Like a glove
I may have said it before but a buddy of made a valid point when he traded his modified Audi A4 in for a Chevrolet Volt: Best we accept the future then have it stuffed down our gizzards. Those weren’t his exact words but since then, I’ve opened my eyes and mind to electric cars and what I thought was going to be a chore might turn out to be fun.
The new Hyundai IONIQ is one of the reasons why I think the partial transition (hey, I still want to drive my old clunkers!) to zero-emission vehicles is going to be easy. This Korean is mostly easy on the eyes, except perhaps for the front fascia and shines especially bright on the inside.
Like most EVs, the base IONIQ is well appointed with plenty of 21st century features like an 8” touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and a slew of safety equipment. On top of that, the cabin’s roomy, cleverly design with an emphasis on space optimization. I love the push-button transmission function and the drive mode options.
The kicker is the 28-kWh lithium-ion battery that feeds the 88-kW electric motor thus generating 118 horsepower and a healthy 218 lb.-ft. of torque. Acceleration is brisk, enough so to break grip and get a mild dose of tire squeal. On the road, the IONIQ is smooth, extremely comfortable and surefooted. During my time with the car, I managed 200+ km ranges after every fill-up. In fact, on a semi-lengthy highway road trip, a 160km round trip, I only recharged “in case”. Otherwise, I know we would have made it.
Of the current crop of affordable EVs, none could be considered “sporty” however most are more than agreeable to drive. The IONIQ is sleek and beautifully meets the needs of the majority of our commuting needs. And to boot, the price before incentives of $35,649 is very reasonable to boot.