The new champ of fuel economy!
"Does it deserve the title of the ‘Most Fuel Efficient Car Ever’?"
"It looks pretty and drives like any ordinary compact sedan," said Issam.
"Hyundai’s golden medal project is finally on the road!"
IONIQ is the first production Hyundai engineered from the ground up as a platform for alternative drivetrains. Rather than settle for one drivetrain, shared vehicle architecture will accommodate a choice of three of the most trusted alternative fuel technologies currently available: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or full electric with the main focus being on the hybrid model in our Middle East region.
The two hybrid IONIQs both feature Hyundai’s 1.6-liter Kappa GDI petrol engine, tailored to the hybrid application. In the full hybrid, the petrol engine is mated to a 32 kW electric motor, the system delivering a combined 103.6 kW of power and up to 265 Nm of torque with a top speed of 185 km/h.
IONIQ Hybrid features the latest technologies for infotainment, connectivity and comfort, and some of the industry’s most advanced safety and driver assistance systems. These include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist System, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart Cruise Control, as well as seven airbags and a highly rigid body structure to protect occupants in the event of an accident.
The IONIQ may not look as cool but it’s much more of a car. A direct rival to the Toyota Prius, it’s a five-passenger, four-door hatchback that’s about the same size as the Hyundai Elantra. That’s better than the Prius, which is rated at 4.4/4.6/4.5 L/100 km. So yes, the IONIQ is the actual champ of fuel economy with 3.7 L/100 km.
The most significant thing to know about the IONIQ is that it’s just a regular car. How is that? It’s sufficiently roomy and spacious enough for four adults, has a decent cargo space with flat-folding seatbacks, rides comfortably, performs as well or even better than most cars its size, and is stress-free to park. It has potent LED headlights (which, by the way, I really loved), many charging points for mobiles, tablets, etc… and many storage spaces inside.
My question remains, is it the right time for Hyundai to launch a hybrid car when most of the car industry is switching to SUVs?
One thing, to be crystal clear, is that our era is really changing in the blink of an eye and that’s why electric, hybrid and even nowadays, autonomous vehicles are the trend. If you really don’t care about fuel efficiency (especially nowadays when fuel is still cheap), then the main thing that attracts you to buy the IONIQ is its innovative idea, the blue-wish accents and futuristic look. In other words, the IONIQ will surely attract young buyers-but with a starting price tag in Lebanon of USD $33,000 and higher trim priced at USD $37,500-it’s a bit tricky. The ‘trick’ part isn’t from the dealer itself but rather from our government. The government should exempt people from custom taxes on all hybrid and electric vehicles (like Jordan did) to encourage a cleaner environment.
Pros: Champ of fuel economy, comfortable ride, front headlights
Cons: Engine noise when pushed hard, rear end design looks bizarre
Rivals: Toyota Prius
one word: fuel-expert
1.6L inline 4-cylinder, 105 hp @ 5,700 rpm, 148 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Electric motor: 1.56 kWh Lithium-ion polymer, 43 hp, 169 Nm
Total output: 141 hp, 235 Nm
6-speed DCT automatic, FWD
0-100 km/h: 10.8 secs, top speed: 185 km/h (limited), fuel consumption: 3.7 L/100 km (based on our test)
Weight: 1,370 kg