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Hyundai Ioniq Review

Find out more about the Hyundai Ioniq in the latest Motors.co.uk Review

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7
Out of 10
Average Price £21,141
Model Review

The Ioniq is a step up in the EV marketplace. Not only is it a good looking hatch generally, but it has a solid build quality inside and offers plenty of practicality for all passengers.

It is an entirely new model for Hyundai and is also the company’s first crack at an all-electric vehicle – and it’s actually rather good.

From interesting looks to a very well specced interior, the Ioniq easily outperforms rivals such as the Renault Zoe in terms of refinement, and the Nissan Leaf for technology and value for money.

And unlike them it is available as either a fully electric car or a plug-in hybrid or regular hybrid version.

Value for money

As mentioned, this car offers very good value for money when pitted against rivals such as the Nissan Leaf. Costing from £20,585, it comes very well kitted. The mid-spec Premium trim comes with an eight inch infotainment screen, wireless phone charging point, cruise control, Apple CarPlay, heated front seats and LED headlamps as standard.

To upgrade to electrically adjusted leather seats, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, all round parking sensors and chrome interior door handles, you have to option Premium SE, which costs from £26,795.

 

 Looks and image

The Ioniq has a very funky exterior, especially the fully electric version, which comes with copper coloured exterior accents across the front bumper and around the bottom of the doors.

The hatchback styling works very well and gives the car some style, as does the squared plastic window that sits between the end of the rear windscreen and lower boot lid bodywork.

And as electric cars go, this one stands out lightly thanks to its quirky exterior, especially if it is finished in a brighter colour such as “bursting Yellow”.

 

Space and Practicality

Inside, there is ample room for four adults thanks to a good amount of head and legroom. The boot is also a good size, at 443 litres, but is rather shallow thanks to the curved rear that eats into the height slightly. There is certainly enough room for everyday items such as shopping or a pushchair, but your trip to Ikea may be hampered slightly

Engines

The hybrid models come with a 1.6-litre petrol engine that develops 104bhp. These are mated to an electric motor to create the hybrid. The result is a low emission car that has a larger range than the electric model.

The fully electric version has a range of 172 miles, however, which isn’t to be sniffed at. Thanks to an electric motor, the power is instantaneous, developing 118bhp and offering a 0-60mph time of 9.7 seconds.

 

Running Costs

The average cost of running the electric version of the Ioniq is around 72p per mile, according to Fleet News. However, a massive bonus of the Ioniq is that Hyundai offers a five year unlimited mileage warranty as standard, giving owners piece of mind should anything go wrong.

Both hybrid and electric versions offer low running costs, and although the fully electric one will cost more to buy, in the long run it will save money compared to a diesel or petrol alternative.

Rivals

The closest two rivals to the Ioniq are the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe. However, unlike the Ioniq, these two cannot be specified in hybrid form, as they are only available as fully electric versions.

Both also do not have the same level of refinement and technology that the Ioniq has, making it stand out easily from the rest of the EV crowd.

 

Depreciation

As the Ioniq is such a new vehicle, there isn’t a lot to go on in terms of depreciation. However, second hand values are very strong with some cars selling for the same money.

Which Ioniq to Pick

Trims Explained

The Ioniq range is slightly complex in the sense that there are three separate models, SE, Premium and Premium SE. Whichever trim you choose, as standard you get a central infotainment screen, climate control, a parking camera, Bluetooth and a DAB radio. At the other end of the range is the Premium SE. This adds leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, keyless entry and start, Apple CarPlay and wireless phone charging.

Ioniq Hybrid

The Ioniq Hybrid has a 1.6-litre petrol powered engine and is available in SE, Premium and Premium SE. Spend a little more money and you can get a plug-in version, adding a few extra goodies, as well as better charging flexibility.

This model starts at £20,885

Fully electric model

These are available only in Premium and Premium SE trim.

In Summary

  1. Funky styling
  2. Good levels of equipment across the range
  3. Boot slightly compromised by slanted roofline
  4. Although build quality is good, some cheap feeling plastics
  5. Good range
  6. Affordable running costs
  7. Better to drive than its rivals
  8. Well priced
  9. Retains its value on second hand market
  10. Not engaging to drive