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Practical test Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Premium

The Hyundai Ioniq entered the competition on a completely new platform. Building on a new vehicle base that Ioniq shares with its corporate brother Kia Niro, the car is on the way to attracting new customer groups. The Korean manufacturer is entering sustainable mobility with the tested hybrid variant and is adding the all-electric car this year.

The design of the Hyundai Ioniq is already optically sporty. A flat windscreen and a very aerodynamic shape enable a very good drag coefficient of 0,24. This requires a good overview to the front; the field of vision is then correspondingly restricted to the sides and to the rear. The rear window has a horizontal division and only allows a very limited view. The sloping roof edge is also annoying for the side view when turning. As a result, the headroom for the passengers in the rear is also tight. The legroom makes up for it all the more.

The hybrid is equipped with a 105 hp four-cylinder light alloy in-line engine. The drive is supported by a permanent synchronous electric motor with 44 HP (32 kW) installed in the front, which is fed by a small lithium polymer battery with 1,56 kWh. This means that only the short distances in the city center can be implemented electrically. Together, 141 hp (104 kW) can be achieved with a torque of 265 Nm.

Hyundai Ioniq - Copyright green car magazine

Hyundai Ioniq - Copyright green car magazine

Sporty compact

The strengths can be seen in the sophisticated 6-speed dual clutch transmission. The soft-shifting automatic transmission is designed as standard with a conventional eco and a shiftable sport version optimized for acceleration. The 1,4 ton vehicle can be brought quickly to 11 km / h in under 100 seconds. That is moderate for the tightly tuned Ioniq and allows it to keep up well in city and country roads. Automatic control or personal shifting, depending on the driver's choice, this is practical and very easy to use. He takes the unevenness and transverse joints with him without any background noise and is noticeable to the occupants. On the autobahn you can also drive it comfortably or sportily - depending on the selected speed level - up to the restricted top speed of 185 km / h. As part of our tests, which were evenly distributed over the requirements, the outside temperatures were wintry 0–5 degrees Celsius. Accordingly, the heating, air conditioning and electrical consumers were highly stressed. We have therefore achieved consumption values ​​between 7 and 9 liters / 100 km according to the consumption display. But that is also well above the combined 3,9 liters / 100 km specified in the brochure. Significant compromises have to be made here in winter operation. It should be taken into account that even during test drives with the motor press in summer, the consumption values ​​averaged over 5 liters.

The interior is comfortably designed with the premium equipment we tested. The central digital display behind the wheel can be configured at any time with individual vehicle settings using the multifunction steering wheel. The controls are placed very close to each other. As usual, they offer radio, hands-free and audio control on the left-hand side of the steering wheel and control of the driving assistants on the right-hand side. For long-distance traffic, the adaptive cruise control system can be switched on and combines the cruise control with the distance excitation to the vehicle ahead, kept very simple. The touch display is centrally integrated in the center console with the essential functions for navigation, audio control and vehicle information.
Practical details can also be found here in the storage compartment. The integration of AUX, USB and Ipod connections are easily accessible and the inductive charging cradle for the smartphone is integrated from the basic configuration.

Hyundai Ioniq - Copyright green car magazine

Hyundai Ioniq - Copyright green car magazine

everyday practicality

Additional assistants are included depending on the equipment variant. In the premium version we tested, these are, for example, the rear cross traffic warning system: a useful addition to the audible warning of approaching vehicles when pulling out of a parking space, especially when parking is becoming increasingly popular with the reversing monitor. In combination with the Blind Spot Assist, it also warns of vehicles in areas that are not directly visible when overtaking.

There are also some restrictions in practice that must be taken into account. Trailer, support and roof loads are not permitted for the Ioniq. There is no jack, wheel nut wrench and spare wheel: there is only one emergency repair kit on board. The payload is limited to 425 kg: So you have to plan well when traveling with a lot of luggage. The 21 cm high trunk edge in the rear is a nuisance when loading and unloading and the sloping rear window only allows certain loading heights.

Prices and equipment

The equipment options are designed for three variants. The "Trend" basic equipment is already very extensive - including the drive mode selection presented above for the automatic transmission, the electronic stability control, the stability management and even the adaptive cruise control system. Including the audio and navigation system, the starting price is currently 23.900 euros. Those who value comfortable equipment can choose between the "Style" and the "Premium" equipment. Here the list prices for the better seats, the more extensive audio and navigation system and the digital displays are estimated at 27.250 and 30.270 euros. In addition, there are only spartan options for special equipment. The colors and the sliding glass roof are at least an option. However, one looks in vain for individual equipment details.

And finally ...

Depending on the variant, the Ioniq is a technically well-equipped car with practical details. For the driver, the attractive 6-speed dual clutch transmission and the stable body are clear plus points. However, you cannot determine the time for pure electric operation yourself by pressing a button and the battery is designed to be very small.


Practical test from the green car magazine issue III / 2017

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