Hyundai Ioniq Electric running costs

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

Hyundai Ioniq Electric
Running costs Rating
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervals2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
21-225yrs / unlimited miles1yr / 10,000 miles£0

With a starting price of just under £30,000 after the plug-in car grant, it’s hard to call the Ioniq Electric ‘good 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 kWh.

Meanwhile, this car promises big savings for company-car drivers, with Benefit-in-Kind tax for zero-emissions cars falling to 0% in the 2020/2021 financial year, as well as applying retroactively to cars registered before 6 April 2020. BiK then rises to 1% in the following year and 2% the year after that.

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.


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.


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 not all Hyundai dealers in the UK are currently able to service the Ioniq Electric, so it’s advisable to make sure there's one that can 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.

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