Hyundai Ioniq Review 2022

Hyundai Ioniq At A Glance

4/5

+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 £24,395
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. 

Looking for a second opinon? Why not read heycar's Hyundai Ioniq review.

Real MPG average for a Hyundai Ioniq

RealMPG

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

69%

Real MPG

47–151 mpg

MPGs submitted

372

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Switching from EV to hybrid or diesel - what should I buy?
"I have been a Nissan Leaf owner for five years and it's absolutely fantastic for local driving but as soon as I go further afield I can't be sure I will be at a certain place by a certain time, especially now EV chargers are filling up fast with new EV drivers. After lots of thought I've decided to go back to either a second hand hybrid car or fuel car. I have ended up unable to decide because some dealers have advised me that diesels are being phased out and I won't get my money back when I come to sell. Can you recommend an economical car with good mpg because they seem to vary a lot too! Or a good hybrid."
Going from an electric car to a diesel does seem to be a bit of a backwards step and probably wouldn't be a good idea unless you cover a lot of motorway miles (more than 12,000 a year). A hybrid could be a good compromise. Is the latest Toyota Corolla within budget? It's a very reliable hybrid hatchback that'll be cheap to run. Take a look at the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid, too. Our Real MPG data should give you an idea of realistic fuel economy: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/real-mpg/
Answered by Andrew Brady
Will swapping to all-season tyres benefit road noise, handling and fuel economy?
"The original 195/65 R15 Michelin Energy Saver tyres fitted to my hybrid Hyundai Ionic have 3mm on the front and 5mm on the rears after 17k miles. Whilst looking online for new front tyres, I noticed some attractive discounts on Michelin Cross Climates with a free dashcam (worth £100) when buying four tyres. The Energy Saver tyres don’t seem particularly noisy except on rough road surfaces, so would there be an advantage to switch to the all-season Cross Climates in terms of road noise, handling and mpg? Many thanks. "
There are two parts to this. The first is in regards to the dash camera. I would look into the brand (you haven't mentioned what it is so I can't help) but, generally speaking, these offers appear better than they are because the dash cam is potentially not very good. I'd argue you could probably find something decent - dash camera wise - without spending too much and without changing all four tyres. With that said, CrossClimate+ is a good tyre if you think it'll suit your needs. Most drivers get all-season tyres to prevent them from having to switch from summer to winter tyres. Essentially, these tyres are able to grip the warm dry roads of summer but also work well on colder winter days. The rubber mix used in these tyres is designed to function well at temperatures both below and above zero degrees Celsius. In milder climates such as that of the UK, where the summers are rarely exceptionally hot and winter snowfall is light in most regions, these tyres are seen as a good compromise. They also work very well in the wet. All-season tyres can also be more comfortable and offer longer tread-wear, too. However, there are a few factors you should take into consideration before you decide whether all-season tyres are right for you. Firstly, if winter conditions are harsh and result in frequent snow or ice in your location, then it's probably wiser to opt for winter tyres. Secondly, all-season tyres are a compromise as they don’t need to be changed every six months or so when the seasons change — which can result in lower costs — but means they won't match the performance of winter tyres in wintry conditions or of summer tyres in dry conditions. If you don't need to change all four tyres yet and your happy with the current Energy Savers fitted, I wouldn't personally suggest changing them.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Our catalytic converter was stolen, ruining the car. Can you recommend a replacement?
"Earlier this week, my husband parked his 2008 Honda Jazz in a small car park and went birdwatching about an hour's drive away. When he returned, to cut a sad story short, someone had stolen the catalytic converter. This left the car damaged beyond repair, the power steering/automatic gear/instrument panel were all caput. We know very little about cars really, can you help with advice please for a replacement? He does travel around the county (Devon) birdwatching so does reasonable mileage. We need a hatchback with a fairly roomy/squareish boot as he grows plants to take and sell at market/car boot sales, too. We think we'd like a hybrid if possible, for the fuel economy and environmental reasons. This would be a secondhand car with a budget of up to about £12,000. The Honda Jazz has been a great little workhorse but we were persuaded by the salesman that its automatic gearbox was better than the newer cars. But the 2008 model is one to be avoided! It certainly doesn't like hill starts. He would like something maybe a little bigger, but nothing huge as there are a lot of narrow roads in Devon. I do hope you can help us. Best wishes."
If you can find one in budget, a Toyota Corolla sounds like a good option. We receive many reports of thefts of catalytic converters from Toyota models (as well as Hondas) but not the Corolla. The brand says it's reduced the amount of precious metal content in its latest hybrid models. The Corolla is an excellent, practical hybrid vehicle that represents decent value for money. Alternatively, we'd recommend a Hyundai Ioniq. Again, it's a hybrid model, and – as it's been on sale longer than the Corolla – there'll be more to choose from.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Could an electric car manage a 160-mile roundtrip without stopping to charge?
"I'm a volunteer driver taking people for treatment. The total round trip is 160 miles, but there's no changing point at this hospital. Is it possible to get an EV that will do this trip in the Scottish winter for about £15,000? It'll have to be a used car, but I'm not fussy."
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.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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