2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid
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2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid
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What’s new

  • Greater availability of advanced driver safety features
  • Vehicle charging can be managed remotely through Blue Link phone app
  • Part of the first Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid generation introduced for 2017

Pros

  • Excellent fuel economy and decent all-electric range
  • Long warranty coverage
  • Plenty of features for the money

Cons

  • Feels a bit slow unless going full throttle
  • Road noise can be annoying
  • Stiff, somewhat uncomfortable ride
  • Transmission's shifting isn't always smooth


Which Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?

The standard Ioniq PHEV offers a decent amount of equipment and connectivity. But for a few thousand dollars more, the Limited adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and leather seats. It's worth the stretch.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

6.7 / 10

Toyota has long been the dominant force in the compact hybrid class. So much so that the words "Prius" and "hybrid" are almost interchangeable. But other manufacturers are now encroaching on the Prius' territory, and Hyundai isn't holding back with its 2019 Ioniq hatchback lineup. The Ioniq is available as a standard gasoline model, as well as a traditional hybrid and a plug-in electric hybrid.

The 2019 Hyundai Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) is essentially the same as the standard Ioniq hybrid, but it uses a larger battery, allowing up to 29 miles of electric-only operation in addition to its standard range. Another thing that makes the Ioniq PHEV unique from the hybrid model: It can be plugged in to recharge the battery. That provides a good combination of fuel efficiency and electric mobility for those who aren't ready or interested in driving a fully electric vehicle. The 2019 Ioniq PHEV also has all the practical benefits of a hatchback, plus an easy-to-use interior, an array of available driver's assistance features, and Hyundai's typical generous warranty coverage.

But there are some nits to pick with the Ioniq. The seats can feel unsupportive and the ride can be a bit firm, especially over broken pavement. Interior noise, from both road and wind, is also noticeable, especially when operating in near-silent electric-drive mode. And while no one expects a compact hybrid to be quick, at times the Ioniq requires full-throttle acceleration to keep up with fast-moving traffic.

Overall, we think the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a strong contender. But you'll still want to give other competitors such as the Chevrolet Volt, Honda Clarity Plug-In, Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid and Toyota Prius Prime a good, close look.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid configurations

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a five-passenger, four-door compact hatchback. It shares its basic hybrid powertrain and six-speed automatic transmission with the regular Ioniq Hybrid, but the Plug-In comes with a larger 8.9-kWh battery allowing it to drive up to 29 miles in electric mode. The Plug-In is available in two trims: the standard base trim and the Limited, which includes more luxury and technology features.

The Ioniq Plug-In uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to produce a total of 139 horsepower. Standard feature highlights for the base trim include 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, keyless entry with push-button start, heated front seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a USB port and satellite radio.

The Limited adds LED headlights, a power-adjustable driver's seat, leather seating surfaces, a larger driver information display, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear-seat air vents, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, a drowsy driver warning system, and automatic emergency braking.

An Ultimate package is available for the Limited. It includes turn adaptive headlights with high-beam assist, a sunroof, a larger 8-inch touchscreen display with Hyundai Blue Link connected services, a navigation system, LED interior lighting, rear parking sensors, a wireless phone charging pad, and an Infinity Premium eight-speaker audio system.

Trim tested

While we have yet to test the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid fully, the following evaluation is based on the functionally similar Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Hatchback (1.6L 4-cyl plug-in hybrid | 6-speed dual-clutch automatic | FWD).

Driving

5.5
The Ioniq's weakest area is its everyday driving demeanor. It tepidly accelerates unless you floor it; the steering is vague yet well-weighted. A relatively light car whose bumpy-road handling gives the impression of a heavier, blunter car. The current Prius Prime is superior in this category.

Acceleration

6.0
The Ioniq feels reluctant and sluggish around town, requiring more pedal input than expected when in default mode. Sport mode provides much more natural acceleration but sacrifices fuel efficiency.

Braking

5.5
The pedal effort is springy and on the light side. The way it blends regenerative and friction braking feels unnatural. And under moderately heavy to full panic-braking, the nose dives pretty dramatically, which can be unsettling.

Steering

5.5
The mushy on-center steering feel adds a challenge to maintaining lane position at freeway speeds. The effort is suitable at all speeds, never too light or too heavy. But it's nearly completely lifeless, communicating little about the road and the state of grip to the driver.

Handling

6.0
The Ioniq's handling is benign but has low limits. Its tires howl in protest even in moderately quick turns. It turns into a corner cleanly and without much hesitation. But when it encounters bumps, it reacts like a much heavier car with exaggerated up-and-down ride motions.

