Hyundai Ioniq (2016–)

Model History

January 2016

Hyundai Ioniq revealed

Built on a chassis created specifically to carry the world’s first choice of three efficient and ultra-low emission powertrains, the IONIQ boasts 53% Advanced High Strength Steel combined cleverly with lightweight aluminum. The new model saves 12.6kg (45%) of weight by casting non-structural bodywork from aluminum, such as the hood, tailgate and suspension components. Where crash structure or energy absorption is necessary, the structure features Advanced High Strength Steel that can withstand significant collision forces.

The new model was created with dynamic ride and handling at its core, a characteristic that sets the IONIQ apart from other hybrid vehicles. Positioning the car’s batteries low and forward achieves a low center of gravity that enables highly responsive, stable cornering. The IONIQ furthers its handling prowess with dual lower arm multi-link suspension fitted at the rear.

The full IONIQ range will feature a choice of electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid powertrains, a world first for a single model. At the unveiling in Korea, details were shared for the first version to come to market – the hybrid.

With the world’s highest thermal efficiency (40%), the new 1.6-liter Kappa GDi engine developed exclusively for Hyundai Motor’s hybrid engines, combines with the permanent magnetic electric motor to deliver maximum outputs of 105ps and 47ps –engine and motor respectively.

Within the engine, class-leading thermal efficiency of 40% is achieved, while the head and block is split for optimized cooling. Plus, the 200 bar high pressure 6-hole direct fuel injector further improves fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions.

Alongside this, the Lithium Ion Polymer Battery delivers outstanding charge and discharge performance, optimizing output from the high voltage motor and allowing for rapid regeneration. Controlling power distribution is a hybrid-exclusive Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which presents a dynamic driving experience unique to IONIQ. Class-leading power transmission efficiency of 95.7% delivers a prompt response, acceleration performance and smooth gear changes to delight drivers with handling alongside the hybrid’s efficiency.

July 2016

Hyundai Ioniq prices announced

Prices will start from £19,995 for the Ioniq Hybrid SE 1.6 GDi, which includes standard features such as 15-inch alloy wheels, DAB with Bluetooth, Cruise Control and Rear Parking Sensors with Rear View Camera. Standard safety features include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) and individual Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

The Ioniq Hybrid Premium 1.6 GDi, from £21,795, provides additional equipment over the SE, including keyless entry with push button start, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED rear combination lamps and a driver’s supervision instrument cluster with 7-inch LCD display. Integrated satellite navigation with TomTom Live services, an Infinity audio system with Android Auto / Apple CarPlay and Wireless Phone Charging (where supported) also feature as standard.

From £23,595, Ioniq Hybrid Premium SE 1.6 GDi models benefit from enhanced comfort equipment such as leather seats with heated/ventilated front seats and heated outer rear seats, heated leather steering wheel and a driver power seat with Integrated Memory System. Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Front Parking Assist and optional 17-inc alloy wheels round off this range topping trim.

Ioniq Electric prices start from £28,995 for the Premium specification, mirroring Hybrid Premium, with specific equipment including Automatic Windscreen Wipers with Rain Sensor, 16” alloy wheels, LED headlamps and rear combination lamps and Advanced Smart Cruise Control. Integrated satellite navigation is standard across the IONIQ Electric range.

Fuel Type CO 2 Emissions (g/km) VED Band Recommended
On The Road Price
IONIQ Hybrid
IONIQ Hybrid SE 1.6
GDi
Petrol 79 A £19,995.00
IONIQ Hybrid Premium
1.6 GDi
Petrol 79 A £21,795.00
IONIQ Hybrid Premium
SE 1.6 GDi
Petrol 79 A £23,595.00
IONIQ Electric
IONIQ Electric Premium N/A 0 A £28,995.00
IONIQ Electric Premium SE N/A 0 A £30,795.00
Optional Extras
Metallic / Pearl Paint £565.00
17" alloy wheels (IONIQ Hybrid Premium SE only) £400.00

July 2017

Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale

Priced from £24,995 OTR, including the £2500 Plug In Car Grant, the Ioniq offers up to 39 miles of pure electric driving with a total range of 680 miles.

It combines a 105PS 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 61PS electric motor, driven through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The combined system output is 141PS. Ultra-low CO2 emissions of just 26g/km means it attracts zero-rate VED in the first year and offers a low BIK rate of just 9% for 2017/18.

