Hyundai IONIQ PHEV Launches In UK With Aggressive Pricing

JUL 8 2017 BY MARK KANE 22

After more than a few delays, Hyundai is finally introduction the IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid in Europe, beginning in the UK on July 13, with fairly aggressive pricing.

The new Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid

The IONIQ Plug-in will be available from £24,995 ($32,300 USD), including a Plug-In Car Grant of £2,500.

However, if one wants to extrapolate that price to other regions, and the Hyundai IONIQ Electric (BEV) is already on sale, it’s easy math, as the two have the same starting MSRP.

In the US, the IONIQ Electric retails from $29,500, with the PHV version to arrive this Fall nationally – so we expect similar pricing.

We should mention that the plug-in Hyundai is locally priced considerably less (£4,200) than the new Toyota Prius Plug-In (aka Prime) at £29,195. The IONIQ is also equipped with a similar battery pack to the Prius Plug-In; a 8.9 kWh pack is found in the IONIQ Plug-In, and 8.8 kWh inside the Prius Plug-In.

What’s more interesting, the base IONIQ Plug-in is equipped decently at the entry level pricing.

Their is also a 7 kW home charging station on offer, made by POD Point that will cost £300, including installation.

Quick specs for IONIQ Plug-in:

  • 8.9 kWh battery up to over 62 kilometres (39 miles) in all-electric mode (estimated: around 25 miles/40km in real world/EPA)
  • 45 kW (61 PS) electric motor and 105 PS 1.6-litre GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). System output is 141 PS.
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.6 seconds
  • Top speed of 180 km/h (111 mph)

Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in


The new model is available in Premium and Premium SE specification. The former offers a high level of standard equipment, including: 16” alloy wheels, Bluetooth, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Smart Cruise Control and an 8-inch integrated satellite navigation unit. Unique to the IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid variant, the navigation system features state-of-the-art ECO-DAS technology. ECO-DAS has predictive energy management that optimises the battery charge and discharge, as well as a coasting guide for the driver, instructing them when to lift off the throttle to use less fuel.

Further highlights of Premium specification include: heated front seats and steering wheel, LED headlights and rear combination lamps, wireless smartphone charging, and a Rear Parking Assist System with Rear View Camera. Standard safety features include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) and individual Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

2018 Hyundai IONIQ Plug In

For drivers seeking even greater comfort and convenience, IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid Premium SE trim starts from £26,795 including PICG. The step up adds leather seat facings, front seat ventilation, rear seat heating and an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat with memory function. Premium SE also includes alloy pedals, rain-sensing wipers, Blind Spot Detection and Front Park Assist.

The IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid is available in Polar White as standard, or with a choice of six metallic colours; Phantom Black, Platinum Silver, Iron Grey, Demitasse Brown, Marina Blue and Phoenix Orange. The lava stone interior trim features blue accents throughout the cabin and control surfaces.

2018 Hyundai IONIQ Plug In

IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid pricing:

ModelFuel TypeCO2 Emissions (g/km)VED BandRecommended
On The Road
On The Road Price
After PICG
P11D ValueBIK %
IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid PremiumPetrol26A£27,495£24,995£27,4409%
IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid Premium SEPetrol26A£29,295£26,795£29,2409%
Optional Extra
Metallic / Pearl Paint£565
POD Point 7kW home charger wall box£300

Insurance groups: Group 11 for Premium, Group 12 for Premium SE

IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid Specification:

