On the 15 Feb I took delivery of an ex demo Ioniq PHEV with 6,600 miles on it. It was registered on 31/08/2018.
So far I have been very pleased with the car and it is extraordinarily inexpensive to run. I traded a September 2016 RAV 4 Hybrid to buy this car.
My usage is a 10 mile commute 5+5 and lots of journeys within 30 miles of my office and urban driving round Belfast. However, a few times a month I do longer journeys. My 3 Kids are all away from home now so I donít need a large car.
In the first 2/3 weeks of owning the car I was mainly doing short journeys and using home charging on the 13amp Lead and (mostly)public chargers here which are still free and the car was averaging 368mpg. I did a few longer runs (including a one charge 217 mile run in 4.5 hours at an average of 74mpg) in the teeth of storm Gareth and this dropped to 153 mpg. Since then with more typical usage MPG has risen to 195mpg. Cost to me so far has been £62 which is £42 of fuel and £20 of electricity. Plus ??? Of electricity from free charges. Therefore the cost per mile has been just over 4P. If I had paid for all of the electricity I reckon that the cost would be between 5 and 7P per mile.
Iíve now got a pod point so will probably do more home charging.
My Rav 4 hybrid over the same period @ 43mpg would have cost around £190 and my old Auris Hybrid at 60mpg would have been £140.
My car is premium spec. The only thing it does not have compared to the Rav that I miss is front parking sensors. I see a kit for front parking sensors listed at £372 on the Hyundai site if these integrated with the existing electronics that would be perfect.
Appearance of the car inc. Marina blue colour.
Low wind noise.
Android Auto. The infotainment unit in general is much easier to use than the toyotaís.
Sport mode and flappy paddles for playing on the hills occasionally. (childish but good fun!)
Foibles that don't annoy me.
Pulsing of the brakes as the car changes down the DCT box when using re-gen braking.
No rear wash wipe. Thought it would annoy meÖ...does not!
Foot parking brake. Got used to it fairly quickly.
Road noise at motorway speeds. Tyres are Michelin energy saver+ . I drove 50K on these in my Toyota Auris TS and didnít notice they where particularly noisy. My daughter replaced the continentals on her Nissan Note with Kumho Ecowings and they were a lot quieter I my try these when time comes to replace the MichelinsÖÖ..it may be some time!
No spare. Iím not adverse to roadside repairs per se (Iím a lifelong motorcyclist!) but I prefer plug kits. However, this would require a jack which the Ioniq does not have. Still thinking about solutions to this.
The engine cutting in out in hybrid mode at low speed is not as seamless as toyotaís. Hoping that the latest software may help this??
That's it so far. A bit rambly sorry! Iím really pleased with the car overall. I am 58 and thinking of going full EV when I retire in a couple of years and so far this has let me get a feel for partial electric motoring with the safety net of an ICE.