Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid running costs, insurance, warranty & tax

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is cheaper to buy than a Toyota Prius, and cheap enough to challenge conventional hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.5 out of 5

Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalsAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
11-125yrs / unlimited miles1yr / 10,000 milesFrom £1,182 / £2,364

The Ioniq Hybrid undercut the hybrid Toyota Prius when the latter was on sale, which was one of the key reasons buyers were likely to consider it, but it’s closer in price to the Toyota Corolla hatchback. The Hyundai also stands toe-to-toe with the Toyota’s fuel-economy and CO2 emissions figures, while beating the 58.9mpg of the Kia Niro Hybrid, with its less aerodynamic SUV styling.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid insurance group

Insurance groups range from 11-12, which is on par with the Prius. For context, a Hyundai i10 city car falls into the same insurance groups, so this is about as cheap as insurance gets.

Warranty

Hyundai offers a five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which is one of the best on the market given that most normal diesel or petrol cars have three years of cover. Toyota offers a three-year/60,000-mile warranty (which can be extended up to 10 years with regular Toyota servicing), while Kia betters them both with seven years/100,000 miles of standard cover.

Servicing

The Ioniq Hybrid will tell you when it needs servicing by pinging up a message on the dashboard, so the intervals between scheduled maintenance will vary depending on how you use the car. Whatever mileage you do, Hyundai’s fixed-price servicing plans are affordable, and you can even extend the plan to five or eight years. Go with one of Hyundai’s official servicing plans and you also get free roadside assistance.

Road tax

The Hyundai Ioniq doesn’t get free access to the London Congestion Charge zone (only fully electric cars do these days), while normal road tax will cost £145 a year – a £10 saving compared to a non-hybrid car. If free access to low-emissions zones and road-tax exemption are high on your list of priorities, you’re in luck, as the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is also available, although it’s more expensive to buy or lease owing to its costly battery.

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