Hyundai Ioniq (2016) Review

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 £20,210
Insurance Groups are between 10–12
On average it achieves 69% 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

Real MPG average for a Hyundai Ioniq (2016)


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47–151 mpg

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I think you'll struggle to find an electric car capable of that distance on a charge with a £15k budget. You could consider a plug-in hybrid – something like a Hyundai Ioniq PHEV will be able to cover local journeys under electric power, while having the back up of a petrol engine for your longer journeys. If most of your journeys are 160 miles, don't dismiss diesels – they'll be very efficient and make a lot of sense for this kind of mileage.
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Can you charge a car at home? If so, an electric car might work for you... it'd certainly be well suited to your regular short journeys. Consider a Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 or Kia Soul EV. All three would make a good introduction to EVs and should be practical enough for your needs. If you can't charge a car at home, it sounds like a hybrid would work well. We'd recommend a Hyundai Ioniq – it's a bit bigger than your Jazz and your budget will get a 2018 model with the remainder of its five-year manufacturer warranty. Consider a Kia Niro, too, particularly if a crossover SUV body shape appeals.
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What are the best small and medium-sized hybrid cars?
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We'd recommend the new Toyota Yaris or Honda Jazz. If you'd prefer something a little bigger, consider a Toyota Corolla or Hyundai Ioniq.
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The new Volkswagen ID.3 could be a good option. The popular mid-range model can officially cover 260 miles between charges, so 150 miles should be fairly doable even in the middle of winter. However, if most of those miles are at motorway speeds (where an EV's battery can deplete quite quickly), you might find a hybrid a better option. We'd recommend the Toyota Corolla or Hyundai Ioniq.
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What does a Hyundai Ioniq (2016) cost?

Buy new from £20,210 (list price from £23,795)