Hyundai Ioniq Updated

Originally Published: July 2019
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The eco-friendly motor gets more kit and new look

Hyundai have updated their resident green machine, the Ioniq, with the influx of connectivity enhancements, styling tweaks and an upgraded battery for the all-electric version.

The new Ioniq Electric features a battery that has grown from 28 to 38.3 kWh, boasting a 36% bigger energy storage capacity. This raises the total range to 187 miles, with the e-motor generating 136bhp and 218lbf.ft. As standard it comes with an on-board 7.2-kW charger, which has also been upgraded from the previous 6.6-kW version, for type 2 AC charging. If a 100-kW fast-charging station is used, the unit can regain 80% of its charge as swiftly as 54 minutes.

Both the Hybrid and Plug-in variants remain unchanged beneath the skin, using the 1.6-litre GDI petrol unit offering 105bhp and 108lbf.ft, with the Hybrid model pairing this with a permanent magnet electric motor and the Plug-in with a lithium-ion-polymer battery.

Blue Link connectivity services have been added to the range, as have SmartSense safety and driver assist features have been added to the range as standard. Blue Link allows drivers to remotely start and stop the vehicle with Ioniq Electric models, whilst in all versions it is possible to lock, unlock and control the vehicle's air conditioning via the corresponding smartphone app. Blue Link also works in conjunction with the 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia interface, which is enabled with LIVE Services to offer up to date traffic, weather, speed camera and even parking information. Usefully, the system also seeks out the nearest charging station, should you need it.

Another new addition is eCall, an emergency system that automatically dials emergency services when the airbags are deployed, but can also be triggered by pushing the button above the rear view mirror. Other safety features in the Smart Sense tech pack include Front Collision Warning and Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which now includes Cyclist Detection and Driver Attention Warning. High Beam Assist and Lane Keep Assist also come as standard, as are adaptive Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go and Leading Vehicle Departure Alert to maintain a suitable and consistent distance from the vehicle ahead. Optional safety features include Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning.

touchscreen, heating and climate controls on the centre console are now touch operated and the cabin benefits from mood lighting, too.

Four new exterior colours are on offer – Fluidic Metal, Electric Shadow, Liquid Sand and Typhoon Silver – alongside the previously available Phantom Black, Polar White, Iron Grey, Intense Blue and Fiery Red.

Curious about the Hyundai Ioniq? Read how the Hybrid model fared against the Toyota Prius back in our May Issue.

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