The Ioniq, Hyundai's milestone, five-seat hatch splits its personality three ways between the Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-in and Ioniq Electric.

The Ionic Hybrid is powered by the combination of a 1.6-litre four cylinder petrol engine supported by an electric motor.

Explore the 2019 Hyundai IONIQ Range

Each Ioniq model is offered in Elite and the higher Premium grade.

The Ioniq Elite Hybrid ($33,990) offers a healthy standard equipment list including, auto headlights, LED DRLs and tail-lights, keyless entry and start, as well as an 8.0-inch colour multimedia touchscreen controlling (among other things) drive system data, dual-zone climate control air, navigation and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system incorporating Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus 'Hyundai Auto Link' (which analyses your driving behaviour, monitors your vehicle for any fault codes, and allows you to schedule service with a Hyundai dealer).

There's also 15-inch alloys (with full-size spare), a 4.2-inch TFT colour screen instrument display, a leather-trimmed steering wheel as well as rear park assist, a reversing camera and the multiple pieces of active safety tech that make up Hyundai's 'SmartSense safety suite.

The Hybrid Premium grade ($38,990) picks up 17-inch alloys, an electrically-adjustable driver's seat (with memory system), front park assist, auto defog, 'Hyundai Auto Link Premium' (additional functions including roadside assist and emergency alerts), HID bi-xenon headlights, ventilated front seats, paddle shifters, electric folding mirrors (with puddle lights), heated front seats and steering wheel, USB charger in centre console, wireless (Qi standard) charging pad, a power glass sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, leather-appointed seats, LED (low beam) headlights, and start-stop on the 'Smart Cruise Control' system.

At just under 4.5m long, a fraction over 1.8m wide, and a little under 1.5m high, the Ioniq sits squarely in the small hatch segment, offering enough passenger and load space for anything up to a young family.

With the 60/40 split-folding rear seats upright the Ioniq Hybrid offers 456 litres (VDA) to the top of the seats. Folding the back seats forward liberates up to 750 litres of storage volume.

The Ionic Hybrid is powered by Hyundai's 1.6-litre, all-alloy, direct-injection 'Kappa III' four-cylinder petrol engine (producing 77kW at 5700rpm and 147Nm at 4000rpm) and a (32kW/170Nm) permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor. Combined output is 104kW/265Nm, and drive goes to the front wheels via a six-speed dual clutch auto.

Claimed fuel economy for the combined (ADR 81/02 - urban, extra-urban) cycle for the Ioniq Hybrid is 3.4L/100km in Elite grade (running on 15-inch wheels) and 3.9L/100km in Premium trim (rolling on 17s). Combined CO2 emissions are 79g/km and 92g/km respectively.

The Hybrid's 1.56kWh Lithium-ion Polymer battery can only be charged via regenerative braking.

Hyundai's comprehensive 'SmartSense safety suite is standard, including active tech like AEB and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Lane Change Assist, Driver Attention Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, Smart Cruise Control, and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning.

Not to mention the usual suspects like ABS, EBD, BA, ESC and Vehicle Stability Management, as well as LED daytime running lights, Emergency Stop Signal, rear view camera and park assist, plus tyre pressure monitoring.

And if, despite all that, an impact is unavoidable, there are front, front side, and curtain airbags, plus one for the driver's knee. Hard to fault.

Hyundai's 'iCare' ownership program kicks off with a five year/unlimited km warranty, with 12 months roadside assist and a (complimentary) 1500km first service included. The IONIQ battery warranty extends for eight years/160,000km. There's also a dedicated Hyundai Customer Care Centre, and the myHyundai owner website.