2019 Hyundai IONIQ Electric Review | carsales

2019 Hyundai IONIQ Electric Review | carsales

It’s far too soon to hail the Hyundai IONIQ
as the car that triggers a green automotive revolution in Australia but if Australians
are going to start shopping electric as a bonafide alternative to orthodox passenger
cars, it’s not a bad place to start. In fact the IONIQ isn’t one car, it’s
three. A hybrid that runs mostly on petrol. A plug-in hybrid that swaps between petrol
and electric power. And a battery electric car that ditches the
petrol engine and those dratted tail pipe emissions all together. The EV is the hero of the range. It’s the most expensive IONIQ but also the
cheapest EV currently on sale in Australia. It gets a five year warranty, capped price
servicing, all the important safety gear and 21st century necessities like Apple Car Play. The terrific things have become obvious very
quickly when you drive a pure electric car like the IONIQ. One it’s so quiet you never realise how
loud an engine is until you don’t have one. And it’s so good for the cut and thrust
of city traffic. That’s because electric motors make peak
pulling power from the moment you press the throttle. That instant grunt means you don’t have
an orthodox transmission. Just a single speed reduction gear. Just press the button and away you go. It’s very valiant AP5 and if you don’t
know what that means in, check in with your granddad. The EV body is designed to be as aerodynamically
efficient as possible. So head room in the back seat is a bit limited
and with a big battery under the floor, luggage space is chopped back a bit but still acceptable. In other ways the IONIQ is still well pretty
orthodox. It’s still got a steering wheel. Still got a brake pedal. Still got a throttle pedal. It rides, handles and steers nicely. Benefiting as most Hyundai’s now do from
local chassis tuning. The big thing you’ve got to get your head
around is range anxiety. The IONIQ will travel around 230 kilometres
between recharges and there are still many, many places in Australia where you won’t
find a fast charger. Which means spending a lot of time plugged
in if you don’t plan ahead. All that means the IONIQ is not for everyone
but there’s no weird Harold spaceship either. You’re not breaking the bank or venturing
into the complete unknown buying this car. In fact you might just be at the forefront
of something really good.

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