2019 Hyundai Ioniq: prices, specs and release date

Hyundai’s Ioniq has been updated, bringing styling changes, technology improvements and a bigger battery pack

James Wilson
Sep 2, 2019

Hyundai has revealed prices, specifications and performance details for the updated 2019 Ioniq range. Order books are open now with deliveries expected to begin in early September. Prices start at £22,795 for Hybrid SE Connect variants and rise all the way up to £34,895 for all-electric Premium SE models (although the UK Government Plug-in car grant will reduce this by £3,500).

Before we delve into the nitty-gritty details such as the new Hyundai Ioniq’s claimed mpg, dimensions and acceleration, we need to do a bit of housekeeping. Throughout this article, it is important to remember that there are huge differences between the Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid and Ioniq Electric.

We aren’t just talking about price here either, the engineering behind each model will likely decide which version is best for you. This depends upon whether you're after a hybrid model - where the petrol engine gets a small boost from an electric motor, predominantly around town, for slightly improved economy - a plug-in hybrid - which offers larger batteries for greater electric range but must be charged regularly for real economy gains - or an electric vehicle (EV) - which is powered solely by batteries, offers a greater electric range than plug-in hybrid models, but must be charged when the batteries are depleted.

The Ioniq is an important car for Hyundai as it is fighting for sales at the forefront of the race to electrification. This latest model is not all-new, rather an updated and improved version of the old model. You shouldn't be put off by that, as the previous model was a resounding success, offering drivers a compelling alternative to the Toyota Prius.

The updates for the 2019 Ioniq are a mixture of subtle tweaks and important upgrades. For example, Hyundai has refreshed the exterior design with new front and rear bumpers, plus a redesigned grille, headlights and tail lights. Performance of the electric model has been bolstered thanks to a more powerful motor and a larger capacity battery.

Read on for our full break down of the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq range, with all the details on everything from trim levels, emissions, luggage capacity and towing limits.

 

2019 Hyundai Ioniq fast facts

• Prices start at £22,795 for Hybrid SE Connect variants
• Battery-powered Ioniq Electric models come with increased performance and battery capacity
• Redesigned front and rear bumpers
• New 10.3-inch touchscreen media system
• Nine colours to choose from

Hyundai Ioniq trims and models

There are three variants of the Hyundai Ioniq – hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and electric - each offering slightly different trim options.

The Ioniq Hybrid range kicks off with SE Connect trim, which despite being the entry-level, still comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors and cruise control. SE Connect models also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability via an eight-inch touchscreen media display.

Moving up to the Hybrid Premium trim level adds LED headlights, keyless entry, heated front seats, wireless phone charging (useful if you have a phone capable of wireless charging) and a larger 10.3-inch touchscreen with built-in sat-nav.

There is also a set of trim-specific 15-inch alloy wheels and something called Bluelink telematics - read on for more details.

Sat at the top of the Hybrid food chain (excluding any limited edition models available now and in the future) is the Premium SE trim level. Here you get larger 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers and leather seats which are heated and ventilated at the front, and also heated at the back. There's also adaptive cruise control which has stop/go functionality for driving automatically in traffic.

If you fancy departing from the standard trims, by having the taste of Premium SE spec for less money, Hyundai is offering a limited run 1st Edition model from launch. 1st Edition trim brings goodies such as the 17-inch alloys and lane assist which are normally offered on Premium SE spec, but for only £260 more than Premium models.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid and Ioniq Electric trims and models

There are only two trim levels to choose from when considering a plug-in hybrid (alternatively known as a PHEV) or electric Hyundai Ioniq. In line with the names used above, these are called Premium and Premium SE.

In both cases Premium trim includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear parking sensors, 10.3-inch media display (which, like in the Hybrid model supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), wireless phone charging, keyless entry and adaptive cruise control. It doesn’t end there either, as Hyundai includes autonomous emergency braking and driver attention warning as standard, too.

Range-topping Premium SE models take things a step further, much in the same fashion as the hybrid above. It features equipment such as heated and ventilated front seats, heated outer rear seats, plus safety equipment such as blind spot detection (which looks out for cars in your blind spot) and rear cross traffic alert.

Hyundai Ioniq 2019 UK prices

Starting with the Ioniq Hybrid, prices open at £22,795 for SE Connect models, before rising to £24,695 for Premium grade cars and £26,995 for Premium SE vehicles. The aforementioned limited-run Ioniq Hybrid 1st Edition comes in at £24,995.

