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Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT Review

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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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Premium SE trim starts to look a bit pricey, but if you love your luxuries there’s leather, electrically adjustable and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and front parking sensors. There’s also additional safety features, including blindspot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert, which halts the car if you are about to reverse in to something.

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

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


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



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating