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Hyundai Ioniq EV

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/5/2016 Motor Trend Staff

The EV market is hot and is only growing every year. Hyundai realized the potential in this category and launched its first ever EV to take on popular rivals including the Nissan Leaf.

The Latest Generation

The Ioniq EV is one of three Ioniq variants that Hyundai introduced for the 2017 model year. This EV features a 28 kilowatt-hour battery that powers a front-mounted 118-hp electric motor that Hyundai claims sends this four-door hatchback to 60 mph in 9.9 seconds. The EPA driving range with a full charge is said to be 124 miles, and the Hyundai Ioniq EV has a top speed of 103 mph. It takes only 23 minutes to recharge the battery using a DC quick charger delivering 50 kW, but using a 240-volt Level 2 charger will take approximately 4.5 hours. "An ultra-efficient heat pump provides year-round climate control, and a driver-only mode shuts off all other vents for increased efficiency when no one else is onboard," we said in an informative review of the powertrains of all three Ioniq variants.

The other variants include a traditional hybrid that achieves up to 57/59/58 mpg city/highway/combined, a new high for non-plug-in models. The third variant is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that has an all-electric driving range of 27-37 miles and can be fully charged in 2.5 hours with a 240-volt charger.

Why You'd Consider One

Because you are in the market for an affordable EV with a range greater than 100 miles and a charging time that is faster than most rivals. A Nissan Leaf or Ford Focus Electric would suffice, but you want the latest technology.

Why You'd Look Elsewhere

Because an EV doesn't suit your long commutes, or you want the new Chevrolet Bolt with its very impressive 238-mile range.

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