The first ever range of models specifically designed to accommodate unconventional powertrains, Hyundai’s Ioniq, is now available in the United Kingdom.
The most accessible model is the Ioniq Hybrid, priced from just under £20,000, but if you want to go all green with the Ioniq Electric, you’ll need to shell out at least £28,995. The company has announced not only the prices, but also the specifications for the innovative Ioniq range. The models will be offered with a choice of petrol-electric hybrid, pure battery-electric and starting next year, also as a plug in hybrid model. First off we have the Ioniq Hybrid, which has under the hood a 1.6-litre, naturally-aspirated gasoline engine aided by an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Total output stands at 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, delivered using a six-speed dual-clutch transmission to the front wheels. It can get to 62 mph in 10.8 seconds and reaches 115 mph, with a fuel consumption of 83.1 miles per gallon.
Next up is the Ioniq Electric, which has 117 hp and 218 lb-ft of torque from a 28 kWh battery pack, good for the 62 mph sprint in 9.9 seconds when the Sport mode is used. More importantly, the range is of up to 174 miles and an 80% charge will be done in 33 minutes using a 50 kW rapid charger. The £19,995 starting price gets an Ioniq Hybrid in SE trim, with the price on the UK market being £3,300 less than an entry-level Toyota Prius. The Ioniq Electric going for £28,995 at Premium is also cheaper than a base-spec 30 kWh Nissan Leaf, which is coming with a marginally better range but worse standard equipment.