Drivability

5.5
There's a distinct lack of regenerative braking when coasting, so you have to be on the brake pedal more often. The shift quality, responsiveness and acceleration smoothness are inconsistent. The transmission seems easily tripped up, especially immediately after hard braking.

Comfort

6.0
The Ioniq Plug-In's unsupportive seats and bumpy ride quality won't win over any hearts, though its climate control interface stands out for its simplicity and innovative driver-only mode. The good isolation from engine vibration is overshadowed by the road noise, which is noticeable at all speeds.

Seat comfort

6.0
The flat-bottom seat cushion lacks lower thigh and lateral support. The backrest portion is better and the cloth upholstery feels durable, but we felt squirmy after a couple of hours. The back seat is flat, upright and quite firmly padded. Also, the front-seat adjustments are manual on this trim.

Ride comfort

5.0
The Ioniq's ride is somewhat busy, and it'll pogo up and down in an exaggerated manner on lumpy road sections. It's also a little floaty at times, which means it exhibits the kind of ride movements that might make sensitive passengers nauseated.

Noise & vibration

6.0
The engine is relatively muted but audible and is well-isolated in terms of vibration, imparting minimal shake when it comes alive. Wind noise is reasonably well-suppressed. But road noise is a little excessive.

Climate control

8.0
It has a nice, simple layout with large buttons and two easy-to-use knobs for temperature. The clever driver-only setting saves energy. It shows no problems battling summer temps and keeping the cabin cool with a minimum of fan noise. We like that dual-zone automatic climate control is standard.

Interior

7.5
Functionally, the Ioniq Plug-In's interior succeeds. Its controls are well-situated, and its height-adjustable driver's seat with long travel should accommodate people of all sizes. There's also ample head- and legroom up front. Backseat passengers don't fare nearly as well.

Ease of use

8.0
The Ioniq's placement of controls is clear and logical with lots of large buttons. The infotainment screen is high-resolution and doesn't wash out, and the menu flow is simple. The redundant hard keys are a nice touch, too.

Getting in/getting out

7.0
The front doors are usefully long and open wide, and the wide but low sills and minimal seat bolsters help access. Rear-seat access is more narrow; the narrowness, combined with the gently sloping roofline and high seat, hampers entry to a degree.

Driving position

8.0
It's easy to find a suitable driving position thanks to a good range of adjustment in both the seat and the tilt-and-telescoping steering column. As a bonus, the steering wheel also offers terrific grip shapes.

Roominess

7.5
Legroom and headroom are ample for tall drivers thanks in part to the lack of a sunroof. Inside, the car feels airy, and the pedal box for the driver's feet is sufficiently wide. Six-footers in the back seat are somewhat cramped with limited headroom and toe room. Knee room is decent, though.

Visibility

7.5
The front windshield pillar bases and rearmost pillars are a bit chunky and can be obstructive. But there's a decent rear view thanks to the split glass in the hatch. (The bisecting beam is an unfortunate byproduct.) The backup camera view is smallish and not especially sharp, but it's adequate.

Quality

6.0
Many of the Ioniq's drab, gray plastics and cloth surfaces look and feel low-rent, though their assembly is commendably tight. The console bin lid and door panel readily creak when touched.

Utility

7.0
The Ioniq Plug-In's cargo hold is relatively basic but sizable enough to swallow most everyday items you'd want to transport. The cabin nooks up front are an appropriate number, though backseat occupants don't have nearly as many options.

Small-item storage

7.5
A tall, narrow console bin and open, narrow slot are surprisingly useful. So is the well that's forward of the shift selector. The door pockets are useful for water bottles only, and the glovebox is basic. The back seat has only two tiny door pockets and a net on the back of the passenger front seat.

Cargo space

7.0
The back seat folds 60/40 and lies nearly flat. The hatch door opens high, so tall people won't hit their heads on it, but the liftover height is on the tall side. The Plug-In's cargo capacity is a bit smaller than the hybrid, measuring 23 cubic feet versus 26.5.

Child safety seat accommodation

7.0
The outboard seat LATCH anchors are buried deep between the cushions and are somewhat hard to reach. A retractable cargo shade obscures the top tether points.

Technology

7.5
Its screen may be small, but it's well-lit and responds well to touch inputs. Device integration and phone pairing are simple and support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The native voice controls function well but are limited in what they can operate.

