A Day In The City With The IONIQ Electric

How does Hyundai's innovative electric car fare in the hands of two busy Esquire editors?

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Writer-at-large Max Olesker and Content Director Will Hersey went behind the wheel of the clean and contemporary looking Hyundai IONIQ electric – the next generation of electric zero-emissions driving - during a busy workday to see how it performed.

Their multi-stop jaunt around various corners of London didn't really come close to troubling the IONIQ electric's maximum range of *174 miles on one charge (which could get you from London to Wales), but the car's easy-to-use rapid charge system to boost the car's battery life by 80% in the half hour. IONIQ electric is also compatible with most fixed public AC charging stations. Charging time is the same as the standard charging time – 4 hours and 25 minutes.

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When the pair hit some typical city centre traffic, the IONIQ's four-level regenerative braking system proved effective at reducing the constant footwork required for start-stop tailbacks, while switching between the car's three drive modes - NORMAL, ECO and SPORT – allowed them to sharpen up the car's performance when the road opened up.

Inside the uncluttered cabin, the most noticeable sensation was the lack of noise alongside the smooth ride from the electric motor, while interior features like a wireless charging dock for your phone, Apple CarPlay and an easy-to-navigate infotainment system that gives you instant access to everything from driving range to air-con settings were constantly useful for a day spent jumping in and out of the car on various functions.

Max and Will got an insight into the future of driving on their day testing the IONIQ electric – though whether Max's ideas for the future of journalism managed to impress Will is another question. Take a look at their film, and find out how the IONIQ electric (and Max's efforts at pitching article ideas) fares.

*Please note, range is dependent on driving conditions

For more info, head over to ioniq.hyundai.com

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