I usually try to photograph each of our test cars, but this time the car was stolen before I had a chance. Please enjoy these photos from Hyundai.
The Ioniq was refreshed for MY2020 inside and outside in the middle of life.
The Ioniq is available in three different versions: the hybrid EV (shown here), a plug-in hybrid EV or a battery EV.
The limited trim runs on these aerodynamic 17-inch alloy wheels.
The interior is airy and everything feels good together.
You also get a good selection of advanced driver assistants and safety systems.
The Hyundai infotainment system is actually quite pleasant to use.
I didn't have a chance to try the back seat.
I hoped I never had to write. "Hello (Hyundai PR person), I hope you had a pleasant July 4th. I hate writing this email, but someone just stole the Ioniq you loaned us." Up to this point, my week with the small compact car hybrid had been wonderful – after all, what do you dislike about 55 MPG (4.3 l / 100 km)? But it turns out that this story contains a surprising hero who was slandered by many Ars Technica viewers: a networked car service saved the day.
The Ioniq is not the newest electric vehicle in the Hyundai range – it actually made its debut in 2016 and has been supplemented by plug-in hybrid EV and battery EV versions in recent years. But for some reason, this 2020 model year Ioniq was the first time we tested one. The range starts at $ 23,200 for the most efficient, if spartan, of the Ioniq Blue. But like the press fleet, ours is an Ioniq Limited, valued at $ 31,200, with features like adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, a 10.25-inch infotainment system with navigation (and CarPlay and Android Auto) is equipped to name just a few.
The biggest change in this model year was a refresh in the middle of life with a new, more aerodynamic design and a revised interior. The Ioniq is powered by a 1.6-liter, direct-injection, Atkinson four-cylinder engine that generates 104 hp (76 kW) and 109 lb-ft (148 Nm), and 43 hp (32 kW), 125 lb-ft (169 Nm) works permanently. Magnet-synchronous electric motor, which sends up to 139 hp (104 kW) to the front wheels together via a six-speed dual clutch transmission. The battery is a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion package, which the Ioniq thanks to the 15-inch wheels of this car (unlike the.) The combined average of 55 MPG or 58 MPG ( 4.1 l / 100 km) reaches 17-inch alloys of the Limited).
The car is well designed for life as a city car. It's easy to enter and see, and the ride is good on the broken roads, which seem to be an inevitable feature of 21st century life in an American city. The Ioniq is also remarkably peppy – chalk that up to the electric motor that is always ready to transfer its torque to the wheels.
Hey did you see my car keys
The first clue of the upcoming drama was at noon on July 5. The Ioniq had been parked for a few days thanks to the long weekend and pandemic, and I wanted to get out and get lunch, but the car keys could not be found anywhere in my life. We searched the house for an hour and our parking lot was empty. I felt a bit stupid and sent an email to the company dealing with Hyundai's press fleet, letting them know the driver should bring the spare key with them if they wanted to pick up the car on Monday end of our week.
At 6:00 p.m., I received a worrying email from a neighbor alerting me to a young man – probably no more than 14 – whom he saw suspiciously about the car. I went outside to look but there was no one to be seen. According to surveillance camera footage, the boy returned 22 minutes later with the keys that I could not find. They must have fallen out of my pocket when I brought some groceries with me a few days earlier, and instead of handing them over, he used them to unlock the car and drive away.
Let me tell you that stealing a rented car is not a good feeling. Ashamed, I let the fleet company and Hyundai know, and I called the police, who may not fully understand that the crime was literally happening because they didn't send anyone over until the next morning. (Trying to explain that the car was owned by Hyundai and had manufacturer plates that didn't appear in their database was a fun challenge.)
Ioniqs has been offering the Hyundai Blue Link service as standard for three years since 2017.
Connected cars get a bad reputation on this site. Citing privacy and cyber security concerns, most of our viewers only want to read about it if it's a security exploit or an embarrassing hack. Three years of free Blue Link service from Hyundai Standard have been at Ioniqs since 2017. Some of the functions are for convenience only, e.g. B. the possibility to start the car remotely via smartphone or smartwatch. However, many of the functions of Blue Link are safety or security-oriented and connect you to an emergency call center in the event of an accident. And if your car is stolen, Blue Link can locate and immobilize the car so the police can restore it. What happened in this case – it was even found undamaged, although unfortunately I have no further details on where it was restored.
I learned a number of things from this experience. First, the Ioniq is a fine little hybrid, and 55 MPG is nothing to smell of. Second, I should make sure that the button of each print car is attached to my keychain that has at least one tile location signal on it. Third, I should be grateful that this didn't happen a week earlier when the car was a $ 238,000 McLaren and not a $ 31,000 Hyundai. And finally, connected cars can have merit, and people should know that.
Listing image from Hyundai