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  • Launched in 2016
  • Family hatch
  • Hybrid, PHEV, EV
  • Launch year
    2016
  • Body type
    Family hatch
  • Fuel type
    Hybrid, PHEV, EV

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Best bits

  • Well priced and cheap to run
  • Choice of three electric powertrains
  • Premium specification comes well equipped

Not so great

  • EV is range not as good as rivals
  • Tight rear-seat headroom 
  • Toyota Prius is even cheaper to run

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Overall verdict on the Hyundai Ioniq

"If you want to embrace our electrified future (in a car sense) but aren’t quite sure which form of electrification to go for, the Hyundai Ioniq has all the options – hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or a full electric – only the Kia Niro offers the same variety."

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Whichever Ioniq you go for, they look almost identical – squint and you’ll see the all-electric version has a blanked off grille – but they all share a rakish rear window tapering to an upright tail for excellent aerodynamics without seriously compromising the Ioniq’s practicality.


The standard Ioniq hybrid uses a 1.6-litre petrol boosted by an electric motor that blends in power to save fuel or can revert to a full electric mode at low speeds for short periods. The small battery that powers it scavenges its power back when coasting, braking or by using the petrol engine as a generator.


If you want a bit more electric-only range, you’ll want the PHEV model which has a larger battery and can run for 32 miles on the green stuff, enough to cover most daily commutes. That means you can slash your running costs – charging takes a little over 2hrs from a home wall charger and costs pence rather than pounds – while still having a conventional petrol engine to fall back on for longer journeys. 


Above that plug-in model sits the pure electric Ioniq, which has an electric only range of up to 193 miles but not a conventional engine safety net for big trips. It’s ideal if you only ever drive in the city, where an EV is at its most efficient. 


Whichever Ioniq you go for, you’ll find they’re all easy to drive with light controls and easy performance, while reversing sensors and a camera are fitted across the range. The hybrid and PHEV models, meanwhile, have a twin-clutch gearbox that’s a big improvement on the droning CVT that’s fitted to the Toyota Prius hybrid. 


Inside, the Ioniq’s cabin is dominated by an eight-inch infotainment screen that shows you exactly what its high-tech powertrain is getting up to, but everything else is pretty conventional. Interior quality is good with soft-touch plastics used on the dashboard and the tops of the doors.


What’s not so good is rear seat space, which is eaten into by the car’s sloping roofline and will leave your taller passengers brushing their heads off the headlining. Up front, you’ll get comfortable even if you're more than six-foot tall and the boot is also large enough for a set of suitcases. 


As a result, if you’re looking to buy your first EV, PHEV or hybrid the Ioniq should make the transition as smooth as possible while providing a worthy alternative to the default choice that is the Toyota Prius.

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100kW Premium SE 38kWh 5dr Auto

  • 2020
  • 9,326 miles
  • Wessex Hyundai Cardiff
  • Glamorgan, CF118TT
Price:£25,995
PCP: £425.57/mo

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1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium SE 5dr DCT

  • 2021
  • 1,094 miles
  • Smiths Motor Group Hyundai Peterborough
  • Cambridgeshire, PE38YL
Price:£24,995
PCP: £418.68/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £418.68, Customer Deposit: £3,749.00, Total Deposit: £3,749.25, Optional Final Payment: £11,265.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,673.05, Total Amount Payable: £29,668.05, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.46%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Hyundai Ioniq right for you?

The Ioniq provides electrification for everyone’s needs. The self-charging model is perfect as an alternative to a diesel hatchback, while the plug-in Ioniq is an excellent pick for those wanting emissions free short journeys, with the additional peace of mind of plentiful range from the petrol engine should you need it. For those wanting an inexpensive fully electric car then the Ioniq’s also got you covered. 

What's the best Hyundai Ioniq model/engine to choose?

That really depends on your circumstances. The standard hybrid model will return excellent fuel economy and makes most sense if you don’t have somewhere to charge a car. On the other hand, if you do have somewhere to charge it and have a short commute, the PHEV could save you a fortune getting you to and from work. The electric model, meanwhile, could be the car for you if you have room to charge it and don’t need a car for long hauls up the motorway.  

What other cars are similar to the Hyundai Ioniq?

The most obvious rival to the self-charging and plug-in models is that hybrid trailblazer the Toyota Prius or Toyota Prius Plug-In. That’s not offered as a pure electric though so you’ll need to visit Nissan for a Nissan Leaf, or Volkswagen for its Volkswagen ID.3


The Ioniq’s closest rival, and the only other model to offer the three differing powers within a single body is the Kia Niro and Kia e-Niro. It’s more SUV-like in its looks, though rather than the more conventional look of the Ioniq. There is also Hyundai's own Hyundai Kona and Hyundai Kona Electric.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Hyundai Ioniq a good car?

If you're looking for an alternative to the Toyota Prius then the Hyundai Ioniq is a good car well worth considering. The Hyundai has a more responsive gearbox that makes it a touch nicer to drive, while the Prius counters with slightly better fuel economy. Both are great options if you're looking for efficient city transport.

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Is the Hyundai Ioniq self charging?

The Hyundai Ioniq is a self-charging hybrid – so there's no need to plug it in to charge the battery – but you can also have it as a plug-in hybrid or as a pure electric car, which have a progressively longer electric-only range.

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Are all Hyundai Ioniqs automatic?

All Hyundai's drive like an automatic, although the electric model actually relies on a single tall gear which is possible because of its high torque electric motor. Both the hybrid and PHEV versions have a dual-clutch automatic that's quicker and quieter than the CVT in the Toyota Prius.

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Are hybrid cars worth it?

Hybrid cars are worth it if you do lots of driving in town, where they are generally cheaper to run than a petrol or diesel. That said, if you predominantly drive on the motorway, you'll probably still be better off with a diesel.

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