The Ioniq is Hyundai’s attempt to draw buyers out of conventionally powered cars and into its range of alternative powertrains – you can’t buy one without some kind of electrification.
Currently, there’s a hybrid and full electric option, with a plug-in hybrid joining the range next year.
It’s a smart-looking car that’s benefitted from being designed with alternative powertrains in mind from the very beginning. That means there are fewer compromises to be made, with the full EV version getting a unique closed-off grille.
While the likes of the Toyota Prius, which the Ioniq will attempt to steal sales from, use a much-maligned CVT transmission, the Hyundai uses a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, which improves drivability.
The hybrid system uses an electric motor mated to a 1.6-litre petrol engine and emits just 79g/km of CO2. That means big savings on road tax and at the pump.
We’ve taken a look through the range to find the car most suitable for all budgets – if you’ve been tempted by the Ioniq’s enticing pricing and quirky styling, take a look at our guide to find the perfect fit for you.
The smart choice for those on a budget – Ioniq Hybrid SE
For those looking to save money, the Ioniq hybrid’s base specification is the way to go. Although the electric model’s running costs should be significantly lower, it costs more to start with so you’d have to be doing a lot of miles for it to pay off. And if you’re doing that many miles, you’d have to recharge the batteries all the time making progress difficult.
So, stick with the hybrid and enjoy cheap motoring that’s still good for the environment. Standard exterior styling includes 15-inch alloy wheels, two-tone rear bumper and a black window surround.
Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and electric windows all around help lessen the feeling you’re in the budget option.
The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid SE starts at £19,356.
The smart choice for value for money – Ioniq Hybrid Premium SE
Looking at the Ioniq range, the value option is the top-spec hybrid thanks to the fact it’s marginally less expensive than even the cheapest electric model.
Optional 17-inch alloy wheels are available only on this trim, while chrome finishing around the door handles and windows nod to the car’s more premium stance.
Inside, alloy pedals, heated and ventilated seats and leather seat trims give the car an instantly more premium feel.
The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Premium SE starts at £23,540.
The smart choice for technophiles – Ioniq Electric Premium SE
Buyers looking for the best and most interesting technological features should go straight in for the electric vehicle.
The 28kWh battery gives an estimated range of 174 miles, so it’s probably not often you’ll find yourself struggling to make your destination. And even if you’re travelling further than that, Hyundai claims it can recharge to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes.
In the dashboard is an eight-inch touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as a wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones.
All electric models come with chrome finishing on the exterior and specially-designed 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the Premium SE gets all the same features as the top-spec hybrid model above.
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric Premium SE starts at £30,740.
December 2, 2016