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Ioniq test drive

The Ioniq was launched in the UK the 27th October (day before yesterday) so yesterday I had a test drive

the car is a bit larger than I thought it would be

the seats are very flat on the base, but firm and comfortable, at 6 foot I found the seat went far enough back I nearly thought I would need to move it forward a bit

the instrument panel is nice and clear, but can appear cluttered with so much information on it depending the mode you are in for the information on the right

unless you are watching the bottom right of the speedo where you see "ECO" or "EV" you cant easily tell if you are on petrol or electric power due to the quietness of the engine

it is very weird driving it for the first time, you pull away on electric and it is silent, if you just lift your foot off the brake it will creep forward slowly like a torque convertor automatic, so in traffic you don't need to put your foot on the gas

driving it is a very relaxed drive, if you are gentle you can get up to 35-40mph in electric drive only, the gearbox is very smooth no judder etc on pulling way, on gentle driving you can't even tell the gear changes in EV mode, only slightly noticeable in hybrid mode if you can hear the engine note change, it pulls like a train if you stick your foot down on the loud peddle and a hill on the test drive route is a 1 in 8 / 12% gradient up, and it didn't notice it going up it

there are plenty of driving aids on the centre screen to help you drive economically, there is an eco score with a range of 1 - 8 (I got 7 even with a play in sport mode pulling out of a junction), on the right of the speedo there is a display that tells you the percentage of eco and aggressive driving you have done (I only got 1 percent aggressive due to playing in sport mode), you have a bar graph for you instantaneous mpg, and a bar graph on the left of the speedo is a bar graph of how eco you at doing at that point in time

on a 9 mile test drive from cold (as the salesman had to wreck the display in showroom to get it out for test drive) I managed 68 mpg (UK) 54mpg(US) without really trying, my I 20 would have done low 40's mpg(UK) under those conditions

one interesting thing the battery charge never goes much above 50-60%, which seems a bit odd but apparently that is by design

the one annoying feature is they have moved all the buttons round on the steering wheel relative to each other, so you have to look for the button you want, which is a tad annoying, the "D" profile of the steering wheel I had my concerns about, but to be honest I didn't even notice it

all the switches and controls had a positive feel, they didn't feel cheap or flimsy

the throttle is progressive with no steps in power, but there is a point about 2/3 down where you need little bit more pressure, my i20 has the same on it, its as though it is a reminder you are pushing the car to make progress

the regenerative braking is a little weird, one thing I did notice was if you were braking gently the regenerative braking force seem to vary very slightly as the gearbox changed down is your speed slowed, the effect wasn't much and it was only because I was watching the car closely

the satnav is an SD card to update the maps (during service my salesman said), and to use the safety camera alerts and live traffic information you need to link it via wifi hotspot on your phone and use you phone data connection so make sure your data allowance is good enough

the DAB radio is good easy to use and fairly intuitive

the wireless phone charging worked with my Microsoft Lumia 950, but there are two raised lines and if your phone moves out of them it stops charging, so if you brake sharp it may mean your phone stops charging if it moves

room in the back was good, the salesman sat in the front with me, and the wife in the back, she was happy and said I could buy the car as the pull down section in the middle of the rear seat had two coffee cup holders

the load cover was not pulled over, and there was noticeable road noise from the back

I checked and yes it definitely had a spare wheel, but it appeared to be a space saver, and not a full width tyre compared to the others so you will be limited to 50mph with it on

under the bonnet, there are two coolant tanks, the one on the right is for the high voltage inverter for the electric motor, so something else to keep an eye on when you lift he bonnet to check levels etc

it was on 15" wheels, one thing to note is all the publicity photos are of the optional 17" wheels, also as it was on relatively slow (40mph limit) roads so no chance to try out the other driver aids (lane keep assist, smart cruise etc)

I plan another longer test drive with a bit of motorway / highway so I can test these and see how the hybrid performs at 55-60mph

one thing I was told the slower side roads (our A roads) it's not recommended to use the smart cruise control as some corners / bends will cause it to speed up if it temporary if the radar sensor loses the car in front, so the radar sensor must have quite a narrow beam angle

and while that test drive was going on, myself and the salesman were trying to see who new more technical detail about the car

all good fun, but I was seriously monitoring the car and the systems at the same time
I think Hyundai have done a really good job on the car

but a few points I feel let it down,

the lovely LED rear lights, but old fashioned bulbs for the indicators,
needing to use an SD card to update the satnav, why not be able to connect it to your home wifi when you park at night and be able to update the satnav maps over the net, it can use wifi from your phone for safety cameras etc, why not your home wifi for updates?

but must crucially I loved the car and want one, jut got to sort finances out and get the home finance manager to find some cash to pay the negative equity on my current car off (or Hyundai to offer a dealer contribution or better finance deal )

but I am not desperate to change so can afford to wait a few months to see what offers Hyundai bring to the table in the next quarter


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