Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid PHEV
2017 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in, hybrid & EV: Equipment
The Ioniq range currently consists of Hybrid and Electric models, with different specification levels for each. You can choose the Hybrid in SE, Premium or Premium SE spec, with prices beginning at £19,995. Equipment on even this entry-level version is quite comprehensive, with 15-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, DAB radio and cruise control all coming as standard, as well as rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.
All models are protected by the impressive list of safety technology that’s fitted as standard – autonomous emergency braking is on hand to bring the car to a halt automatically if an emergency arises, lane-keeping assistance prevents you drifting out of your lane on the road and the air pressure in every tyre is individually monitored.
The Premium costs £21,795 and extends the list of standard equipment with keyless entry and go, heated front seats and steering wheel, bi-xenon headlights and LED rear lights. There’s also sat nav, an upgraded stereo and wireless phone charging, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
At the top of the Hybrid range, the £23,595 Premium SE expands the toy count still further, with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps and wipers and leather seats that are heated and ventilated for those in the front – the driver enjoying electric adjustment with a memory function. Blind-spot monitoring is also a feature, along with rear cross-traffic alert that will warn of approaching traffic when you’re reversing out of a parking space. Front parking sensors are also fitted.
The specification is broadly similar for the Ioniq Electric, although there’s no SE model here – the Premium is the entry-level and starts at £28,995 before the government contribution is deducted. It features automatic wipers, 16-inch alloys, LED lights all around and adaptive cruise control in addition to the specification of the Hybrid Premium.
Top of the Ioniq Electric range is the Premium SE, which starts at £30,795 (again, before the government subsidy). Its kit is pretty much identical to what you get with the Hybrid Premium SE, apart from its unique 16-inch alloys and red exterior trim highlights.
Construction & chassis
The Ioniq is based on an all-new platform and uses a range of advanced lithium-ion batteries for greater electric-only range and performance than some rivals.
It’s constructed from a mixture of advanced high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium. The use of aluminium for non-structural bodywork makes the car lighter and more efficient, as well as better to drive. Hyundai has positioned the batteries low down to lower the centre of gravity and further improve the Ioniq’s handling.