Can an alternatively powered car be fun to drive? Motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, took the all-new Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Premium SE 1.6 GDi for a spin to find out.
Look-wise, the Ioniq is spaceship-modern and its interior is just as cool. The seats are supportive, comfortable, and easy to adjust. Likewise, its switchgear is simple to use because it’s all logically and cleanly laid out. The Ioniq is also practical, seating four adults without a problem. At 443 litres, the boot is large, too.
The Ioniq’s dual-clutch transmission changes smoothly, and delivers a more colourful note than the droning sound of rival hybrids, such as the Toyota C-HR with its CVT transmission. Hyundai reckons the dual-clutch automatic gearbox will be the reason people choose the Ioniq. The set-up enables the car to change slickly from electric to petrol power, making the driving experience more pleasurable.
On the move, you can swap from Eco to Sport, which changes the car’s behaviour quite noticeably. The latter mode makes the Ioniq hang on to its gears, while illuminating the dashboard with orange lighting. It adds some fun, especially when you push the Ioniq into corners. When doing this, you notice how well the Hyundai Ioniq sticks to the asphalt, with barely any body roll affecting the handling.
However entertaining the car is, it’s really all about the urban environment for the Ioniq. The Hyundai is good enough on motorways, but sticking to short commutes – or just a quick buzz to the supermarket is where it excels.
The Ioniq’s electric motor and petrol engine produce 141PS, and zero to 62mph is achieved in 10.8 seconds. That’s not as quick as some people will want, but it’s more than enough clout to cope with town traffic.
The Hyundai Ioniq is, unsurprisingly, an efficient car. It will return up to 74.3mpg on average and it emits 79g/km of CO2 – which means you don’t have to pay for any road tax.
Overall, the Hyundai Ioniq is a wholesome car, and it makes a compelling case for why you should consider this over, say, a Toyota Prius or C-HR. What’s more, the Hyundai genuinely does have its moments of grin-inducing fun – and with a standard five-year or 100,000-mile warranty, you’re smile is never likely to falter.
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Pros ‘n’ Cons
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Fast Facts (Hybrid Premium SE 1.6 GDi – as tested)
- Max speed: 115 mph
- 0-62 mph: 10.8 secs
- Combined mpg: 74.3
- Engine layout: 1580cc 4-cylinder petrol + electric motor
- Max. power (PS): 141
- CO2: 79 g/km
- Price: £23,595