2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive

The Hyundai Ionik, a new hybrid that may appear in Russia

2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive

“Is not so much, but it is very technologically advanced,” like so many people think of those who plops down in the driver’s seat of the Hyundai Ioniq. Korean analogue Tesla has the potential to become a substitute for the American Tesla for the Russian market. This machine is most likely to appear in Russia. This will be the first not an expensive plug-in hybrid electric car for our market with a relatively large reserve. After all for anybody not a secret that Tesla, unfortunately, in Russia was a car of luxury. However, Ioniq is still a hybrid and not full electric cars.


2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive

And Hyundai Ioniq? The price tag is a little over 23 thousand dollars (US market), is a second, slightly more than 1.5 million rubles at current exchange rate (not so expensive for a super cool electric cars), and a power reserve of as much as 950 km! It’s very, very much! So, attention to the question: “will there Ioniq in Russia, and if it does, then in what capacity? In a full mass model, or as a rare instance for an Amateur, something like the American Tesla”.


One thing is for sure, Ioniq already won the title of extremely efficient, reliable and convenient transport. The car really well designed and made. Even the IIHS noted it as the best safety pick Top Safety Pick. The EPA estimates consumption equivalent to 4 liters of fuel per 100 km in city driving, while the 160,000 km warranty – very generous offer, which speaks of faith in Hyundai reliability of the electrical innards of a novelty. Hybrid / electric battery designed to work throughout the life cycle.


Specifications that matter

2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive

Ioniq is a small car in the style of a fastback, a kind of hybrid between a sedan and a hatchback. Although he got a slightly amorphous appearance, inside he has a lot of usable cubic metres. According to Hyundai, the trunk there is 736 litres for cargo storage and vehicle length does not exceed 4.5 metres (4.470 mm) that makes use of electric transport in an urban environment is quite comfortable and justified.


In those countries where the model is already sold, including the USA, there are several specifications of the model. Minimal version of the model will cost $23,000. Add 1 thousand bucks and get the extra decorative stuff in the cabin and exterior, shift paddles and additional “drive” package will be available for $1.000. Equipment is SEL. Model version Limited, is in the United States is $30,000. It has navigation, wireless charging, smart cruise control, better interior, it more beautiful at the expense of new wheels and other subtleties of body kit.

It is worth noting that cars in higher trim levels a bit harder – it certainly affects a slightly higher fuel consumption and a smaller reserve. For example, Ioniq in trim levels, SEL and Limited spend in the city average of 4.3 liters per hundred kilometers and 4.4 liters on the highway, while the minimum package weight 1.360 kg does 4.1 litres per 100 km in the city, L. 3.99 on the highway and 4.06 litres in combined cycle.


The fuel tank of the car holds a little less than 55 liters of petrol, and, as mentioned above, the onboard computer will tell you that the power reserve of the model will aim to 1000 km.


Technically install-mover at Ioniq is a combination of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and 1.56 kilowatt-hour synchronous motor with permanent magnets inside. Understand, that sounds like the description of the technical characteristics of dry and too formal, so let us have a look


The motor is virtually silent and can accelerate the car to 120 km/h. it would Seem, a little, but during the real operation of the electric range you will have to go except for the Parking lot, right in the traffic capital traffic jams, so as not to burn precious fuel. Once the charge in the small battery is completely exhausted, it takes gasoline engine.


By the way, the batteries may be recharged separately from the mains is impossible, it deals exclusively with the engine and energy recovery system during braking.


Inside the cabin Ioniq

2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive

Tesla Model 3 set the bar of “minimalism” too high to call the Hyundai Ioniq interior is Spartan. The interior is largely as usual, as the traditional decoration of any modern car.


In front of the driver located an informative dashboard. In the Central part of the installed screen infotainment system sane size, below is the control center of the climate control.


Here and there scattered in various pockets and niches for storage of various small things. In there are also plenty of holders for bottles, and in the Central console there is even a slot for storing tablets and large phones Samsung Music 9.


