Hyundai Ioniq Electric running costs

With a highly efficient electric powertrain, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric should make your charge go as far as possible

Insurance group Warranty Service intervals 2019/20 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
21-22 5yrs / unlimited miles 1yr / 10,000 miles From £942 / £1,885

With a starting price of just under £30,000 after the plug-in car grant, it’s hard to call the Ioniq Electric ‘value for money’. The standard 40kWh version of the Nissan Leaf is cheaper, and while it delivers a little less range, buyers are unlikely to notice the difference in the real world.

However, the official figures suggest that the updated Ioniq Electric is the more efficient of the two: its 193 miles of range are provided by a 38.3kWh battery, while the Leaf returns less despite having more capacity at its disposal.

The Ioniq Electric’s on-paper efficiency of five miles per kilowatt-hour (kWh) is right up there with what we’ve seen from our Kia e-Niro long-term test car, and our first drive of the Hyundai in the Netherlands suggested the official estimate is close to what you’ll experience in the real world. We saw a steady fives miles per kWh – even on the motorway – throughout our test drive, although the warm temperatures were almost perfect.

We've since driven the Ioniq in the UK in near-freezing conditions (which negatively affect range on electric cars), and the maximum range displayed on the readout was given as 166 miles. On a mix of motorway and city roads, the Ioniq still managed a very respectable four miles per kilowatt-hour.

Meanwhile, there’s a really big potential saving on the horizon for company-car drivers: company-car Benefit-in-Kind tax for zero-emissions cars is set to fall to 0% in the 2020/2021 financial year, and this will apply retroactively to cars registered before 6 April 2020.

BiK then rises to 1% for these cars the following year, hitting 2% the year after that. With the rate set at 16% for 2019/20, this effectively means a saving of £1,054 and £2,109 for 20 and 40% taxpayers respectively in 2020.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric insurance group

Insurance groupings for the Hyundai Ioniq Electric have been confirmed as 21 and 22 for the Premium and Premium SE trim levels respectively – a bit of a jump up from the previous version's groups 16 and 17. This reflects its higher list price and added performance.

Warranty

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric can’t stretch to the seven-year/100,000-mile warranty afforded to buyers of the Kia Soul EV, however it’s not far off with a five-year/unlimited-mileage guarantee. Hyundai’s battery warranty is even better, offering cover for up to eight years or 125,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Servicing

The Ioniq Electric should be easy to service, as its electric powertrain contains far fewer parts than petrol and diesel equivalents. This means there’s a lot less inside that can go wrong, potentially saving you money in the long run.

The only thing to bear in mind is that only 27 Hyundai dealers in the UK are currently able to service the Ioniq Electric, so it’s advisable to make sure there's one within reasonable travelling distance.

Road tax

Road tax – otherwise known as Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is currently free for all electric cars and the Ioniq Electric is no exception. It'll be exempt from the London Congestion Charge until 2025 as well.