2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

What’s new

  • Refreshed styling inside and out
  • More standard safety features and available driver aids
  • Improved features, more of them standard
  • Part of the first Ioniq generation introduced for 2017

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy and decent all-electric range
  • Long warranty coverage
  • Plenty of features for the money
  • Feels a bit slow unless going full throttle
  • Road noise can be annoying
  • Stiff, somewhat uncomfortable ride
  • Transmission's shifting isn't always smooth
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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Review

As its name suggests, the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a plug-in variant of the standard Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. It comes with a bigger battery pack that you can plug into a charging station or wall outlet to recharge. Doing so provides an EPA-estimated 29 miles of electric range. After that the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid switches over to being a regular gasoline hybrid and gets an impressive 52 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

The more frequently you can recharge the less dependent on gas you'll be. In that sense, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid provides a nice stepping stone between the gas-only Ioniq Hybrid and the electric-only Ioniq Electric.

The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a small hatchback that is primarily concerned with delivering high fuel economy. Like its primary competitor, the Toyota Prius Prime plug-in, the Ioniq isn't very exciting to drive. It is, however, adequately comfortable, and it offers more cargo space than other plug-ins. We also think the Ioniq makes a strong value statement because of its compelling price and more standard and optional features than its direct rivals.

Edmunds' Expert Rating for the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

Due to significant updates for 2020, we're revising our rating for the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid. In the meantime, check out our full rating of last year's Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid for a comprehensive evaluation. Certain scores may change for 2020, but our vehicle testing team's overall assessment from last year still applies.

Which Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?

The Ioniq's rear sightlines are impacted by wide pillars, so we'd start with the SEL, which counts a blind-spot monitor among its many added features. That said, we think the top-trim Limited is the sweet spot in the lineup. It doesn't cost significantly more than the SEL, and it comes with a ton of extra convenience and luxury features.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid models

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a five-passenger, four-door compact hatchback. It shares its basic hybrid powertrain and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with the regular Ioniq Hybrid, but the Plug-In Hybrid comes with a larger 8.9-kWh battery, which allows it to drive an EPA-estimated 29 miles in electric mode. The Ioniq Plug-In uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to produce a total of 156 horsepower. Three trim levels are available: SE, SEL and Limited.

SE
Standard features on the base SE model include:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Height-adjustable and heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SE also includes several advanced driving aids, such as:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Lane departure mitigation (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and the car in front)

SEL
Stepping up to the SEL adds:

  • LED headlights
  • Chrome exterior and cabin trim
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)

Limited
The top-trim Limited includes everything above, plus:

  • Sunroof
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Rear air vents
  • Leather upholstery
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • Eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Cargo cover
  • Front and rear parking sensors (alerts you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)
  • A more capable version of the lane keeping system

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    Features & Specs

    SE 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    SE 4dr Hatchback
    1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM
    MSRP$26,500
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed automated manual
    Horsepower139 hp @ 5700 rpm
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    SEL 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    SEL 4dr Hatchback
    1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM
    MSRP$29,500
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed automated manual
    Horsepower139 hp @ 5700 rpm
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    Limited 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    Limited 4dr Hatchback
    1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM
    MSRP$32,950
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed automated manual
    Horsepower139 hp @ 5700 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid safety features:

    Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
    Applies the brakes automatically to avoid or lessen an impact if the onboard camera and radar sensor predict an imminent collision.
    Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
    Helps prevent side collisions by providing visual and audible alerts when a vehicle is in the Ioniq's blind spot.
    Smart Cruise Control
    Pairs with the cruise control system and maintains a driver-set distance between the Ioniq and the car in front.
    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid vs. the competition

    Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid vs. Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

    As its name suggests, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is similar to the Plug-In, with one crucial difference: The Ioniq Hybrid does not have a plug-in component. That means it solely runs on gasoline. The Ioniq Hybrid is less expensive than the Plug-In Hybrid, and it gets slightly higher fuel economy (up to 58 mpg combined). But if you can recharge a lot at home, the Plug-In makes a lot of sense.

    Compare Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid & Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid features

    Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid vs. Hyundai Ioniq Electric

    The Hyundai Ioniq Electric goes all-in on electrification. It is solely driven by an electric motor powered by a 38.3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It is far more expensive than an Ioniq Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid, but federal and state tax incentives help balance out the price hike. We think the Ioniq Electric is the best of the bunch, primarily because it doesn't use the clunky automatic transmission present in other Hyundai Ioniq models.

    Compare Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid & Hyundai Ioniq Electric features

    Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid vs. Toyota Prius Prime

    The Toyota Prius Prime is essentially a plug-in version of the ultra-popular Toyota Prius. It offers slightly less EV range than the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, though the Prius' EPA-estimated fuel economy in gas-only operation is marginally higher. The two vehicles offer similar strengths and weaknesses, though the Hyundai Ioniq has more cargo space and a more intuitive infotainment system.

    Compare Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid & Toyota Prius Prime features

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    FAQ

    Is the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 52 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has 23.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid:

    • Refreshed styling inside and out
    • More standard safety features and available driver aids
    • Improved features, more of them standard
    • Part of the first Ioniq generation introduced for 2017
    Learn more
    Is the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid reliable?
    To determine whether the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid?

    The least-expensive 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $26,500.

    Other versions include:

    • SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) which starts at $26,500
    • SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) which starts at $29,500
    • Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) which starts at $32,950
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    What are the different models of Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid?
    If you're interested in the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, the next question is, which Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid model is right for you? Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid variants include SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM). For a full list of Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

    2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Overview

    The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback. Available styles include SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM).

    What do people think of the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid?

    2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)

    The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,225. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $2,583 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,583 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $31,642.

    The average savings for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is 7.5% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 2 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)

    The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,680. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $2,508 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,508 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $28,172.

    The average savings for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is 8.2% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 13 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)

    The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,745. The average price paid for a new 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $2,902 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,902 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $24,843.

    The average savings for the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is 10.5% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 13 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    Which 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrids are available in my area?

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    Should I lease or buy a 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid?

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