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Hyundai Ioniq Hatchback Review Video
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At a glance

New price £22,695 - £31,950
Lease from new From £248 per month
Used price £10,775 - £24,805
Used monthly cost £269 - £619
Fuel Economy 61.4 - 247.8 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £135
Insurance group 10 - 12 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Extremely competitive pricing
  • Hybrid gets dual-clutch gearbox
  • Cheaper and better warranty than Prius

CONS

  • Hybrid still quite noisy, albeit works well
  • Some interior plastics are unappealing
  • Prius still more efficient

Hyundai Ioniq Hatchback rivals

BMW
i3
4.5 out of 5 4.5
Nissan
Leaf
4.1 out of 5 4.1

Written by Adam Binnie on

The Hyundai Ioniq takes a unique approach to the dedicated hybrid and electric car market. A standalone model, distinct from the rest of the Hyundai range, the Ioniq is the only car in the world available in Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric variants in the same bodystyle - we've covered the latter in a separate review.

It's part of a huge elecitrification drive for the Korean maker, sitting alongside the Kona Electric and Hybrid, Nexo and 48V hybrid models elsewhere in the range. This hatchback represents the affordable end of Hyundai's advanced eco-friendly vehicles.

Two hybrid options

The Ioniq Hybrid combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a small battery pack, driving the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

It is capable of travelling on electric power alone, but only for short distances – in most circumstances petrol and electric work together, boosting performance and (hopefully) saving fuel.

It is a direct rival for the Toyota Prius, and has similar aerodynamically optimised styling; the Kia Niro is based on the same platform and technology as the Ioniq Hybrid, but has more of an SUV-style appearance.

Boosting this performance, all-electric range, and of course efficiency is the Plug-in Hybrid version. This has a bigger battery pack and more powerful electric motor, allowing it to travel up to 39 miles petrol-free.

Distinctive styling without looking alien

Ioniq variants have the distinctive, aerodynamically swoopy silhouette of an eco-car, but are intended to have wider-reaching appeal than the slightly awkward and wilfully 'different' looking Prius and Leaf.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq interior

Of the Ioniq variants, the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid have the more conventional styling, with a slatted grille and blue accents inside and out.

Facelift in 2019

An update three years after the car's launch brought new styling inside and out, a 10.25-inch widescreen media unit and tweaks to the drivetrain.

Driver-controlled regenerative braking was added as well as Bluelink connectivity (a phone-based telematics app) plus the ECO DAS efficiency assistant.

Typically competitive pricing 

The Electric version is cheaper and travels further on a charge than an equivalent Leaf, and the same can be said for the EV and PHEV versions compared with their rival from Toyota.

Both versions come with Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, with coverage for the battery components extended to eight years (albeit perhaps confusingly, this is limited to 125,000 miles).

Hyundai Ioniq Hatchback rivals

BMW
i3
4.5 out of 5 4.5
Nissan
Leaf
4.1 out of 5 4.1