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
|Euro NCAP rating
|Adult protection rating
|Child protection rating
|Safety assistance rating
|5 stars (2016)
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.
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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictA mid-life facelift gave the Hyundai Ioniq Electric more range, more power and a new infotainment screen, so it's still a strong contender in the family electric-car class
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe facelifted 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric got a larger battery, giving it a longer driving range than before
- 3Running costs & insuranceWith a highly efficient electric powertrain, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric should make your charge go as far as possible
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe latest version of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric has an electric motor producing a healthy 134bhp
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe new 10.25-inch touchscreen found in the latest Hyundai Ioniq Electric is one of the best we've used
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Hyundai Ioniq Electric is far from the most practical electric family car these days, but it's more than adequate in key areas
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThe Hyundai Ioniq Electric reassures buyers with its five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, plus a five-year warranty