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Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid

Practical test of the Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid

With the Ioniq model, Hyundai leaves the choice to the customer: In addition to the full hybrid and the all-electric version, there has also been a plug-in hybrid since last summer. It should enable an economical drive with a 105 PS (77 kW) petrol engine in combination with the 60,5 PS electric motor (44,5 kW).

Hyundai is continuously improving its environmentally friendly drives. At the moment, the market share in Germany is around 3 percent for new registrations. The improved processing quality and the broader range of hybrid drives can cause a slight boost in the waning demand for diesel cars. Interesting from the customer's point of view is the extensive standard equipment with an emergency brake assistant including pedestrian detection, front collision warning system, lane departure warning system and adaptive cruise control at a base price of 29.900 euros. Compared to the mid-range competitor Toyota, the power of the Ioniq is transmitted with a 6-speed dual clutch transmission (6DCT) that Hyundai developed in-house. The system output is 141 hp (104 kW). That's enough for 178 km / h top speed and a 0 to 100 sprint value of 10,6 seconds.

Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid
Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid

Further assistants are included in the higher-priced equipment variants. The cross-traffic warning system is included in the premium version we tested: when pulling out of a parking space with the reversing monitor, this is a useful addition to the acoustic warning of approaching vehicles. The Blind Spot Assist warns in the exterior mirrors when overtaking vehicles in areas that are not directly visible.

The battery is designed for 8,9 kWh and enables a purely electric driving distance of around 60 kilometers in summer operation with defensive driving style and deactivation of all additional consumers. While we were still testing the full hybrid version in winter, our test drives in this test in the middle of midsummer were in the range between 15 and 25 ° C outside temperature. With the dual-clutch automatic transmission, you can experience a wide range in switching between short journeys, country roads and motorway sections: from the restrained driving style in the drive segment to the agile driving style in sport mode with gear shifting via the automatic selector lever or the paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. In summer, we had an average test consumption of between 5 and 6 liters of super gasoline. The engine noises are of course also correspondingly more muffled at the lower speeds than in comparable hybrid cars without automatic transmission. Unevenness and transverse joints are calmly absorbed by the chassis.

In the interior, the premium equipment includes a radio navigation system, an RDS radio with DAB +, Bluetooth hands-free system, audio streaming from smartphones and navigation with map display on an 8-inch TFT color touchscreen monitor. Soft and round shapes are distinctive and are supported by clear lines. On the multifunction steering wheel from Hyundai, the radio, hands-free and audio controls are located on the left and the driver assistance controls are on the right. An adaptive cruise control system with distance control to the vehicle in front is part of the standard equipment. There is enough space. The coupé shape of the 4,47 meter long, 1,82 meter wide and 1,45 meter high Hyundai offers enough space for four adults. The loading volume is a bit tighter and in the plug-in version is still between 341 and 1401 liters.

Practice operation

Integrated connections for AUX, USB and i-Pod are easily accessible in the center console and an inductive charging cradle for the smartphone is part of the basic equipment. While the connection of the mobile communication has succeeded perfectly, it weakens in the area of ​​loading and traction. Trailer, support or roof loads are not permitted. You also miss the jack and spare wheel. There is only one emergency repair kit left on board. For a trip with the limousine, the payload is limited to 425 kg. A high trunk edge and a sloping tailgate limit the loading height.

When driving, like the full hybrid, it behaves quietly, has good suspension and, if required, is also agile. The electric motor pulls through vigorously and when required or when the battery is empty, the combustion engine works quietly. While driving, depending on the charge level of the battery, you can choose between pure electric and hybrid drive. Charging takes place without exception via a Schuko plug - there are no quick charging options. Due to the manageable battery capacity, the charging process takes less than three hours. For a short time, speeds of up to 120 km / h can only be experienced with the electric motor. The six-speed dual clutch transmission contributes to the feeling of wellbeing, especially if it prefers the long gears in the Eco setting. The test consumption in ECO mode averaged between 4 and 5 liters per 100 kilometers.

trim levels

The technical standard equipment includes the emergency brake assistant including pedestrian detection, a front collision warning system, the lane departure warning system and adaptive cruise control. A blind spot assistant, a rear cross traffic warning and an LED headlight package are optionally available for the plug-in hybrid.

The new car guarantee with 5 years without mileage restrictions and the guarantee on the battery capacity up to 75 percent capacity up to a mileage of 200.000 kilometers are comprehensive. There is a clear price signal from Hyundai. With an entry-level price of 29.900 euros and a relatively high electric range, these are clear signals to the competitors of Toyota and Volkswagen in this segment and perhaps also to the all-electric Tesla 3, where the many additional equipment details make the relatively low entry-level price skyrocket . The competitors will probably also have to adjust their prices. There are numerous advantages for customers from the diverse range on offer.


Hyundai sets a clear incentive to buy the technically comprehensively equipped Ioniq in the price-performance ratio. All customer segments are served skilfully and pioneeringly for this car with the drive variants consisting of a pure electric or combustion engine and the combination of full hybrid version and plug-in hybrid version. It will be interesting to see how the registration numbers will develop.


Practical test from the green car magazine issue V / 2017

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N. Hawthorn
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