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The new Hyundai Ioniq does a good job of making a petrol-electric feel like a normal car.

13 Feb 2017

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The Ioniq is a long overdue attack by Hyundai on the Toyota Prius and its dominance on the hybrid family car market. It also gives a constant but mostly subtle indication of Hyundai's vision for the future of motoring, rather than forcing a major change upon us.

In other parts of the world, the Ioniq is also available as a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric, which gives this one car three different drivetrains. Singapore gets the petrol-electric hybrid version, for now. Local official Hyundai dealer, Komoco, has plans to bring in the all-electric version in the near future.

From the side, the Hyundai Ioniq looks like a regular sporty hatchback

Quite the wallflower

Apart from the slightly awkward front end, the Ioniq passes the test for not looking too much like an electric car, in that it doesn't seem to shout too loudly about its planet-saving credentials, unlike the more futuristic-looking Prius.

Depending on your perspective, you might consider the Prius unattractive, no thanks to its overly angular and edgy fascia. The front features a zigzag effect at the corners and other flourishes that identify your car as the famous Toyota hybrid.

The hybrid moniker is kept small and inconspicuous

Hyundai took the opposite approach with the Ioniq, which remains fairly low-key. This means that you probably won't be turning heads, but you'll at least have heads nodding at your green motoring attempts.

Young and humble

Step inside and the 'just a regular car' theme continues, without any sign that Hyundai was tempted to visit the Tesla School of Futuristic Interiors and slap a huge touchscreen on a buttonless dashboard.

Instead, a more reserved approach sees a familiar layout with a high-resolution 8.0-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-enabled infotainment system for on-screen control of music, telephone and navigation functions. 

The Ioniq's hints at the future come in the form of the blue interior detailing and a musical chime each time you switch the Ioniq on and off. 

Bang for buck

In the GLS guise of our test car, there came an impressive amount of kit. At $118,888 (as of 9th February), you're getting a lot for your money.

Should you find the driving assist features a little unnerving, simply turn them off via a button on the steering wheel

Tech treats include radar cruise control, lane keep assist that automatically steers to keep you in lane, and a whole suite of other driver-assistance features you would have to pay big money for in made-in-Germany sedans like the Audi A4.

Everyone who buys an Ioniq will get dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, rear parking sensors and a rear camera. There's more too - automatic headlamps and wipers, tyre pressure monitoring, Bluetooth, and a USB port all come as standard.

The Ioniq's wireless charging bay charges up Qi-enabled smartphones

There are also front passenger and driver ventilated seats, as well as a nifty wireless charging bay for your Samsung phone.

Also read our comparison article on:
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 1.6 GLS vs Toyota Prius Hybrid 1.8
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Car Information



: $127,999

Engine Type


4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC Dual-CVVT

Engine Cap





104kW (139 bhp) / 5700 rpm



147 Nm / 4000 rpm



6-speed (A) Dual-clutch with manual select

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption


26.3 km/L

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