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The Top Gear car review:Hyundai Ioniq

At last, a hybrid that doesn’t make you suffer for its green ideals. Top of the class.


Proper dual-clutch gearbox, real-world economy, very well-priced


Tinny interior, cramped rear seats, far from handsome


What is it?

Hyundai’s Prius, really. It’s got the teardrop, aero-smarting shape. It’s got clumsy detailing so no onlooker will doubt you’re driving a green car. And it’s powered by a combination of 1.6-litre petrol and electric motor power – if you choose it to be. You’ll also be able to buy a fully electric Ioniq that’s targeting the Nissan Leaf head-on, with its competitive 174-mile range good enough to have the BMW i3 nervous. Ioniq Electrics get the cooper-coloured trim, and hybrids have blue highlights. 


Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium 5dr DCT
10.8s 84g/km 78.5 141 £23,440
The cheapest
1.6 GDi Hybrid SE 5dr DCT
10.8s 84g/km 78.5 141 £21,640
The greenest
Electric Premium 5dr Auto
10.2s 0g/km 120 £30,695
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