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First Drive: Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in, Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Electric

Three eco cars at once... Isn't it Ioniq?


YOU wait all year for an eco-friendly Hyundai, then three turn up at once.

Isn’t it Ioniq?

(Thank you, Alanis Morissette.)


Hyundai has just launched the low emission Ioniq family with three power options — pure electric, mild hybrid (no cable) and plug-in hybrid.

The future is closer than you think but how fast you get there is up to you.



From £213 a month (sticker price £19,995, and no government grant available).

You’re taking baby steps here. Powered by a 1.6-litre petrol with a small 1.56kWh battery under the rear seats and six-speed auto.

No messy cables, up to 83mpg, just 79g/km CO2 emissions, and 141hp. Runs on electric in stop/start traffic and recharges under braking. But best of all, it’s £3,600 cheaper than a Prius.



Price: £19,995

Engine: 1.6-litre petrol/electric

Economy: 83mpg

Emissions: 79g/km

Out: Oct 27



From £357 a month (sticker price £24,495, inc £4,500 government grant). You’ve got your positive pants on. Dive right in. Silent, zero emission, no road tax, 2p a mile to run, 174-mile range with regenerative braking, 120hp.

It’s faster than the 30kWh Nissan Leaf Acenta, goes further and nearly a grand cheaper — with more kit.


Fun to drive, stop-and-go like a dodgem with one gear, impossible to stall.

It takes 33 minutes for 80 per cent juice at a rapid public charger and four to five hours at home with a wallbox.

Clue: This Ioniq triplet has a smooth front end, the other two have active grilles.



Price: £24,495 (inc Government grant)

Range: 174 miles

0-62mph: 9.9 secs

Top speed: 103mph

Emissions: Zero

Out: Oct 27




Coming 2017. Expect prices from £23,000 (inc £2,500 government grant). Halfway house. Same 1.6-litre petrol as the hybrid but with a bigger 8.9kWh battery.

It will do 31 miles on pure electric and I’m expecting 130mpg with emissions as low as 32g/km.

All three cars are brimming with tech, inset, including smart cruise control, auto emergency braking, touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charger, and so on. The cars have a five-year warranty and the batteries have an eight-year, 125,000-mile warranty.

Key facts: IONIQ PLUG-IN

Price: £23,000 (est)

Engine: 1.6-litre petrol/electric

Economy: 130mpg

Emissions: 32g/km

Out: 2017


The full-on Jimmy the polar bear-loving electric.

I hammered it in sport mode, paired with the most aggressive regenerative braking, and still only used 100 miles of juice on a 100-mile round trip.