Published on July 5th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan0
Hyundai IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid On Sale In The UK — Prices Start At £24,995
July 5th, 2017 by Cynthia Shahan
The new Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid goes on sale in the UK this month, priced from £24,995 OTR, taking into account the £2,500 Plug In Car Grant. “Hyundai’s Plug-in Hybrid is the third and final variant of the IONIQ line-up – the first car in the world to offer three electrified powertrains within one body type,” Hyundai highlights.
Even though I prefer the all-electric EVs, I admit I admire the high number of miles available in a good plug-in hybrid. These vehicles do add a level of security and flexibility.
The IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid offers up to 39 miles of pure electric driving, but with a tank of gas that gives a total range of 680 miles. “It combines a 105 PS 1.6-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine and a 61 PS high-efficiency electric motor, driven through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The combined system output is 141 PS. Ultra-low CO2 emissions of just 26g/km means it attracts zero-rate VED in the first year and offers a low BIK rate of just 9% for 2017/18.”
The Premium model offers a high level of standard equipment, including: 16” alloy wheels, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Smart Cruise Control, and an 8-inch integrated satellite navigation unit. “Unique to the IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid variant, the navigation system features state-of-the-art ECO-DAS technology. ECO-DAS has predictive energy management that optimizes the battery charge and discharge, as well as a coasting guide for the driver, instructing them when to lift off the throttle to use less fuel.”
The Premium SE specification offers further highlights that you’d expect from a premium-trim model: “Heated front seats and steering wheel, LED headlights and rear combination lamps, wireless smartphone charging, and a Rear Parking Assist System with Rear View Camera. Standard safety features include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) and individual Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).”
The premium trim is more expensive, but not dramatically so considering all that you get. “For drivers seeking even greater comfort and convenience, IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid Premium SE trim starts from £26,795 including PICG. The step up adds leather seat facings, front seat ventilation, rear seat heating and an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function. Premium SE also includes alloy pedals, rain-sensing wipers, Blind Spot Detection and Front Park Assist.”
The IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid’s standard color is Polar White, with a choice of six metallic colours if you don’t want white: Phantom Black, Platinum Silver, Iron Grey, Demitasse Brown, Marina Blue, and Phoenix Orange. Blue accents with the lava stone interior trim are in the cabin and control surfaces.
Hyundai Motor UK named POD Point as its recommended charging partner. A consumer can have a 7kW wall box installed at home for £300, which includes installation itself. “The Plug-In Hybrid is available as standard with the Type 2 connector and an ICCB Charging Cable which allows the car to be plugged into a domestic three-pin outlet when no dedicated charging points are available.”
The plug-in hybrid model will be available across the UK, at 70 dealers, hitting the lots on July 13. “All IONIQ models come with Hyundai’s industry-leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package, with the additional high voltage battery cover of 8 years / 125,000 miles.”
Compare the Hyundai Plug-in Hybrid’s features to a chart of what current EV owners want from their next cars:
Survey results from our new EV report. Responses came from over 2,000 EV drivers across 26 European countries, 49 of 50 US states, and 9 Canadian provinces. Responses were segmented according to region — North America vs Europe — and type of electric car — plug-in hybrid vs Tesla vs non-Tesla fully electric car.