Above: Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in
With a trio of electrified variants (hybrid, plug-in electric, and pure electric), Hyundai has played the value card hard, with even the priciest model coming in at less than $50,000. Each Ioniq is available in either Elite or Premium trim levels.
Overseas first drive: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric review
Hyundai predicts the pure electric Ioniq will be the most popular, with the Elite starting at $44,990. This makes it the cheapest battery electric car available in Australia, undercutting the Renault Zoe Life by $2500.
Above: Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Powered by a 28kWh Lithium-ion Polymer battery, which translates to 88kW and 295Nm on the dyno, the Ioniq BEV (battery electric vehicle) is good for 230km of real-world electric driving, according to Hyundai Australia.
The BEV Elite is fitted with Hyundai’s SmartSense safety suite, which includes radar cruise control, as standard, along with 16-inch alloy wheels, and eight-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a seven-inch TFT digital instrument cluster.
Priced at $48,990 the Ioniq BEV Premium adds a power glass sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, leather appointed interior, a powered driver’s seat with memory, and wireless phone charging.
If a pure electric isn’t right for you, Hyundai offers a plug-in hybrid which is capable of 63km of electric driving thanks to an 8.9kWh Lithium-ion Polymer battery. However, it also a 1.6-litre Atkinson cycle combustion engine, which combined with the battery produces a peak output of 104kW.
This is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Ioniq PHEV Elite is priced from $40,990, while the Premium will set you back $45,490.
Hyundai’s Ioniq hybrid is not capable of extended pure-electric driving, but is fitted with a 1.56kWh Lithium-ion Polymer battery to assist the 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
Above: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
The hybrid Ioniq Elite is the cheapest car in the range with a $33,990 sticker price, while the Premium costs $38,990.