Hyundai IONIQ prices released for UK

Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid in white

These prices are for hybrid and EV versions that will be on sale from 13 October. The plug-in hybrid will only arrive in 2017.

We still don’t have prices for other European countries, but we can compare the UK prices with local alternatives, like Toyota Prius or Nissan Leaf.

For example the Toyota Prius in the UK starts from £23,295. This means the IONIQ hybrid is 16,5 % cheaper.

Regarding to the EV version we have to compare it to Nissan Leaf 30 kWh Acenta trim that starts at £29,730. The IONIQ EV is only 2,5 % cheaper. Not much difference. But with similar prices, the IONIQ easily beats the Leaf.

Besides prices, Hyundai also released information about the range and battery warranty. The range is 280 km (NEDC) and the battery warranty is 8 years or 200.000 km (LG Chem knows how to do things right).

Let’s see some advantages comparing it to the Leaf:

  • More efficient (lower weight and better aerodynamics)
  • Better range, NEDC is 280 km
  • Better battery warranty, 8 years or 200.000 km
  • Better battery lifespan from active cooling
  • Faster DC charging
  • CCS and type 2 as charging standards
  • It has AEB, now required for 5-star Euro NCAP
  • Android Auto
  • Doesn’t have weird froggy eyes

For me the AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) is a must. Wouldn’t consider a new car without it.

Of course that Nissan can easily reduce the Leaf’s price, since the building costs have been dropping for years now, but the price was kept pretty much unchanged because there wasn’t real competition. Now facing with new competition, both from new similar range and double range electric cars, Nissan will have to drop the Leaf’s price. At least 5.000 €, or even more. If Nissan can sell the Note for 12.450 €, I can’t see why a Leaf would have to cost more than 20.000 €. The Bolt is coming and the price drops will be here soon…

Now we just have to wait and see how many IONIQ EV Hyundai wants to sell. Since the battery is made by LG Chem, I don’t think that supply will be a problem, unlike the Kia Soul EV that has a battery made with SK Innovation cells.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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5 years ago

Hola Pedro lima. Yo estoy muy interesado en jubilar mi actual coche por este Ioniq-Hibrido pero resido en España y aquí el Prius se vende por 29.800 euros…..¿Crees que saldra por unos 20.000 euros aquí? .

5 years ago

+9000£ for almost identical car? With bigger battery but with no complicated combustion engine, no transmission, clutch etc… I call it ridiculous.

5 years ago

+9000£ difference is just silly…
I believe the IONIQ has a 28 kWh pack so if they pay LG the same price as GM the pack only costs 4,200 USD which of course is less that 4,200£…
It is better than the Leaf in about every way…
I want to see how VW prices the higher range Golf anf how Ford prices the higher range Focus… and of course if they will actually stock them and try to sell them… whcih will also be a question for the IONIQ but since it is dedicated I assume they will…

5 years ago
Reply to  Yoda

Do you know which LG Chem cells are used in Ioniq EV battery?
The Ioniq has very good efficiency compared to the Leaf
30kWh Leaf, NEDC 250km
28kWh Ioniq, NEDC 280km
Are these values correct?

5 years ago

As stated above … More efficient (lower weight and better aerodynamics)

Less weight helps but the aerodynamics is probably the bigest factor in having more range from less battery….

Ralf K
5 years ago

You say: Faster DC charging for the Ioniq.

The pricesheet for the ioniq EV says: “CCS Combo Rapid Charge Port (50KW)”. Looks like Hyundai reduced this from 100 kW DC to 50 kW DC, and therefore the same charging power as the Leaf.

5 years ago
Reply to  Ralf K

The Korean Hyundai pages does mention 100kW charge power, taking 23 minutes to 80%.

5 years ago
Reply to  Tore

The battery is too small to take 100 kW, I heard something around real 70 kW max and quickly throttles down to the typical 50 kW.

5 years ago

Better than Leaf but you will see that Ioniq will sell as bad as Soul EV because Hyundai/Kia are selling like a compliance company:
– not worldwide
– not nationalwide in US
– only some dealer in France, Germany and a hand full in Italia will sell it. In Norway there will be no real availibilty like the Soul …

And so its no competition for Renault-Nissan until they change their mind.

5 years ago

The Nissan Note for 12500 € is a very stripped down version, really not comparable with the lowest Leaf Visia.
Not to forget the higher fuel costs and maintenance costs for the ICE.