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Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi Plug-in Hybrid Premium 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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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.

In town, the Plug-in Hybrid will start off on electric power alone, making it whisper-quiet. You need to tread gingerly on the accelerator to avoid the petrol engine cutting in, but when it does the transition is smooth – the only tell-tale sign being some background engine thrum. It’s disappointing, though, that even after selecting pure-EV mode on the plug-in model its engine cuts in on anything more than a slight incline.

Key information

0-62 MPH10.6 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure


Urban: NMotorway: 70.6
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating