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.
Standard kit is competitive on all three versions. The hybrid and plug-in hybrid models get 15in alloy wheels as standard, while the electric Ioniq gets larger 16in wheels. A driver attention monitor and lane-keeping assistance are also standard, as is an automatic emergency braking system (AEB), which can recognise pedestrians and cyclists. As an option, you can add adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitoring system and a system that can keep you centred in your lane 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 our 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, scoring only two stars in the hybrid category.
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