Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid Premium SE 2017 review
Our first UK drive in Hyundai’s plug-in Ioniq confirms its frugality – but it can’t challenge for class honours
Hyundai’s third and final variant of its new Ioniq hatchback is this, the plug-in hybrid. Arguably its strongest asset in the fight against the Toyota Prius, it offers more performance than the regular hybrid and none of the range anxiety associated with the all-electric derivative. As such, the PHEV could very well be the sweet spot of this Korean trio.Our first go in an Ioniq plug-in back in May was in Germany, a country famed for its currywurst and smooth tarmac. Neither of these things are associated with Britain, where our latest test takes place, and while the former is probably good news for passengers climbing aboard after lunch, the latter has proved too hard a challenge for many a battery-laden car’s suspension setup.Glance over the specifications sheet of the Ioniq PHEV and you’ll see bold claims of a 247mpg economy and a CO2 output of 26g/km This means you can park in certain areas for less and slip through central London without paying the congestion charge.The car uses a drivetrain that’s essentially identical to that in the hybrid, mating a 104bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to an electric motor, but the addition of a front-wing-mounted Type II charging socket enables the use of a larger 8.9kW battery and more potent 60bhp electric motor.This enlarged electric system, which can be charged from a 16-amp driveway wallbox in just two hours and 15mins, can inject torque to the driveline for longer periods. So despite having identical peak outputs of 139bhp and 195lb ft to the hybrid, as well as an additional 125kg to move, the plug-in’s quoted 0-62mph time is actually two tenths quicker at 10.6sec.Those who dislike the revvy nature of a CVT gearbox, as used by the Prius plug-in, will be happy to hear the Ioniq drives its front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. There are even paddles shifters behind the steering wheel.Inside, our car – a top-spec Premium SE – comes with leather on the seats, steering wheel and gear lever, as well as soft touch plastics on the dash top. There’s also a 7in touchscreen infotainment system with HD graphics as standard on all plug-in models, featuring Apple Carplay and Android Auto – a big win for tech fans.
Source: Autocar Online