Hyundai Ioniq Electric long-term test review: report 6

Can owning an electric car be a viable option even if you can't charge it at home? We're finding out, with the help of the recently facelifted Hyundai Ioniq Electric...

Hyundai Ioniq Electric side

The car Hyundai Ioniq Electric Premium SE Run by Darren Moss, deputy editor

Why it’s here To prove that electric motoring is now convenient enough to be an option for someone who can’t charge at home

Needs to Be practical and comfortable, have enough range for longer journeys, even in winter, and slash my running costs compared with a petrol or diesel car

Mileage 3242  List price £34,950 Target Price £33,492 Price as tested £35,605 Test range 168 miles Official range 194 miles (WLTP)

2 March 2020 – Plastic. Fantastic?

Forgive me for coming across as both obsessive and compulsive, but can we talk about dust? Specifically, the dust that’s rapidly accumulating on the dashboard panels of my Hyundai Ioniq Electric.

When the car was new, the black piano-like plastic that covers much of its central dash looked shiny and exciting, but since then it’s been a devil to keep clean. Every few days, my eye catches another layer of dust or debris falling on it, and making the car look untidy. In fact, I’ve taken to carrying a small microfibre cloth in the car specifically to clean up the dashboard if it’s ever looking too marked by dust and fingerprints. It’s ridiculous, of course, and makes me feel like I'm getting rid of DNA evidence from a crime scene every time I wipe over the dashboard surfaces at the end of a journey. 

Darren cleaning dust from the Hyundai Ioniq Electric

I know this kind of black plastic has become fashionable in recent years, but I reckon I can’t be the only one who’s noticed how quickly it becomes dirty once it’s left the showroom floor.

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