Hyundai Ioniq updated with more EV range and new kit

Hyundai has unveiled a refreshed version of its Ioniq family hatchback with a range of performance, technological and styling updates across the range.

The Toyota Prius rival now offers 182 miles of WLTP-certified range in fully electric form, marking a 36% improvement over the range of the outgoing 28kWh model. It’s still around 100 miles less than the currently sold-out Kona Electric, however.

The Ioniq Electric’s 38.3kWh battery pack is mated to an electric motor producing 134bhp and 218lb ft of torque, and is fitted with a new 7.2kW onboard charger compatible with Type 2 AC charging points.

Hyundai claims the facelifted EV can be charged to 80% capacity in as little as 54 minutes as a result. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain variants are unchanged, but the latter now has a WLTP target electric range of 32 miles.

Hyundai has also given the new Ioniq its latest ‘Blue Link’ connectivity software, which enables remote starting, locking, battery status checks and climate control via an associated smartphone app.

Further technological upgrades include the addition of eCall, an automated emergency assistance programme, and a free five-year subscription to live traffic monitoring facilities built into the satellite navigation system.

Visually new Ioniq is marked out from its predecessor by a redesigned front fascia (on both hybrid and electric models), revised front and rear bumpers and reshaped front and rear light clusters.

Alongside a larger 10.25in touchscreen, changes to the interior include redesigned temperature controls, blue backlighting throughout and a range of new colour schemes for the optional leather upholstery.