IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid Charges Past Expectations

The 2020 IONIQ arrived in late 2019 and it came with some refreshing upgrades, from styling both inside and out to upgraded standard equipment.

Having already driven the electric IONIQ, it was time to give the Plug-In Hybrid a run and see how that handled a week with us.

Hyundai did a good job with the new styling revisions and made the overall car look much better than the first series, which is most often the case. The redesigned front and rear lighting, front grilles, and new alloy wheels create a fresh and progressive look.

A new dashboard boasting premium soft-touch finishes, ambient lighting in Premium and a new tablet-style multimedia unit. The larger, 10.25-inch satellite navigation multimedia system headlines the equipment upgrades, and incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

Hyundai’s extensive SmartSense safety suite continues in 2020 IONIQ, now with the standard inclusion of High Beam Assist and an upgraded Driver Attention Warning system featuring Leading Vehicle Departure Alert.

The IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid offers the ability for electric-only trips up to 63 kilometres from its overnight fast-charge-capable 8.9kWh li-ion polymer battery. This may not seem like a lot and in reality it isn’t but the 1.6-litre 4-cylinder can take you a long way because it sips a low 4.3 litres per 100km.

The IONIQ offers a combined system output of 104 kW and 265 Nm which is more than enough to enjoy the ride on a daily basis. It also has some well-designed suspension and steering which allows for easy driving and a little bit of fun on those weekend adventures.

One of the best surprises with the Plug-in Hybrid is the gearbox. Normally any car that has anything to do with electric doesn’t offer a great deal of excitement in the transmission. The IONIQ does however as it comes with a 6 speed DCT (dry clutch) with sequential manual mode. Finally a cool box to match the car.

While I am not a converted hybrid buyer, for someone that is in the market for one the IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid really is a new and exciting option for them.

They look a lot better than some of the others in the class and they handle and go well. Hyundai also pack the IONIQ with features and safety with the price starting from $46,651 for the Elite and $51,927 for the Premium.

As an overall package they surpassed our expectations.

This post was written by Car and Bike News


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