The new model is available in Premium and Premium SE specification. The former offers a high level of standard equipment, including: 16” alloy wheels, Bluetooth, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Smart Cruise Control and an 8-inch integrated satellite navigation unit.

The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is available in Polar White as standard, or with a choice of six metallic colours; Phantom Black, Platinum Silver, Iron Grey, Demitasse Brown, Marina Blue and Phoenix Orange. The lava stone interior trim features blue accents throughout the cabin and control surfaces.

Model Fuel Type CO 2 Emissions (g/km) VED Band Recommended
On The Road
Price
Recommended
On The Road Price
After PICG
P11D Value

BIK %

IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid Premium

Petrol

26 A

£27,495

£24,995

£27,440

9%

IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid Premium SE

Petrol 26 A

£29,295

£26,795

£29,240

9%

Optional Extra

Metallic / Pearl Paint

£565

POD Point 7kW home charger wall box

£300

January 2019

Hyundai Ioniq updated for 2019

Hyundai has announced a series of updates for its Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models, with an enhanced Ioniq Electric to follow soon after.

All new Ioniq models are equipped with a comprehensive Hyundai SmartSense technology package as standard. The competitive safety package provides Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA) among other features ensuring drivers can drive safely even in heavy traffic during rush hour. Moreover, Driver Attention Alert (DAA) alerts the person behind the wheel to focus on the road.

The interior has also been updated and packed with new convenience features. The optional 10.25 inch Audio Video Navigation system displays a wide variety of useful information, featuring voice recognition software as part of Bluelink. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are built-in as standard. Below the screen, the control panel for the heating and climate control has been redesigned as well, sporting a sleek, glossy finish.

Outside, the new Ioniq is equipped with Hyundai’s cascading mesh grille and a new front and rear bumper design, creating a more refined and dynamic look. The optional LED head and taillights have been completely redesigned. There are also three more paint colours available – Fluidic Metal, Electric Shadow and Liquid Sand – for a total of eight.

In an effort to better preserve the environment, the new Ioniq is equipped with the world’s first ‘Green-zone Drive Mode (GDM)’ which automatically switches the vehicle’s driving module in designated areas to further run on electric power rather than the internal combustion.

Taking a cue from the Kona SUV, the 2019 IONIQ adopts 1-pedal driving capability, Smart Regenerative Braking, Utility Mode use of onboard functions even while the vehicle is switched off, and Eco+ Mode for extending remaining energy during unforeseeable emergency situations.

August 2019

Updated Ioniq Hybrid prices announced

Hyundai has announced the pricing and specification changes for the new Ioniq range, which will be in showrooms from the 5th September.

New Ioniq models receive refreshed exterior designs including redesigned grilles. The Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models now sport a mesh radiator grille with three dimensional cells, whilst the Electric models now feature a redesigned grille with active air flaps to assist in powertrain cooling. All models have new front and rear bumpers, headlamps and tail lamps, whilst interior changes to new Ioniq include a comprehensive redesign of the dashboard with upgraded materials and finishes, updated instrument cluster, cabin mood lighting and all new touch type temperature and multimedia controls. A new 10.25” widescreen navigation system is available on all Premium, Premium SE models across the range and on the limited edition 1st Edition Hybrid model.

As well as refreshed design, technical enhancements are also seen throughout the range. New Ioniq Electric receives a larger battery which increases in size from 28kWh to 38.3kWh and a more powerful motor rising from 88kW to 100kW for improved efficiency. In addition, new Ioniq Electric also receives driver controlled fully adjustable regenerative braking with 1 pedal driving functionality and smart regenerative braking. This automatically regulates the regenerative braking power depending on road inclination and forward momentum to ensure the smoothest driving experience whilst maximising efficiency and range. The New IONIQ Electric’s larger battery will recharge from flat to 100% charge in 6 hours 5 minutes on a 7kW charger, whilst 80% charge can be achieved on a 50kW within 57 minutes and will provide a range of up to 184 miles.

Whilst the electrified 1.6 GDi, 6 speed DCT powertrains for new Ioniq Hybrid and new IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid are carried over from the previous models, both vehicles now benefit from driver controlled regenerative braking, adding additional control and furthering zero emission driving capability. The new Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid’s 8.9kWh battery will recharge from flat to 100% within 2 hours 15 from a 7kW charge point and provides an electric only driving range of up to 30 miles.

