Hyundai Ioniq (2016) Review

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Hyundai Ioniq (2016) At A Glance

Available as hybrid, plug-in or pure EV. Easy and relaxing to drive. Low running costs.

Limited rear headroom. Hybrid has poor ride quality on some surfaces. Bland inside and out. Foot parking brake.

New prices start from £21,790, brokers can source from £20,756
Contract hire deals from £219.11 per month
Insurance Groups are between 10–12
On average it achieves 68% of the official MPG figure

The Ioniq is Hyundai’s answer to the Toyota Prius, but it has a trick up its sleeve. Because there's the choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric power. That means there is a model to suit different drivers, whether they only drive short distances or regularly cover lots of miles.

The cheapest model of the three is the hybrid, which uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine alongside an electric motor. It can run on electricity alone at low speeds or when cruising, but most of the time the petrol engine will be running.

It’s reasonably quiet unless tasked with hard acceleration and the driving experience feels much like any other automatic car, since the gearbox is a six-speed dual-clutch, unlike the sometimes droning CVT used in the Toyota Prius. Official economy is 83.1mpg, with emissions of 79g/km.

The battery-powered version, identified by its smooth front grille, has a range of up to 174 miles on a full charge. It’s extremely responsive at low speeds, making it a perky performer in town, but it also copes well at motorway speeds, helped by its very quiet cabin. It’s certainly quieter and more refined than the hybrid.

The plug-in hybrid version combines the best of both worlds, in theory – giving enough electric range to cover the average commute, but with a conventional petrol engine to take over when travelling further afield.

Inside, the Ioniq is neatly laid out, comfortable and comes with plenty of technology. There’s a standard-fit touchscreen, but you'll need Premium trim to get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, which means apps like Spotify and Google Maps can be accessed on the move. All models do come with adaptive cruise control, a parking camera, climate control and lane keep assist though.

The back row provides ample leg room, but the sloping roofline limits head room for taller occupants, while the split tailgate glass restricts rear visibility. Boot space is ample for shopping or luggage, but is slightly restricted on the EV, owing to the larger battery pack. There’s also a couple of charging leads to haul around, though they’re not too bulky.

For those seeking an alternatively-fuelled car, the Ioniq is an interesting alternative to the Toyota Prius hybrid or Nissan Leaf EV. It’s competitively priced, very well-equipped and provides options to suit most types of driving, plus it comes with a reassuring five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. 

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid 2016 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Hyundai Ioniq (2016)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

47–148 mpg

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I'm looking to trade in my car when the scrappage scheme is announced. What electric hatchback do you recommend?
I currently have a 2004 Citroen C4 - which I'll part exchange when the new scrappage scheme is announced. I'm looking for a similar-sized car, automatic, and either petrol, PHEV or electric, depending on the the scrappage scheme details. What cars would you recommend in each of the three categories? Kind regards.
How about a Hyundai Ioniq? It's a really good hatchback that's available with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric power - so you can decide which suits you best. If you fancy a hybrid (which is a good introduction to 'alternative' power), we'd also suggest looking at the Toyota Corolla. If you'd like an electric car, the upcoming Volkswagen ID.3 could be a good option. You could save £3000 on an Ioniq with Hyundai's scrappage scheme. Details here: Or £2000 on the Toyota Corolla:
Answered by Andrew Brady
I need to buy a car during lockdown, what do you recommmend?
My car was written off prior to the lockdown. I need to buy a replacement and so would really welcome your advice, especially as I'll not be able to test drive cars so will need to buy online and arrange for it to be delivered. I do approximately 8000 miles a year, mostly journeys in city traffic and occasional long journeys with my wife and young child. I'm looking at a used petrol or hybrid vehicle that is reliable, safe, comfortable and has generous boot space. Automatic or manual. I'm looking at spending about £8000 but would be willing to go up to £15,000 or higher as might be necessary. My very limited research suggests that an old Toyota Avensis Estate, Volvo V70 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate could be suitable. However, something newer or even an SUV might be a better buy. Your recommendation would be enormously welcomed.
I would recommend the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid. It is comfortable, easy to use and will return 60+mpg on the road: A budget of £15,000 will get you a 2018 model that will still have a considerable chunk of its five-year unlimited mileage manufacturer warranty left on its books:
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best, used plug-in hybrid?
What are the best, used plug-in hybrids on the UK market currently?
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a popular choice. It's very reliable and practical. If you don't need an SUV, consider something smaller like a Volkswagen Golf GTE or Hyundai Ioniq. You could also consider premium alternatives like the Mercedes-Benz C350e or BMW 330e.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best hybrid car?
I do a fair bit of town and motorway driving and was wondering what is the best family hybrid car?
We'd recommend the Hyundai Ioniq or Toyota Corolla - both really good hybrid family cars that come with long warranties.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Hyundai Ioniq (2016) cost?

Buy new from £20,756 (list price from £23,795)
Contract hire from £219.11 per month
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