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Hyundai Ioniq Electric (2016-2022) running costs, insurance, warranty & tax

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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

5.0 out of 5

Fuel Type:
Electric
Insurance groupsWarrantyService intervalsAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
16-175yrs/unlimited miles1yr/10,000 milesFrom £128/£256

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 five miles per kWh – even on the motorway – throughout our test, although the warm temperatures were perfect for EV motoring.

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We've since driven the Ioniq in the UK in near-freezing conditions (which negatively affects the range of 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.

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 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 zero for all electric cars and the Ioniq Electric is no exception. It's exempt from the London Congestion Charge until 2025 as well.

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