- The driving performance of the IONIQ line-up is among the best in its segment. Ride and handling, as well as noise, vibration and harshness levels, are tuned to contribute toward superior ride quality
The driving performance of the IONIQ line-up is among the best in its segment. Ride and handling, as well as noise, vibration and harshness levels, are tuned to contribute toward superior ride quality, while insulation in the dashboard minimises engine noise. Damping in the floor panels as well as enhanced A and B pillar fillings, thicker window glass and noise cancelling film on the windshield further improve the quiet and comfortable ride for the whole line-up.
The IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in feature a multi-link rear suspension system with dual lower arms for enhanced ride comfort, while a proportionately large use of aluminium for front and rear suspension components saves around 10 kg of weight compared to conventional means. A reduction of 2.3 kg per front lower arm unit saves 4.6 kg at the front, while 7.14 kg is saved at the rear with each unit shedding 3.57 kg.
The IONIQ Electric applies a torsion beam rear axle, providing more space for the 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery below the rear seats and the spare wheel well.
Responsiveness and feedback from the steering system is clear and precise in each IONIQ model, with an increased steering gear ratio that helps to augment the sporty and responsive feel while reinforcing the car’s uncompromised driving experience.
Braking force is optimised to get the most out of the regenerative braking system, helping the IONIQ to maintain a healthy state of charge (SOC). Regenerative braking also operates to reduce noise, using the third generation of the brand’s energy recuperating stopping system. An Integrated Brake Assist Unit (iBAU) and Pressure Source Unit (PSU) also contribute to quieter operation than that of competitors. This further helps ensure ultra-low friction for maximum energy recuperation and efficiency.
A collaboration with tyre manufacturer Michelin gives IONIQ enhanced levels of efficiency as the car is fitted with low-rolling-resistance tyres on 15- and 16-inch wheels for better fuel economy, plus the car’s larger 17-inch wheels (IONIQ Hybrid) are fitted with high-silica compound tyres for optimal energy-saving performance. The multi-link suspension system of IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in has been adapted in order to work most efficiently with low-rolling-resistance tyres.
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