IONIQPlug- in Hybrid
PremiumPremium SE
Hybrid 1.6 GDi (44.5KW Electric Motor) – 6 Speed Dual Clutch Transmission (141PS)
16″ Alloy Wheels
Bumper Accents [1]
Door Mirrors – Body Coloured
Exterior Door Handles – Body Coloured with Chrome Insert
Radiator Grille – Active Air Flap
Radiator Grille – Gloss Black with Chrome Inserts [1]
Rear Bumper – Two-Tone [1]
Rear Spoiler with Integrated LED Brake Light
Side Body Moulding
Window Surround – Chrome Finish
Alloy Pedals
Interior Colour-coded Seat and Trim Accents [1]
Interior Door Handles – Chrome Effect
Driver’s Seat – Heated
Driver’s Seat – Ventilated
Driver’s Seat – Electric Adjustments
Driver’s Seat – Height Adjustment (Manual)
Driver’s Seat – Lumbar Support (Electric)
Driver’s Seat – Memory Function
Front Passenger’s Seat – Heated
Front Passenger’s Seat – Ventilated
Front Passenger’s Seat Height Adjustment (Manual)
Head Restraints – Vertical and Horizontal Adjustment (Front)
Head Restraints – Vertical Adjustment (Rear)
Rear Seats – Split Folding (60/40)
Rear Seats (Outer) – Heated
Seat Trim – Cloth
Seat Trim – Leather (Seat Facings Only)
Air Conditioning – Driver-only Mode
Air Conditioning – Dual Zone Climate Control
Automatic De-fog System for Front Windscreen
Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirror
Automatic Headlights with Dusk Sensor
Automatic Windscreen Wipers with Rain Sensor
Daytime Running Lights – LED
Door Mirrors Puddle Lights
Fog Lights – LED Rear
Headlights – Bi-Xenon
Indicator Lights – Door Mirror (LED)
Interior Light – Centre
Interior Light – Luggage Compartment
Interior Light – Map Reading Light
Positioning Lights – LED
Rear Air Vents – Centre Console
Rear Light – LED
Rear Windscreen – Heated
Solar Glass with Windscreen Shade Band
Charging Cable – Emergency 3 Pin Connector (ICCB)
Charging Cable – 7 Pin Type 2
POD Point 7Kw Home Chargeroo
12V Power Outlet
Arm Rest – Front with Storage
Centre Console – Tablet Storage
Cruise Control – Smart Adaptive Speed Control
Cup Holders – Front
Door Mirrors – Electric Adjustment and Heated
Door Mirrors – Power Folding
Drive Mode Selector – Gear Lever
Electric Power Steering with Variable Drive Modes
Electric Windows – Front and Rear
Electric Windows – Front with Anti-trap and One-touch Controls
Front Seat Back Pockets – Driver’s Seat
Front Seat Back Pockets – Passenger’s Seat
Luggage Net
Paddle Shift Gear Change
Parking Brake – Foot Brake
Parking Sensors – Front and Rear
Parking Sensors – Rear
Parking System – Rear Camera and Guidance System
Steering Wheel – Heated
Sunglasses Holder
Tyre Repair Kit
Windscreen Washer Fluid Sensor and Warning Indicator
Bluetooth® Connectivity [2]
Driver’s Supervision Instrument Cluster with TFT Display (7″)
Eco Driving Assistant System (ECO DAS)
Phone Connection – Apple CarPlay™ [2]
Radio, RDS, DAB
Speakers – Upgraded Infinity Sound System – 1 Centre, 2 Tweeters, 2 Front, 2 Rear, 1 Subwoofer and 1 Ext Amp
Steering Wheel Audio, Phone and Cruise Controls
Touchscreen Satellite Navigation (8″) including Traffic Messaging Channel,
Mapcare and LIVE Services [4]
USB – Driver’s Arm Rest (Charging Only)
USB and Aux Connections – Front
Wireless Phone Charging Pad [2]
Airbag – Front Passenger De-activation Switch
Airbags – Front, Front Side, Curtain and Driver’s Knee
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
Blind Spot Detection System (BSD)
Central Locking – Remote Control
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS)
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Individual Tyre Pressure Display
Metallic / Pearl Paintoo
POD Point 7Kw Home Chargeroo


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22 Comments on "Hyundai IONIQ PHEV Launches In UK With Aggressive Pricing"

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In UK market, Prius Hybrid is priced @ £24,115 and the Prius Prime @ £29,195 and compared to those prices the Ioniq Plugin @ £24,995 is much cheaper and affordable.

All Prius Hybrid buyers can simply pay an extra £880 and get a plugin which goes 25 miles on electricity alone. All that is needed now is that the Hyundai should supply to the dealers and dealers should sell it.

I had a 2nd real-life glimpse of an Ioniq (still the ICE hybrid) yesterday.

It is a *very* good looking car. And I am not one who’s generally into how cars look (haha, we have a Leaf, nuff said).

