Hyundai Ioniq (2016 – present) | Expert Rating

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Summary


The Hyundai Ioniq is a mid-sized five-door saloon and the Korean brand’s first attempt at building a car from the ground up. This Expert Rating covers the hybrid versions (regular and plug-in) of the Ioniq, while the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is covered on a separate page.

When the Ioniq first arrived in the UK in 2016, it was the manufacturer’s most fuel efficient model. UK reviews generally say that this is still the saloon’s biggest strength. Carbuyer commends the Ioniq for its “super-low running costs”, while Auto Trader highlights its “long warranty and genuine ease of ownership”.

The Telegraph adds that the Ioniq’s “aggressive pricing” undercuts its main rivals, including the more widespread Toyota Prius.

However, Carwow comments that the Ioniq does not match the Prius in the practicality department, and says that, while the Ioniq is “just about big enough for small families, it doesn’t look as stylish or feel quite as upmarket inside as alternatives.”

Despite its drawbacks, Which? concludes that the saloon “looks smart without being boring and it excels around town”, and is a good value-for-money proposition for buyers looking to switch from diesel to hybrid power motoring.

The name ‘Ioniq’ is now going to be used as a sub-brand, applied to all of Hyundai’s new range of dedicated electric vehicles (the first of which is the Ioniq 5), which means this particular model will probably not be succeeded by a new generation.

As of May 2022, the Hyundai Ioniq holds an Expert Rating of 63%, based on 17 reviews published by UK media sources.

Ioniq highlights

  • Economical powertrains
  • Comfortable ride
  • Affordably priced
  • Well-equipped as standard

Ioniq lowlights

  • Rather cramped rear seating
  • Alternatives have more boot space
  • Noisy petrol engine
  • Pretty cheap interior design

Key specifications


Body style: Mid-size saloon
Engines:
petrol-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid
Price:
From £24,405 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2016
Last updated: Summer 2019
Replacement due: TBA



Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 80%
Vulnerable road users: 70%
Safety assist: 82%

The Hyundai Ioniq was crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2016, and achieved a full five-star rating. The saloon received good scores across the board – notably its adult protection score of 91%.

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of May 2022, the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Hyundai Ioniq have not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Hyundai Ioniq has received

2019

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hybrid
  • Company Car Today Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid
  • What Car? Awards – Best Hybrid

2018

  • What Car? Awards – Best Hybrid

2017

  • BusinessCar Awards – Best Green Technology
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Plug-in Hybrid
  • Women’s World Car of the Year AwardsSupreme Award

2016

  • Next Green Car Awards – Car of the Year + Best Road-Tax-Exempt Car
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Eco-friendly Car

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