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Hyundai electric Ioniq test: the best I’ve tasted

We have already tested the Hyundai Ioniq 100% electric. It offers 120 horsepower and a range of 280 km. In Spain it will be available from 30,100 euros. Discover what we like more and less vehicle emissions Hyundai 0.

Hyundai electric Ioniq, tested

The Hyundai Ioniq is the spearhead in what concerns alternative mobility and electrification of the Korean brand. Late last year we tried the hybrid version now before its imminent presentation in our market, I've put a hand on 100% electric version.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try a Hyundai electric Ioniq during a weekend in Norway but as you know a couple of days are not enough to record everything that one would like time, so the best way to get even and tell you more about the electric Ioniq is writing this article.

This is a passenger car 4 meters 47 cm Hyundai has developed to offer three versions of the same platform: a hybrid, a PHEV (plug-in hybrid) and an electric, aiming to compete with the leaders of two sectors: Toyota Prius (hybrid) and Nissan LEAF (electrical).

With engines of 88 kW (120 hp) and 280 km of autonomy (NEDC) slightly exceeds the Nissan Leaf 30 kWh in performance and range, but with a slightly smaller battery 28 kWh. This shows that Hyundai has developed a more efficient car, which is appreciated. Take this opportunity to recall that the Director of Green Vehicle Hyundai has confirmed that by 2018 the electric Ioniq receive an improvement that will increase their autonomy over 320 kilometers ... we'll see.

Abroad and is a first pleasant surprise: a normal car. This seems a comment absurd, but is accustomed to the less extravagant designs (some would say uglier than hitting a parent) of most electric, grateful that someone has decided to follow the path of the few who bet to design an electric car that looks just that: a car.

And the interior also gives us an attractive design, good quality materials both touch and sight, with abundant use of soft plastics and very good adjustments. All convey a feeling of quality car well done and well designed. Mini-point for the Ioniq. In our first test Hyundai hybrid Ioniq You have more information about the interior and exterior.

The trunk of the Hyundai electric Ioniq

On the other hand, if we look we see that the trunk has a capacity of correct load, 350 liters to the tray, 455 liters to 1410 liters roof and the rear seats folded. Enough for normal use, but it is nothing special.

A trim level highlight

I would emphasize their level of equipment in particular has caught my attention the system "Advanced Smart Cruise Control"Hyundai that maintains the distance to the vehicle without touching the pedals, it works very well. In addition it continues to function after total detention, which is suitable to move the boring jams starts and stops in town.

As if this were not enough, the Ioniq also includes attendance system "Lane Departure Warning System" with "Lane Keep Assist" (LKAS) that warns acoustically when circulates on the lane markings and the driver corrects the vehicle's path, turning the steering wheel. A bit like the famous "Autopilot" Tesla, but not intended to control the direction of the car completely autonomously. System

Dashboard and center console of Hyundai Electrical Ioniq

I could go much talking about the other systems that have the Ioniq such as integration of smartphone functions by activating their music, telephony and navigation, its inductive charging system for mobile phones, telematic services connectivity with remote activation (via PPP) of air conditioning, destination search via Google, remote opening and closing vehicle location, roadside assistance (Blue Link system), etc.

He multimedia system shows comprehensive information on energy consumption, battery status, autonomy, power used by the various vehicle systems, energy stored in the battery during the charging process, etc. Everything a pioneer of electric vehicles, hungry for information, may be desired.

Detail of the information offered by the multimedia system

Hyundai Ioniq Electrical: first impressions

I get behind the wheel and prepare myself to try it on the road. The speedometer display is really very complete and very well designed, providing all the information needed to drive an electric vehicle in a clear and concise manner. The screen on the center console, which is tactile, familiar to me, and later I realize that it is because it has the same menus as Kia, menus that I know when I had the chance to try a Soul EV.

Floor the brakes, hit the start button, and accelerated. A test electrical Ioniq in demanding driving conditions of the Norwegian winter I go, with temperatures between -2 and -8 degrees, much cooler than in Spain.

The first thing that strikes me is the regenerative braking power. As powerful as that of Tesla, or something more even, although not to the levels of a BMW i3 (which comes to completely stop the vehicle). I love driving using only the accelerator pedal without having to step on the brakes unless you stick a scare with something unexpected.

First impressions with Hyundai electric Ioniq

In a conventional plug the battery be charged to 100% in 9 hours

Only with a powerful electric regenerative braking (about 60 kW) allow you to slow down just enough to lift the foot off the accelerator, and this model is certainly one of them.

But who would very much not like this type of driving and prefer to step on the brake pedal to wear pads and discs, wasting energy as friction and heat (note the criticism that driving style), the Ioniq allows you to configure the paddles behind the steering wheel has 4 levels of regenerative braking.

