Electric Hyundai Ioniq owner's vlog #1:...Watch this video on YouTube We’re changing our Audi A4 Avant (diesel estate) for a newer car and I started researching the options using Parkers and Autotrader to see what’s about. We’ve owned the Audi for over 7 years. It’s served us well and as our main family car and we want something safe, spacious and comfortable. We were thinking of an SUV because Our drive is hard to get up when it’s covered in snow We’re used to the capacity of the estate We occasionally carry bales of hay when the wife helps look after a friend’s pony She occasionally drives through big puddles in the lanes I’m over 6 foot tall and our son is heading that way We’ve never had an SUV and like the idea of owning one So based on the advice of our mechanic brother-in-law, we started looking for a used Hyundai Santa Fe at around the £20k mark. When browsing at a Hyndai dealership, the wife spotted an Ioniq and commented how nice she thought it looked, but it was not on our radar, so we moved on. The Santa Fe looked ok, but nothing exciting. We stopped on a whim on the way home at a Mitsubishi dealership and got talking about the Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). It’s quite looking, has plenty of interesting technology and is the biggest selling green car. They told us about the green incentives like lower road tax and if bought as a company car, the small benefit-in-kind tax. And if purchased new, the £2,500 government payout for hybrids and 100% write off in the first year. A PHEV would suit us because We have off-road parking for plugging it in Almost all our journeys are short (like most people) We have solar panels I’m keen on being green A brand new car would have nice tech in it that I’d appreciate Our accountant confirmed the advantages of buying a brand new green company car and after a couple of test drives we were about to push the button on a G4h when someone suggested getting an all electric car. More research led to looking at the Hyndai Ioniq EV. It’s the first car available as hybrid, PHEV and EV variants and the EV is the fastest and greenest. Hyundai IONIQ electric | Fully ChargedWatch this video on YouTube Knowing that the wife likes the look of it, I had a test drive and liked it. Performance in sport mode was good enough. The big factor is that the top spec model, after the £4,500 (all EV) government incentive and negotiated discount from the dealer comes out at £9,500 cheaper than the Outlander. Tackling the reasons why we were going for an SUV: If it snows, and it hasn’t in the last two years, we could fit winter tyres The Ioniq has reasonable capacity and we only ever need more when going to the airport and we could get a taxi for that Bales of hay would still fit Big puddles wouldn’t really be a problem. She currently does them in the Hyundai Coupe Me and the lad fit now in the car and would fit even if he’s over 6 foot tall The prospect of owning an electric car is to me, frankly, more exciting than owning an SUV The Pros: It’s an electric car! It has lots of cool features and technology including Apple Car Play, a decent sat nav, driver safety assist features, tyre pressure monitors and loads more. The only things we wanted which it doesn’t have compared to the Outlander are a bird’s-eye camera and a sun roof. It looks nice. Most importantly the wife thinks it looks nice. 120 practical range is more than enough 99% of the time Cheap to run and maintain. Solar panels mean in the summer it would be even cheaper Performance is adequate. Decent torque. I’ve owned an Elise. I don’t want another sports car. It’s good value for money. The Cons: Brakes will take some getting used to. They are not linear in application because the car recovers some of the energy. The Hyundai Ioniq EV is a new car and that would cause me a little concern knowing that early adopters tend to do debugging. But Hyundai has a great reputation for reliability. The car also has a 5 year warranty and 8 years on the battery. I am concerned about residual value. Newer cars will have longer range because of the fast pace of battery technology development. In a few short years we will probably have batteries which charge in 5 minutes and take us 300+ miles on a single charge. So our 2017 Ioniq will depreciate quite a lot. Maybe Hyundai will offer a battery replacement service. I placed an order for a white one in February. The biggest issue is that delivery won’t be until June August/September (delayed from June) I can’t wait. Should you consider an electric car? If you Have off-road parking Do less than 100 miles a day most of the time Like technology and being an early adopter Want to be greener Are happy with an mid-sized family car Have solar panels - it's a bonus then I would say at least have a test drive.