Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in review - verdict

The delayed Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in promises eyebrow-raising fuel economy at an...

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08 August 2016

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in review - verdict

Should I buy one?

There's no doubt that the Ioniq Plug-in is a cheap proposition for most buyers. It's competitive at list price and comes hugely well equipped next to its closest rivals for the money. Its 26g/km CO2 emissions mean it falls into the 9% BIK tax bracket for company car drivers, too, so financially it makes an extremely attractive company car.

However, value isn't all about money. A Volkswagen Golf GTE might cost slightly more to buy outright and demand marginally more each month in company car tax payments, but it feels like a more sophisticated package and so ultimately worth the extra. The Golf GTE is far better to drive, is more spacious and higher-quality inside and has a better infotainment system; added together, this makes the Golf GTE the more rounded plug-in hybrid choice.

What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5

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Price £29,295 (before £2500 plug-in car grant)

Engine size 4cyl, 1580cc, petrol, plus electric motor

Power 139bhp

Torque 195lb ft

Gearbox 6-spd automatic

0-62mph 10.8sec

Top speed 115mph

Gov't economy (official combined) 257mpg

CO2/BIK band 26g/km/9%

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