This is the car for you if… you want a state-of-the-art electric car that offers excellent value for money.
Hyundai is a manufacturer that knows electric cars. When it first launched the IONIQ in 2017, it came in a full range of electric options: from fully electric to hybrid and plug-in hybrid.
In 2019 Hyundai revamped the IONIQ – and fans of the original won’t be disappointed. The latest version comes with a bigger battery, so you can travel further on a single charge (194 miles, according to the WLTP range). There have been some small improvements to its slick exterior. And a load of tech added as standard inside, which make the IONIQ a pleasure to drive.
This teardrop-shaped hatchback has been designed with style and aerodynamics in mind. Its sleek coupé-style silhouette ensures a smooth flow of air over the vehicle. While its rear spoiler, large front grille and curved headlights give this family car a distinct sporty feel.
Inside the IONIQ Electric, the most eye-catching feature is the new 10.25-inch wide touchscreen that sits proud in the centre of the dashboard. This is the brains behind your electric car and it works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So you can listen to your text messages. Find the quickest driving route to your in-laws. Or to your favourite podcast on the daily commute. Reverse parking is a doddle too, with the rear-view camera guiding you easily into tight spaces.
There’s a 7-inch driver display tucked behind the wheel that shows you what driving mode you’re in (Eco, Normal and Sport). Or how many miles there are left on the battery.
But what makes the IONIQ Electric such value for money is the tech inside. There’s keyless entry for starters. And some nifty remote control features. Use the Bluelink app when your car’s plugged in to schedule its nightly charge. Or defrost the IONIQ on a chilly morning before you venture out the door. And should you ever forget where you parked – who hasn’t done this at least once? – open the Bluelink app to locate your IONIQ on the map.
And for a car that’s this reasonably-priced, it’s a pleasant surprise to discover a wireless charging pad on board too.
Comfort hasn’t been forsaken in the name of tech though. Alongside a heated steering wheel and wing mirrors, there are heated front seats. And dual-zone climate control to make everyone’s journey as comfortable as possible. This might be a mid-size hatchback, but there’s plenty of room in the back for the kids. And a decent-sized boot for all your shopping.
In short, the IONIQ Electric is a well-thought out family car with bite. It’s reliable on the roads. Nimble for short trips around town. Trustworthy to drive – we haven’t even started on all the safety features that come as standard, like blind spot detection and autonomous emergency braking. And comfortable to travel in, for both you and your passengers.
Our three favourite IONIQ Electric features
- Forgot to lock your car? The Bluelink app will send you an alert – and conveniently lock your car for you.
- The wide touchscreen handily splits in two – so you can follow your route while also checking the weather forecast.
- The Ioniq comes with not one, but two Bluetooth charging points – so you and your partner can connect your phones.
You’ll like the Hyundai IONIQ Electric if you… like the look of the Toyota Prius, but want an all-electric car at an affordable price.