Hyundai IONIQ Electric Premium

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Premium

Small Family Cars

4. Hyundai IONIQ

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Hyundai IONIQ Electric Premium
Fuel economy combined:
Hyundai IONIQ Electric Premium


Having cracked the impossible by establishing itself as a genuine alternative to the mainstream, Hyundai’s next challenge is to prove that it has what it takes to tackle electrification. The result is IONIQ, a mid sized hatchback with a unique selling point; you get to choose between petrol / electric hybrid, petrol / electric plug-in hybrid, or pure electric derivatives.

This is the pure electric version, which gets a 28 kWh (net) battery pack which is capable of 0-80% rapid charge in 33 minutes. Hyundai has picked the European specification for rapid charging, which means that you get a CCS socket. Drive is provided by a 118 bhp electric motor which powers the front wheels. Thanks to a healthy 218 lb ft of torque, 0-62 mph is dispatched in under 10 seconds.

Encouragingly Hyundai has aimed to produce an electric car that you will want to drive; high strength steel (53% of body), aluminium bonnet, tailgate and suspension, and a low centre of gravity all help to make the case. However to fit the batteries in, the Hybrid’s independent rear suspension is ditched in favour of a less sophisticated torsion beam set up. So is it fun?

The first surprise is that despite the rear suspension, the electric IONIQ is more engaging to drive than the Hybrid. The second surprise is that it isn’t just more fun, it is actually fun! Body control is good, there is a useful amount of grip and the balance is neutral. Aided by the instant torque, a Sport setting and a 4 stage regenerative braking system controlled by paddles behind the wheel, it makes a fun companion when the road gets interesting.

The electric IONIQ has a good, if not class leading range, is keenly priced, good to drive, has uncontroversial looks and the reassurance of Hyundai’s 5 year warranty (8 year battery). You do loose some boot space but with 350 litres remaining it is a practical family hatch which delivers driver engagement and zero local emissions. Well done Hyundai.

Read our full Hyundai IONIQ Electric review

Official range: 174 miles (Hyundai Real World estimate 130 miles)
Official electricity consumption: 115 Wh/km
Battery pack: 28 kWh (useable) Lithium-ion Polymer (8 year / 125,000 mile warranty)
Recharge time: 7 kW (including home charger) 4 hours 30 mins; Rapid 50 kW CCS 0-80% 33 mins


Fuel economy, extra urban:
Fuel economy, urban:
CO2 emissions:
Officially 0 g/km. Average UK electricty (174 – 130 mile range) approx 44 - 59 g/km
£0 a year
1420 Kg
BIK Company Car Tax (2018/19):
£29,845 (Qualifies for £3,500 Government grant)
Insurance group:
118 bhp
Max speed:
103 mph
10.2 (9.9 Sport Mode) seconds
218 lb ft