The Hyundai Ioniq Electric hatchback brings together a 230km single-charge driving range and fast-charging capabilities, along with a range of smart technology and safety features, offering Australian consumers an option at the lower end of the electric vehicle price spectrum.
A relatively recent addition to the Hyundai line-up, the Ioniq Electric was originally introduced in 2016 as part of its wider Ioniq line (also including hybrid and plug-in hybrid options), with an emphasis on efficiency and technology, and a design that sets out to combine form and function.
The Ioniq Electric landed locally in 2018, with Hyundai promoting it as “the perfect transition to zero-emission electric driving”, and its pricing and combination of features help it stand out in the evolving Australian electric vehicle market.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric 2019
The Ioniq Electric is available in the Australian market in two different variants – the Elite and Premium – each sporting the same electric motor and battery technology, with the Premium variant decked out with a number of additional features.
Hyundai describes the Ioniq Electric as “smooth to drive” and “whisper quiet”, highlighting its ability to cover 230km on a single charge (based on Hyundai testing under optimum driving conditions) and its range of charging options.
The Ioniq Electric’s smart technology features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, while it is also decked out with a range of safety and security features, including Hyundai’s unique SmartSense safety technologies. Further information on the Ioniq Electric’s specs can be found below.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric Review: An electric car on a budget
The Ioniq Electric sits at the lower end of the electric vehicle price spectrum, bringing together a driving range likely more than enough to cater for daily commutes and a number of smart technology features.
Hyundai describes the Ioniq Electric as being “a pure electric drive that’s packed with smart technology”, with its 230km range, variety of charging options and fast-charging capabilities delivering drivers flexibility in tackling around-town driving or longer road trips.
Meanwhile, Hyundai states that the Ioniq Electric’s technology features are conveniently integrated for drivers, including the vehicle’s touchscreen multimedia system, which provides a range of connectivity options and satellite navigation.
The Ioniq Electric’s price point makes it one of the more affordable options currently available in the emerging Australian market, potentially opening up the opportunity to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle for a wider range of consumers.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric Pricing
The Hyundai Australia website lists the following estimated drive-away pricing for the Ioniq Electric when the following postcodes are entered:
Source: Hyundai, June 2019.
A number of additional accessories are available, and pricing is dependent upon colour options, with the full breakdown of pricing available via the Hyundai Australia website, along with local dealership contact details.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric Specs
The Ioniq Electric is equipped with a permanent magnet synchronous motor, with it featuring:
- A 360 V lithium-ion polymer battery – with 28kWh capacity.
- Maximum power – 88kW.
- Maximum torque – 295Nm.
- Driving range – 230km.
The Ioniq Electric also features regenerative braking, capturing energy when braking and charging the battery while still on the move, with steering-mounted paddles allowing the driver to adjust the regenerative braking strength.
Other notable Ioniq Electric features include:
- Multimedia system – an 8-inch touchscreen display encompassing a range of connectivity features, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
- Supervision cluster – a 7-inch colour LCD display, with trip computer and digital speedometer, providing information including energy flow and battery state.
- Push-button start – a push of the button while depressing the brake pedal will start the car.
The Ioniq Electric is equipped with a range of safety and security features, including: anti-lock braking system, brake assist system, hill-start assist control, traction control system, vehicle stability management, smart key remote, central locking and anti-theft alarm.
The Ioniq Electric’s SmartSense safety technology includes:
- Forward collision avoidance assist – using a camera and radar to help detect potential collisions, alerting the driver or auto-applying the brakes.
- Blind-spot collision warning – issuing an alert should the driver begin to change lanes if a vehicle is present in the Ioniq Electric’s blind spot.
- Lane keeping assist – alerts the driver in the event they unintentionally stray away from their lane, and also provides gentle steering guidance (capable of being turned on or off) to keep the driver centred in the lane.
Hyundai states that the Ioniq Electric’s “sleek aerodynamic silhouette has been created with aesthetics and efficiency in mind”, while the interior is decked out with a range of integrated technology features, and is designed to provide comfort and convenience.
The Ioniq Electric is available in the following colours: polar white, platinum silver, iron grey, intense blue and fiery red.
How do you charge the Hyundai Ioniq Electric?
Hyundai advises that the Ioniq Electric has a number of charging options, with it equipped with a 6.6kW onboard AC charger and a 100kW DC fast-charger, with three LEDs on the top of the dashboard gradually lighting up when it is successfully plugged in, allowing drivers to check its charging status.
Consumers can separately purchase a Delta In-Home charger wall unit, which can provide a 100 per cent charge in 4 hours and 25 minutes, and has the option of scheduling charge times for off-peak hours.
Consumers can also separately purchase an emergency cable equipped with a regular 3-pin connector, providing for charging via standard household charging points, delivering a 100 per cent charge in 12 hours.
Hyundai additionally advises that for drivers seeking to charge their car while out and about, DC fast-charging stations can deliver an up to 80 per cent charge in approximately 23 minutes on a 100 kW DC charger.
Hyundai Ioniq Electric Ratings
The Ioniq Electric has received generally strong ratings across a number of reviews, with its affordability highlighted as a positive:
- CarAdvice gave the Ioniq Electric an 8.1/10 rating towards the end of last year, pointing to its affordable starting price as a positive, however noting that its range of 230km still feels a bit small.
- CarsGuide towards the end of last year gave the Ioniq Electric an 8.3/10 rating, while highlighting its user-friendly technology as a positive, yet pointing to the absence of rear media/power outlets.
- Carsales gave the Ioniq Electric an 78/100 rating this year, highlighting its smooth powertrain as a positive, while pointing to low range as an issue.
Is the Hyundai Ioniq Electric worth the money?
The Ioniq Electric is currently one of the more affordable options in the Australian electric vehicle market, and for consumers looking to go electric its price point and range of features may well represent an attractive proposition.
The Ioniq Electric’s driving range will likely be more than enough to cater for the daily commute of most drivers, while its fast-charging capabilities provide further flexibility when out and about, and its smart technology features deliver a range of connectivity options.
In weighing up the pros and cons of the Ioniq Electric, it is worthwhile considering what sort of running and maintenance costs can be anticipated over the course of ownership, and how it compares to both traditional and electric alternatives.