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Hyundai Ioniq (2016 to 2022)

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Hyundai Ioniq (2016 to 2022)

Not a current model

    Summary


    The Hyundai Ioniq was 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 said that this fuel economy the saloon’s biggest strength. Carbuyer commended the Ioniq for its “super-low running costs”, while Auto Trader highlighted its “long warranty and genuine ease of ownership”.

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

    However, Carwow commented that the Ioniq did not match the Prius in the practicality department, and said that, while the Ioniq was “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? concluded that the saloon “looks smart without being boring and it excels around town”, and was 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. Along with its electric counterpart, the Ioniq ended production in Summer 2022.

    No longer on sale, the Hyundai Ioniq holds an Expert Rating of 64%, 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 when new:
    From £24,405 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2016
    Last updated: Summer 2019
    Discontinued: Summer 2022


    Media reviews


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

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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: November 2016
    Date expired: January 2023
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    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

    The hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Hyundai Ioniq have not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    As of September 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Hyundai Ioniq to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Ioniq, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Hyundai Ioniq has received

    2022

    • What Car? Electric Awards – Best Used Hybrid Family Car

    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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    A value-for-money hybrid saloon, the Hyundai Ioniq was well-equipped and cheap to run, but rivals had more interior space and refinement.Hyundai Ioniq (2016 to 2022)