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I am quoting a bit too much, but I liked the reasoning and wording in this review more than usually:
The Ioniq meanwhile is quite compact inside, dictated by the needs of its ultra-aerodynamic form. This impacts on the size of the rear door opening, the sloping roofline means it’s that bit harder to slot the kids into their seats, and the camtail styling of the rear end means the boot is quite narrow too.

The PHEV has a high-set floor to accommodate both the multilink rear end and the battery, so the hold is on the smaller side for a vehicle of its size. But interior space aside, the PHEV proves amazingly economical during the school and kindy drop offs. It’s these short types of trips where the hybrid’s ability to run in EV mode really pays off.

We all know short trips are bad for overall consumption, especially in a big V6-powered SUV, whereas the plug-in easily aces the round trip in EV mode.
We are guessing that as more plug-ins are made available and the scale of production ramps up, the price difference between them and the conventional models will start to diminish. But they will always wear a premium as they have two power units. In the near future we’ll see car makers offer conventional petrol power, mild-hybrids, high voltage hybrids, plug-ins and full battery electric power choices in their line-ups.

In smaller markets like ours, it won’t be feasible to offer every solution, and it will be interesting to see which powertrain(s) the market will demand more of. But back to the now. We took the Ioniq PHEV for a quick crosscountry burn this month just to say we used the Sport mode at least once.

This turns the speedo to a glowing red tacho, signalling the engine is the main source of motivation with the hybrid motor set to a boosting strategy. Thus set, it gives the Ioniq decent squirt out of corners but, as with all hybrid set-ups, that initial punchiness soon diminishes as the motor torque dies away.

The Ioniq hybrid goes better than the BEV as it has a mulitlink rear, so it handles bumps more effectively and that helps the accuracy of the steering too. The 1.6-litre engine was designed for lean burning efficiency rather than high-revving action but it’s helped along ably by the twin-clutch gearbox, which works well in Sport mode. And though not the most efficient way to treat a hybrid, during our session of silliness, the economy meter reckoned the Ioniq still only averaged 5.9L/100km for our strop.

And that’s the thing with this plug-in, it’s always only ever economical. While you’ll get roughly 50-55km of EV driving on a full charge before the system reverts to hybrid mode, there is still around 20 per cent left in the lithium-ion battery. And this allows the hybrid mode to be more effective, permitting longer and more frequent engine-off periods. It ensures the electric motor takes care of the initial take off, helping smooth progress, and it takes care of constant state cruising on the flat.

All that helps economy. Neglecting to charge it for a couple of weeks and relying on the hybrid mode, it still managed to average 3.9L/100km for around 500km of city driving. And the accuracy of the trip computer has always been bang on when checked against the actual distance travelled and fuel used.
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Regards, Knut, driving a 2017 Marina Blue Ioniq Plug-in Premium SE
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