Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid review
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You can get the Hyundai Ioniq with three different electrified engines – a pure electric option, a plug-in hybrid and the full hybrid we’re reviewing here. The Ioniq Hybrid is a direct competitor to the ever-popular Toyota Prius. It even has a similar long, tapering silhouette and hatchback body, which makes it good as a family hatchback as well for anyone after an efficient yet affordable car. Otherwise, the styling is a bit generic and forgettable but is certainly inoffensive.
The Ioniq Hybrid is powered by a 104bhp, 1.6-litre petrol engine, which is paired with a 43bhp electric motor and 1.56kWh battery. The latter is only there to assist the engine, though: unlike the plug-in version, the basic Ioniq Hybrid isn't capable of travelling on pure electric power for any great distance. It’ll creep around on electric power at manoeuvring speeds, but otherwise the engine will always be in play, and it’s not the quietest at higher revs.
Still, with fuel economy at a claimed 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 103g/km, it promises very low fuel and running costs, although – like the Prius – recent changes to the way cars are tested for economy has seen the CO2 figure creep up, so it’s no longer exempt from the London Congestion Charge.
The Ioniq Hybrid is an attractive company-car option, with a low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate of 19%, which works out at around £1,700 a year in company-car tax for the next three years.
Standard equipment is good, with alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, air-conditioning, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth and DAB radio included on the entry-level model. Most buyers will go for mid-range Premium, which adds a bigger touchscreen sat-nav system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the Premium SE has a leather-clad interior and blind-spot warning.
The interior of the Ioniq is straightforward – solid-feeling and well designed, although it does feel a little cheap in certain areas. From the easy way it drives to the logical interior, the Ioniq Hybrid is a car that anyone could to jump in and drive straight away.
It’ll comfortably accommodate a small family, too. There’s space to spare for front and rear-seat passengers, and the boot is a bit bigger than a Toyota Prius’. All the attributes that have made the Prius such a success apply equally to the Ioniq, only the Hyundai is usefully cheaper to buy, so the appeal is clear. It’s also covered by a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and has a good reputation for reliability, while every model gets automatic emergency braking (which brakes the car autonomously if it detects an imminent collision) and lane-keeping assistance.
As a first hybrid offering from Hyundai, the Ioniq is certainly impressive – a well rounded and great-value package that deserves to steal sales from the Toyota Prius.