After much anticipation, Hyundai has finally announced pricing and specifications for the 2019 Ioniq models, with the range marking the introduction of the cheapest pure-electric vehicle on sale in Australia.
Three distinct drivetrains underpin the Ioniq range – a conventional series hybrid, a more powerful plug-in hybrid, and the aforementioned electric-only version – with all three available in two well-specified trim levels, Elite and Premium.
The tip-in point to the range is with the Hybrid models, which start from $33,990. Powering these versions is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder running the Atkinson cycle with outputs of 77kW and 147Nm, which is tied to a electric motor producing 32kW/170Nm that assists the petrol engine under hard acceleration and runs on its own for short stints at lower speeds. Combined, its system outputs are 104kW and 265Nm, with that power sent to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
We’ve already had a steer in a pre-production Hybrid Premium, which we were pretty impressed by, and you can read our review of it here.
Stepping up to the plug-in hybrid brings a more powerful 44.5kW electric motor and a 8.9kWh battery pack that extends its pure-electric driving range to a claimed 63km, while the same 1.6-litre petrol engine and six-speed dual-clutch box are fitted.
Headlining the introduction of the Ioniq range is the pure-electric version, which at $44,490 is now the cheapest electric vehicle on sale in Australia.
Silently powering the range-topper is a 28kWh battery pack and an 88kW/295Nm electric motor that drives the front wheels. According to NEDC testing, it offers up to 280km of range, although Hyundai cites a real-world figure of around 230km.
Using a 100W fast-charging station, 80 per cent charge can be achieved in just 23 minutes, while the 6.6kW home charging station on offer from Hyundai will provide a full charge in four and a half hours. With a normal wall socket, it’ll take closer to 12 hours to recharge fully.
Across the range and regardless of trim level, there’s a strong list of standard safety kit, with forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention alert, and adaptive cruise control fitted to both Elite and Premium models.
Both grades also receive an 8.0-inch touchscreen with integrated satellite navigation, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto, while convenience items such as keyless entry, automatic headlights, and a rear-view camera are also standard fit.
The entry-level Hybrid Elite rolls on 15-inch wheels as standard, while the Hybrid Premium gains 17-inch rims. All Plug-in and Electric models sport 16-inch wheels.
To differentiate the two specs, both Elite-grade hybrids have a 4.2-inch display in the gauge cluster, while all Premium variants and the Electric Elite sport a 7.0-inch digital display in its place.
Additionally, all Premium models gain electrically adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and a sunroof.
Interestingly, due to the size of the battery packs, boot space is different across the range, with Hybrid models offering the largest boot with 456 litres capacity, with that dropping to 350 litres in Electric models, and 341 litres in the Plug-in.
Across the range, the standard servicing intervals are 12 months/15,000km. The first five services for hybrid models are listed at $265 for all but the fourth, which will cost you $465. As for Electric models, services are $160 a pop.
In addition, all models sport Hyundai’s standard five-year warranty with no mileage cap, while the batteries are warrantied for eight years/160,000km.
2019 Hyundai Ioniq pricing