We first told you about Hyundai’s ground breaking IONIQ back in January (you can read it here) and now the world’s first car to offer three electrified powertrains on one platform is now officially available here in the UK. And available to lease from Nationwide Vehicle Contracts.
The Hyundai IONIQ is highly aerodynamic, thanks to airflow-optimised fastback body with a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.24, helping to back up the boast of an official combined fuel consumption of 83.1mpg, a range of 846 mile, and CO2 emissions of 79g/km.
Speed and aerodynamics are also helped by the work done by the aluminium bonnet and tailgate which help reduce the overall car weight to 60kg lighter than your average i30 hatchback.
The car's batteries are stored under rear seats, allowing the IONIQ to have a 443 litre boot; there's the latest connectivity systems available, including Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging; and safety isn't compromised either, as you can see below with some of the model specifications.
Entry level model, the SE 1.6 GDi, has, as standard, such features as:
The IONIQ Hybrid Premium 1.6 GDi adds in additional equipment such as:
IONIQ Hybrid Premium SE 1.6 GDi models benefit from:
The IONIQ Hybrid is available in 7 different exterior colours; Phantom Black, Polar White, Platinum Silver, Iron Grey, Demitasse Brown, Marina Blue and Phoenix Orange.
Alongside the IONIQ Hybrid, an all-electric model, the IONIQ Electric, which boasts a remarkable 174-mile range, is also available to lease.
The entry level IONIQ Electric Premium mirrors the Hybrid Premium for specification, and includes:
The IONIQ Electric Premium SE is a step up, and adds in (as standard):
Being an electric vehicle, the IONIQ Electric is exempt from the London Congestion Charge, and all models feature a standard rapid charge compatibility, allowing an 80% charge capability in just 33 minutes from a 50kW CCS Combo Rapid public charger, whilst a standard ICCB Charging Cable will allow charging from a domestic three-pin supply. IONIQ Electric also boasts adjustable regenerative braking, via steering column-mounted paddles.
The IONIQ Electric is available in 6 different exterior colours; Polar White, Phantom Black, Platinum Silver, Marina Blue, Phoenix Orange and exclusively for IONIQ Electric, Blazing Yellow.
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO Hyundai Motor UK said: "This is a landmark launch for Hyundai. Not only is the all-new IONIQ the world’s first car to offer three electrified powertrains, but it’s also our first move into the electrified sector in Europe. We have listened to our customers and we have responded with a full portfolio of electrified models, making low- to zero-emission mobility more accessible to more people.
"Hyundai’s innovative approach delivers an uncompromising design and driving experience, the latest connectivity and safety features with an enhanced industry-leading warranty-package. It is also an important milestone in our sustainability strategy, bringing innovative technologies to the market and extending the company’s product range of low-to-zero emission vehicles, which already includes the world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell electric vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell. What is more, this is just the start too – between now and 2020 we will launch 28 alternative fuel models."