The only emphasis that will help to distance Ioniq from the inside – a kind of cell pattern on the seats. However, even this refinement is more similar to the upholstery of the bus, rather than on course design, painstakingly developed automotive craftsman.

2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive


The steering wheel is unexplained D-shaped and, as it turned out, with a fairly rigid plastic. Handle automatic – very standard, you can click to the left from position “Drive” mode to “Sport”. This move is supposed to make hybrid more nimble.


Hybrid car in motion on the road

2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive

On dashboard hybrid Hyundai Ionik glows the icon “EV” which will tell you when the car is completely switched to electric. Don’t worry about what you miss the transition to normal mode. The moment of connection will be notified pleasant muted sound of a small four cylinder motor.


While the car is in motion feels surprisingly refined for the first few seconds of acceleration, the work of the 1.6 litre engine is slightly depressing. The fact that every time it connects, appears so familiar and invisible to ordinary car sound. But here’s another thing – hybrid, this means that each time of quiet melancholy you will have to pull out suddenly, turning and accelerating gasoline engine.


2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive

This is an additional incentive, for a leisurely drive. Weakened foot pressure on the throttle allows Ioniq to stay longer in a smooth, noiseless mode of the electric vehicle. However, even this is not enough…


Another nuance unique to electric cars is the road noise, the rustling of tires and howl of the wind on the external side of the glass. Not to say that he was provoked by the inadequate quality of interior finish or lack of sound-absorbing materials, just in the quietness of the electric motor every extraneous sound is heard clearly. Especially at speeds under 100 km/h.


By itself, the “Korean” accelerates confidently and quickly, if there is a need to pin down “sneaker” into the floor. 10 seconds to one hundred, are quite adequate sprint for hybrid cars. The “Sport” mode special the weather will do, but turtle Ioniq can not be named. Acceleration, due to the presence of the electric motor, is uneven. Up to 60 km/h it is great: energetic, monolithic (if I may use such an allegory to the dynamics of the car). As soon as it comes in the internal combustion engine, the speed noticeably lessened. Still with the electric motor to the internal combustion engine it is difficult to argue.


2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive

In General, the machine is made for CSOs to confidently stand in the stream, no more no less. One hundred percent middling, and he is captivating!


Overall, ergonomics of the Hyundai is fine. All the control buttons are easy to find, they are on hand. The seats are stiff, and braid the helm. Plastic, or what made it?


In urban conditions the car feels like a fish in water. Immediately see what was done, this five-seat fastback. The use of high-strength steel in the platform structure adds to the rigidity of the bodyshell, making the car perfectly controlled and very responsive. Parts made from aluminum (hood, doors and trunk lid) helped minimize the weight of the body. The shock absorbers do good work off the bumps, without which it is impossible to imagine any major city in the world.


2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive

The only thing that is really annoying too sweeping helm – 3.5 turnover of one direction. He also repelled a steep and sudden maneuvers. For most users this will not be a big obstacle.


The car is also equipped with seven airbags, including knee for the driver, Autonomous Emergency Brake (Automatic emergency braking), Lane Keeping Assist System (an assistant hold vehicle on the lane), Lane Departure Warning System (warning system lane), Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (system of monitoring of blind zones, warning of side traffic back). A list of intelligent assistants is far from complete.

The Hyundai Ionik, will Russia?

2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive

I think you understand what this unusual car. But the practical owner asks the question: “whether Ioniq to Russia and how much will it cost?” Looking for information on the network and… not found any clear answers. When you arrive it is unknown how much it will cost, too, is unclear. Anyway, will decide whether the Hyundai to drive this hybrid. There is a strong suspicion that the cost model is unlikely to be below 2 million, even assuming that it will start to collect in Sestroretsk.

So, this complete. Waiting for official information from Hyundai.

2018 Hyundai Ioniq: test drive