Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid PHEV
2017 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in, hybrid & EV
Full details and specifications for the new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in, hybrid and electric models
The Hyundai Ioniq is a rival for the Toyota Prius and the first car of its kind to be available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and purely electric model, all based on the same underpinnings.
First to arrive were the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (priced from £19,995) and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric (from £24,495 after the government’s grant has been subtracted). The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In is due by summer 2017, with pricing to be confirmed nearer its on-sale date.
The radical Ioniq made its public debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and will go down in history as the first model offering three types of alternative-fuel powertrain. With a starting price of below £20,000, the Hybrid also undercuts the Toyota Prius by around £4,000.
Trim levels are straightforward, with SE, Premium or Premium SE being the only three available. Even the SE gets alloy wheels, Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, cruise control and a reversing camera as standard. Hyundai has included plenty of safety kit, too, such as autonomous emergency braking to help avoid low-speed collisions. The range-topping Premium SE models get luxury features like heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.
In the Hybrid model, the electric motor works in a similar way to a turbocharger, assisting with acceleration at low speeds, or when you put your foot down, with its small battery pack charged by the 1.6-litre petrol engine and energy recovered as the car slows down.