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Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium 5dr DCT Review

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Review

The hybrid version of the Hyundai Ioniq is a credible alternative to its rivals, with the plug-in hybrid offering an even more useable and economic option for eco-friendly drivers. It does well to compete against the Toyota Prius class-leader, with a plusher interior and strong performance even on undulating roads. The electric-only version is not so convincing, though, due to its bigger batteries that make the car heavier and restrict boot space.

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We’d say spend a little more to step up to Premium, though, because it adds keyless start, a 7.0in driver's instrument cluster as well as an 8.0in main touchscreen with sat-nav and smartphone mirroring. You also get an extra USB port, xenon headlights, heated front seats and wireless phone charging.

The Hybrid is the most viable option, due to it's good balance of weight, body control and power. The steering stays on the light side – there is a Sport mode but this then adds too much weight – but it’s accurate and throws in enough resistance as you apply lock to help you place the car easily. Around town, the Hybrid rides a little more firmly than a Prius, but not to the extent of being uncomfortable. The payoff is a settled ride at faster speeds, especially if you encounter a set of long, wavy dips and troughs.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH10.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Electric Hybrid
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

78.5

Urban: 78.5Motorway: 74.3
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

443

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

84

g/km