Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: Reviewed and prices

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HYUNDAI is starting an all-out assault on Australia’s hybrid and electrical market. The compelling Kona Electrical small SUV goes on sale early subsequent 12 months, preceded by the Hyundai Ioniq due for launch this October.

There are three variants of the latter, with a purchaser’s stage of electrical automotive acceptance figuring out in the event that they’d fairly an Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in or Electrical.

The Electrical has no inside combustion engine however its 98kW/295Nm motor and battery are good for a spread of 280km between expenses.

The Hybrid and Plug-in use a 77kW/147Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine with 32kW/170Nm electrical motor (104kW/265Nm complete), the distinction being the Plug-in has a bigger battery pack to offer all-electric vary of 63km. The Hybrid makes use of electrical solely energy at low velocity akin to in site visitors, serving to it obtain economic system of simply three.9L/100km.

We examined the Ioniq Hybrid forward of its Australian on-sale date.


JULES: I believed there was a drive for hybrid automobiles to cease trying so hybrid-y and extra like regular automobiles?

IAIN: There may be. The Ioniq doesn’t look too tree-huggy.

JULES: The wheels appear like one thing a futurist drew within the 1970s, and the rear appears plain bizarre with its cut up rear glass.

IAIN: Unconventional bum, I agree, however the entrance is engaging and appears very “regular automotive”.

JULES: True. Above all it’s much more good-looking than the horrendously over-designed Toyota Prius.

IAIN: This Ioniq Hybrid will price lower than the UFO-esque Prius Hybrid however might be pricier than the Corolla Hybrid and about the identical because the a lot greater Camry Hybrid.

JULES: Loads of alternative then for about $30,000. Is it value it? What’s the gasoline economic system?

IAIN: This Ioniq returns an official three.9L/100km and we acquired Four.4L on check. It’s good however loads of cheaper non-hybrid small automobiles with turbo engines return related figures.

JULES: It is best to go the Plug-in (1.1L/100km) or Electrical model then. The Ioniq is styled that can assist you present your inexperienced credentials, so it’s possible you’ll as properly be as vegan, fruitarian, uncooked foodie, eco-militant as attainable.

IAIN: They’re going to be costlier and so they make most sense for metropolis people and taxi drivers. And to be really inexperienced, you want photo voltaic to cost the batteries on plug-ins. This Hybrid expenses its batteries by braking and coasting.


JULES: Acquainted Hyundai, that means plain however good, and the inclusions are wonderful.

IAIN: Ours is the Premium model with loads of goodies. The faux-leather seats are formed to assist and are heated and ventilated, which is excellent for Australia’s local weather extremes.

JULES: The touchscreen is ok though not brilliantly high-res. Having Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, satnav, sunroof, keyless entry and wi-fi cellphone charging is superb.

IAIN: I just like the heated flat-bottom steering wheel and digital dashboard nevertheless it’s very gray in right here. I’m certain there’ll be different cabin colors however ours wants a bit extra jazz, not least as gray adorns the dashboard and door trim, too.

JULES: Some blue trim or blue ambient lighting would work, reminding you that you just’re a hybrid convert.

IAIN: It has a foot-operated park brake fairly than a handbrake. That’s inexcusable.

JULES: I continuously overlook to take it off. I’ve been instructed off by beeps far too usually.


IAIN: Sitting in site visitors is the place the Ioniq makes most sense. It fortunately rolls alongside silently on electrical energy, utilizing no gasoline in any respect.

JULES: I’m impressed the way it goes from electrical to petrol energy virtually imperceptibly.

IAIN: I’d like to maintain it in full electrical mode for longer. If I simply faucet the throttle the petrol engine kicks in. It wants a button to maintain you on electrical energy solely.

JULES: It cruises properly and is basically easy and comfy. You overlook it’s a hybrid very quickly.

IAIN: The six-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox could be a bit jerky at low velocity. That aside, actually impressed.


JULES: For a hybrid with a full-size spare the boot house is excellent. The place do they maintain the batteries?

IAIN: Beneath the rear seats. This implies its 456L boot is 100L-plus greater than a Prius.


IAIN: Hyundais as of late are usually sensible to steer however the Ioniq doesn’t deal with satisfyingly. Enjoyable days out could be seeing what eco rating you attain.

JULES: Doesn’t sound a lot enjoyable.

IAIN: A readout provides you Economical, Regular or Aggressive proportion scores to grade your driving. I attempted to be good and returned solely three per cent Aggressive.

JULES: You quickly realise there’s no level attempting to coax driving thrills from it.

IAIN: Yow will discover some. Put it in Sport mode — the digital sprint turns redder and offers you a tachometer — and take management of the gears by way of the paddle-shifters. The electrical enhance provides satisfying torque pull. Not for lengthy although.

JULES: To be honest, the Ioniq’s dual-clutch auto gearbox is much more rewarding than a constantly variable transmission.


IAIN: The sloping roof means I’ve simply sufficient headroom within the rear seat.

JULES: It’s an excellent dimension for younger youngsters, there are rear air vents and the great security equipment is sensible.


IAIN: The Ioniq’s an honest all-round package deal however the Hybrid doesn’t provide large gasoline financial savings in comparison with cheaper non-hybrids. In the event that they’re not too costly, I’d be extra inclined to the Ioniq Plug-in or Electrical.

JULES: I nonetheless don’t like the concept of plugging my automotive in, so the Hybrid works for me. It’s not thrilling, it appears humorous nevertheless it drives very like a traditional automotive, which might be the purpose.


PRICE $30,000 (est; good for the tech and spec)

WARRANTY/SERVICING 5 years/limitless km (nice), servicing is capped worth however price but to be suggested

ENGINE 1.6-litre Four-cyl, 77kW/147Nm; electrical motor, 32kW/170Nm; mixed 104kW/265Nm (perky when pushed)

SAFETY 5 stars, 7 airbags, AEB with pedestrian detection, radar cruise management, reverse digicam, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, lane maintain and alter help, rear cross site visitors alert, tyre stress monitor (wonderful)

THIRST three.9L/100km (superb)

SPARE Full-size (good)

BOOT 456L (good for a hybrid)

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