First revealed in South Korea in February 2016 the Ioniq Electric is one of three models under this brand name. There are also a hybrid model and a plugin hybrid model. Even before the car was launched Hyundai had come to the conclusion that the 220kms range was not enough and would be uncompetitive with the GM Bolt, the Tesla Model 3 and the long range LEAF. The Ioniq now has an upgraded battery pack giving a WTLP range of 311kms. The 2020 Huyundai Ioniq fully electric price in Australia is $48,490K (plus onroad costs) or $52,490 (plus onroad costs) for the Premium model.
The Ioniq features paddle shifters on the steering column that give four levels of regenerative braking. Its interior volume is 119.2 cubic feet with a generous cargo area. The Ioniq models are being described as ‘sporty hatchbacks’. Performance in the electric is nothing special but the instant torque gives the vehicle good acceleration from zero. The aerodynamics are excellent with a low drag co-efficiency. The 2020 model now has a 10.25-inch multi-media touchscreen. Safety features include emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert. In a first as far as we are aware Hyundai will offer a full lifetime warranty on the EV battery pack. The Premium model offers adaptive cruise control, semi-autonomous lane following assist, leather seats, a 7.0-inch TFT driver’s instrument display, front parking sensors, full-LED headlights, memory enabled 10-way power driver’s seat, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, glass sunroof, wireless smartphone charging, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and power-folding side mirrors.