If the BEV version was available here in Seattle this spring, we might have ended up with it.

I agree completely. Ioniq looks whole lot better in person than in photos, kind of reminds me of mini-Tesla 3. I just wish the performance matched the looks (and taller rear seat headroom).

So a few thoughts.. This should murder the regular Prius hybrid. I honestly can’t think of any reason I’d pick the Prius hybrid over this.

However.. The Prius Prime vs. Ioniq Plug-In is a close comparison. Each has a few pros and cons:

I like the interior of the Ioniq better with a driver-oriented instrument cluster.

I like the EV-only mode than the Prius Prime has, allowing a true (albeit slow) EV experience

I like the charging door size and location of the Ioniq better. That huge door on the Prime (designed for Chademo that we’ll never get) and the rear location is annoying.

The styling of the two cars is sort of a wash for me. I like them both, for different reasons.

Yes. but by that token who would be stupid enough to get a Prius Prime over a Chevy Volt? I guess the Volt costs a little more, but it has twice the electric range. It has way better performance.

I guess the PP has better long distance fuel economy, but unless you are driving long distances every week, I suspect you still come out behind with the PP due to it running on gas more frequently than the Volt.

IoniqPH = 5 seats, Prime = 4 seats

IoniqPH has bigger behind the seats storage than Prime.

IoniqPH probably has better efficiency than Prime.

IoqniqPH probably cost less than Prime in US.

IoniqPH pretty much wins on most (all?) measurable fronts, but it wears the Hyundai badge, and that will cost them.

Ioniq made by Hyundai and the Prius made by Toyota.
Let’s not forget why so many actually buy an ugly car such the old prius and why they are used as taxis in many cities around US.

>> I like the charging door size and location of the Ioniq better.

My wife parks her Prime on the right side of the garage, to allow maximum room for the driver’s door. I back in for the same reason.

That makes plugging in very easy and completely eliminates stepping over cords. It also makes plugging in while parked in the driveway possible.

How are other 2 plug-in vehicle homes dealing with recharging?

The main problem with the driver’s side charge port is if you ever want to use a curbside charger. Then you have to drag a heavy dirty cable across your hood and scratch it all to hell. Why not just put charge ports on the passenger side? The only disadvantage that I can think of is people maybe forgetting that they’re plugged in. But in my city there’re a tonne of curbside chargers, and they’d be difficult to use with the Ioniq.

There’s no way too forget. The charger protocol is to disallow vehicle movement when connected.

Or put it in the middle of the front or back of the vehicle (like the LEAF). Automatically ‘international’.

True, but when I think about how the front of my car looks in the summer, or how the back of it looks in the winter, I’m glad to have to touch those areas as little as possible.

The more important competition to the Ioniq is not the Prius but conventional gas and diesel cars.

Go for the BEV model.
PHEV will loose in the long run.

Only £500 more than the EV after ULEV grant. I can see it doing well.
To think Mini had the cheek to announce the Countryman PHEV. The Germans can make that if they like.

I have to say I’m disappointed in the PHEV version. I was really hoping the Volt will get some real competition but as it stands the Volt is far above and alone in the practical ev range PHEV segment. Too bad, even the design is similar.

I double-dare anyone to call Hyundai and ask to even see the all electric EV Ioniq. Then ask why you can’t.

Because the supply has all been gobbled up by Korean domestic market ? Hyundai is desperately trying to catch up with the demand

I wanted this car so badly. It’s great looking (IMO), decent although not stellar range, lots of room inside… But then I found out that they don’t allow roof racks on it.
So angry at Hyundai. They’re offering a delicious Michelin starred meal that just happens to come with an inconspicuous little nugget of poop hidden in it.


Cars (NOT SUVS) with roof racks are an active persons’ best friend.

Rate the roof for a ski box, or 5 bikes (it is a 5 passenger vehicle).

Amen, brother.

I got the electric one, and am sort of annoyed that the charge port is on the rear of the car. Seems like, since they already had the PHEV in production with a front-mounted charge port, they could have put that on the EV version as well.

Not a fan of backing into parking spots so that the charge cable can reach.

(Otherwise the car is awesome! Drove a Leaf for 3 years. The Ioniq Electric is good for the increased range.)