Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Power to the People ; THE HYUNDAI IONIQ IS A CAR DESIGNED TO MAKE THE MOST OF ELECTRIC POWER - AND IT'S AN EXTREMELY UPMARKET EFFORT

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Power to the People ; THE HYUNDAI IONIQ IS A CAR DESIGNED TO MAKE THE MOST OF ELECTRIC POWER - AND IT'S AN EXTREMELY UPMARKET EFFORT

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ECO driving is moving to the top of the agenda at Hyundai with the launch of the new Ioniq - a car designed specically to exploit electric power. e Ioniq is a family-sized hatchback which will be available either as a petrol/ electric hybrid, a pure electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid, each oering the potential of huge tax savings.

Priced from Pounds 19,995 for the hybrid and Pounds 24,495 for the EV - after the Pounds 4,500 Government grant for low emission vehicles - the Ioniq is more than a match for the likes of the Toyota Prius and the Nissan Leaf.

All Ioniqs come with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping systems and higher grade models, costing Pounds 1,800 more, feature a TomTom Live sat nav, wireless phone charging and full connectivity for Apple and Android devices.

QUALITY ASSURANCE It may be Hyundai's rst take on hybrid and electric cars but it is a premium package that continues the Korean brand's upmarket shift.

Not only is the Ioniq high on value it is also exceptionally economical and comes with Hyundai's ve year, unlimited mileage warranty which for the EV has been extended to eight years and 125,000 miles for the high capacity lithium-ion battery pack.

e electrical systems on both the hybrid and the pure electric car are eective and e cient giving the hybrid a theoretical fuel return of 83 to the gallon with emissions as low as 79g/km and the EV a range of almost 175 miles with zero emissions.

Real world gures are impressive and we averaged 63mpg on an open road run in the Ioniq hybrid and completed a similar 50 mile route in the Ioniq EV with almost 60 miles worth of battery power still available - and that included high speed motorway work.

e plug-in hybrid, which won't be available until next year, is expected to have emissions as low as 30g/km which equates to an incredible 215-plus miles per gallon - although that is purely on paper.

Both the hybrid and the EV - which will be available in October - are roomy, comfortable and nicely appointed with boot space ranging from 443 to 1,505 litres in the hybrid to 350 and 1,410 in the EV - the reduction to accommodate the batteries slung under the rear of the car.

Realistically it has little impact on the Ioniq's practical side and a bonus is a lower centre of gravity than a Golf GTI - all of which helps on the handling front.

e hybrid uses a six-speed dual clutch transmission rather than the CVT set up favoured by other hybrid car makers and it gives the Hyundai quite a sporty feel.

Not only does it start up in electric mode but it can also run at motorway speeds with the petrol engine disengaged and there are no gripes about its composure.

Drive modes on both versions of the Ioniq can be varied and on all but the basic models the digital instrument panel changes colour and layout accordingly. …

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