You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.
With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle.
A History of the Hyundai Ioniq
The Hyundai Ioniq debuted back in January of 2016 in South Korea. All three of the variants showed at the New York and Geneva auto shows in 2016 as well. While the hybrid and electric variants both showed in 2016, the plug-in hybrid didn’t pop up until February of 2017.
Electrified Technology and Performance – The Hyundai Ioniq
The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq has a 124-mile range with one of the most popular variants being the hybrid. It goes from 0-60 in about 8.9 seconds, gathering power from a 1.6L engine paired with an electric motor. The engine and motor are paired with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The plug-in variant is great as well, and charges very quickly using a 240-volt outlet.
The Ioniq has a very attractive interior with tons of options for upgrades. It uses sustainable materials for the interior, with composites made out of volcanic rock and sugar cane. The base model surprisingly comes with a 7.0” touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are even auxiliary and USB ports.
There are tons of available driver-assistance features onboard as well, including forward-collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure.
The First Generation of the Hyundai Ioniq (2016-Present)
The 2016 Ioniq was very similar to the Toyota Prius with a rounded exterior, vertical LED daytime running lights, large side vents, and a split rear window. However, the car does not have a large front grille, as it doesn’t have an internal combustion engine that needs to be cooled.
In 2019, the Ioniq received a few upgrades, though not many of which are visual. The battery was improved, moving from a 28 kWh battery to a 38.3 kWh battery. The car now offers 182 miles of range. The main visual change was the redesigned mesh radiator grille, which has a new pattern. The bumper was also updated a little bit with new silver-colored molding.
The Hyundai Ioniq in the News
In recent Hyundai news, the Hyundai Ioniq has made the Green Car Reports’ list for the top ten greenest cars in 2019. The list showcases the cars that did the most in terms of fuel-efficiency and energy design within the past year. Alongside the Hyundai Ioniq is the Tesla Model 3, the Hyundai Kona, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Volkswagen e-Golf, and the BMW i3.
Celebrity Endorsements of the Hyundai Ioniq
Unfortunately, we have been unable to find any celebrities who are out there endorsing the Hyundai Ioniq. With that said, Hyundai is no stranger to the celebrity community. There are many Hyundai celebrity owners in general, including Kevin Spacey, Tyrese Gibson, and Jeff Bridges.
Best Hyundai Ioniq Groups
The Ioniq Forum is a large community of Hyundai Ioniq owners and enthusiasts who have come together to discuss modifications, troubleshooting, and much more. There are over three thousand members in the group as of right now!
The Hyundai Ioniq – Hyundai’s First True Electric Vehicle
It isn’t news that many electric vehicles aren’t very affordable. The cool thing is, Hyundai’s main focus was making the Ioniq affordable so that everyone can join in the electric game. Though it has a strong electric powertrain, it drives much like a regular car, and for that, it is a far more palatable vehicle than most electric cars on the market right now.