New Hyundai Ioniq vs used BMW 3 Series: which is best?

The five-year warranty of a new Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid is a big draw, but can it beat the appeal of a cheaper used BMW 330e?...

New Hyundai Ioniq vs used BMW 330e

New Hyundai Ioniq vs used BMW 3 Series – alternatives

New Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid vs used Volkswagen Passat GTE

The Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid has an EV range of 25 miles that’s similar to most rivals, and it has solar panels to provide a bit of charge to the battery when parked. But it starts at £31,695, which is significantly higher than a new Ioniq.

There are a number of used plug-in alternatives to a 330e, but few are quite as good as the Volkswagen Passat GTE. Spacious, well made and an EV range of 30 miles mean it’s just as capable; it just isn’t as fun to drive.  

New Hyundai Ioniq vs used BMW 3 Series – which is best?

New Hyundai Ioniq vs used BMW 330e

It all depends on what you need in a car. If you want lots of equipment, a greater electric range, better boot space access and a long warranty, then the Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid would be the one to have. Our favourite flavour of Hyundai Ioniq is still the cheaper hybrid version because it’s nicer to drive and has a more comfortable ride, but the reduced running costs of the plug-in version might just swing it for you.

However, it’s hard to ignore the appeal of a used BMW 330e. It’s much faster, sharper to drive and also leagues ahead in terms of long-distance cruising. True, you won’t have the same amount of aftersales cover, but that’s to be expected when you’re buying an older car. Plug-in hybrids might not be the great deals they once were, but they could make much more sense as used purchases instead. And, even though it was once in the care of someone else, you might be the first person to unwrap that charging cable.

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