Hyundai Ioniq review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Before you commit to an Ioniq, it's worth spending a bit of time to determine which version best fits into your life. For instance, the EV model is by far the most expensive Ioniq to buy, even after the government grant is taken into account. If you think its 194-mile official range between charges fits in with your lifestyle, the low cost of electricity versus today’s high petrol prices means it could pay for itself over time. An 80% charge takes 57 minutes using a public 50kW charger, a home-fitted wall box (7kW) will take six hours and a regular three-pin socket will take up to 19 hours. 

The regular Hybrid is expected to be the best seller and is priced below rivals such as the Toyota Prius. Even on larger 17in wheels, the Ioniq Hybrid has official CO2 emissions of just 85g/km, which is an exact match for the Prius. Figures for cars that ride on the standard 15in alloys aren’t yet confirmed. The Plug-in Hybrid Ioniq can travel for up to 39 miles on electric power alone, and its lower rate of benefit-in-kind tax will appeal to company car buyers. It’ll particularly suit city-based buyers who occasionally need to travel on the motorway.

We’d say that mid-range Premium trim is worth spending your money on, because it adds extras like an extra USB port, heated front seats and the larger infotainment screen. Top-end Premium SE models begin to look a bit too pricey to recommend.

The Ioniq scored the maximum five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests, and its adult protection score is particularly strong for this class. Nevertheless, it is very narrowly beaten in all categories by the Prius. Hyundai has one of the longest standard warranties available, though, and the Ioniq is no exception; it gets the usual five years and unlimited miles. Just as impressive is the battery warranty, which is eight years/125,000 miles. 

That’s good to know, but the Ioniq Hybrid didn’t fare very well in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing 8th out of 10 hybrids surveyed – it was beaten by the Prius and Kia Niro. 

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Overview

The hybrid version of the Hyundai Ioniq is a credible alternative to its rivals, with the plug-in hybrid offering an even more usable and efficient option for eco-friendly drivers. It offers a plush interior and strong performance, even on undulating roads. The electric-only version is not so convincing, though, due to bigger batteries that make the car heavier and restrict its boot space, although its near 200-mile range does appeal.

  • Good-quality interior
  • Low running costs
  • Hybrid is good to drive
  • Limited rear-seat head room
  • Unsettled ride around town
  • EV model expensive
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