Robert Llewellyn recently tested the Hyundai IONIQ Electric, and came away from the experience very impressed with the all-electric car from South Korea, especially with some of the standard features - such as lane-keep assistance.

In the end, IONIQ Electric was deemed a more than capable product and a "step up" in the affordable EV segment; and as such, was recommended for consideration.

The all-electric Hyundai has a newly updated EPA range of 124 miles/200 km of "real world" driving and is priced from £28,995 (£24,495 after £4500 plug-in car grant) in UK,  competitive with obvious rival, the Nissan LEAF.

"Hard not to put this at the top of the list for new elecrtric cars. An excellent machine, very sophisticated and cheaper than a 30kWh Nissan Leaf.

Hopefully this time I've put a lot of information in the episode. Enjoy."

We should note that the Hyundai IONIQ lineup has had some slightly issues launching on time around the world (but apparently not so much in the UK).   For the US, the IONIQ Electric (BEV) has seen its launch move from Q3 to "winter 2016", while the IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid has moved from Q4 2016 to "summer 2017".

Quick specs IONIQ Electric:

  • 28 kWh battery optimistic 155 miles/250 km on NEDC standard (EPA estimated at 124 miles/200km)
  • 88 kW (120 PS) electric motor with 295 Nm of torque
  • 165 km/h (102 mph) top speed
  • 0-60 km/h (37 mph) in 4.5 seconds
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.9 seconds
  • 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)