Motoring review: Getting a new car in 2017? How about switching to this brilliant Hybrid?

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Motoring review: Getting a new car in 2017? How about switching to this brilliant Hybrid?
18:10 Saturday 31st of December 2016

It could be some time before plug-in and drive cars are as common as petrol and diesel vehicles on roads across Ireland, but Hyundai are making a decent fist of rectifying that over the next few years.

The new Hyundai Ioniq is pushing out the boundaries to bring the future into the present, and the options on the new car provide both Hybrid technology and straight up reliance on electricity.

The Hybrid version is mostly reliant on petrol. It has a 1.5kw battery that essentially acts as a boost for the petrol engine, thus helping to aid power and reduce the amount of petrol it consumes. That means that it significantly reduces Co2 emissions; it can drive at speeds of up to 120kmh in electric mode emission-free!

This version of the Ioniq is quite powerful too as it has an output of 141bhp, while it can do around 100 mpg.

The fully electric version relies on a 28kw battery that allows the driver to travel a distance of up to 280km on full charge; it takes 8-10 hours to get the vehicle up to optimum power. Part of the incentive behind buying this car –aside from its benefits to the environment- is the low tax rate of just €120 per year, while you’ll never have to worry about splurging money on petrol ever again.

Another version of the Ioniq is coming to Ireland in March, and it could prove to be the most popular one yet. The plug-in version combines an 8.9kw battery with a high efficiency petrol engine that allows the driver to switch between the two modes of fuel. It can drive for up to 50km on the battery’s power without tapping into the petrol tank, which makes it ideal for the daily commute to and from work.

You can also run the battery with the petrol engine concurrently to give an extra power boost, while the battery continues to recuperate on the move.

Aside from the obvious benefits on your pocket and to the environment, there are plenty of other things to like about the Ioniq. Its main rivals are the Toyota Prius and the Nissan Leaf, and it is fair to say that the Hyundai is a much better looking vehicle than both of those.

It drives well too. As mentioned above, the combined output of 141bhp in the Ioniq Hybrid means that there is no shortage of power, and its handling is quite good too.

There is also bags of technology in the Ioniq for the driver to get immersed in. An exquisite looking 8” touchscreen radio comes equipped with satellite navigation that encases a traffic messaging channel, map care and Tom Tom live services. The Bluetooth connectivity also has features designed specifically for either android or iPhone, and you won’t have to worry about running out of battery as there is a wireless charging pad underneath the touchscreen display.

There are almost too many technological features in the Ioniq to list off, but front and rear parking sensors, heated seats, smart key entry and a reversing camera are among some of the most eye-catching gadgets on board.

It comes with an eight-year warranty on the battery, along with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, so good aftercare service will be something you can be assured of.

And if you’re worried about having to install a charge point at your home for an electric car, the ESB are offering free charge points to people interested in switching over, though the supply is limited.

Prices for the Ioniq start from €29,750 for the Electric Vehicle, while the Hybrid vehicle starts from €33,250.

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