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Hyundai Ioniq Electric (2016-2022) reliability & safety rating

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric reassures buyers with its five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, plus a five-year warranty

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.5 out of 5

Fuel Type:
Electric
Euro NCAP ratingAdult protection ratingChild protection ratingSafety assistance rating
5 stars (2016)89%80%86%

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric gets a lot of safety equipment as standard, while a maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating from 2016 should give you peace of mind, too. Hyundai also has a decent reputation for reliability, backed up by a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric reliability & problems

According to the 2021 Driver Power survey, the Ioniq is the 27th-best car to own in the UK, having topped the fuel-economy and running costs category given how cheap it is to own, while the standard safety features are an added bonus. Hyundai as a brand finished mid-table in this most recent edition of the survey; consumers said it was the 16th-best manufacturer out of 29 rated.

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The reliability score for Hyundai as a whole was less encouraging, with an above-average 21% of respondents reporting problems with their car – although this isn’t specifically representative of the Ioniq Electric. Hyundai’s five-year warranty should at least offer some peace of mind for the first few years of ownership should you have any problems.

Safety

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric itself hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but the hybrid version has: as these vehicles’ architecture is more or less the same, the Ioniq Electric will therefore perform similarly in a collision. With a plethora of airbags on the front, side, curtain and by the driver’s knees, the Ioniq achieved an excellent 89% adult protection rating, as well as 80% for child protection and 70% for pedestrian protection.

The safety assist systems earned a score of 86%, although this is based on technology available when the car was tested in 2016. Today, the Ioniq Electric is offered with automatic LED headlights with high-beam assist, a rear-view monitor and smart cruise control. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB), eCall – which can automatically ring the emergency services in the event of an accident – and a driver attention alert system are included, too.

The top-of-the-range Premium SE trim adds blind-spot detection, lane-following assistance and rear cross-traffic alert systems, although Hyundai should be applauded for making the most useful features part of the entry-level Premium package.

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