Hyundai’s environmentally focused Ioniq has lost the title of Australia’s most affordable electric vehicle (EV), with the 2020 model year overhaul ushering in an increase in price, as well as a new look, increased standard equipment and extended range for the battery electric variants.
The base battery-electric Ioniq Electric Elite has jumped $3500 in price to $48,490 before on-road costs, putting it $1000 above the $47,490 one-size smaller Renault Zoe Life light hatchback and just $1500 below its $49,990 Nissan Leaf archrival.
The higher-spec Ioniq Elite Premium has also moved up $3500 in price to $52,490.
However, both emissions-free variants gain a more potent electric motor, which ups power from 88kW to 100kW. Torque meanwhile, remains steady at 295Nm.
In terms of battery size, the Ioniq Electric is fitted with a larger 38.3kWh lithium-ion unit (up from the outgoing model’s 28kWh battery), which increases its driving range from 280km to a claimed 373km – both tested on the defunct NEDC procedure.
On the more stringent WLTP metric, the new Ioniq Electric will travel 311km before needing a recharge.
With the larger battery fitted, the Ioniq Electric also sports an improved DC fast charging time, now able to juice up from zero to 80 per cent in less than one hour using either a 50kW or 100kW station.
Hyundai says the AC charger has been increased to 7.2kW, allowing for a circa-six-hour recharge time when connected to a compatible charging station, or else a standard 240V household socket will need 17.5 hours to refill the battery.
Those still worried about driving range can opt for the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, which is also available in Elite and Premium grades for $41,990 (+$1000) and $46,490 (+$1000) respectively, or the Ioniq Hybrid, offered in $34,790 (+$800) Elite and $39,990 (+$1000) Premium guise.
Both Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid use a carryover 104kW/170Nm petrol-electric powertrain, with a 1.56kWh battery fitted to the former and an 8.9kWh battery installed in the latter.
As such, the Hybrid will return a fuel economy rating of 3.4-3.9 litres per 100km, while the Plug-in Hybrid is pegged at 1.1L/100km thanks to its 63km (NEDC tested) electric driving range.
From the outside the new Ioniq line-up can be differentiated by new front and rear fascias, new-look alloy wheels and a fresh grille.
New in the 2020 model is the standard inclusion of a 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as high-beam assist and an upgraded driver attention warning system.
Of note is the removal of the AUX input due to “current consumer preferences”, according to Hyundai Australia.
The base Ioniq Hybrid Elite is fitted with 15-inch wheels, paddle shifters, LED tail-lights, eight-speaker sound system, 4.2-inch driver display, dual-zone climate control, leather-appointed steering wheel and push-button start.
The Plug-in Hybrid Elite gains 16-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control and an electronic parking brake, while the Electric Elite nets a 7.0-inch driver display, puddle lights, automatic wipers, single-zone climate control and electric folding mirrors.
The Premium grade of the Hybrid powertrain meanwhile, adds 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, front parking sensors, glass sunroof, 7.0-ich driver display, heated front seats and steering wheel, leather upholstery, auto wipers and wireless smartphone charger over its Elite counterpart.
Premium variants of the Plug-in Hybrid and Electric also benefit from the added equipment, barring the former’s 16-inch wheels and the latter’s single-zone climate control.
Finally, the refreshed Ioniq range also sports a new suspension and steering tune suited to Australian conditions.
2020 Hyundai Ioniq pricing before on-road costs:
|Hybrid Elite – automatic||$34,790|
|Hybrid Premium – automatic||$39,990|
|Plug-in Hybrid Elite – automatic||$41,990|
|Plug-in Hybrid Premium – automatic||$46,490|
|Electric Elite – automatic||$48,490|
|Electric Premium – automatic||$52,490|
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineOctober 29, 2019 9:05 am