Audio & navigation

7.0
The small infotainment screen supports swiping gestures and responds reasonably quick, making the most of its size. The audio system has a brassy sound quality with minimal bass. There's no Hyundai navigation system, but you can navigate using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Smartphone integration

8.0
Bluetooth pairing is simple and fast, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard. There are USB and auxiliary ports and two 12-volt accessory outlets, which is nice.

Driver aids

A good number of optional driver aids are available for the Ioniq Plug-In, including adaptive cruise, blind-spot monitoring with lane change assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning.

Voice control

7.0
Voice recognition supports only basic commands (phone calls, switching audio source) natively, but it responds well. In any case, that's where Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come in. You can access your smartphone's voice recognition by holding the Ioniq's voice recognition button for a few seconds.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$29,350
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Hybrid
139 hp @ 5700 rpm
MSRP
$25,350
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Hybrid
139 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Safety

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

Automatic Emergency Braking
Applies the brakes automatically to avoid or lessen an impact if the onboard camera and radar sensor predict an imminent collision.
Blind-Spot Detection
Helps prevent side collisions by prompting a visual (driver-side mirror) and audible alert when a vehicle is driving alongside.
Lane Change Assist
Determines the speed of an approaching vehicle in an adjacent lane and warns if a lane change isn't safe.
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 Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid vs. the competition

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

2018 Toyota Prius Prime

2018 Toyota Prius Prime

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid vs. Toyota Prius Prime

The Prius Prime looks to increase Toyota's virtual stranglehold on the compact hybrid market with slightly less controversial styling and full electric range of up to 25 miles. Efficiency is a huge selling point as is the price, having one of the lowest in the class. But its small cargo area, dismal infotainment system and slow acceleration leave a lot to be desired.

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Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid vs. Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid that combines impressive electric range with excellent road manners and lots of advanced tech and safety features. The Volt has been greatly refined over the past few years. But it still suffers from an interior filled with lower-quality materials as well as a small-ish cargo area and rear seats.

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Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid vs. Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

The Kia Niro wraps some of the latest plug-in hybrid technology in more traditional compact SUV styling. Along with impressive fuel economy, you get ample cargo space and solid electric-only range. But the Niro PHEV can feel a bit sluggish, and its compact dimensions mean it has less practicality than other small SUVs. It's also not available with all-wheel drive.

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2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback for Sale

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More about the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid gives buyers the best of both worlds — the capability to drive up to 29 miles under full electric power, plus excellent fuel economy from a 1.6-liter gasoline engine once the battery power runs out. It also manages to combine aerodynamic efficiency with modern and relatively standard styling.

The inside is also thoroughly modern yet retains much of Hyundai's ergonomic friendliness and solid build quality. And the panels make a bit of an eco-statement as well — made from recycled and sustainable materials in an effort to further cut down on the vehicle's environmental footprint.

But the Ioniq Plug-In doesn't skimp on features in its quest for efficiency. The standard model includes dual-zone climate control and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. It also features keyless entry and push-button start along with alloy wheels and a 60/40-split folding rear seat for added practicality.

Stepping up to the Limited trim gets you features usually found on entry-level luxury sedans. There are leather seating surfaces, a power driver's seat, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, emergency braking and rear cross-traffic alert. The limited trim also gets the option of the Ultimate package, which includes an eight-speaker audio system, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, a wireless charging pad, a sunroof and dynamic xenon headlights.

Modern hybrids have to do more than just deliver excellent efficiency. The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid mixes solid electric-only operation with modern tech and safety features to create a competent and affordable hybrid. When you're serious about finding your perfect Hyundai Ioniq, let the experts at Edmunds find the right one for you.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback Overview

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback is offered in the following styles: Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM).

What do people think of the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback?

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall6.7 / 10

Driving

5.5 / 10

Acceleration6.0 / 10
Braking5.5 / 10
Steering5.5 / 10
Handling6.0 / 10
Drivability5.5 / 10

Comfort

6.0 / 10

Seat comfort6.0 / 10
Ride comfort5.0 / 10
Noise & vibration6.0 / 10
Climate control8.0 / 10

Interior

7.5 / 10

Ease of use8.0 / 10
Getting in/getting out7.0 / 10
Driving position8.0 / 10
Roominess7.5 / 10
Visibility7.5 / 10
Quality6.0 / 10

Utility

7.0 / 10

Small-item storage7.5 / 10
Cargo space7.0 / 10

Technology

7.5 / 10

Audio & navigation7.0 / 10
Smartphone integration8.0 / 10
Voice control7.0 / 10
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