The Hyundai Ioniq is a hybrid car that’s cheap to run and just about big enough for small families but it doesn’t look as stylish or feel quite as upmarket inside as alternatives
The Hyundai Ioniq hybrid’s well worth a look if you want a small family car that’s cheap to run and easy to drive around town. It’s well-equipped and slightly cheaper than the likes of the popular Toyota Prius and high-riding Kia Niro.
Its low-slung body and swooping roofline look similar to the Prius but the Ioniq is much more interesting inside thanks to some eye-catching blue trims around the air vents and a slick digital display behind the steering wheel.
Things get even better if you pick a mid-range Premium model – they come with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, smartphone mirroring and an upgraded stereo.
It’s not just packed with high-tech features, it’s comfortable, too. There’s plenty of seat adjustment to help you get comfy and lots of head and legroom in the front.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the back seats – tall adults will struggle for headroom and there isn’t enough elbow room for three adults to sit side-by-side comfortably. The boxier Kia Niro will be a better bet if you regularly carry lots of passengers.
When it comes to boot space however, the Hyundai has the edge over the Kia. Its boot it slightly larger and easily big enough for a baby buggy and some large soft bags. Flip the back seats down and there’s enough room to carry a bike with one wheel removed.
The Ioniq looks like it was lifted straight from the Toyota Prius jelly mould. Sadly, it’s not quite as spacious inside but you might still be mistaken for an Uber driver on your way to work
All Ioniq hybrids are powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor that helps them return around 65mpg. The electric motor can power the Ioniq by itself at slow speeds so you can cruise around town almost silently without using any fuel.
Spend more time on the motorway than driving around town? You might want to consider a diesel car instead that’ll return better fuel economy over long distances. The Hyundai struggles to overtake slow-moving traffic and its engine drones rather loudly when you accelerate hard.
Fortunately, systems such as automatic emergency braking that’ll try to stop the car for you if it detects an obstacle ahead helped the Ioniq earn an impressive five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP in 2016. This makes it one of the safest family cars on sale and well worth considering if you want an affordable hybrid that’s easy to drive and cheap to run.
You can read more in-depth info on the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid in the interior, practicality, driving and specification sections of our review over the following pages. Or, if you want to see the kind of savings you can expect on the Ioniq Hybrid, just click through to our deals page.