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Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV & Electric Australian Launch Info

Hyundai is set to finally start selling the Ioniq Electric in Australia on December 10th, 2018. Drive Zero has received a scanned version of the brochure used to train sales staff at dealers planning to sell the Ioniq. It contains all the Australian relevant info you need that is currently lacking from Hyundai’s website.

Download the PDF full of specs and details about the Australian Hyundai Ioniq range.

Some points of interest:

  • Two variants, Elite ($44,990 + onroad costs) & Premium ($48,990 + onroad costs)
  • Australian Ioniqs will have Hyundai Auto Link enabled, see brochure for specifics
  • Both Electric variants receive Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Servicing cost is $160 per 15,000km/12m
  • 5 year unlimited km warranty, no info on battery specific warranty at this stage
  • Hyundai is offering the Delta AC Mini Plus home charger for $2,000 including “standard install” via JET Charge

Elite vs. Premium (aka what do you get for $4,000?)

  • Integrated Memory System (IMS) – driver’s seat
  • Parking Distance Warning – Front (Elite has rear only)
  • Leather appointed seats
  • Driver’s seat – power adjustable 10-way with 2-way lumbar support
  • Passenger’s seat – height adjustable
  • USB outlet in front centre console armest storage box
  • Qi wireless smartphone charger
  • Glass sunroof
  • Anti-pinch safety feature front windows
  • Electro-chromatic auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Exterior mirrors auto dip on rev function
  • Air ventilated front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • LED headlight (low beam)
  • LED indicator & positioning lights
  • LED front room lights & map lights
  • LED centre room light
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  1. Looking at the purely electric. I saw mention of an 8 year warranty on the battery in a review. $49k + onroad for Premium. Nice load of fruit, but how does it compare to the Zoe & Leaf? Maybe a few $1000 cheaper and better fruit, but range not so good (but probably fine for most peoples use)? It’s still a Hyundai!

    1. Wheel designs looks very gutter rash prone.

    2. Looking at the difference $4000 gets you for the Premium. There’s a few things, but I wonder if you can option any on the cheaper Elite (though most I’d want would be higher priced ones)? Looking at the options list there is no mention of any of them being available on the Elite - options seemed fixed.

    3. QI charging will be out of date before you know it. Nice though if your phone has it now.

    4. 10 year sat nav updates is good, though I’ve yet to see a car one anywhere near as good as a TomTom.

  2. Zoe is $52,000 on road in VIC, has good range (~280km real world), but it’s small (the size of a Yaris), has poor options (no CarPlay, adaptive cruise, lane-keep, remote apps) and lacks fast charging (just 22kW AC). Will probably have the worst resale value of the three.

    LEAF still isn’t out (April 2019 prob) will probably cost around $55,000 on-road. Excellent feature set (on-par with the Ioniq Elite at least, better autonomous feature set), good range (~250km) and has 50kW CHAdeMO for rapid charge. But rapid charging multiple times in a single trip isn’t possible and range may suffer in cooler/warmer parts of AU without thermal management for the battery.

    Ioniq has the lowest range (200km), but is cheaper than the other two ($47,500 drive away in VIC for the Elite), contains active battery thermal management (the other two don’t) and uses 70kW CCS for fast charging instead of CHAdeMO.

    The Zoe is a bit of a dud to me, I wouldn’t bother with it for the price and size alone. The LEAF is a much stronger competitor to the Ioniq. Hard to decide between the two if you’re happy to wait until April-ish for it to go on sale here.

    And the other two are a Nissan and a Renault :stuck_out_tongue:

    Nah, you can’t change/add individual options. Have to get either the Elite or Premium.

    If you want to use CarPlay/Android Auto, you’ve got to plug in your phone to USB anyways, so yeah. Nice to have, but hardly worth paying for the upgrade from Elite to Premium alone.

    Yeah, car sat nav sucks - never seen a good one either. Apple/Google Maps via CarPlay/Android Auto or a standalone TomTom unit will beat it any time.

  3. I hired a Zoe in June in France to try an electric car and yes, it is just a little city car and pretty much exactly Yaris sized. Plasticky inside as it was entry level old model I think (though it was great tootling around Brittany in it sightseeing). This Hyundai is next car size up which gives a much more usable car. I reckon I’ll be waiting a year or two when there’s cheaper options or more low km used ones around. It’d be nice to get under $40k - but something better than the Japanese Leafs coming in now. Although they’d probably do me as I intend keeping my TDI Skoda Octavia for any distance or loads as well.

    Or I might move to France as real estate is really cheap in parts there and (among other reasons) electric cars are well catered for.

    This is more Corolla/Mazda 3 size (or is it bigger?) and spec. What do they go for in decent trim? Mid $20k, low 30’s? So you’re paying an extra $12-20K. Still not a financial winner on fuel, but with the servicing saving too it must be close.

  4. Yep, it’s similar in size to a Corolla or Mazda 3. Take the Hyundai i30 for example (the car I’d probably get if I wasn’t getting an EV).

    Brand new Hyundai i30 Elite is $31,500 on Carsales right now. Ioniq Elite is $47,430. Pretty much the same features besides the petrol motor vs. electric motor. Difference of $15,930.

    I worked out that over 5 years, TCO is almost neck and neck despite the higher purchase price of the Ioniq.

    • 150,000km over 5 years (yeah I drive too much, I know)
    • fuel at $1.65/L
    • electricity @ 19c/kWh
    • Hyundai dealer servicing

    Ioniq works out to $55,134.60. The i30 works out to $ 56,071.10. Bugger all in it financially if the environment isn’t of concern to you.

    If you’re using finance to buy the car, the higher purchase price does sting and makes for higher repayments than the i30, even taking into consideration lower fuel & servicing, which is disappointing.

    Here’s a screenshot of my spreadsheet:

    Without government incentives like the rest of the developed world, an EV still isn’t really worth it over the long run versus a petrol car for most ordinary motorists. I’m sure there’s edge cases where it makes sense, but for now, an EV is a luxury item for early adopters for a few more years at least.

  5. The thing that’s priceless is how nice an EV is to drive (well, I’ve only tried the Zoe). Then there’s other factors like if you added a solar setup at home to charge it (or have one) - more usable if you don’t have the car away from home at work during the day. Mind you, that still costs, but if you set yourself up now you’ve essentially fixed your ‘fuel’ cost at todays rates while petrol will continue to rise. For some people it might be better value charging the car than a lousy FIT.

    A longer term equation would also need to add the cost of a new battery pack, but then at your mileage you’d be looking at new engine if not new car for an ICE (I can get 20 years from a car easy). Will a labour government give any incentive for EV’s I wonder? They’ve mentioned $2k for home batteries. State gov’s - cheaper rego (that’d be nice)? Wouldn’t count on it though.

    Biggest problem with that i30 is that lousy fuel consumption - 7.5 for a car that size is terrible. I’d be going for the Premium Ioniq - heated seats are luverly. It will certainly be interesting in the next few years to see what options appear.

  6. Victoria has discounted rego for EVs - $100 off a year, hah. So many things state government could do if they were serious about EVs.

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