Released in April 2020, and bought for about 40,000 euros, discounted Christmas bonuses, the discreet electric Hyundai Ioniq of our reader already accumulates 50,000 km. This former V8 and V10 fan is still seduced today by the silence and comfort of the Korean sedan. He explains why to Max Freyss.
The model chosen…
In the family of cars available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric, I ask for the Hyundai Ioniq sedan. The model with a full grill showing a drag coefficient of 0.25!? Good choice! The update that took place in 2019 is visible in the full LED light signature at the front and rear.
Trucker, Jean-Pierre” likes the look of the front, but less of the back,” which she “finds a bit tall and boxy “. However, he accepts this presentation, fully aware that it plays in favor of the vehicle’s aerodynamics and efficiency.
Sitting high up in his truck every day, he didn’t want to find this impression in a car. ” In my private life, I like to be closer to the road. “, he confirmed to Max Freyss.
Hence the absence of an SUV in his final selection, although he had already tried the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona. And the Tesla Model 3? Eliminated for 2 main reasons: the absence of leasing and a less easily accessible trunk than behind the Ioniq’s tailgate.
…in high-end Executive finish
At first, our reader had not thought of the electric Hyundai Ioniq. He was surfing the Internet, and in particular watching videos on YouTube, that he discovered this model, before carrying out a test that convinced him.
For the body of his copy he chose an intense metallic blue that was then offered as an option at 630 euros, and which is no longer in the 2022 catalog. In order to benefit from electric, heated and ventilated leather seats, he has opted for the high-end executive finish. ” The settings are impeccable. I found the seat a little hard at first, but once you’re in it, it’s fine. “, informs Jean-Pierre.
His modern sedan is based on the standard 16-inch alloy wheels. Only the simple hybrid models could receive another endowment: 15 inches of sheet metal with hubcaps in the entry-level Intuitive, and 17 inches for the following 2 finishes.
Powering the permanent magnet synchronous motor that develops a power of 100 kW (136 hp), for a torque of 295 Nm, is a lithium-ion polymer battery with a useful energy capacity of 38.3 kWh, out of a total of 40.4 kWh.
The announced autonomy in WLTP combined cycle in the brochure for the first half of 2020 is up to 311 km. Charging with alternating current is done in a domestic wallbox, like our reader, or using a public terminal up to the maximum that the 7.2 kW on-board charger can give.
” I drive 100-150 km daily, I plug in my car every 2 nights usually on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Even with more than 10% battery power, it takes me about 5 hours to fill it up “, raised.
In its commercial document contemporaneous with the vehicle, Hyundai claimed DC refueling power of up to 100 kW. Seriously ? ” Varies between 40 and 50 kW “, moderates our interlocutor, based on the terminals he has used to date.
Standing 1.75m tall, Jean-Pierre showed Max Freyss that 4 adults can travel on board the electric Hyundai Ioniq with enough knee and head room. ” This is the advantage that it is not too low behind “, he stressed.
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Going to work, shopping, meeting his partner 40 km from home or going out for the weekend: Jean-Pierre uses his electric Hyundai Ioniq for almost all his travel needs. ” For the holidays, I also take it if it’s not too far away. I’m still a bit suspicious. At 200 or 300 km, it’s fine. But I really wouldn’t like to see what it looks like after 800 or 1000 km. “, complete.
” I used to have a nice car for the weekends, like my old Audi S8, and a slightly rotten car for commuting. Now I only have the Ioniq. She does the job very well. For every day, she is impeccable. “, he testifies.
This passionate about great mechanics, former owner of a Chevrolet Corvette, contradicts Pierre from the YouTube channel Vilebrequin who assures that going electric means having to do +1 in the domestic car pool. Jean-Pierre, made -1. It was the price of fuel, at the time of the yellow vests, that triggered its switch to electric.
Without One-Pedal but…
” Before I needed at least a V8 or a V10 for the sound. But one gets used to silence rather than noise: he wouldn’t have thought of it. Especially when you come home from work with such a big head. The road professional admitted with a gesture of circumstance.
During the test, Jean-Pierre was asked by Max Freyss about the presence of a regeneration device that would stop the electric Hyundai Ioniq simply by taking your foot off the accelerator.
This is not the case. But our reader showed him a trick: pressing the left paddle (3 levels of regeneration) behind the wheel. He also told her that using adaptive cruise control, his car stops when the vehicle ahead stops.
The electric sedan can evolve according to 4 driving modes: Sport, Normal, Eco and Eco+. With the latter, speed is limited to 90 km/h. And turn off the air conditioning: we’re going to be hot, and in 5 minutes we’re going to be sweating “, he warned.
” In 2 years I carried out several tests, all the time on the same routes to have references. So those to go to work or get together with my girlfriend. I tried the Eco mode -full regeneration, without regeneration-, in Normal and in Sport: there are no notable differences. I will be at 12 kWh/100 km in Eco, and 13 in Sport but with much higher performance “, he encrypted.
During the test with our journalist, the average consumption at a leisurely pace did not exceed 12.2 kWh/100 km. ” I restart every month. More than 1,610 km traveled since the last time, I have 12.7 kWh/100 km. And yet I took the highway to go to Frankfurt “, He noticed.
” At the end of the recharge, the autonomy that the vehicle currently gives is 310-315 km. I noticed that the car is even pessimistic in its estimates. All the better: I prefer that the other way around “, rejoiced with Max Freyss.
Pleasure car and efficient car.
Listening to Jean-Pierre’s testimony, Max Freyss felt that the electric Hyundai Ioniq can play the role of both a fun car and a vehicle of interest to fans of ultimate eco-driving.
” This is the advantage of the electric ones that have 2 faces. What we don’t have with a thermal model. A 60-horsepower Volkswagen Polo will never have a second face. While we are there, we have both the calm and zen side, as well as the couple and the horses immediately available. “, our reader abounded.
He appreciates being able to get into the vehicle with the right temperature on board, turning on the heating remotely in winter and the air conditioning in summer if necessary. On the other hand, he points out the weakness of autonomy and recharging for his long trips. ” It bothers me 5 or 6 times a year he reflected.
” GPS, for a thermal car it would be fine, but for an electric one it sucks “, he let go. That is why it values the compatibility of the infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
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An upcoming Hyundai Ioniq 6?
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 for the next electric car? Wait until you really find out, wary of the impression you get from just looking at photos and videos. ” I saw the Ioniq 5 as a great Volkswagen Golf. When it’s actually a truck! “, had fun. ” At the rear, the Ioniq 6 is reminiscent of a mix of Porsche or Saab “, he imagined, to conclude.
The entire Automobile Propre editorial team would like to thank Jean-Pierre very much for his availability and his testimony.
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