2017 Ioniq EV SE CCP - 1 year 23,000km (14,375mi)
Point form cause why not?
- Toronto Ontario Canada
Model and Trim
- 2017 Ioniq EV, SE CCP (cold climate package, basically heat pump and seat heaters all around)
Duration of Ownership
- 1 year
- 23,000 km (14,375 mi)
What's the Weather Like?
- Generally dry, hot summers (20 ~ 30 C) and cold winters (0 ~ -25 C)
- 80 km round trip, 60 km highway (~ 110 kph); flat paved roads
Average Energy Efficiency
- Summer: 10.5 kWh/100km (1.2Le/100km, 195 mpge), Winter: 13 kWh/100km (1.5Le/100km, 158 mpge)
Full Charge Range
- Summer: 250 km, Winter: 210 km, -25 C: 160 km
Things that can fit inside the trunk:
- 2 large luggages with some backpacks
- 55" flat screen TV (back seats down)
- Mountain bike with 27" wheels (back seats down)
Thoughts on Safety
- Blind spot sensors: Very useful though sometimes a bit too sensitive when I'm just turning.
- Airbags: Did not test
- Rear camera: Useful but easily blocked by dirt, rain, snow, ice, etc.
- Lane Keep Assist: Not equipped
- Adaptive Cruise Control: Not equipped
- Emergency auto braking: Not equipped
Thoughts on Driving and Comfort
- Very smooth. The switching between regen, disc brake, and acceleration is a bit jarring in stop-and-go
- Suspension is adequate though you'd feel the bumps on the road
- A bit of roll when cornering too fast, steering is too light to the point of almost ambiguous
- I get free charging at work for my daily commute. For weekends I use my level 2 at home. According to the app I've paid $71 for the year, that translates to about 300 km per dollar. The same distance would cost about $1,800 in a car that uses 6L/100km (40 mpg), or 13 km per dollar.
- With the incentives and trade-in the car cost came to $26,000 total (tax + freight + etc.)
- With the incentives the Level 2 Charger came to $1,000 (unit + labour + taxes + etc.)
- I don't particularly like the spaceship sound at low speeds but nothing I can do about it (stipulated by law and there's no switch)
- Road noise is mostly tires and noticeable on highway. For reference my sound system volume is set at 3 for general driving (the adaptive volume is off)
Thoughts on Infotainment System
- It does its job well enough. Kind of bummed that there isn't a CD player, but then again I don't even have one at home so it's not really missed.
Thoughts on Navigation System
- Again it does its job if you use it to navigate to specific destinations. I use my GPS generally as a real-time map which the built-in system fails miserably. It does not display the names of upcoming streets and in fact does not display streets if you zoom out more than the 200m level. As a result I purchased a Garmin GPS with built-in dash cam and keep the infotainment screen on EV display (oooh purrty numbers)
Thoughts on Lights
- Headlights are a bit dim which is expected of halogen bulbs. They also use up quite a bit energy which contributes to winter range decrease. I inquired about LED upgrade kits but Hyundai hasn't come up with one yet.
- I don't use high beams other than to flash idiot drivers texting and not noticing green lights. I find honking works better.
Does it live up to my expectations?
- Short answer: Yes.
- Long answer: Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees.
Would I buy the Ioniq again?
- Why? I already have one. Why would I need 2 Ioniqs? If anything I'd get a Kona EV as a second car for long trips.
Would I choose a different variant if I had to buy it again?
- Nope. Might go for the Limited trim though.
Things I think can be improved
- Battery range: while this is pretty low on the list (why did I put it first?), I would like to see maybe a range of 300 to 400 km (EPA rated). Though given a more robust and distributed charging network this would not be a concern. The longest trip I've made is 220 km one way.
- The edge of the rear bumper collects dirt
- The rear camera gets dirty easily and could use a jet like the Bolt
- The rear windshield is easily fogged / covered by rain and snow. Improved with Rain-X application
- The OEM wipers that came with the car is pretty lousy. I switched them out for 2 beam wipers (26" and 18", cost $50 total)
- Shift by wire is good, but the Parking gear button is too close to the front storage. You can accidentally bump the button and put your car into P at low speeds when wearing baggy clothes (like winter coat).
- Drive mode button is too close to seat heater controls. Pressing the seat heater button with gloves on could potentially put you into sports mode and excitement follows
- Could use a trunk lid control inside
- Would be great if I can set the max charge level. Also would be great if I can set charging schedule to the entire day instead of 23 hours and 50 minutes