2021 Hyundai Ioniq price and specs: Entry-level hybrid models axed

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming Ioniq 5, but the original Hyundai Ioniq hasn’t been forgotten.

UPDATE, 15/07/2021 – Hyundai Australia has confirmed the entry-level Hybrid Elite and Plug-In Hybrid Elite have been discontinued and prices of remaining models increased.

After gaining adaptive cruise control with stop/go and an electronic parking brake earlier this year, the entry-level Hybrid Elite has gotten the axe along with the Plug-In Hybrid Elite.

That leaves the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models available only in ritzier Premium guise, while the Ioniq Electric continues to come in both Elite and Premium trim levels.

All surviving members of the Ioniq family have also received a $1000 price increase, with Hyundai Australia citing market pressures.

The Ioniq is rare in offering a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric powertrains; its corporate cousin, the Kia Niro, also boasts this trifecta.

Introduced in 2017, the Ioniq Hybrid is Hyundai’s answer to the Toyota Prius while the Ioniq Electric is a direct rival for the Nissan Leaf.


  • 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Premium: $41,390
  • 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Premium: $47,950
  • 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Elite: $49,970
  • 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Premium: $54,010

All prices exclude on-road costs.


The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid uses a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, an electric motor and a 1.56kWh lithium-ion battery. Total system outputs are 104kW of power and 265Nm of torque

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid also uses a naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, six-speed dual-clutch transmission and electric motor, though it uses a larger 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery. Total system output is also 104kW and 265Nm.

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric has no internal combustion engine and features a larger 38.3kWh lithium-ion battery. Total system output is 100kW and 295Nm.

All Ioniq models are front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid consumes 3.4L/100km on the combined cycle when equipped with 15-inch wheels and 3.9L/100km when equipped with 17-inch wheels.

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has an electric range of 63km under the generous NEDC standard. It consumes 1.1L/100km on the ADR combined city and highway cycle.

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric has an electric range of 311km under the stricter WLTP standard.

Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid models run on 91RON regular unleaded fuel.


The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq measures 4470mm long, 1450mm tall (1475mm for the Electric) and 1820mm wide.

The Hyundai Ioniq’s luggage space varies depending on the powertrain.

The Ioniq Hybrid has 456L, increasing to 1518L with the rear seats folded.

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has 341L of luggage space, increasing to 1401L with the rear seats folded. The Ioniq Electric has 357L, increasing to 1417L with the rear seats folded.

Servicing and Warranty

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq is covered by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre vehicle warranty and an eight-year/160,000km battery warranty.

It requires servicing every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first. Hyundai offers capped-price servicing, with the first five services costing

The first five services cost $265 in the Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid, apart from the fourth which rings in at $465.

The Ioniq Electric’s first five services cost $160 except for the fourth, which costs $760.


When the Hyundai Ioniq was tested by ANCAP in 2018, it received a rating of five stars.

All models received an adult occupant protection score of 90 per cent, child occupant protection score of 80 per cent, vulnerable road user protection score of 70 per cent and a safety assist score of 70 per cent.

All 2021 Hyundai Ioniq models come standard with:

  • Autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-following assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Front, front-side and curtain airbags
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
  • Automatic high-beam
  • Reversing camera with rear parking sensors

Standard Equipment

The Electric Elite comes with the following standard features:

  • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Satellite navigation
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Paddle shifters
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Eight-speaker Infinity premium sound system
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Ambient lighting

The Hybrid Premium, Plug-In Hybrid Premium and Electric Premium add:

  • Front parking sensors
  • Leather upholstery
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Sunroof
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors
  • 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster display
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Alloy pedals
  • LED headlights
  • Qi wireless phone charging
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Heated and ventilated front seats


The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq is available in the following paint finishes:

  • Polar White
  • Amazon Grey metallic
  • Intense Blue metallic
  • Fluid Metal metallic
  • Fiery Red metallic

Metallic paint is a $495 option.

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