Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq

Noticed what’s different about the new Hyundai Ioniq?

Of course you have. You’re bound to have spotted that it’s got a redesigned mesh radiator grille, new front and rear bumpers and lights.

Oh and you can’t have missed its comprehensive redesign of the dashboard, with upgraded materials and finishes, updated instrument cluster, cabin mood lighting and all new touch temperature and multimedia controls.

What do you mean you haven’t noticed them?

Well if that’s the case don’t worry, because there’s quite a bit else to take away your attention.

Available to order now, with first cars in showrooms from September 5, the range consists of seven models, Connect, Premium, First Edition, Premium SE, Plug-in Hybrid, Electric Premium and Electric Premium SE.

It starts from £22,795, rising to £31,450 for an Electric Premium SE, including the £3,500 Government grant.

All cars are hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full electric, starting with the Ioniq Hybrid SE Connect.

Standard kit includes 15in alloys with aerodynamic wheel covers, LED running lights, auto headlamps with high beam assist, rear parking sensors with guidance system, cruise control, leather wrapped steering wheel and cloth seats with an electric lumbar support adjustment for the driver.

They also come with an 8in touchscreen media centre with Apple Car Play and Android Auto and a rear view monitor, which the driver can watch as the car is moving.

Top spec Hybrid Premium SE models, at £26,995, get 17in alloys, leather seats, heated and ventilated at the front with driver’s seat memory function, heated rear seats and adaptive cruise control with stop and go function.

Fuel consumption is an incredible 63mpg from these hybrid models, CO2 emissions are 84g/km and top speed is 115mph, with 0-62mph in 10.8s.

Two Plug-in Hybrids, the Premium and Premium SE, start at £29,950 and add a 10.25in touchscreen with navigation, a wireless charging pad, climate control and keyless entry and start.

CO2 emissions for both these is just 26g/km but the official WLTP fuel consumption figure is an incredible 256.8mpg, thanks to help from a 45kW electric motor and a 59kW lithium battery.

Top speed is 110mph and 0-62mph takes 10.6s.

If an all-electric car is your target go for the Electric Premium and Premium SE.

They’re actually both £500 cheaper than the Plug-in hybrids, once the £3,500 Government grant is taken into account.

Premiums get a 100kW motor with 395Nm (291lb) of torque that takes it silently and scarily to 62mph in 9.7s on its way to a top speed of 96mph.

Using a standard three-pin socket it takes an agonising 19hrs to reach full charge.

Boost that up to a 7kW charger and it takes six hours, which is enough to make it fully charged up to its 184-mile range every morning.

On a 50kW public charging point it takes 57 minutes.