Is there anything interesting about its design?
The Ioniq is in the same size ballpark, with similar interior dimensions to the Mazda3, Toyota Corolla and VW Golf. And although the matte grey or gloss black ‘non-grille’ treatment on the Electric version is a notable departure, its overall fastback exterior shape and overall body kit is shared across the range.
A smoothed underbody, front wheel air curtains, sculpted side sill mouldings, an integrated tailgate spoiler and a functional diffuser contribute to a super-low drag coefficient of 0.24, in line with other eco-focused warriors like the Tesla Model S and Toyota Prius.
For city dwellers, there’s the Ioniq Electric packing a high-output electric motor, sparked up by a whopping big Lithium-ion battery under its rear-end.
It delivers zero tailpipe emissions and a real-world range of around 230km. And it’s easy to pick thanks to a grille-less nose.
Its Ioniq Plug-in sibling spreads the footprint, an ideal option for city and suburban areas with a 1.6-litre, direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine, joined by an electric motor tipping in a solid extra boost.
Not to mention an electric-only range in excess of 60km, and claimed fuel economy of just over 1.0L/100km (mainly because the first 60-odd kays are EV-only).
Recycled plastics, sugarcane by-products, and powdered wood are variously used as ingredients in parts of the interior.
Then the Ioniq Hybrid opens up the wide-open spaces with a combination of the 1.6-litre four supported by a specifically tuned version of the electric motor.
Claimed fuel economy for the combined cycle is less than 3.5L/100km.
As you can see in the interior photos, the Electric features a lower centre console with push-buttons controlling the single-speed reduction transmission.
While the Hybrid and Plug-in have a more traditional console thanks to the intrusion of the engine and dual-clutch transmission.
So, the interior is contemporary but relatively conventional, although the materials used to create it are anything but.
Recycled plastics, sugarcane by-products, powdered wood (essentially sawdust), even volcanic stone are variously used as ingredients in parts of the interior, from soft-touch door trim panels to the headlining and carpet.
The seats in Elite models are trimmed in cloth, with the Premium’s chairs are ‘leather-appointed’. featuring leather.