Hyundai has given its popular Ioniq range a model-wide refresh for its 2020 model year and will be in dealerships from early September.
Available to order now, the updated version of Hyundai’s rival to the Toyota Prius is still available as a Hybrid, Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and as a fully electric vehicle (EV). The updates include styling changes, technology improvements and increased range for the all-electric model.
The exterior changes to the Ioniq range are small but you can tell old and new apart by new grilles and wheel designs, and tweaked headlights and tail-lights, which are both full LED units. The fronts of the Hybrid and the PHEV are similar, but the EV has a closed grille.
Wheel options are 16 inches for the EV and PHEV models, and a choice of 15-inch or 17-inch wheels on the Hybrid, with the latter slightly affecting fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Rounding up the design changes are four new paint colours, bringing the choice to nine in total.
Inside, the changes are more noticeable, as there’s a new 10.25-inch infotainment screen in the main part of the centre console. The seven-inch digital instrument cluster has been updated, as has the design of the heating controls. New ambient lighting is included and there are four new leather upholstery options.
Also new is the Bluelink telematics feature, which allows you to remotely control some of the car’s functions through a smartphone app. All models offer remote locking, unlocking and air conditioning, and the EV also offers remote-starting, charging control and a real-time battery status.
The Hybrid is available in four trims, with all of them including automatic headlights with high-beam assist, rear parking sensors, cruise control and an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Premium model adds alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated front seats, a bigger touchscreen, sat nav and keyless entry/start. At launch and for a limited time, a First Edition trim will be available; it adds bigger wheels, lane follow assist and an electric handbrake from the top-spec Premium SE trim.
Choose the Ioniq PHEV and there are two trim options. Premium includes the same features as the Hybrid, but adds wireless phone charging, climate control, a heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control. Premium SE adds privacy glass, leather, heated and ventilated front seats, an electric driver’s seat and heated rear seats, which is the same on the Hybrid model. The EV model also comes in Premium and Premium SE trims.
The Hyundai Ioniq EV now has a much larger 38.3kWh battery, which replaces the outgoing 28kWh unit and offers a greater range between charges. Official range is now up to 186 miles, placing the car between the two Nissan Leaf variants but behind Hyundai’s own Kona EV. The Ioniq gets an upgraded charging port to reduce charge times, making an 80 per cent charge possible in 54 minutes using a 100kW charger.
The Hybrid and PHEV variants both benefit from minor improvements too. While they use the familiar 1.6-litre GDI petrol engine, the Hybrid can now run on electric power alone at speeds of up to 75mph. The PHEV offers an electric range of 32 miles, calculated on the stricter WLTP test cycle. Hyundai claims up to 63mpg for the Hybrid and 257mpg for the PHEV.
Both these models have the Eco Driving Assist System (EcoDAS), which works with the sat nav to determine when the car can coast so that the engine can be turned off to save fuel. This works when you’re in Eco mode, as does the regenerative braking feature that captures the energy created by braking.
The EV extends regenerative braking to the point where you can drive the car using just the accelerator. Hyundai says the car will automatically adjust the level of braking, depending on the gradient of the road and traffic conditions. There’s a new Eco+ driving mode alongside Eco, Comfort and Sport modes.
If you specify sat nav, Hyundai will now include a five-year subscription to its live services, so you’ll see up-to-date information about traffic, weather, nearby chargers, points of interest, local dealers and speed camera warnings. Automatic emergency services calling is now included, too, and the car can call for an ambulance or police in the event of a collision.
Hyundai has also increased the driver assistance system count, with lane-keep assist, auto high-beam activation, pedestrian and cyclist detection, avoidance assist and a driver attention warning all standard. You can also choose blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring as options.
To register your interest in leasing the refreshed Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid or EV, please call our friendly and helpful sales team on 01618 269716.