T3 Drives: the Hyundai Ioniq might just be the best everyday full electric we've driven

You can get well over 150 miles on a full tank...er, charge

This is the new Ioniq from Hyundai. Like the Toyota Prius, it’ll come in hybrid and plug-in hybrid guises, but there’ll also be a full-electric version. Hyundai is the only car maker to offer one car with a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric power. 

We drove both the full electric and hybrid models on the roads around Liverpool, the Wirral and North Wales. 

We love the Electric Premium SE, with its heated seats; driver’s power seat with integrated memory system; blindspot detection; window defogger and front parking sensors.

How far can I go on a charge?

The hybrid/plug-in hybrid versions get a 1.6-litre petrol engine, but the former will only operate in pure-electric mode for brief periods. Hyundai claims that the plug-in, meanwhile, can waft about silently for up to 32 miles, at which point the fossil fuels kick in. Opt for the pure electric model and the e-range rises to over 156 miles. Use a fast charger and, says Hyundai, you can juice the lithium-ion battery to 80 per cent in 24 minutes.

 What about the infotainment features?

Yeah, they’re OK. There’s Android Auto/ Apple CarPlay functionality, a seven-inch TFT instrument binnacle and, coolest of all, wireless smartphone charging. I’m guessing it’s fully autonomous? You’ll still need to actually drive the thing, but you do get help: autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot recognition and smart cruise control all feature on this clever motor. Sounds good.

How much is it? 

The Ioniq Hybrid SE 1.6 is £19,995 (with a Premium version costing from £30,795), while the Electric Premium SE is £28,995. The plug-in hybrid will be available later in 2017. Handsome and feature-packed, the Ioniq puts paid to the idea that EVs are boring  That sleek, aerodynamic shape makes the car nippy when driving around town.

Vital stats

24 minutes

The claimed time it takes to give the Electric Premium SE an 80 per cent charge 


The large TFT instrument cluster boasts a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels

156+ miles

The estimated range of the Ioniq Electric Premium SE 


The Ioniq’s slippery shape generates classleading aerodynamics

Dan Grabham

Dan is a previous Editor for T3.com and covered the latest in computing, home entertainment and mobile tech. He's also the former Deputy Editor of TechRadar and former Editor of Lifehacker UK. Dan has written for numerous computing and lifestyle magazines and has also written a book, too. You'll see him pop up in numerous places, having been quoted in or on The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, ITN News, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4 and Sky News Radio.