Engine Hyundai-Kia G4LE

The 1.6-liter 16-valve Hyundai G4LE engine has been produced in South Korea since 2016 and is installed on hybrid versions of such popular models as Ioniq, Niro and Kona. There are two versions: Hybrid with 1.56 KWh battery and Plug-in Hybrid with 8.9 or 12.9 KWh battery.

Kappa R4 family: G4LA, G4LF, G4LC, G4LD, G4LG, G4LH, G4LE.

The engine was installed on:

  • Hyundai Elantra 7 (CN7) since 2020;
  • Hyundai Ioniq 1 (AE) since 2016;
  • Hyundai Kona 1 (OS) since 2019;
  • Kia Cerato 4 (BD) since 2020;
  • Kia Niro 1 (DE) since 2016.


Production years since 2016
Displacement, cc 1579
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 105 (139 with electrical component)
Torque output, Nm 148 (265 with electrical component)
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 72
Piston stroke, mm 97
Compression ratio 13.0
Features Atkinson cycle
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator Dual CVVT
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.8
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Hyundai Ioniq 2017)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000

Disadvantages of the Hyundai G4LE engine

  • Engines of the first years came under recall due to antifreeze getting on the EPCU board;
  • Like all direct injection engines, this one suffers from carbon deposits on the intake valves;
  • Closer to 200 thousand kilometers, some owners had to replace the timing chain;
  • But the main problem is to recognize a modest choice and high prices for spare parts.

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