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Electrification is a buzzword in the automotive industry, as more manufacturers look to introduce hybrids and EVs to their ranges.
But out of all manufacturers, it’s Hyundai that’s arguably one of the most prominent firms in this field. With a range of hybrids, EVs and fuel-cell models, it’s paving the way, with all its new models now being electrified in some way.
And a big part of this push comes from a model known as the IONQ, which was first introduced in 2016 and heavily revised last year. The name of this quirky family-sized hatchback will eventually spawn a separate Hyundai brand dedicated to battery-powered models, but ahead of that happening, here’s why it’s an ideal electrified car.
Choice of powertrains
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to electric powertrains, and choice remains the best thing possible. And it’s why the Hyundai IONIQ is a brilliant option as it’s available with a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid or EV.
Each offers a slightly different solution to helping reduce your running costs, and the option to choose between the three is a big asset for Hyundai. With the exception of the Kia Niro, the Hyundai IONIQ is the only car to be sold with these three different powertrains.
Good electric range
Next to rivals, the IONIQ Electric’s 38.3kWh battery might seem comparatively small, but this Hyundai is all about efficiency and its aerodynamic shape means it can do more miles from a single charge than you might expect.
In fact, Hyundai says it can complete 193 miles on a single charge, which should prove plenty for most journeys. What’s more, using a 50kW rapid charger, its batteries can be charged to 80 per cent in less than an hour.
Lots of standard kit
Hyundai has always been a manufacturer that’s prided itself on giving buyers lots of standard kit. And that’s definitely the case with the IONIQ, with trim levels being broadly similar across the three different powertrains.
SE Connect trim is exclusive to the Hybrid, and comes well kitted out with dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera and an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Upgrade to Premium and you get heated front seats, LED headlights and a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen. Meanwhile at the top of the range, Premium SE gains ventilated front seats, electric front seats and adaptive cruise control to name but a few luxuries. In short, all grades leave you wanting for little.
Great value for money
Electrified cars can often be criticised for being too expensive, and while it’s a problem that does affect some cars, it’s not an issue for the IONIQ. The regular Hybrid model is the most affordable of the lot, and with prices starting from just £23,840, it easily undercuts the Toyota Prius.
The Plug-in Hybrid and Electric models are more expensive, due to their ability to run on electricity and push down running costs, but with new versions available from £30,250 and £30,950, both still represent great value for money, especially when you consider their spacious size and generous standard kit levels.
Five years of cover
While electric and hybrid models have both proven themselves to be reliable options, as the technology still feels new to many, it’s great to have some reassurance for if anything does go wrong.
And that’s what Hyundai offers on the IONIQ, as the models come with a five-year warranty, which is made better by the fact there’s no mileage cap – ideal for drivers that do a lot of miles each year.
You also get roadside assistance for that time, along with five annual vehicle health checks for extra peace of mind.