Bowen's Report Card
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Premium Electric Review Quickie!
- Better range
- Premium feel
- Loaded with features
- New version coming
- Needs more range
THE BOWEN SCORE
“Most people still charge their EV’s at home”
The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq facelifted range is on the way out now. However, a lingering memory still to this day remains in my grey matter. The day I and a former colleague drove one flat, in the snow on the way to Bathurst…
This trip to Bathurst was from Thornleigh, on the upper fringes of Sydney’s North Shore. The distance was a mere 184.7 kilometres, well within the range of the first generation Ioniq’s 230km real world potential. Sadly, massive elevation changes and near zero temperatures saw that trip fall 27 clicks short.
The more powerful 100kW and 295Nm of torque electric motor can be charged at up to 100kW DC. As mentioned, range is up via the 38.3kWh battery, by 33 per cent in fact. The lithium-ion polymer unit is liquid-cooled, the old 28kWh battery relied on air-cooling.
If you were to find a 100kW DC fast charging station, a 0 to 80 per cent charge would take 54 minutes, or 57 minutes from a 50kW station.
Most people still tend to charge their EVs at home. Thankfully the on-board AC charger has a new capacity of 7.2kW, which means a charge time of 6 hours and 5 minutes if you have the appropriate wall charger at home.
If you rely on a 240V domestic socket, the included In-Cable Control Box will see you hanging around for 17 and a half hours for a full charge.
Value For money
Prices are up by $3500 for both the Elite and Premium options. You’ll be forking out $48,490 or $52,490 before on roads. Despite all the improvements I really don’t think this helps the EV movement. We are clearly still someway off making this car financially viable. The Ioniq line-up is backed by a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty and roadside assist for 12 months.
Apple CarPlay and Android come as standard, as do some new safety features. The brands SmartSense includes High Beam Assist, Lane Following Assist, a Driver Attention Warning, Leading Vehicle Departure Alert, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go.
Leading Vehicle Departure Alert is not something I’ve seen before. It will fire off a few chimes if you fail to realise the car in front has moved away from a set of lights for example.
The 7.0-inch instrument cluster has been refreshed and simplified, making for an easier user experience.
What I Love
It goes further than a Nissan Leaf.
Bowen’s report card
The Hyundai Ioniq has progressed in leaps and bounds, it looks shaper and edgier. However, there’s a new one just around the corner that looks far more attractive. It’s still a nice emissions free ride, but my enthusiasm halts at the price. I’d be looking at the Hybrid and PHEV models, which can be had from $34,790 or $41,990. It’s an 8e out of 100 from me.