The Future is here for Hyundai. Whether we like it or not the future of automotive has been set and is defined in one word “Electric”. Looking 5 years ahead of today, you will probably see all cars coming out of the factory are either hybrid or fully electrical, IONIQ is Hyundai’s way of saying Hello to the future.
It may look like a normal 5-door hatch Sedan with cool design however the IONIQ is the way out of the fuel consumption dilemma for car owners searching to reduce their monthly fuel budget.
In our step forward into the future, we have decided to test drive the All-New Hyundai IONIQ in an urban environment and take it for a trip outside the city to put it to the test of power and economy.
On the exterior level, the IONIQ doesn’t have an out of this world design like most hybrid cars of today, it reflects the modern design with a touch of cool elements that makes it a car suitable for everyone.
The IONIQ is a 5-door hatch sedan with a Hyundai like identity. The front is characterized by a glossy black grille with an integrated active air flap, the grille flaps open when air is needed to cool the engine and close when not for that extra aerodynamics, how cool is that? The Headlights, HID-Bi Xenon projectors, are Hyundai’s own façade signature coped with the L.E.D. daytime running lights give the IONIQ an ICONIC feel. The arched rear along with the 17” 2-tone alloy provide a spice of sportiness to the vehicle and create an introduction for more athletic design on the rear end. Looking closely on the side fenders, you can notice the Blue-Drive badge, Hyundai’s own statement for Fuel Economy and Environmental Friendly Vehicles, and the Blue Badge is clearly reflected on the modern design of the IONIQ with the touch of blue on the front and rear.
The Blue look and feel is also a major characteristic of the vast interior cabin. The dashboard and the D-Cut leather steering wheel have a high-tech yet sporty layout with a touch of blue relating to the super comfortable leather seats with blue stiches for that extra energetic design.
The IONIQ comes loaded with connectivity, technology and safety features exceeding its rivals in the same category.
On the Fuel Economy level, the IONIQ really impressed us. We took the car for a 200 km drive along the Lebanese coastal highway and a glitch of uphill mountainous roads, the fuel indicator barely nudged. Every time I looked at the dashboard I see that there’s more than 800 km left for the next Gas Station visit. In this regard, I would like to point out one major disadvantage for the IONIQ; the IONIQ will make you forget about fueling up so make sure to set your timer at least once a month for that gas station visit.
Beyond the fuel economy, the IONIC comes equipped with a 1.6L Kappa Atkinson GDI Engine coped with a 6-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission and a high efficiency Lithium-ion Battery generating a combination of an 104bhp petrol engine and a 60hp electric motor – getting it from 0-100 Km/h in 10.5 seconds; quite impressive for a Green-Energy Sedan. The driving sensation is remarkable as the IONIQ is equipped with Motor Driven Power Steering System.
To wrap it up, the Hyundai IONIQ hybrid whether it comes with the GL or the GLS fully loaded options is the perfect city car that will take the worries out of your daily driving stress and monthly fuel budget with its technology features, fuel economy and comfort.