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Hyundai Ioniq (2016 to 2022)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

71
%
A

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

62
%
D

Safety Rating:

61
%
C

Eco Rating:

84
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

87
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

71
%
A

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

62
%
D

Safety Rating:

61
%
C

Eco Rating:

84
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

87
%
A

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.

As of May 2024, the Hyundai Ioniq holds a Used Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 71%. That’s the same score as the Ioniq Electric, but just a couple of points behind.

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 tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Evo

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Fleetworld

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Heycar

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The Telegraph

+

Which?

+

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%

Notes on safety rating

The Hyundai Ioniq was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2016 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2023 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

Although the rating has now expired, the score is still useful if you are comparing a used Ioniq to vehicles of similar age – whose ratings will have probably also expired.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Hyundai Ioniq were not lab tested by Green NCAP during their production lives. The Ioniq Electric was tested, but its scores are not representative of the hybrid or plug-in hybrid versions.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of May 2024, 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 to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Ioniq, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Hybrid models62 mpgA61 – 63 mpgA – A
Plug-in hybrid models257 mpgA257 – 257 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Hybrid models103 g/kmA102 – 105 g/kmA – A
Plug-in hybrid models26 g/kmA26 – 26 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models39 milesD39 – 39 milesD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models12A10 – 12A – A

The Hyundai Ioniq is a very affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Its fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures are very good, although the official numbers for the plug-in hybrid models are ridiculous because the UK/EU government lab tests are hopelessly inadequate for assessing plug-in hybrid vehicles. The same applies to every other plug-in hybrid car on the market, rather than being specific to the Hyundai Ioniq.

Insurance costs should also be very competitive, although it should be noted that we don’t have data for servicing and maintenance costs.

Finally, the battery range for the plug-in hybrid might show a poor score, but that’s pretty normal for a plug-in hybrid when compared to a fully electric car with a much larger battery.

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

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Hyundai Ioniq, you might also be interested in these alternatives

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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)