Hyundai Ioniq Electric motor, drive & performance

The latest version of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric welcomes a new electric motor producing 134bhp

0-62mph Top speed Driven wheels Power
9.7s 96mph Front 134bhp

As well as receiving a new battery, the latest version of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric comes with an upgraded electric motor: this produces 134bhp, up from the 118bhp delivered by the pre-facelift version of the car.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration

With that extra power at its disposal, 0-62mph is delivered in 9.7 seconds; half a second faster than the pre-facelift version of the Ioniq could manage. The top speed is down, however, falling from 103mph to 96mph.

Typically for an electric car, the acceleration is best in the 0-30mph range before tailing off as the speed climbs. However, the level of shove at your disposal around town feels significant, and you won’t be left wanting for power when looking for overtaking gaps on the motorway.

Handling

On the evidence of our first drive in the Netherlands, the ride in the Ioniq Electric is generally good. Even at motorway speeds, very little tyre or road noise makes its way into the car, although there’s a noticeable amount of wind noise when you approach 70mph.

There was some vibration from the few rough surfaces we did encounter on our smooth test route, although the seats did a good job of soaking it up. We’re reserving judgment on the overall quality until we’ve driven the Ioniq Electric on the UK’s less forgiving roads.

In corners, the Ioniq Electric resists the urge to lean heavily, thanks no doubt to the weighty, floor-mounted battery. But make no mistake, this is no sports car: you need to be gentle in tight turns, and while the steering wheel feels light, there’s not much in the way of feel.