Electric Hyundai IONIQ – Test Drive Notes Plus New Info, 110 Miles Range

2 years ago by Steven Loveday 25

Hyundai IONIQ Electric

Electric Hyundai IONIQ

Hyundai Motor Company previously announced that it plans to offer two plug-in versions of the Hyundai IONIQ in the United States.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Interior

Electric Hyundai IONIQ Interior

Some brief test drives of the electric version of IONIQ were conducted in South Korea. Automotive News posted a short report of its test drive.

The Electric Hyundai IONIQ test drive proved lively performance with noticeable acceleration and solid handling. The car gives the driver options to control the regenerative braking level and includes an “eco-routing” nav system.

Features found on electric IONIQ:

  • One motor, one-clutch setup
  • Solid, beveled shield in place of the previous front grille
  • Paddle shifters for adjusting  4 levels of regen braking friction
  • Fully charged range of 110 miles (which is pretty much exactly what we reported a month ago via info from South Korea – on a 29 kWh battery)
  • “Eco-routing” system that chooses the best course to preserve battery life and range
  • Futuristic mouse-like button pad for shifting the car into gear

All versions of IONIQ will be assembled at Hyundai’s Ulsan plant in South Korea using batteries from South Korean supplier LG Chem. The standard hybrid will arrive in the U.S. later this year, followed by the all-electric and then the plug-in hybrid.

Additional details on both plug-in versions of IONIQ can be found here.

Source: Autonews

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25 responses to "Electric Hyundai IONIQ – Test Drive Notes Plus New Info, 110 Miles Range"

  1. Texas FFE says:

    What about adaptive cruise control and auto stop?

    1. Pedro says:

      Regarding safety features it will have:

      1. autonomous emergency braking
      2. blind spot detection
      3. rear cross traffic alert
      4. adaptive cruise control
      5. lane keep assist

      1. Jychevyvolt says:

        Yes! I need features more than range at 100+ miles.

      2. Not a bad feature set! Sould we test it out on a high clearance truck, like the one that took off the roof of the low flying Tesla in Florida? Would it stop before the truck, or engage in roof removal practices?

  2. Anon says:

    Where is the touchscreen???

  3. bro1999 says:

    What about the recall issued by Hyundai for no accelerator response when stopping on an incline and trying to go again?

    1. Isn’t that for the hybrid only?

      1. bro1999 says:

        Nope, all 3 versions were recalled by Hyundai after that video displaying the fault was posted.

  4. PJ says:

    I just want to know the price. I’m hopeful of 25-27k

  5. Lou says:

    No, supposedly it will come in at $34K USD.

    1. PJ says:

      Jesus that’s way to high

    2. Steven says:

      Looks like Hyundai will need to build a compelling case not to go with a Tesla Model 3.

      Good luck.

      1. Philip d says:

        Or the Bolt. Or the Leaf.

        The Ioniq EV also has only 118 hp which definitely won’t pull customers away from the Bolt or Model 3 with its performance.

  6. midimal says:

    34.000 USD for only 177KM EV-Range is in year 2016 simply much too much! Bolt gets 350km Range for the same price!

    1. Texas FFE says:

      It’s not that simple. The extra 32 kWh of battery for the Bolt are worth maybe $5000. If the Ioniq is larger, has good quality and has more options many people will choose it over the Bolt even if they are not saving that much. I’m afraid the $37,500 Bolt is going to have minimal options.

      1. JustWilliamPDX says:

        I think that the Bolt will be a similar size as both are compact class, but will likely have more useable space inside due to it’s under floor battery placement.

    2. LEAF_n_PiP says:

      It’s hard to really compare them in that manner until they are both available at dealerships with real MSRPs, not “projected” prices.

  7. offib says:

    One clutch? Are you saying there’s coasting involved?

    1. Aaron says:

      I was wondering the same thing. There really isn’t a need for a clutch on an all-electric car. That adds unnecessary complexity.

      If it’s just for coasting, you can do that in software. Throwing hardware at it is expensive.

  8. Bill Howland says:

    Everyone is different, but I won’t purchase an EV, or PHEV unless it will easily go 200 miles.

    I personally really like the Smart42EV, but you can’t go anywhere in it without the battery going dead.

    As someone mentioned, its getting to the point where the 2016 VOLT can go as far as many EV’s just on battery alone! So why not just buy a volt?

    Many EV owners also have ICE’d equipped backup generator machines for their Upscale-Houses, so they could just consider the engine in the thing the ’emergency backup’ should they have to go somewhere.

    1. Aaron says:

      “I personally really like the Smart42EV, but you can’t go anywhere in it without the battery going dead.”

      And the award for the stupidest thing said on this thread goes to… Bill Howland!

    2. Rick Danger says:

      If the smart EV had even an 85 mile range, I could make it work. Same with an iMIEV. I would think they would retain that range for years longer than a LEAF too.
      Keeping my fingers crossed that the next gen smart will get enough range boost to make it viable.

  9. Lou says:

    Bill: On the way in to work this morning I drove behind a Ford Fusion Energi, actually a pretty nice looking car from the outside. Got me thinking about how the car could be so much more appealing if it had 50 miles AER, and a larger trunk instead of the 20 AER it has now and the cramped trunk. The Volt may be smaller(clearly)but it really performs. I wonder if any of the PHEV’s that will be coming out over the next few years will have higher battery AER, say close to 100? Let’s face it, most of us would do quite nicely with 100 miles battery range and if the car has that ICE backup available, it makes the car very practical. I drove my 2012 Volt from Philly to Montreal this past summer, with 4 adults and the car packed, and still averaged 40 mpg on the gas. FWIW, it’s been more than a month(I think it’s approaching 2 months)since I last put gas in the car, and I average about 40 miles per day driving in the car(7 days a week).

  10. Jose says:

    The car looks kind of strange without the traditional front grill. If the price comes out to less than $30k it will sell easily, because 110 miles is enough for almost all daily commuting.

    1. J archer says:

      Butt ugly is the way I describe its front. Esp. that large Hyundai logo. An uni-color front may look better, with an understated badge.