Hybrid tech is all the rage these days, and Hyundai, which has made great strides over the last decade, doesn’t want to lose out on this craze. So, it entered the hybrid race with the world’s first car model to have three electrified powertrains, the Ioniq. Although it’s available in pure electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid versions, the Middle East only gets the hybrid version, and it is very good.
For a green car that has its appearance dictated by wind tunnel rules, the Ioniq doesn’t look bad. It has the same wheelbase as the Elantra and shares many mechanicals including the front and rear suspensions. Seats are comfortable and there is ample room across both the rows, and the tall hatch frees up more boot space than the Elantra or any other comparable saloon.
As a green car, the Ioniq strikes the perfect balance between efficiency and practicality. The petrol-electric hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a 32kW electric motor that is also good for 169Nm of torque. In combination, this arrangement puts out a total of 138bhp and 264Nm of torque. The system is impressively fuel efficient as well returning figures as low as 4.6 litres per 100km, which, in our tests were better than the Toyota Prius that returned 5.1 litres per 100km.
As Hyundai’s first effort at making a Prius rival, the Ioniq is impressive. With prices starting at around Dh80K, it’s an attractive proposition for anyone looking for a green car.