Hyundai Ioniq (2016 – present) | Expert Rating



The Hyundai Ioniq is a mid-sized five-door saloon and the Korean brand’s first attempt at building a car from the ground up. This Expert Rating covers the hybrid versions (regular and plug-in) of the Ioniq, while the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is covered on a separate page.

When the Ioniq first arrived in the UK in 2016, it was the manufacturer’s most fuel efficient model. UK reviews generally say that this is still the saloon’s biggest strength. Carbuyer commends the Ioniq for its “super-low running costs”, while Auto Trader highlights its “long warranty and genuine ease of ownership”.

The Telegraph adds that the Ioniq’s “aggressive pricing” undercuts its main rivals, including the more widespread Toyota Prius.

However, Carwow comments that the Ioniq does not match the Prius in the practicality department, and says that, while the Ioniq is “just about big enough for small families, it doesn’t look as stylish or feel quite as upmarket inside as alternatives.”

Despite its drawbacks, Which? concludes that the saloon “looks smart without being boring and it excels around town”, and is a good value-for-money proposition for buyers looking to switch from diesel to hybrid power motoring.

The name ‘Ioniq’ is now going to be used as a sub-brand, applied to all of Hyundai’s new range of dedicated electric vehicles (the first of which is the Ioniq 5), which means this particular model will probably not be succeeded by a new generation.

As of May 2022, the Hyundai Ioniq holds an Expert Rating of 63%, based on 17 reviews published by UK media sources.

Ioniq highlights

  • Economical powertrains
  • Comfortable ride
  • Affordably priced
  • Well-equipped as standard

Ioniq lowlights

  • Rather cramped rear seating
  • Alternatives have more boot space
  • Noisy petrol engine
  • Pretty cheap interior design

Key specifications

Body style: Mid-size saloon
petrol-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid
From £24,405 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2016
Last updated: Summer 2019
Replacement due: TBA

Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 80%
Vulnerable road users: 70%
Safety assist: 82%

The Hyundai Ioniq was crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2016, and achieved a full five-star rating. The saloon received good scores across the board – notably its adult protection score of 91%.

Eco rating

No eco rating

As of May 2022, the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Hyundai Ioniq have not been lab tested by Green NCAP.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Hyundai Ioniq has received


  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Hybrid
  • Company Car Today Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid
  • What Car? Awards – Best Hybrid


  • What Car? Awards – Best Hybrid


  • BusinessCar Awards – Best Green Technology
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Plug-in Hybrid
  • Women’s World Car of the Year AwardsSupreme Award


  • Next Green Car Awards – Car of the Year + Best Road-Tax-Exempt Car
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Eco-friendly Car

Similar cars

If you’re looking at the Hyundai Ioniq, you might also be interested in these alternatives

BMW 3 Series | Ford Kuga | Kia Niro | Mercedes-Benz C-Class | Nissan Leaf | Peugeot 508 | Renault Megane | SEAT Leon | Skoda Octavia | Toyota Prius | Toyota Prius Plug-in | Vauxhall Astra | Volkswagen Golf | Volkswagen Passat | Volvo S60

Buy a new or used Hyundai Ioniq

If you’re looking to buy a Hyundai Ioniq, The Car Expert’s partners can help you find the right car

Cazoo 600x300

Buy a car online from your sofa.
We’ll deliver it. Find out more

Motors 600x300

Search less, live more. We make finding the right car simple. Find out more

The UK’s automotive search engine. All the cars in one place. Find out more

Motorpoint logo 600x300

Lease a new Hyundai Ioniq

If you’re looking to lease a new Hyundai Ioniq, The Car Expert’s partners can help you find a competitive deal

Carparison 600x300

Personal contract hire deals from Carparison Leasing. Find out more

Hippo Leasing 600x300
Moneyshake logo 600x300
LeaseLoco logo 600x300
Ready2Lease logo
Rivervale Leasing logo 2022

Personal contract hire deals from Rivervale Leasing. Find out more

Hyundai Ioniq on car subscription

If you’re interested in a car subscription, The Car Expert’s partners can help (PS: What’s a car subscription?)

Mycardirect subscriptions – 600x300
Wagonex logo 2022
Cazoo 600x300
Elmo logo 600x300


Source link