Hyundai IONIQ Premium SE 2018, Allan – EV Owner Review

Hyundai IONIQ Premium SE 2018, Allan - EV Owner Review

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What is the make and model of your EV?
Hyundai IONIQ Premium SE 28kWh


What year was your EV registered?


How long have you owned your EV?
From new


What is your estimated annual mileage?
under 5,000


What is the mileage on your EV?
10,000 – 20,000 miles


How many EVs have you owned?
This is my first


What is the average mileage range you achieve from your EV when fully charged?


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Why did you choose this car?
Needed to replace the previous car, a Hyundai i20 2011 plate. I knew as a pensioner that my car use would be reduced now that I have a bus pass. Wanted to get away from having to drive it to blast out the condensation from the oil and exhaust caused by low mileage stop/start.


Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car.

  • Thanks to my solar panels at home, it costs nothing to run
  • No gears without being ‘automatic’
  • Very roomy interior.


Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car.

  • No rear wiper
  • No heated wing mirrors
  • No cigar socket in the rear for powering the rear dashcam.


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
The handbrake control broke off about 20 months ago, repaired under warranty. Since my first Hyundai 2011 plate car, the dealership has changed twice meaning that I don’t have a relationship with the place that sold me the car.


What are the standout tech features of the car?
Heated seats front and rear, heated steering wheel. Cruise control that matches a slower car in front and stops me when they stop. Very easy to use. Rear-facing camera to avoid bumping something behind. Driver’s seat ability to remember my position if somebody else drives it. Very quick away from a standing start if needed. Knows where the nearest public charge point is if needed.


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this car.
Doesn’t stand out as being electric until you read the badge on the back. Lots of them in Norwich are hybrid taxis. As far as I know, I have the only blue one around here. Unlike others, owned outright. A regular saloon car when everyone else seems to prefer to pose in their SUVs. More spacious inside than it seems. My two friends are 6ft+ and don’t complain about being in it.


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What car are you interested in next and why?
Electric of course, not sure which one. IONIQ 5 looks more like a Range Rover. In the latest version of my car, I am not ecstatic about the larger display screen in the dashboard centre, could be a dust trap. Something with a greater range is preferable for those odd occasions when it’s necessary. I see the present battery cars as a stepping stone to a better way of powering electrics along the lines of an electric toothbrush.


What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Supplied by Chargemaster before they were swallowed up by bp. No opinion on other makes. I am in the process of getting a second charge point because my son has an MG5 estate.


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What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
I am currently with Shell because I switch regularly and have a standard Economy 7 meter, don’t want a ‘smart’ one.


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What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
Pod Point is usually free but I don’t often use public networks. I’m never far from home.


List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).
Sorry, no real experience to give an answer.


Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
I use an agent called A-Plan and go with whom they suggest.


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