Starting from £22,795, the new Ioniq Hybrid SE Connect offers customers 15” alloy wheels with aerodynamic wheel covers, LED daytime running lamps, automatic headlamps with High Beam Assist, rear parking sensors with guidance system, cruise control, leather wrapped steering wheel and cloth seats with an electric lumbar support adjustment for the driver. A standard 8” touchscreen media centre with subscription free Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™ also features a rear view monitor, which the driver can select to view as the vehicle is in motion. Safety features include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), Driver Attention Alert (DAA) and eCall.

The new Ioniq Hybrid Premium is priced from £24,695 and builds on the SE Connect spec with the addition of 15” alloys which are bespoke for the trim, LED headlamps, keyless entry with stop/start button, a chrome window surround, heated front seats, automatically dimming rear view mirror and chrome effect interior door handles. The Premium trim is the first trim level to include the new widescreen 10.25” touchscreen with navigation and Bluelink® telematics, as well as subscription free Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™ and a wireless charging pad for compatible devices as standard.

From £26,995, the new Ioniq Hybrid Premium SE offers top of the range specification which offers 17” alloy wheels, chrome exterior door handles, rear privacy glass and automatic windscreen wipers. Interior specification includes leather seat trim, heated and ventilated front seats, an electric parking brake, an electrically operated driver’s seat with memory function, heated rear outermost seats and smart adaptive cruise control with stop and go function. Standard safety equipment includes Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Follow Assist (LFA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Premium SE specification also gives customers the no cost option of Shale Grey or Red Umber interior trim colours and a cost option sunroof.

An addition to the regular line up, the limited edition Ioniq Hybrid 1st Edition is priced from £24,955. Based on the Premium specification trim, the 1st Edition offers customers the addition of key equipment enhancements including 17” alloy wheels, electric parking brake and Lane Follow Assist (LFA) from the Premium SE specification for only £260 more than the Premium model.

The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid Premium starts from £29,950 and includes 16” alloy wheels, LED daytime running lamps, LED headlamps with High Beam Assist and dusk sensor, rear parking sensors and a chrome window surround. Interior specification includes the new widescreen 10.25” touchscreen with navigation and Bluelink® telematics, as well as subscription free Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™ and a wireless charging pad for compatible devices, an electric parking brake, climate control, leather wrapped and heated steering wheel, auto dimming rear view mirror, keyless entry with start/stop button, rear view monitor and adaptive cruise control with stop/go function. Cloth seat trim features, with heated front seats and an electrically adjustable driver’s seat lumbar support. Standard safety features include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert and eCall.

From £31,950, the new Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid Premium SE offers equipment enhancements over the Premium, with chrome exterior door handles, privacy glass, leather seat trim, heated and ventilated front seats, an electrically operated driver’s seat with memory function, heated rear outermost seats and automatic windscreen wipers. Additional standard safety features include Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Premium SE specification also gives customers the no cost option of Shale Grey or Red Umber interior trim colours and a cost option sunroof.

The fully electrified Ioniq Electric Premium starts at £29,450 after the Plug In Car Grant (PICG) is deducted. Premium trim offers 16” alloy wheels, automatic LED headlamps with high beam assist, LED daytime running lamps and chrome window surrounds. The interior specification includes the new widescreen 10.25” touchscreen with navigation and Bluelink® telematics, as well as subscription free Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™, a wireless charging pad, a leather wrapped and heated steering wheel, cloth seat trim with heated front seats, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat lumbar support, electric parking brake, automatically dimming rear view mirror and climate control. Convenience technology includes a rear view monitor, smart adaptive cruise control with stop/go function, rear parking sensors with guidance system and keyless entry with start/stop button. Safety features include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), eCall and Driver Attention Alert.

Completing the range, the new Ioniq electric Premium SE is priced from £31,450 after PICG. Building on the Premium trim level, the Premium SE offers chrome exterior door handles, privacy glass, leather seat trim, heated and ventilated front seats, an electrically operated driver’s seat with memory function, heated rear outermost seats and automatic windscreen wipers. Additional standard safety features include Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Follow Assist (LFA) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Premium SE specification also gives customers the no cost option of Shale Grey or Electric Shadow trim colours and a cost option sunroof.

What does a Hyundai Ioniq (2016) cost?

List Price from £23,795
Buy new from £20,756
Contract hire from £219.11 per month