First Look At The Hyundai IONIQ Electric In South Korea – Videos

JUL 19 2016 BY MARK KANE 22

Hyundai delivered its first IONIQ Electric for external test drives in South Korea.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric

Hyundai IONIQ Electric

And as such, a few videos have appeared on the net describing the first BEV from Hyundai, including driving and interior impressions.

Of note:  Unless your Korean is much stronger than outs, we suggest turning on the automatic translator to kinda get the gist of what is happening.

Overall, the reviews seem to come to the conclusion that it is a solid offering.

The US debut of the Electric is expected by September, with the plug-in hybrid version closer to year’s end.

Quick specs IONIQ Electric:

  • 28 kWh battery optimistic 155 miles/250 km on NEDC standard (EPA estimated at 110 miles/177 km)
  • 88 kW (120 PS) electric motor with 295 Nm of torque
  • 6.6 kW on-board charger
  • DC fast charging up to 80% in 33 minutes at 50 kW or 24 minutes at 100 kW (CCS/J1772 Combo)

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Translator doesn’t really help… actual quote: “Robotic dramas… Interest rates in 10 days”

Hahah. I saw quite a bit of that kind of thing.. It’s bad enough to auto-translate from a video when they have gone to the trouble of putting an official subtitles track. But when the subtitles are auto-generated they are usually 25% gibberish already in the native language. then auto-translate to another language and it becomes 75% gibberish.

Nice self parking and summon feature…

Yeah, great translation!

“Incheon specialized in the treatment even without knowing too realistic 5 Series I screamed in Russia 17 wins 2nd place. It’s ironic acid first electric car. The battery from the Chungcheong 07 through 59 because it is ignored everyone. TBD in 2007.”

Ok then…

makes That senses perfection!

It’s not a bad looking car. In fact, I would imagine it would sell better than the current Leaf just on looks alone. Based on the 88 Kw electric motor.. I’m guessing the performance is somewhere in the same ballpark as a Leaf. 110 miles is acceptable for a low-end EV these days.

Agreed. One could argue it’s too little for this day and age, but it will still have its place. The 6.6kW and combo plug are solid for a low end entry though.

Nice nose!

On second video at 5:58:
“According to the Pakistan-grade or beating children with more challenging than the Elantra.”

First time that I’m aware that YT has a built in translator, and it’s hilarious!

Not sure if his comment had anything to do with Pakistan, but that comment is not very political correct.

Korean is one of the most difficult languages for machine translation, due to markers and verb conjugation. As we can see from the Youtube translation. 😉

The Ioniq looks like a solid addition to the EV market to me. Hyundai has some pretty good quality and their cars are affordable.

Unfortunately, the 28 KWh battery isn’t going to do it. With the Bolt only three months from production and the Model 3 scheduled for next year, Hyundai is going to have to come up with more range.

I don’t think so. The Bolt will be priced around $37,500. I’m willing to bet the Ionic comes in somewhere under $30,000. And since both vehicles will get the same tax credit, the Ionic will be considerably cheaper than the Bolt. The Ionic will compete mostly with the current gen Leaf, Focus EV, and VW eGolf.

You may be right. But, the way LEAF and i3 sales are dropping, I think most people would rather spend a little more for double the range. I know I will. I need an EV that can go to LA and back or San Diego and back, without charging.

To be fair to Hyundai, I read somewhere the Ioniq will have a 60KWh battery around 2018.

Maybe I’m not reading it right, but the autopark feature is only for electrics? And that 40 cm gap between cars is pretty dang tight. I can see many scratched cars.

Guy is 177 cm tall (about 5’8″), and his head hits part of the top when sitting back? That can’t be right. That’s even smaller than SparkEV.

Is the battery ambient, or do they control the temperature somehow?

If they do the same thing as in the Kia Soul EV, there will be heaters and also cabin air is pulled through the battery pack.

The auto unlocking after charging is completed is cool. Every EV should have this option.

100kW charging is impressive though! 80% in 24min is something around 65kW average which is not as impressive. But I suspect the power drops in the end.

If you instead of charging to 80% SoC when driving on the highway along a densed fast charging network you could maybe charge up only 100km (60% SoC) with say an average speed of 90kW. In that case it would take only 10min to charge up 100km. Then you’re charging 10km/min with is around Tesla territory! Impressive. It will take you lots of stops but a road trip will be pretty fast in this car still!

Here’s a better review done 3 months ago.

Another Electric car without grill. It gets interesting, slowly grill is becoming a relic of the past.

Hope Hyundai prices this car competitively that it sells decently.

Yes, I love that style.

There was a press event with test drives in the Netherlands last week for the Ioniq EV, so you can find first impressions from various news sites in Europe on this as well.