Review: Hyundai Ioniq Electric (2016)

Updated for 2019 with bigger battery providing 182 miles of range.

On sale late 2019.

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2 May 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric updated for 2019

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Hyundai Ioniq Electric (2016): At A Glance

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has been updated for 2019 - with the big news being an upgrade in battery size from 28kWh to 38.3kWh, boosting range to 182 miles.

Its electric motor provides 136PS and 295Nm of torque and is fitted standard with a 7.2kW on-board charger - an upgrade from current 6.6kW – for Type 2 AC charging. Using a 100kW fast-charging station, the battery can reach 80% charge in around 54 minutes.

Added technology includes Hyundai Blue Link, a connected vehicle system which allows drivers to remote start and stop their Ioniq Electric. It can also remote lock or unlock the vehicle and control air conditioning via a smartphone app, as well as allow drivers to check the status of their battery remotely.

With the updated Ioniq, Hyundai is also introducing eCall, automatically phoning emergency assistance if airbags are deployed or the call button located above the rear-view mirror is pressed. Relevant information (car information, time of accident, driving direction, airbag and impact sensor information) is sent to the local emergency services.

Further updates include Live services available as part of a five-year free subscription, providing up-to-date navigation information on weather, traffic, speed camera warning, nearby dealers and nearby charging stations.

An improved 10.25-inch infotainment system can be customised with widgets and icons, while Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard.

Externally, the Ioniq Electric has been updated with a new distinctive pattern on the closed grille. It also features an updated front bumper design, while the LED head and taillights have been updated. The 16-inch alloy wheels have also been updated.

What does a Hyundai Ioniq Electric (2016) cost?

List Price from £21,795
Buy new from £17,617
Contract hire from £190.80 per month
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Should I replace my diesel car with a hybrid or electric vehicle and, if so, which one?

I own a Skoda Yeti diesel, which I have used for towing a caravan for the past six years. Due to our advancing years, we have decided to give up caravanning and no longer need a diesel car. We will probably pass the Yeti onto a family member and are now in the position of trying to decide on a replacement, but there is no rush. In the electric car range, the Kia e-Niro looks to be the front runner, but are like the proverbial hen's teeth. The Jaguar I-Pace is lovely but out of my price bracket. We need a car that can do mainly local journeys but can also cope with a regular 130 mile trip to Cumbria but (hopefully) without an hour's stop to charge it. Should I hang onto the Yeti for a while and wait for a wider choice of electric cars or can you suggest a suitable alternative such as a hybrid?
A Kia e-Niro sounds like a good choice and should easily be able to cover a 130 mile trip to Cumbria but, like you say, actually getting one is tricky. A Hyundai Ioniq Electric would be another strong choice, with an official range of 194 miles. Also consider the MG ZS EV - it's an affordable electric crossover, officially capable of covering 163 miles on a full charge. Alternatively, it might be worth waiting for the new Volkswagen ID.3, which will go on sale next year: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/new-cars/2019-09/volkswagen-id3-electric-car-revealed/
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