Hyundai Ioniq Electric reliability & safety

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

Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Euro NCAP rating Adult protection rating Child protection rating Safety 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

There are no major problems to report when it comes to the reliability of the Ioniq Electric, and that warranty – while not quite as generous as the seven-year deal offered with the Kia Soul EV – will have you covered for the first few years of ownership.

According to our sister title Auto Express' 2019 Driver Power survey, the Ioniq is one of the top 10 cars to own in the UK: drivers report low running costs and cheap servicing, while the standard safety features are an added bonus.

The Ioniq repeated this strong showing in the 2020 running of the survey, coming home ninth out of the top 75 cars ranked. Hyundai as a brand also did well in this most recent survey; consumers said it was the 13th-best manufacturer out of 30 looked at.

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 a collision. With a plethora of airbags on the front, side, curtain and by the driver’s knees, the Ioniq achieves an excellent 89% adult protection rating, as well as 80% for child protection and 70% for pedestrian protection.

The safety assist systems earn 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.