You buy a car like this expecting exemplary running cost figures and, by and large, this IONIQ doesn't disappoint. With the full-Electric IONIQ variant, a 28kWh battery offers a potential NEDC-rated driving range of 174 miles. That looks class-competitive: a 30kW Nissan LEAF manages 155 miles, an e-Golf manages 186 miles and a BMW i3 195 miles. The IONIQ's charging times stack up to segment standards too, it being possible to replenish the lithium-ion cells with a charge of up to 80% in just 33 minutes, providing you've got access to a 50kW DC fast charger. If you haven't, then a home wallbox will re-charge a full-Electric IONIQ model completely in 4 hours 25 minutes. Or, if you're somewhere with only a normal 3-pin plug to connect into, an overnight 12-hour charge should be sufficient to top the car up completely.
Servicing costs will be low. After all, with this IONIQ, there's no starter motor or alternator to go wrong, no drive belts to break and no particulate filter to get clogged up with diesel fumes. The car will need a routine check-up every 12 months or 10,000 miles - depending on which comes round soonest. And you can budget ahead for garage visits by opting for one of the Korean company's fixed-price service plans. There's a three year package that covers you for up to 30,000 miles, or a five year programme that extends that to as much as 50,000 miles.