Hyundai Ioniq Electric (2016-2022) performance, top speed & motor
The latest version of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric has an electric motor producing a healthy 134bhp
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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.
The ride in the Ioniq Electric is generally very good, even on the UK's typically harsh roads. On the roughest surfaces, you will notice the car jiggle slightly, although the seats do a reasonable job of soaking up the vibrations. At motorway speeds, very little tyre or road noise makes its way into the car, but there’s a noticeable amount of wind noise when you approach 70mph. 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: there’s not much in the way of steering feel, although there's some satisfaction to be had flowing through corners.
In This Review
- 1VerdictA mid-life facelift gave the Hyundai Ioniq Electric more range, more power and a new infotainment screen, so it's still a strong contender in the family electric-car class
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe facelifted 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric got a larger battery, giving it a longer driving range than before
- 3Running costs & insuranceWith a highly efficient electric powertrain, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric should make your charge go as far as possible
- 4Performance, motor & drive - currently readingThe latest version of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric has an electric motor producing a healthy 134bhp
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe new 10.25-inch touchscreen found in the latest Hyundai Ioniq Electric is one of the best we've used
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Hyundai Ioniq Electric is far from the most practical electric family car these days, but it's more than adequate in key areas
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Hyundai Ioniq Electric reassures buyers with its five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, plus a five-year warranty