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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hyundai Ioniq Review


Toyota has had the ‘green car’ market pretty much sown up with its Prius - the world’s best selling hybrid car. But a little competition is a good thing, so it’s great to see the Koreans elbowing themselves into this market with the Hyundai Ioniq.
Available in hybrid, electric and "electric-plus" (arriving in late 2017) versions, the all-new Ioniq hatchback features either a 1.6-litre direct-injected four-cylinder engine combined with electric motor for a net output of 139 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque, or an all-electric plug-in powertrain that delivers 118 horsepower and 218 lb.-ft.
Standard features include heated seats, steering wheel audio controls, satellite radio/MP3, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, keyless entry, power windows/mirrors/door locks, tire pressure monitor and backup camera. Higher trim levels offer leather seating, blind-spot monitoring with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, wireless phone charging and bi-Xenon HID headlights with adaptive cornering system.

Driving
The standard six-speed dual-clutch gearbox in both models can make them hesitant off the line, but once you’re up and running it changes swiftly and slickly through its gears. There’s also a manual option so you can hold onto a gear for better engine braking down steep hills. In town the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid will start off on electric power alone, making it whisper quiet. You need to tread gingerly on the accelerator to avoid the petrol engine cutting in, but when it does the transition is smooth - the only tell-tale being some background engine thrum. It’s disappointing, though, that even after selecting pure-EV mode on the Plug-in model its engine cuts in on anything more than a slight incline.
Around town the Hybrid rides a little more firmly than a Toyota Prius, but not to the extent of being uncomfortable. The pay off is a settled ride at faster speeds, especially if you encounter a set of long, wavy dips and troughs.
The Plug-in Hybrid and EV versions are less agreeable. That’s down to their bigger batteries, which adds weight, making it noticeably less agile through turns and more brittle over patchy road surfaces.
At motorway speeds all versions keep wind and road noise to a minimum, although you are more aware of these disturbances in the EV model due to the absence of background engine noise.

Interior Layout
As the driver you get plenty of seat and wheel adjustment, and pedals set nicely inline with the seat for a natural stance. Front visibility is good, although the view over your shoulder is obscured by the sweeping roofline. Fear not, though, because across the range you get standard rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

The interior is quite conservative looking, but Hyundai has done a good job with the quality and ergonomics. The upper surfaces use plenty of soft-touch plastics and all the switches feel robust. Everything is well laid out as well, so compared to a Prius it feels both smarter and easier to use. That said, a Volkswagen Golf GTE’s interior feels plusher still.


Engine Performance
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I-4
Displacement
1.6 L
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
139 @ 5700
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
195
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Transmission
6-Speed A/T

Fuel Economy
EnerGuide Estimate - Hwy (L/100km)
N/A
EnerGuide Estimate - City (L/100km)
N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L)
45
Fuel Type
Hybrid

Price
MSRP  $24,299 to $41,849

Hyundai Ioniq Review by Carbuyer 
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