Gatton Star : 2020-06-24

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MOTORING 37 GATTONSTAR.COM.AU WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 2020 AT A GLANCE GRANT: Your number one priority is also taken care of, good cup holders to ensure your morning coffee remains in safe confines. Caffeine has saved your life on many occasions. Be thankful. Yes, the cup holders are good, and they also have adaptable grippers that can handle a drink bottle. One omission is dual-zone climate control. For a range-topper I’d expect dual zone aircon, but it’s not available on electric variants. HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC PREMIUM PRICE WARRANTY/SERVICING KEL: $58,120 drive-away 5 year unlimited km warranty, 8 years battery; services $160 100kw/295nm 38.3 kwh Lithium-ion Polymer battery, front-wheel drive with 100kw charging capacity SAFETY 5 stars, 7 airbags, AEB, lane keep assist, radar cruise control, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, auto high beam, parking sensors front and back GRANT: MOTOR THE COMMUTE KEL: Quick off the line, this is among my favourite electric cars so far. Having driven this version back-toback with the Ioniq plug-in hybrid, the pure electric is absolutely the pick if you can afford the extra $6200 investment. We drove the Nissan Leaf earlier this year and the Ioniq feels more confident and has about 40km of additional range. During a weekly trip of about 220km, I’m far more comfortabl­e knowing I have the additional range up my sleeve. GRANT: RANGE SPARE BOOT About 310km None, tyre inflation kit 357L, 1417L with rear seats folded KEL: housed at the back of the centre console. Given it’s electric, does that also mean servicing is less expensive? Certainly does, $160 for each scheduled maintenanc­e check due annually or every 15,000km. Also the electricit­y we used is generated by solar, so that reduces the cost per kilowatt hour. Petrol prices quickly bounced back to well above $1.20 a litre from the coronaviru­s lows. So if it’s costing us 26 cents per kilowatt hour for our electricit­y it equates to about $3.65 per 100km. That’s if we consumed straight from the grid. It’s far cheaper using solar power and my calculatio­ns during our time show it was costing less than $1 for every 100km. KEL: GRANT: GRANT: Pedestrian­s are warned the Ioniq is moving by a dinging in reverse and a futuristic sound when travelling forward. With full torque available from standstill, it lurches off the line with enthusiasm. I like that it reminds you when the car in front has gone. That’s part of the safety suite of features. You also get radar cruise control that maintains a set distance from vehicles in front and the Ioniq can steer itself within clearly marked lanes if the driver’s attention wanders. KEL: sees the rear window blend with a spoiler. All that collective­ly helps with the aerodynami­cs, inclusive of the wheels and Marvel Ironmansty­le grille. I like the front end and especially the grille. That indicates it’s an electric car. Overall the styling is a little ‘green’ for my liking. You’re right, many onlookers said it looked like a nicer version of the Toyota Prius. normal household power point for recharging. That seemed to take a long time for the return. Recharging from empty to 80 per cent takes about 17 hours. Install a Hyundai fast charger for about $1950 at home and it takes six hours. Public 100kw DC can do the job in less than an hour. That still means planning for longer trips. I fear having to knock on someone’s house in the middle of nowhere to ask to borrow a power point. KEL: GRANT: GRANT: KEL: GRANT: GRANT: KEL: THE SHOPPING THE VERDICT SUNDAY RUN KEL: KEL: Easy to park with sensors front and back, the weekly shop provided no issues. With more than 350 litres of boot space, that’s reasonable for a compact hatch. Additional cargo area is robbed by having a battery under the floor, but the rear seats fold so flatpack furniture isn’t out of the question. The flimsy parcel shelf is not ideal from a security perspectiv­e. I like to leave my handbag in the boot sometimes. Plus, that split boot design gets in my line of sight. It’s a unique rear styling feature that The Ioniq Electric is an easy car to live with. Long trips would require a lot of planning and you need to be patient during the charging process, but for a second car it would be perfect for those who want to take the leap into zero emissions motoring. While the initial outlay is hefty, this is the price of early adoption until electric becomes mainstream. The Ioniq is comfortabl­e, capable and the best value for money in the current pure electric car realm and it’s backed by a strong warranty and dealer network. KEL: GRANT: The range estimate was accurate and the driving experience was comfortabl­e. I noticed a bit of road noise, probably because there was no engine sound. Under throttle the Ioniq feels quick, with various drive modes providing differing levels of accelerati­on response and regenerati­on so you can using braking to put power back into the battery. Turning off functions like the aircon or heating also provides a greater range. We were regularly plugging into our Think of the new friendship­s you could make in that scenario. During our two months we never ran out of power. GRANT: THE FAMILY GRANT: KEL: GRANT: Our boys had no issue with space on family trips and on a few occasions going to the beach we managed to fit two surfboards with one seat folded. KEL: GRANT: The back seat can handle a pair of adults in comfort and air vents to the rear are GRANT: KEL: HELIDON R.S.L SUB-BRANCH Main Bar Diggers Kitchen Open 7 Days 4pm to Late Seating restrictio­ns apply Open Friday & Saturday nights 2 Sessions 5pm to 6.50pm 7pm to 9pm Bookings are essential due to limited seating All COVID-19 safety practices & protocols are in place to ensure staff & customer safety. Open daily 4pm-late Phone: 07 4697 6508 Arthur Street, Helidon 4344 V1 - TGSE01Z01M­A

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