Even though Hyundai will be selling the Ioniq as a Hybrid and a PHEV model, it’s the pure electric version that’s undoubtedly the most “future proof”.
This is the Ioniq’s second motor show appearance after making its global debut in Geneva a few weeks back, and now that it’s found its way to the US, the likes of Toyota, Nissan and Chevrolet need to watch out.
Hyundai is doing something truly unique when it comes to this car. Unlike the Prius, and unlike the Leaf or the Volt, the Ioniq is available in three distinctive energy-efficient powertrain versions, which means that customers are no longer limited to just one type of fuel-efficient car.
On the other hand, since there’s an Ioniq out there for everyone, Hyundai needs to focus its efforts and resources in three different directions, which sounds a bit counter-intuitive since we pretty much know where the automotive industry is heading.
But even if we were to focus only on the all-electric version, we’d certainly walk away impressed due to its maximum (estimated) driving range of 110 miles (177 km). Even the PHEV model can drive on pure electricity for 25 miles (40 km), and that’s not just better than what the Prius can muster, but even better than the recently unveiled Prius Prime PHEV.
As of right now, it seems car enthusiasts in general are enjoying pointing out how the Ioniq is a better-looking car than the Prius, and if we add that to its already impressive numbers and range diversity, we might say that Hyundai have struck a bit of gold here.