Hyundai has decided to to introduce three ionic green vehicles, as company has been dragging its feet.Hybrid, plug-in hybrid and an electric vehicle as the company has been dragging its feet.
Hybrid technology has been on the road for over a decade and the Korean automaker is only now catching up with its own dedicated Ionic Brand(a hybrid Sonata has been available for a while).
Well, it is true that automakers took a long time but Hyundai says that over the past 11 years it’s been researching and developing green vehicles that fit within its brand. The results are inexpensive cars that bring electric technology to car buyers who want cheap, reliable transportation. This strategy seems to have paid off. The hybrid starts at $22,200 while the pure electric car is $29,500. Both of those are before federal tax credits.
The three vehicles look nearly identical from the outside. But on the road, there’s a difference between the hybrid line and electric Ioniq. Both vehicle types are solid commuters/small family cars. Yet they each excel in their own way.
the hybrid has surprisingly impressive handling. It hugged the twisting mountain roads of the central California coast far better than expected. But linking those turns is where the car’s paltry 139-horsepower reminds you you’re behind a value brand.
The best part is that stomping on the gas from a dead stop creates all sorts of engine noise. But the speedometer is there to let you know it’s a lot of racket for very little payoff.
But the electric Ioniq felt slightly zippier than the hybrid even though it only has 118 horsepower. EV engines will do that. But, when navigating corners the car suffered from more understeer than the hybrid Ioniq I had driven earlier in the day. It was a surprise considering that the cars look nearly the same.
The center console and shifter are different from the hybrid. Acceleration was also smoother. Plus for drivers trying to eke every bit of energy out of their driving experience, the steering wheel has paddles to fine-tune the amount regenerative braking. Hyundai didn’t just rip out the internal combustion engine out of the car and call it an EV. It went further and created an overall better experience for that additional cost.
Both cars boast as standard equipped a 7-inch touchscreen display, Carand play Android Auto ready infotainment system, keyless entry, Hyundai’s Bluelink companion app, dual automatic temperature control, and my favorite feature in the car, the Driver Only climate control. When enabled, only the person behind the wheel gets to enjoy the AC or heater.
Hyundai is announcing a a three-year subscription plan for the electric Ionic that includes unlimited mileage, free scheduled maintenance and charge reimbursement. But the cost has not been announced yet.
The hybrid, meanwhile, is available now with the plug-in hybrid coming in the fourth quarter of 2017. All three cars are entering an increasingly crowded market.
Well, we can say that Hyundai will take time to enter in green car market But it’s made sure that the vehicles it does drop are in line with the rest of its brand. For anyone looking at a low-cost hybrid or EV, the Ioniqs should be on your short list of cars to check out.