If you want the added benefits of a PHEV then you will need to part with at least £29,950 as this is the list price for Premium spec Ioniq Plug-in Hybrids. For all the bells and whistles that come with Premium SE spec Ioniq Plug-in Hybrids, you'll have to spend £31,950.

Take the UK Government’s low emission car grant (worth £3,500) into account and the electric 2019 Ioniq is actually more affordable than the Plug-in Hybrid variant. Entry-level Premium models cost £29,450, while Premium SE specced cars weigh in at £31,450.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq economy, emissions, acceleration and performance

One of the biggest considerations when looking at a Hyundai Ioniq is which powertrain is best for you, i.e. should you be going for the Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid or electric model. To help you weigh up the pros and cons of each, we have provided separate sections for the economy, emissions and performance of each.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

The Ioniq Hybrid uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine combined with a small electric motor, 42kW Lithium-ion battery pack and automatic gearbox. What this setup translates to is a claimed combined fuel economy of 78.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 85g/km of carbon dioxide (CO2).

As for acceleration and performance, a total power output of 139hp and 265Nm of torque pushes the Ioniq Hybrid from 0 to 62mph in 10.8 seconds, which is slightly quicker than the latest Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. If you're interested, top speed for the Ioniq Hybrid is 115mph, or 70mph for us law-abiding folk.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

The 2019 Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid uses the same 1.6-litre petrol engine and automatic gearbox setup described above but comes with a beefier electric motor and larger 59kW battery pack. The more powerful electricals haven’t affected power and torque though, with both remaining at 139hp and 265Nm respectively.

That said, despite the extra weight of better electronics Hyundai claims the Ioniq PHEV will accelerate from 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds – 0.2 seconds faster than the standard Hybrid. This improvement will most likely be due to the fact an electric motor can supply all of its torque instantaneously, where a petrol or diesel engine cannot.

Top speed is slightly less at 110mph, but again, this shouldn’t really impact UK motorists.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Last but not least we have the Ioniq Electric which foregoes a petrol engine in the name of more electrons and wires. When it comes to power, the Ioniq Electric makes do with 134hp but torque sits at an impressive 395Nm.

It is the torque which makes the all-electric Ioniq the best accelerating model in the range. From a standing start, the Ioniq Electric will hit 62mph in 9.7 seconds and keep going to a top speed of 96mph. The Ioniq Electric uses a single-speed gearbox, so there is no gear shifting required.

Compared to the model it replaces, the 2019 Ioniq Electric comes with a 100kW electric motor rather than a 88kW unit. Similarly, the capacity of the battery has increased from 28.0kWh to 38.3kWh, so it should last longer too.

kWh refers to how much power a battery pack can provide over a given amount of time. If the Hyundai Ioniq Electric had a battery pack rated at 50kWh to accompany its 100kW electric motor, that means it can run the motor at maximum power for half an hour. Alternatively, it could run it at half power for an hour.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric and Plug-in Hybrid range and charging times

As you might expect, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric has the best electric-only range of the three different powertrains available. Naturally, this also means it has the longest charge time, too. Fully charged, the all-electric Ioniq is claimed to be capable of travelling a maximum of 184 miles.

Remember though, you're unlikely to actually achieve this in the real world (much like motorists rarely achieve claimed economy figures for petrol and diesel cars) due to variables such as traffic, hills, wind and other weather factors negatively impacting range.

As for charging times, they vary greatly depending on the power output of the charge point you are connected to. Use a standard three-pin household plug and a complete charge is going to take not far off a full day (and we don’t just mean daylight hours). Use a 7kW charging point and a full charge will take a much more reasonable six hours, while a 50kW charger is claimed to get your battery from 0-80% charged in just under an hour.

For those wondering why charging times aren’t always quoted as 0-100% you are not alone, but there is method in the madness. Rapid charging (which brings impressively low charge times) isn’t great for battery health if done over and over again from 0-100%, so chargers tend to decease their power output once charge goes above 80% to make sure the batteries last longer.

To cater for the different charging points, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric comes with both a Type 2 electric car charging port (the European standard) and a CCS Combo port which is usually for higher output chargers.

Moving onto the Plug-in Hybrid model, it has a theoretical electric-only range of 39 miles and a corresponding charge time of 5-6 hours (to 95% full) using a three-pin socket. Move up to a 7kW charger and that comes down to around two and quarter hours, though. The PHEV model comes with only a Type 2 charging socket and won’t charge using rapid 50kW unit, unlike the electric model.