The benefits are not much to write, and I mean by this that are not spectacular, but at all is a critical or negative. Their 120 hp can accelerate worthily 0 to 100 in 9.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 165 km / h. Yes, what stands out are the excellent recoveries and acceleration from 0 to 50 km / h, because for instant delivery of its 295 Nm of torque, as all electrical, shoots out at the slightest touch of the accelerator, without wasting time changing gears to get the best system around.

Hyundai electric Ioniq, detail plug

The Ioniq 100% electric conveys poise you, grab very well in curves and changes thanks to strong support adjustments, but without sacrificing comfort. That is, do not notice that because we are relinquishing power "something", As far as driving dynamics are concerned.

This model offers tres driving modes: Normal, ECO and SPORT, the main differences between them are mainly a way to deliver the power, and the maximum power deliverable. ECO mode delivers less obviously and more smoothly, reducing consumption (30 NM less). In SPORT mode the opposite (30 NM increases up to 295), to hell with the consumer, we want all available chicha and get to 100 in less than 10 seconds!

In the rear seats 2 adults can go in comfort, even people from 1.9 meters tall. However, as in almost all cars, if we want to go 3 in the rear seats you have to be very good friends or have much interest for each other.

A truly spectacular consumption

But the test drive certainly what is noteworthy is its excellent consumption. Despite the demanding conditions of the Norwegian winter, that shake any electric vehicle, Tesla included, This Hyundai Ioniq has consumed 18 kWh on average 100 km.

That's a really spectacular number considering that throughout the test have been in negative temperatures, reaching to touch 10 degrees below zero. To serve as a reference under the same conditions I tested this model, a Nissan Leaf 2016 kWh battery 30 consumes about 22 kWh, almost 20% more than the Korean.

In practice we can travel about 200 km away

Regenerative braking is very potent and configurable cams

This excellent consumption in winter, which Hyundai achieved through technology lithium polymer battery and thanks to a management temperature thereof (heated and cooled liquid) allows me to say that get lower consumption to 14 kWh in Spain will be normal, so that the real autonomy will be at 200 km or more on a full charge of the battery of 28 kWh.

Speaking of the battery, it is a shame that Hyundai launches this car so well done and so good dynamic qualities and driving equipping only 28 kWh, at a time when they are about to poke its nose through Europe Opel Ampera- and with 60 kWh battery, the Tesla Model 3 that promises 345 km of real autonomy, and when we have to Renault ZOE selling a 40 kWh. All these cars will give us real autonomy rather than the model I am testing. It is curious Hyundai bet by a battery of only 28 kWh in 2017.

To charge your battery, electric Ioniq Hyundai has an onboard charger with a maximum power of 6.6 kW, which means that can be loaded into a standard household outlet with the serial cable, which would take us a maximum of nine hours to load 0 to 100% Battery, or with the specific cable Hyundai recommends installing a wall charger (wall box) 7 kW in the usual parking, and thus can perform a full load in 4 hours and half as much.

Switches to switch gears and adjust seat heating

Besides these two modes trickle charge, this model has a SAE Combo connector that allows load in 30 minutes up to 80% of battery capacity using a quick charger 50 kW, which is very useful to be able to travel.


What I liked driving sensations are, therefore instant power delivery and powerful regenerative braking as the excellent performance of your battery. And it is worth mentioning their level of equipment and quality of finishes. What I disliked is the battery capacity, which seems very little for the times in the world of electric.

Given the current offer electric cars in Spain, which have much money you should certainly go for Tesla. However the common man must delete the mark, and the remaining electric could highlight the benefits BMW i3 for pleasure and electrical conduction. But with the BMW there are many limitations, partly because of its seats 4 and its little trunk, and partly because of the uniqueness of its design does not just entered through the eyes of many. That said, I see the Hyundai Ioniq as the best electricity market at this time, above all other alternatives we have today.

If not circulate more than 200 km a day and have a loading point this is certainly an excellent electric vehicle for you, probably the best today in the market for its price and features.

Ioniq price of Hyundai Electric: The new South Korean electrical part of the 34,600 €

What makes this more attractive model than its competitors is mainly that is aesthetically a normal car, not a rare spawn. It also has good size, not too big or too expensive (Tesla Model S and Model X) or very small (Renault ZOE). Their level of equipment and quality of finishes is truly amazing.

It is a car that is very well done, with good performance, very good regenerative braking and excellent management system that provides excellent battery consumption figures and autonomy. Congratulations Hyundai by the electric Ioniq, now we just need to equipéis it with a higher capacity battery.

The Hyundai Ioniq has left us very dissappointed

Expert Reviews

We liked more

  • Real autonomy
  • driving sensations
  • Regenerative braking power

We liked least

  • 28 kWh battery

Note: 7.9