at the likes of Nissan's Leaf, while Toyota's Prius is in the sights of the Ioniq Hybrid.
Well equipped and with a nice if unspectacular interior, the Ioniq boasts some excellent economy figures. The Ioniq Hybrid has a quoted fuel economy figure of 83.1 MPG, with CO2 emissions at 79 g/km. Obviously they can't compete with the Ioniq Electric's zero-tailpipe emissions, with the all-electric model quoted at able to cover 174 miles on a single charge.
Real world EV range is always less than the official figures, but on driving the Ioniq Electric, a range of 130 miles would be a very conservative quote, with 150 miles quite achievable.
Standard equipment for the Ioniq Hybrid includes 15-inch alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, dual zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, DAB radio with Bluetooth and USB, and rear parking sensors with camera. Further up the range - which involves SE, Premium, and Premium SE trims - features including keyless entry and start, satellite navigation, heated front seats and steering wheel, and leather trim are added.
The Ioniq EV isn't available at entry level SE trim, and instead offers Premium or Premium SE. Much of the equipment is the same as the Ioniq Hybrid's though there are a number of EV-specific features, including the sat-nav and power saving systems, which are individual to the Ioniq Electric.
Both Ioniq models are available to buy now, with the Ioniq Hybrid available throughout the Hyundai dealership network. The Ioniq Electric on the other hand will only be available in 27 dealerships initially, though the whole network will be upgraded to be able to sell plug-in Hyundai models in due course.