Calm down, we know what you’re probably thinking. What’s this? Another eco car promising to change the world. Well, actually, no. And that’s the great thing about it. It’s just a regular car that just happens to have a super high-tech powertrain, with enough options available that mean you can enjoy an eco car with no compromise. Introducing the all-new Hyundai IONIQ.
This is Hyundai’s first dedicated electric and hybrid model. What do we mean by ‘dedicated’? It is based on the i30 and Elantra platform, but it doesn’t share powertrains or body panels/design with any other model. It was created from the ground up to be an eco car, in other words.
We were invited to test it out during the official Australian media launch in Brisbane. Here at PerformanceDrive, we’re not usually interested in covering eco cars. But on paper, this is a vehicle that has a real potential to change the game. Why? Because it’s available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid (with an electric range), and fully electric form. No other car on the market caters for all stages of tree-hugging like this, and certainly not in this friendly price range.
Prices for the hybrid start from $33,990, and from $40,990 for the plug-in, and from $44,990 for the fully electric version (all excluding on-roads).