Hyundai IONIQ PHEV
- Hyundai IONIQ is the first car to offer three electrified versions
- Electric range up to 39 miles, up to 680 miles on a tank
- Ultra low 29g/km CO2 and 9% BIK rate
- Optional 7kW home charger for £300 including installation
- Available now from £24,995 with Plug-in Car Grant
WHETHER you actually want an electric car or not is quickly becoming a moot point, the question is what type, like the latest Hundai plug-in hybrid.
The introduction of electric motors doesn’t mean your choice of vehicle is likely to be restricted in any way though, a fact Hyundai is doing its best to demonstrate with the elegant and roomy IONIQ.
If you live in an area that can boast a ready supply of charge-points you could drive the electric IONIQ with zero emissions and up to 174 mile range. If you don’t have easy access to the necessary infrastructure you could drive the hybrid IONIQ with 79g/km and up to 700 miles on a single tank of fuel.
If you are reluctant to be categorised, or regularly travel between the well-equipped city and idyllic rurality, then you can get the best of both worlds and drive the brand new IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid.
The IONIQ is the first car in the world to be designed with a single platform and three electrified powertrains, and quite frankly it’s a brilliant idea. Why wouldn’t it be? It gives drivers the choice and helps Hyundai reduce costs which can then be passed on to the consumer.
With prices for the Plug-in IONIQ starting from around £27,500 – £25k if you take the Government’s £2.5k Plug In Car Grant into account – that seems to be exactly what Hyundai has done.
The electric and hybrid versions have been on sale since the end of last year and the introduction of the PHEV model completes the model range.
The Plug-in version sits neatly between the existing models with a 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor combining to provide around 140bhp with emissions of just 26g/km. That means it carries a zero rate VED in the first year and offers company car drivers a 9% BIK tax rate.
Add that to an electric-only range of 39 miles and a total combined range of around 680 miles and it’s easy to see why Hyundai is so excited.
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Hyundai also announced that a POD Point 7kW wall box can be supplied and installed at your home for just £300. Although the battery in the Plug-In Hybrid can be charged via a regular plug socket installing a dedicated charging point at home can drastically reduce charge times compared to the standard household supply.
Speaking of batteries. If you are one of the people concerned about battery life you can take solace from Hyundai’s decision to add an eight-year or 125,000-mile warranty for the battery.
That’s on top of the usual five-year unlimited mileage warranty on the actual car.
Most company car drivers are unlikely to keep hold of the car for that long so any worries in that direction are completely eliminated.
Initially available in two trim levels, Premium and Premium SE, the IONIQ is equipped with a host of technology as standard which includes,
- Heated seats
- LED headlights
- Rear parking sensors and camera
- Smart cruise control
For tech lovers the IONIQ also offers wireless phone charging, Bluetooth, and Apple and Android connectivity. The satnav is also unique to the Plug-in version of the IONIQ with an eight-inch screen and ECO-DAS predictive energy management that optimises battery usage and offers the driver guidance to further improve fuel consumption.
If you opt for the Premium SE you get all of the above plus leather upholstery, front seat ventilation, heated rear seats, front parking sensors, and rain sensing wipers. Honestly, we could think of some features that could be added to the list but none of them are really necessary for what is already a well equipped car.
The IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid really could offer the best of both worlds with the clean driving of an electric vehicle and the range of a regular hybrid. It’s exceptionally competitive in terms of price, offers fantastic fuel economy, and the incentives for company car drivers should persuade many to take the plunge into hybrid technology.