The all-new Hyundai IONIQ – the world’s first car to offer three electrified powertrains on one platform – is now officially on sale in the UK.
First available in Electric and Hybrid variants, a Plug-In Hybrid version will join the range in 2017 giving customers unrivalled choice thanks to Hyundai’s completely electrified portfolio.
Highly aerodynamic, all IONIQ models feature an airflow-optimised fastback body that slips through the air thanks to a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.24. Inside, the IONIQ features the very latest connectivity systems – including Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging – while safety features include the very last active safety systems.
An all-electric model, the IONIQ Electric offers a 174-mile range. Prices start from £24,495 (inclusive of the Government Plug-In grant of £4,500) for the Premium specification, mirroring Hybrid Premium, with specific equipment including Automatic Windscreen Wipers with Rain Sensor, 16” alloy wheels, LED headlamps and rear combination lamps and Advanced Smart Cruise Control. Integrated satellite navigation is standard across the IONIQ Electric range.
IONIQ Electric Premium SE, available from £26,295 (again inclusive of the Plug-In car grant), features standard equipment such as leather seats with heated/ventilated front and heated rear seats, heated leather steering wheel and a driver power seat with Integrated Memory System, Blind Spot Detection, front Parking Sensors and EV-specific 16” alloy wheels.
The savings don’t stop there, though. The IONIQ Electric is exempt from the London Congestion Charge, which represents a whopping annual saving of £2,886.50 over a car that emits more than 75g/km of CO2 driving into central London every day.
All models feature a standard rapid charge compatibility, ensuring an 80 percent charge capability in just 33 minutes from a 50kW CCS Combo Rapid public charger, whilst a standard ICCB Charging Cable will allow charging from a domestic three-pin supply. IONIQ Electric also boasts adjustable regenerative braking, via steering column-mounted paddles, maximising driver engagement and enhancing efficiency.
POD Point is Hyundai’s preferred charging partner for customer domestic charge point installations. Owners can charge their IONIQ Electric from zero to 100 per cent in just 4.5 hours at home. POD Point also has over 1,500 public charging points across the UK, as well as points across the Hyundai UK dealer network and Hyundai Motor UK facilities.
The IONIQ Electric is available in 6 different exterior colours; Polar White, Phantom Black, Platinum Silver, Marina Blue, Phoenix Orange and exclusively for IONIQ Electric, Blazing Yellow. The lava stone interior trim features copper accents throughout the cabin and control surfaces.
The IONIQ Hybrid will be sold alongside an all-electric model. Thanks to an aluminium bonnet and tailgate, the IONIQ Hybrid is 60kg lighter than the similarly sized i30 hatchback – and the cleverness doesn’t end there. Compactly packaging the car’s batteries under the rear seats means the IONIQ has a 443-litre boot, some 100 litres bigger than Toyota’s Prius.
IONIQ Hybrid Premium 1.6 GDi, from £21,795, provides additional equipment over the SE, including keyless entry with push button start, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED rear combination lamps and a driver’s supervision instrument cluster with 7” LCD display. Integrated satellite navigation with TomTom Live services, an Infinity audio system with Android Auto / Apple CarPlay and Wireless Phone Charging (where supported) also feature as standard.
IONIQ Hybrid is now available across the Hyundai dealership network, while IONIQ Electric is initially available from a selected network of 27 dealerships, with full network rollout from 2017.
All IONIQ models come with Hyundai’s 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package, with the additional high voltage battery cover of 8 years / 125,000 miles.
IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid 1.6 GDi prices and specifications will be announced prior to the on sale date in 2017.