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Hyundai IONIQ Plug-In

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By Jonathan Crouch

Of all the three versions of Hyundai's IONIQ, the Plug-in variant is arguably the cleverest. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer with the revised version of this car.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 83

The Hyundai IONIQ was the first car ever to go on sale with three different forms of electric power. Buyers choose from pure electric propulsion, hybrid propulsion or, as in this case, a Plug-in hybrid model. Given the choice between these three options, we think most potential buyers would probably take the Plug-in route if money was no object - and it's easy to see why, with up to 32 miles of WLTP-rated all-electric driving range and CO2 emissions as low as 26g/km.

Backgroundword count: 103

Hyundai is serious about eco-motoring. Deadly serious. Over the next few years, the company plans to launch no fewer than 14 eco-minded models, including five hybrid vehicles, four plug-in hybrid vehicles, four electric vehicles and one fuel-cell electric vehicle. Whether any of them will be cleverer than this IONIQ Plug-in contender though, is debateable. It's the most affordable plug-in model of its kind on the market - for the time being anyway - aiming to offer buyers the best of both worlds; the all-electric capability of the full-Electric IONIQ model. And the range capability of the full-Hybrid version of this car. Sounds promising.

Driving Experienceword count: 268

In an IONIQ Plug-in, there's obviously much more potential for extended full-electric use than there is in the ordinary full-Hybrid model, thanks to the greater capacity of a considerably larger 8.9kWh battery that drives a pokier 61PS electric motor. Despite that, total system output remains pegged at 141PS, so ultimate performance is pretty much the same as it is with the ordinary Hybrid variant, though initial acceleration seems quicker thanks to the torque of the electric motor. Mind you, use too much of that and you'll quickly decimate the NEDC-rated 39 mile all-electric driving range. Rest to 62mph takes 10.6s en route to 110mph. The IONIQ shares the same basic platform as the Kia Niro, which is a very good place to start from. As a result, the Hyundai handles nimbly and takes corners with more composure than you might expect for a car that's main focus is on low running costs and emissions. The only limiting factor is the reduced rolling resistance tyres, but in day to day driving you'll find this car very capable. It also enjoys a tight turning circle and steering that's light to turn at low speeds. You can add some more weight to the helm by selecting the 'Sport' mode, but we find this makes it too heavy. Around town, the suspension is on the firmer side of comfortable but by no means unsettled. Accelerate hard and you'll really notice the benefits of this IONIQ's use of a proper cog-driven 6DCT dual-clutch auto transmission, a much better gearbox than the jerky belt-driven set-up used in a rival Toyota Prius and other hybrids.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

11

Combined mpg:

130

CO2 (g/km):

79

Height (mm):

1450

Length (mm):

4470

Max Speed (mph):

115

... and 2 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Hybrid, Plug-in, Electric & Hydrogen

Performance
70%
Handling
60%
Comfort
80%
Space
90%
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