Re: Hyundai Ioniq BEV, hybrid, and PHEV.
Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:39 pm
Via IEVS, just for edatoakrun, as he's wondering about how fun to drive the Ionic might be compared to a LEAF on his typical roads:
http://insideevs.com/hyundai-ioniq-elec ... ve-review/Hyundai IONIQ Electric First Drive Review
So, it sounds like an e-Golf with a bigger battery would still be the affordable BEV to beat for driving dynamics.. . . According to Autocar, excitement isn’t the strong suit of the IONIQ Electric, but it’s still a decent car with relatively quick acceleration, excellent for city use with its smooth power delivery.
The quiet electric motor (as found in all other BEVs) does however reveal some background noise penetrating into the cabin –road roar and wind noise at speed, so perhaps not enough attention was given to insulating the plug-in version over the straight hybrid by Hyundai.
The brakes also don’t appeal to Autocar, as responsiveness seems to be an issue.
“Initial response is very sharp, but it feels like you need to push the pedal a long way further to get any meaningful stopping power”
The driving experience suggests that IONIQ Electric is positioned for normal driving, but without a sporty feel:
“Hyundai suggests that the Ioniq Electric should offer decent driving dynamics. The truth is that while it isn’t bad, it’s not going to set pulses racing. The steering has reasonable weight to it, but it’s vague around the straight-ahead and never communicates what the front wheels are doing.
There’s not a great deal of body roll, but it doesn’t take much to get the nose of the Ionic running wide; blame the low-resistance tyres for that. Pitch the car into a corner harder and you can tell the weight balance of the car is more even than that of a front-engined, front wheel-drive hatch, though.
Even so, this is a car that’s much happier being driven well within its limits. . . .”