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Hyundai’s new Ioniq Plug-in Hy­brid goes on sale in the UK this month priced from £24,995, in­clud­ing the govern­ment’s £2,500 low emis­sion car grant.

It’s the South Korean car maker’s third and fi­nal vari­ant of the Ioniq line-up – the first car in the world to of­fer three elec­tri­fied pow­er­trains within one body type.

The other Ioniq vari­ants are a pure elec­tric model and a petrol/elec­tric hy­brid.

Hyundai claims the new plug-in of­fers up to 39 miles of pure elec­tric driv­ing with a to­tal range of 680 miles.

It is pow­ered by a 105bhp 1.6-litre Atkinson cy­cle petrol en­gine and a 61bhp elec­tric mo­tor driven through a six-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion. The com­bined sys­tem out­put is 141bhp.

Ul­tra-low CO2 emis­sions of 26g/km means it at­tracts zero-rate road tax in the first year and of­fers a low BIK rate of nine per cent for 2017/18. The­o­ret­i­cal fuel econ­omy is 252mpg. Spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els are Pre­mium and Pre­mium SE, with the Pre­mium of­fer­ing stan­dard equip­ment in­clud­ing 16-inch al­loy wheels, Blue­tooth, Ap­ple CarPlay con­nec­tiv­ity and smart cruise con­trol plus an eight-inch in­te­grated satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion unit.

The SE, which costs £26,795, adds leather seat fac­ings, front seat ven­ti­la­tion, rear seat heat­ing and an elec­tri­cally-ad­justable driver’s seat with mem­ory func­tion, al­loy ped­als, rain-sens­ing wipers and other aids.

A wall charg­ing box can be sup­plied and in­stalled at the cus­tomer’s home for £300, which in­cludes stan­dard in­stal­la­tion.

The Ioniq Plug-In Hy­brid is avail­able as stan­dard with the Type 2 con­nec­tor and an ICCB charg­ing cable which al­lows the car to be plugged in to a do­mes­tic three-pin out­let when no ded­i­cated charg­ing points are avail­able.

Tony White­horn, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Hyundai Mo­tor UK, said: “This is an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to our elec­tri­fied lineup. With up to 39 miles of elec­tric-only power there is more than suf­fi­cient range for zero-emis­sion daily com­mutes, as well as the re­as­sur­ance of longer range from the hy­brid pow­er­train when needed.

“We an­tic­i­pate keen in­ter­est from pri­vate buy­ers and fleet users alike, given the plugin hy­brid’s great value pric­ing and low tax rates.”

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