Hyundai Ioniq

Sri lanka having the luxury of two dealers for Hyundai. Not only a grey imports also coming in. So all these are for the advantage of the prospects who eager to take the call of swittching from ICE to EVs.

Before that here is what you can buy in Sri Lanka for LKR 6.8 M as of now. They claim a range up to 280 KM on single charge. With 3 years or 100,000 KM warranty for vehicle, 8 years or 160,000 KM battery warranty, (Please inquire dealers for updated info).

We are yet to test drive the Ioniq EV enough, but the hybrid. Until then we will post the review of TopGear, who tested the Ioniq which supposed to be coming to our shores as usual.

However we tested the Kona in Sri lankan roads but only the touch and feel of the Ioniq. We say the fit and finish of Ioniq is much better than the sibling Kona, and its spacier too!

This is what TopGear Says

Just as before it’s a sensible, five-door hatch along the same lines as the Toyota Prius, except this one’s 100 per cent electric, so best to think of it as a direct rival to the entry-level Nissan Leaf.

There are lots of updates worth talking about, but first let’s deal with the battery. It’s been beefed up to 38.3kWh – a third more than the previous Ioniq Electric, launched back in 2017 – with a claimed range of 194 miles according to new WLTP tests. Importantly, that puts it 26 miles ahead of the basic 40kWh Leaf (although unlike the Ioniq, the Nissan has a bigger battery option).

Specifications

As per Hyundai Lanka (Pvt) Limited, Sri Lanka, the other dealer for Hyundai.

Again, TopGear says;

This isn’t an exhilarating electric car; it doesn’t make the world fizz past like a dual-motor Model 3. Then again it’s not supposed to. It’s best around town, using the wattage for quick bursts in and out of traffic. It’ll whisk you up to speed breezily enough, but tails off where combustion cars – or more expensive electrics – would still be blurring down the road. All the better for saving energy though.

A new feature is fully adjustable, driver-controlled regenerative braking. Basically you can vary the amount of regen with the wheel-mounted paddles. Set to the strongest of the three modes, you’ll barely touch the brakes, effectively giving you one-pedal driving, and putting the stopping energy to good use, back in the battery. Hold the left paddle and you can even bring the car to a complete stop without using the brake pedal. Good to have it there for emergencies though……….

Our take

In just a couple of years since the Ioniq was launched – both as a hybrid and electric – the EV world has become much busier, and almost every month another electric contender comes along.

And it’s not just the Nissan Leaf and upmarket brands like Tesla’s, everyday names like Vauxhall, Peugeot, Mini, Renault and Kia too come to the bandwagon. They’ll all have to work even harder for their market share. How will the updated Ioniq fair in all of this is the question!

As per the WLTP cycle Ioniq gives a range of 10 kms for Ioniq over Nissan Leaf. Still the price of the Nissan Leaf is at LKR 8.1 M , a massive difference of LKR 1.3 Million

That’s probably enough to keep it competitive for now against the Japanese EV who still holds the crown of worlds best selling EV.