Hyundai Ioniq, to the test: the 6 keys to unseat Prius and Leaf

Today we test the model’s most important technological and Hyundai today, in addition to the model that will forever change the range of the Korean manufacturer, we talk about the Hyundai Ioniq. We have moved to Amsterdam to test the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Hyundai Ioniq Electric, two cars that share chassis and design, but they offer two propulsion systems unprecedented in the manufacturer and totally different between them. They are treated the first hybrid and electric Hyundai, and after testing them, these are the 6 keys that summarize the range Hyundai Ioniq.


1 – Hyundai Ioniq: the common sense between hybrid and electric

Hyundai wants to convince the owners of the Toyota Prius and it seems that you can get it

we will Not walk with rodeos, the Hyundai Inoniq has been developed to beat the Toyota Prius generation IV and the Nissan Leaf that in these moments are for sale. Starting with the Hybrid, Hyundai has opted to offer an alternative to the Prius knowing learn from it – read our test of the Toyota Prius IV -, of their strengths and weaknesses, and thus was born the Ioniq. It is a product which presents itself as the main alternative to the hybrid reference Toyota, pretending to be a car more logical in design, approach and technology. In addition, its hybrid plant of 141 HP will be landing on the other models of the range in order to multiply the options hybrid Hyundai.

Hyundai has taken its time to raise the range Ioniq, and it is a single shot, has wanted to shake up the market for the car alternative. A only model and platform to bring to life the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric that we tested, in addition to the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In that will hit the market in 2017. We are therefore faced with a bet very ambitious at a global level and offers three drive technologies are very different on a body that changes slightly with respect to its philosophy.


2 – this is the technology of the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid boots in 23.900 €, with a consumption of 3.4 l/100 and 141 HP of power

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid employs a hybrid drive system entirely new design specifically for this model, but yeah, little by little will come to other models of Hyundai-Kia as the Kia Niro – read test of the Kia Niro -. In the first place we found with a petrol engine 1.6 atmospheric, direct injection and duty cycle Atkinson. It is a motor that makes 105 BHP of maximum power and offers a thermal efficiency of 40%, the highest value reached by an internal combustion engine and that only equals the engine 1.8 Toyota employee in the new Toyota Prius.

hyundai-ioniq-prueba-2016-david-clavero-39-mdmAlong with the motor gasoline find a electric motor of 44 HP powered by a lithium polymer battery with 1,56 kWh. The total power combined of 141 HP, and can circular-mode 100% electric up to 120 Km/h. The particularity of the hybrid system of the Hyundai Ioniq is the use of a dual clutch transmission with 6 relations and an efficiency of 95.7 per cent. Why Hyundai has used a box of double clutch? the Korean manufacturer has decided to give a response sharply to criticism over the changes continuously variables employed in models of Toyota, Lexus or Ford, offering a system functioning with a less artificial, a better response and a level of efficiency similar.

the operation of The hybrid system is managed in a very simple manner by means of a selector identical to that of any automatic changes, with a command to modify the response of the hybrid plant between modes: ECO and Sport.


3 – Price Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: Prius in the spotlight

With the repositioning of the Toyota Prius as a model showcase, and the decision not to homologate the Toyota Prius as a Taxi, Hyundai wants to enter fully in the market as a hybrid a lot more logical in all aspects: design, price and equipment. Roughly, we speak of a model that can be an alternative to consider for those looking to get a compact model of low consumption.

The Hyundai Ioniq has a starting price from 23.900 euros, finding up to 3 levels of finish: Klass, Techno and Style. The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid more equipped – finish Style – will cost 29.900 eur, the same price of the Toyota Prius in Spain.

Until now Hyundai has not release the particular moment in which will hit the market the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in in 2017, the hybrid version plug-in model Ioniq Hybrid.


4 – Hyundai Ioniq Electric: the first electric Hyundai

The warranty of the batteries is 8 years or 200,000 kilometres

The Hyundai Ioniq, Electric is the third version available in the range Ioniq, but to all lights is the most ambitious one coming to the market with a range of up to 280 kilometers. Its propulsion system uses an electric motor of 120 HP and a lithium polymer battery with 28-kWh. The charging system used is the CCS, in a format that allows the fast recharge of 80% of batteries in a time of 35 minutes to 50 kW and 24 minutes to 100 kW. Recharge conventional you will need between 6 and 7 hours at a power of 3.7 kW. The warranty of the batteries is 8 years or 200,000 kilometers.

hyundai-ioniq-prueba-2016-david-clavero-57-mdmThe functioning of the Hyundai Ioniq, Electric is really simple and its management hardly differs from the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. Even so, the Hyundai Ioniq, Electric used bumper specific to improving its aerodynamic coefficient (Cx of 0.24), and a command of management of the group of transmission type “joystick” buttons. It is also exclusive to this release, use the hand brake electric controlled by a button. In the rest of models is a lever operated with the foot, located under the steering wheel.

hyundai-ioniq-prueba-2016-david-clavero-37-mdmThe driving modes are available 3: Eco, Normal and Sport. In the same way there are 4 levels of regeneration in order to adapt at will the retention of the propellant: 0 (off), 1, 2, and 3 (maximum regeneration). The selection of the modes of regeneration are performed by cams located behind the wheel.


5 – Price Hyundai Ioniq Electric: What is in front of the Leaf?

The Hyundai Ioniq, Electric is priced from 34,500 persons euros in Spain. It is a high price in absolute terms, taking into account that the Nissan Leaf’s 30 kWh has a price from 30.035 euros, the BMW i3 from 35.500 euros and the Kia Soul EV from 23.986 uros. The Hyundai Ioniq, Electric is available in three trim levels: Klass, Techno and Style.


6 – What will the Hyundai Ioniq?

Having tried all or almost all of the rival models Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and the Hyundai Ioniq, Electric, impressions that has left us with the more efficient model of Hyundai are quite satisfactory. On the one hand Hyundai has managed to find a point of balance between the use of a differentiating design and the concept of car suitable for all audiences. The impressions of one and the other model are almost the same as that broadly talking about the same car except for the issues evident in relation to its propulsion system.

The Hyundai Ioniq can be defined as a car innovative and efficient, but above all, it is logical in its design, approach and positioning

the steering wheel of the Hyundai Ioniq, we have found a vehicle smooth and very quiet, more in the version 100% electric. The quality of construction and finishing of your materials is high, offering a look, feel and fit of a good level, a very important section for a vehicle of this type where any vibration or any noise becomes the main protagonist given the low sonority of the group of propulsion. Its interior may be understated compared with that of their rivals, but this is not necessarily negative.

when faced with twisty roads and high speeds, the Hyundai Ioniq has surprised us by having a tare of suspension rather pulling to a firm and a very good response in the case of the hybrid system. Especially remarkable is the operation of the transmission, a point in favour of Hyundai to provide the driver with an energetic response, and a management completely transparent.