Similar to the technology found on the Nissan Leaf, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric now comes with something known as one pedal driving. This means the car increases the amount of braking force the electric motor provides when you lift off the throttle, so that in the majority of situations drivers need not apply the brakes, as simply lifting off the accelerator is sufficient to slow down in most scenarios.

Hyundai Ioniq 2019 interior

If you had your fingers crossed for a completely new interior for the 2019 Ioniq, then we are sorry to disappoint but that is not the case. Hyundai has only given the dashboard a rejig, changing the odd material here, updating the instrument cluster there and also adding touch type temperature controls.

Perhaps most exciting for the interior, is that Hyundai now offers buyers the choice of Red Umber or Electric Shadow coloured leather – however, the former is not available on Ioniq Electric models and the latter is only available on Ioniq Electric models.

Hyundai Ioniq 2019 safety

Being that the Ioniq is an electric car, it has to be bang up to date with safety kit and hats off to Hyundai, it is. To start with, Hyundai offers the Ioniq with eCall, which automatically calls the emergency services in the event of a crash or in any instance when the airbags have been deployed. While not the newest bit of kit out there, it is a good feature.

On top of this, Hyundai also offers autonomous emergency braking (where the car automatically brakes if it detects that a collision is unavoidable), lane departure warning (which warns drivers when they are changing lanes without signalling) and driver attention alert (which warns drivers when their attention levels appear to be dropping).

Depending on spec, technology such as lane follow assist (which helps keep you centred in your lane) and rear cross traffic alert (which watches for traffic coming when reversing out of spaces or driveways) are available too.

Hyundai Ioniq 2019 technology

Much like the old model, the technology available on the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq is excellent. On the inside, an impressive (and new) 10.3-inch touchscreen central media unit stands out. While the unit is only available on Premium, Premium SE and 1st Edition models, it does come with Hyundai’s Bluelink technology.

Bluelink is based around an app which allows users to do things such as turn on their car’s climate control (depending on powertrain), unlock the doors and locate their vehicle all from their smartphone. Bluelink is also supposed to be able to inform drivers of when their Ioniq needs a service or other maintenance work is required.

Hyundai is also including something it has called an ‘Eco Driving Assistant System’ or ECO-DAS for short on models with the 10.3-inch touchscreen mentioned above. The idea behind ECO-DAS will use navigation data to provide the driver with insights of the road ahead to promote economical driving and minimise brake usage.

When equipped in hybrid models, ECO-DAS is also claimed to be capable of tailoring demand on the electric motor/battery pack and petrol engine to reduce fuel consumption. For example, if there is a steep hill coming up, the petrol engine could be used to pre-charge the battery pack so there are enough electrons in the tank to assist getting up the incline.

Hyundai Ioniq 2019 dimensions, luggage space and towing capacity

The various versions of the Hyundai Ioniq not only look the same but are the same size. The 2019 Ioniq measures in at 4,470mm long and 2,045mm wide (including door mirrors). While exterior dimensions are the same, luggage space is not.

The hybrid model comes with 443 litres of cargo space with the seats up and 1,505 litres with them down. Plug-in variants make do with 341 litres with the seats up and 1,401 litres with them down. Lastly, all-electric models have 357 litres of seats up boot space and 1,417 litres with them down. The reason for the differences in luggage capacities come from the different powertrains having differently sized components, which of course have to live somewhere.

As for towing capacities, the Ioniq Hybrid has a braked towing capacity of 750kg, while the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid has a braked towing capacity of 750kg, too. If you are wanting an all-electric car to tow with then prepare for bad news as Hyundai does not quote a towing capacity for the all-electric Ioniq. This is normal for electric cars though, as towing severely hampers the range of an electric vehicle.

Hyundai Ioniq 2019 warranty

Expecting one warranty? The Ioniq comes with three. For starters, there is the eight-year warranty for its high voltage batteries. Then there is the standard five-year unlimited mileage warranty which covers most of the rest of the car and finally, there is the 12-year anti-corrosion warranty for the bodywork.

In addition to these Hyundai includes a roadside assistance package and five-year annual health check with a new Ioniq as well.

Hyundai Ioniq 2019 review

The new Hyundai Ioniq is yet to be put through the BuyaCar paces, however as the latest version is an evolution in terms of design and equipment rather than a complete revolution, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

That said, assessing whether or not the improved electronics will positively impact the Ioniq Electric will be vital in deciding if Hyundai have a market leader on its hands.

 

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