Marhaba Motoring Reviews Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Slip through the air with the greatest of ease in an aerodynamic, coupé-type silhouette that characterises the sleek exterior of the new Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid.
The new Ioniq’s attractive and efficient shape was designed to manage airflow with several active and passive aerodynamic features. Its active aero front grille, wheel air curtains, rear spoiler and smooth underbody cover, all combine to deliver a 0.24 coefficient of drag.
Advanced design and materials make for a better body. The intelligent use of aluminum and advanced high-strength steel gives every Ioniq model an extremely light and rigid body structure. This blend of strong weight-saving materials helps every Ioniq model use less energy as it moves down the road. Additionally, less weight means less fuel used with better range and acceleration.
You can see innovation and inspiration all around the iconic new Ioniq. From the bio-fabrics to the recycled plastics used to create the touch-friendly headliner, carpeting and door trim, even the interior of the Ioniq shows an eco-conscious side. These pleasing surfaces and textures are the result of the inventive use of eco-friendly materials such as sugar cane and volcanic stone.
Driving the new Ioniq Hybrid is noteworthy because it seems no different from driving an ‘ordinary’ car. The new Hybrid technology is all operated automatically but you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are driving probably the most fuel-efficient car in the country. It’s also the first car to ditch the old technology lead-acid starter battery (the two batteries are both lithium-ion) and, to overcome any anxiety about battery life, there is a lifetime guarantee.
So far, we know the new Ioniq is a super efficient, super safe, super comfortable car, ideal for a family. But sometimes you really want to enjoy the driving, experience the thrill of performance, and that’s where the Sports Mode comes to your help. The manual mode lets you hold the revs, feel the extra acceleration and just revel in the ride. Hyundai Ioniq gives you the best of both worlds. The current world – and the future.
It’s not just a better way to get around. It’s a better car. Hybrids offer more efficiency. Electric cars are brilliant. But Ioniq steps things up with thoughtful amenities, advanced safety features and ingenious design. The result is a more rewarding drive.
ENGINE 1.6 litre in-line four, Atkinson-cycle Kappa 104 hp petrol engine plua 43 hp electric motor; high capacity twin lithium-ion battery pack
MAX POWER 139 hp (combined) @ 5,700 rpm
MAX TORQUE 215 lb-ft (combined) @ 4,000 rpm
TRANSMISSION Smooth six-speed dual-clutch automatic, plus manually operation Sports Mode
EXTERIOR Extraordinary fuel economy is achieved, in part, through Ioniq’s low-air-resistance design; aerodynamic features include an Active Air Flap that dynamically adjusts to driving conditions; opening to allow greater airflow for engine cooling in stop-and-go traffic then closing for better aerodynamics at sustained cruising speeds; Wheel Air Curtains direct air over and around front wheels and tires; Underbody Cover smoothes air flow under the vehicle – and either by intelligent design or by serendipitious chance the result of all the above is a very modern, pleasing-to-the-eye design perfectly matched to a unique, futuristic new car
INTERIOR Even those who love technological innovation appreciate nice things; Ioniq delivers with touch-friendly comfortable cabin, power tilt-and-slide sunroof, 7-inch colour touchscreen display, premium audio sound, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, smartphone/USB and Aux ports; wireless phone charging
SAFETY Front and side airbag protection; electronic stability control; rear view camera and sensors for safer reversing or parking; blind spot detection helps prevent accidents; hill-start assist control; tyre pressure monitoring system; incredibly rigid body absorbs crash impact forces
Visit the Hyundai showrooms on Salwa Road or B Ring Road. Skyline Automotive staff will be happy to arrange a test drive of the new Ioniq Hybrid or any of its stylish Hyundai sedans and SUVs. Call 4489 1111 or visit their website.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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