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Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq has been rated as one of the UK's safest cars for 2017The Hyundai Ioniq claims to be the first car sold in the UK with three choices of electric powertrain; a regular hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a fully-electric model.

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The Ioniq is Hyundai’s challenger to the market-leading Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf, although it generally manages to look more normal than either of those. The regular hybrid and fully-electric model have been on sale in the UK since October 2016, and the plug-in model joins the range in the second quarter of 2017.

Already a winner of several eco awards, the Ioniq is also an accomplished performer in Euro NCAP crash tests. Lane keeping assist systems are also standard across the range.

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Stuart Masson

Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.


  1. I purchased a brand new Jeep 3ltr Summit on the with Sept 2015.when it was serviced the garage who sold me my car damaged the interior so I took in to a local jeep dealer.During the conversation I found out the car was 13 month old when i purchased it .Can I do anything about it.

    • Stuart Masson

      Hi Richard. A car is legally considered brand new when it is first registered, not when it was built. As long as the car complies with all legislation at time of registration, it doesn’t matter how old it is. It is very common for cars to sit around for months or even more than a year after being built before being registered.

      Your new car warranty commenced on the day it was first registered, not when it was built, so you haven’t lost anything there. A dealer is not obliged to tell you when a car was built, although if you ask then they have to answer you honestly. They are also not required to disclose minor damage unless you ask about it.

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