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Hyundai Ioniq review

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 quite expensive to buy and has a limited range, but if you think its real-world 130-mile range fits in with your lifestyle, the low cost of electricity versus petrol means it could pay for itself over time. An 80% charge takes just 33 minutes on a fast charger, although lesser chargers will take far longer; a three-pin socket will need 10-12 hours, while a wall box takes four to five hours.

The regular Hybrid is expected to be the best seller and is priced below rivals such as the Toyota Prius. The Ioniq's low CO2 emissions of 84g/km are far better than many similarly sized diesel hatchbacks and, although it’s still slightly less clean than the Prius, its lower price cancels out some of the extra company car tax. The Plug-in Hybrid might be the better bet if your regular commute is less than 31 miles, given that it claims to travel that far on electricity alone.

Standard kit is competitive on all three versions, including 15in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, climate control, automatic emergency city braking, seven airbags and hill start assist on even the entry-level SE.

We’d say spend a little more to step up to Premium, though. It adds keyless start, a 7.0in driver's instrument cluster and 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.

Premium SE trim starts to look a bit pricey, but brings leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and front parking sensors. There are also additional safety features that include blindspot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert, which halts the car if it detects perpendicular traffic moving into your path as you reverse.

The Ioniq scored the maximum five stars in its crash testing with Euro NCAP and its adult protection score is particularly strong in the class. Nevertheless, it is very narrowly beaten in all categories by Toyota's 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.


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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.

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