Hyundai Ioniq (2016 – 2022) Review
Hyundai Ioniq (2016 – 2022) At A Glance
The Hyundai Ioniq was launched in 2016, just as the push towards electrification started to gain momentum. In a bid to cover all bases, the Hyundai Ioniq was offered with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric power options. They all look similar and have the same well made cabin, albeit with restricted rear headroom, so there’s a Hyundai Ioniq to suit almost every used budget and requirement as an alternative to the Ford Focus PHEV, hybrid pioneer the Toyota Prius or electric trailblazer the Nissan Leaf. Read on for our full Hyundai Ioniq review.
That means there is a model to suit different drivers, whether they only cover short distances or regularly rack up lots of miles.
The hybrid 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 was claimed at 83.1mpg, with emissions of 79g/km.
The battery-powered full-electric 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 Hyundai 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 the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality that allows apps such as Spotify and Google Maps to 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 legroom, but the sloping roofline limits headroom for taller occupants, while the split tailgate glass restricts rear visibility.
Boot space is fine 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, although they’re not too bulky.
For those seeking an alternatively-fuelled used car, the Hyundai Ioniq is an interesting choice. It’s well equipped and provides options to suit most types of driving.
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