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

The Ioniq Plug-in is a suitable 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.

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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).

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

The Ioniq Elite Plug-in ($40,990) 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 16-inch alloys (with 'mobility kit' instead of a 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 Plug-in Premium grade ($45,490) picks up 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 341 litres (VDA) to the top of the seats. Folding the back seats forward liberates up to 750 litres of storage volume.

The Ioniq Plug-in uses a 44.5kW/170Nm permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor as its primary power source, with 1.6-litre, direct-injection, four-cylinder petrol engine stepping in to extend the car's range. Combined peak outputs are 104kW/265Nm, and drive goes to the front wheels via a six-speed dual clutch auto.

The Ionic Plug-in packs a 8.9kWh battery and boasts a 63km EV-only range. Claimed combined cycle fuel economy is a stunning 1.1L/100km, but bear in mind the first 63km of the ADR 81/02 test will be covered by the motor, so the engine is only contributing 37km-worth of running, and the next 100 kays will be a different story.

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.