New Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 2019 overview
The Hyundai Ioniq has lived within the shadow of the pioneering Toyota Prius ever because it launched in 2016. However the Korean maker thinks a sequence of mid-life updates – targeted largely on expertise and infotainment – will assist its hybrid hopeful rise to the highest.
It nonetheless is available in three completely different flavours: Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electrical. Traditionally, the EV accounted for under 5 per cent of UK automobiles, whereas the Plug-in catered for an extra 15 per cent. The standard hybrid we’re driving right here has at all times been the large vendor, and may proceed to take the lion’s share of gross sales going ahead.
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Save just a few exterior tweaks, the brand new Ioniq appears to be like very similar to the automobile it replaces. The Hybrid will get a brand new ‘cascading’ grille with lively air slips, which open and shut to enhance effectivity. There are new lights entrance and rear and new alloy wheel designs, too.
Inside, the adjustments are simpler to identify. The dashboard has been utterly redesigned with a brand new 10.25-inch infotainment system and a seven-inch digital instrument cluster. Bizarrely, whereas some producers are ditching screen-operated local weather controls for simpler to make use of buttons, Hyundai has achieved the alternative and switched its intuitive scroll wheels for a way more fiddly touch-sensitive show.
High quality is nice in probably the most half, however there are nonetheless some scratchy plastics across the cabin. It’s disappointing Hyundai didn’t deem it worthwhile to spruce up the panel that runs behind the steering wheel and under the central display, particularly as your fingernails brush in opposition to it each time you turn the automobile on.
One other massive situation with the inside of our take a look at automobile, have been the borderline-dangerous reflections emanating from the light-coloured dashboard. Not solely do they venture on to the windscreen, in addition they obscured the view out the aspect mirrors. If we have been specifying a brand new Ioniq, we’d sway towards the darker trims.
That aforementioned touchscreen is stuffed with expertise, nonetheless, and is intuitive sufficient to function. It’s mild years forward of Toyota’s set-up, and might be customised to show the data you employ most frequently; myriad widgets (sat-nav, local weather, audio, cellphone connectivity, and so forth) might be stacked on the house display precisely as the motive force needs.
The system is all on-line, too. Utilizing a built-in SIM card, the Ioniq can provide stay site visitors, parking and gas station data, in addition to – within the case of the Plug-in and Electrical variations – real-time cost level availability. The BlueLink smartphone app affords new performance for all three fashions, together with the flexibility to set the air-conditioning remotely, or ship a sat-nav vacation spot straight to your automobile. Once more, Plug-in and Electrical house owners get added options, together with battery data and state of cost.
Whereas the Ioniq Electrical will get a much bigger 38.3kWh battery (for a 182-mile WLTP vary), the hybrid fashions are unchanged. Meaning the identical mixed 139bhp and 265Nm of torque. The Plug-in automobile will do 32 miles on electrical energy, because of an 8.9kWh battery.
Nonetheless, not like many electrified household automobiles, the Ioniq feels a bit torpid. The automobile begins in ‘Eco’ mode by default, limiting energy to preserve vitality. To counsel it wouldn’t pull the pores and skin off a rice pudding is perhaps a step too far, nevertheless it’s not going to win any site visitors mild drag races. Even in Sport (chosen by pushing the gear lever to the left) it struggles to choose up tempo with any sense of urgency.
But the Ioniq is at its finest on the town, the place even the usual Hybrid will pootle between junctions with out waking the engine. And when it does kick into life, it’s about as unobtrusive as any hybrid at the moment on sale.
The DCT gearbox isn’t good, nevertheless it slurs adjustments as gently as you’d hope potential in a automobile like this. The steering wheel paddles double as controls for the regenerative braking system, too; flicking the left paddle will increase the system’s energy, slowing the automobile to a crawl in its most aggressive setting. It’s extremely intuitive to make use of, if not fairly as efficient because the Nissan Leaf’s e-Pedal.
The experience, like earlier than, doesn’t really feel as properly damped because it does within the Toyota, nevertheless it’s removed from uncomfortable. Refinement is suitable, with driver and passenger sufficiently insulated from any type of wind or street noise. The seats are a bit flat, nonetheless, not providing the assist of extra standard household automobiles just like the Volkswagen Golf or Vauxhall Astra.
Actual costs and specs will likely be introduced nearer to the automobile’s on sale date in the direction of the tip of September, however Hyundai UK is anticipating a premium of between £800 and £1,500 over the outgoing automobile will likely be justified by an extended record of normal package.