2020 Hyundai IONIQ Electric Premium Review | carsales


Hyundai is on the front foot with electric
technology right here in Australia and one of its key proponents is the IONIQ. Until now, the IONIQ’s biggest selling point
has been its affordability, but under this latest update, there is much more on offer. Let’s check it out. At $48,490 in EV guise, the IONIQ continues
to hold the mantle of Australia’s cheapest electric vehicle. It is also still the only vehicle on sale
in Australia available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and EV grades. The 2020 changes are concentrated on the pure
electric version, so we’ll focus on that. Two different variants are available – Elite
and Premium – both subject to $3500 pricing increases for the model year. But the increase incorporates an upgraded
electric range of 311km from a new 38.3kWh battery pack and 100kW/295Nm electric motor. The IONIQ’s SmartSense safety suite has
been expanded to high beam assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning and adaptive
cruise control, too. The most noticeable physical change is found
inside, thanks to a completely new dashboard with a tablet-style 10.25-inch display, backlit
capacitive touch buttons for the climate control menu, and new materials. It feels upmarket and worthy of the price
tag, and the new user interfaces are a nice step forward. The underbody changes, particularly those
to the electric drive train, help make the IONIQ electric a more rounded product. You now have varying forms of regenerative
braking, for example, or you can The added range is a big boon as well, and
on launch the IONIQ feels like a stronger real-world proposition, with largely achievable
electric range. As with every new Hyundai offering, the IONIQ
range has been through a thorough Australian ride and handling tuning program, meaning
it is more than adept at tackling pockmarked roads. The ride sits on the busier side of the ledger
on b-grade roads, but overall the IONIQ feels confident and nimble through the corners,
isolating road noise and wind noise and creating a nice environment for driver and passengers. Charging from a regular household powerpoint,
it is estimate the IONIQ electric’s battery can be fully replenished in about 17 hours,
at a cost of roughly $12. Or with a 100kW DC fast charging, that time
is whittled down to 54 minutes for 80 per cent charge. And its claimed range positions it at the
pointy end of the segment, especially for electric vehicles priced under $100,000. As with most electric cars, the real-world
savings and carbon footprint of the Ioniq remains academic, especially if you’re using
coal-fired power to replenish the battery. But in terms of taking the electric car game
forward, this updated model does so. Of all the emerging offerings on the market,
the IONIQ makes a lot of sense.

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