The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a spacious, conservative, popular EV
Hyundai Ioniq Electric Review
The Ioniq Electric was Hyundai’s first foray into the electric car world.
It came out in 2016 and is still going strong today, after a refresh towards the end of 2019. This latest version of the 100% electric Hyundai Ioniq is a 5-door hatchback with plenty to offer.
The styling makes it look like a conventional car, as does its body shape. But inside, it has plenty of modern driving tech and enjoys all the advantages of electric driving.
- Comfortable and spacious
- Drives and feels like a conventional car
- A good all-rounder
- Nice decor inside
- No ‘stand out’ features
Hyundai Ioniq Electric Range
The Ioniq has a 38 kWh battery which translates into a range of about 175 miles, in the real world.
Anything over 150 miles is pretty solid for an EV. How often do you drive more than 150 miles in a day? If you do, then you will probably want a higher range electric car.
The Ioniq can also use rapid chargers at motorway service stations at a charging rate of up to 44 kW. That’s not particularly fast for a modern EV.
Ioniq Electric Price
There are two trim levels for the Ioniq as follows:
- Premium: from £29,950
- Premium SE: from £31,950
These prices include the PiCG grant.
How does it compare to the competition? It’s the most expensive in the list of other EVs that cost less than £32,000 and can do at least 150 miles on a single charge: Vauxhall Corsa-e, Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe and Peugeot e-208.
However, it is bigger inside than all of them, except the Leaf which is quite similar in size.
Basically, the Ioniq is a kind of ‘Mr Average’ type of car. Average specs, average range, average price, and so on. For many people, that’s exactly what they want.
Who is the Hyundai Ioniq Electric for?
This Hyundai electric car is front-wheel drive, has 5 doors and 5 seats.
Its 100 kW motor (136 bhp) gives it a top speed of 103 mph. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in 9.9 seconds.
In terms of aesthetics, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is probably best described as conservative, both inside and out. However, the design is standing the test of time, and it’s perhaps an antidote to some of the more outlandish EV concepts out there.
Equipment levels and the driver experience are both very good. Space in the back seats of this Hyundai electric car is also fine for both legroom and headroom, and the boot is pretty spacious.
The Ioniq is already a popular EV for families, due to its space, price, and practicality. Its range is good enough for most occasions, though you would need to plan ahead for longer trips.
The Hyundai Ioniq would also be a comfortable, sensible choice for commuters, as long as the home to work distance is not too big.
In summary, this Hyundai EV is a sensible, capable electric car. A second hand one at a low price could be a real steal.
- If you would like more information about EVs in general, please see our main Electric Cars page.
- For specific details about the Ioniq itself, see the main Hyundai UK Ioniq Electric website.