Hyundai Ioniq Electric: owner review

Robert York has covered 17,000 miles in less than a year in his Hyundai Ioniq Electric. He relates his experiences...

Reader's Hyundai Ioniq

Car: Hyundai Ioniq Premium, 28kWh

Owner’s name: Robert York

"I bought our ‘68-plate, 28kWh Hyundai Ioniq Electric Premium second hand in May 2019 – and since then we’ve driven it 17,000 miles. It’s fair to say we use it a lot, then, and most of my driving is on the motorway.

"I knew what I was getting into because our previous car was a new 22kWh Renault Zoe. I’d run it since 2016, and it had actually brought me back to car ownership after a period of about 10 years of living without one.

"The Ioniq stands out to me for its real-world efficiency, even compared with other electric cars. In the summer, when it holds more charge than in colder weather, I get 150-160 miles before I have to plug in, even if I drive on the motorway. And even in winter, when I put all-weather Michelin Cross Climate tyres on (increasing the rolling resistance) I still get 100-110 miles.

Hyundai Ioniq grey side

"I love driving the Ioniq, and I’d simply echo what almost every EV [electric vehicle] driver says about the benefits of electric cars being quiet, smooth and relaxing to drive. People should try them because the upsides are quite considerable in my opinion. I will do everything I can to avoid buying a combustion engined car again – it would be like turning the clock back on the progress I’ve made.

"Of course, there are compromises; on long journeys, I have to stop and fill up more often and for longer than I would in an engined car. It’s worth noting, though, just how far the charging infrastructure has come in the past four years. I've enjoyed a driving holiday in Scotland, covering 2000 miles in two weeks with no trouble, for instance.

"And, against the compromises, I can balance the running costs of around 1p per mile when I charge from home. The slight inconvenience of waiting for a charge is paid back in running cost savings that I’d estimate to be a few thousand pounds a year. I reckon my total costs of ownership, including the lease, are around half what I’d pay for an equivalent petrol-engined car.

EV charger

"A final point I’d like to make – which will make me unpopular in some quarters – is that electric cars aren’t the right choice for everyone. I know evangelists will disagree, but I think it’s worth highlighting that charging can be hard, and expensive, without a home charger; that the initial purchase cost can outweigh the savings if you don’t drive long distances, and that there’s real thought required before you buy.

You also need to know just how many people you'll need to carry frequently, and how far you will need to drive; our mindset tends to be towards buying the longest range we can, to avoid anxiety, but actually the lower--range EVs will suit many buyers and save them a lot of upfront cost."

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