2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Review

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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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.

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Overall rating

7.3 / 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 models

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).


The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a decent-driving car overall. Though it's somewhat sluggish to respond when you want maximum power off the line, it's much more likable during typical use. Handling is secure even with the added weight that comes from a larger plug-in battery.


Flooring the accelerator from a stop delivers sluggish response because it requires a moment for the engine to fire up. Our test car needed 9.4 seconds to reach 60 mph, which is quicker than the Prius Prime but slower than both the Ioniq Hybrid and EV models. At speed, throttle response is adequate.


The brake pedal has a light effort and squishy feel to it. The brakes are vague and a little grabby when they're working to send energy back to the battery. When you're braking harder, the pedal feels like you're pushing through molasses and doesn't deliver great stopping confidence. We would like stronger regen, too.


The Ioniq PHEV lacks a strong self-centering effect, so steering the car straight requires some attention. The steering effort builds gradually as you turn in an attempt to feel familiar, but it still manages to have an artificial sense to it. The light resistance, however, makes it perfect for parking lots.


The Ioniq PHEV feels stable, and the additional weight of the powertrain is masked well up to a point. It'll handle a few turns without issue, but put through fast transitions it'll begin to lose composure. Stability control steps in smoothly and works well to keep the car under control.


In EV mode, power delivery is instantaneous and linear. It's not a quick car, but it's responsive thanks in part to the quick-shifting transmission. In hybrid mode, or when additional power is requested, the engine takes a beat to get up to speed.


The Ioniq PHEV is ideal for the stop-and-go of city life. It's less suited for the open highway, where you'll notice road noise and an uncomposed ride that can make the car feel like it's a small boat bobbing around the ocean. In its element, though, the Ioniq is decently comfortable.

Seat comfort

The front seats have adequate bolstering, with an average amount of thigh support. Comfort is good even over long distances, with no pressure points, and the headrest is set at a nice angle. The amount of lumbar support is adjustable, but it's located a little high for our taste.

Ride comfort

On typical highways and city roads, the Ioniq rides remarkably flat. The car maintains its composure on sharp bumpy roads. But the suspension can't keep up over rolling bumps, which results in an annoying pogo effect that may nauseate some passengers.

Noise & vibration

The electric motor is quiet, so you'll only hear road and wind noise when at speed. You'll hear the gas engine turn on, but you won't feel it. Still, the Ioniq's good sound damping means it has less interior noise on the highway than most other economy cars.

Climate control

The dual-zone automated system is easy to use with clearly labeled buttons and benefits from a driver-only mode. This mode increases efficiency by reducing the system output and directing all air to the driver's vents. The front-seat heaters take a while to warm up but produce a pleasing amount of heat.


Although it's not exciting or space-age in appearance, the Ioniq's interior is extremely functional and easy to live with. Road trips will be comfortable for front passengers but not so much for any tall folks sitting in the back.

Ease of use

The Ioniq's high level of technology is easy to use. Icons are labeled in plain-speak, and no menu goes more than two layers deep. A programmable "star" button located among the radio controls can be configured to call up just about any function. We programmed it for smartphone mirroring.

Getting in/getting out

Although the Ioniq has wide door sills, its low seat bottom bolstering and large door opening allow front passengers to slide in or out easily. Rear passengers with tall torsos may have problems with the smaller entry space due to the low roofline and slightly elevated position of the rear seats.

Driving position

The driver's seat has a broad range of fore/aft, height and lumbar adjustments. The amount of steering wheel tilt is also good, though we wish for a few more inches of reach adjustment. We found the small-diameter, flat-bottom steering wheel shape to be very sporty and pleasing.


Front-seat passengers will find the cabin sufficiently spacious in nearly all dimensions, though extra-tall passengers in the front may slightly graze the headliner due to the sunroof. The rear seat provides a lot of width but not much head- or legroom.


Because of their placement, the side mirrors can obstruct your view at the lower front roof pillars. The rear view is adequate through the split windows, but the roofline slope may cut it short for some tall drivers. The massive rear pillars make the view over the shoulder terrible. The rear camera and blind-spot detection are essential.


The interior is filled with synthetic materials and hard plastics, though the fit of everything is excellent. The body structure feels like it's one solid piece, and we heard no squeaks or rattles. We'd like higher-grade materials on the areas that occupants have the most contact with.


By design, the Ioniq hatchback offers more utility than a similar-size sedan. When it comes to comparisons to other hatchbacks, the Hyundai blends in. None of its small- or large-item storage features raise it much above the norm.

Small-item storage

There's plenty of areas to store your smaller items. The center console bin is medium-size and deep. The door pockets are narrower than we'd like but have an area for a larger water bottle. A large slot next to the cupholders is designed for tablet users, but otherwise it is oddly shaped.

Cargo space

With 23 cubic feet of cargo space, this PHEV sits above most for the class. The rear seatbacks are split 60/40 and fold nearly flat for additional capacity. The cargo cover can be conveniently stored in a compartment underneath the load floor. The hatch, when open, extends higher than you might expect.

Child safety seat accommodation

The Ioniq has four LATCH anchors in the rear seat (two in each outboard position) and three tethers located on the seatbacks. But you really have to squeeze your hand through the folds of the seat material to get at the anchors.


The touchscreen may be small, but it's easy to use. Bluetooth pairing is dead-simple, and smartphones can be connected with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Voice controls function well but have limited scope. Advanced driver aids are available only on the highest trim.

Audio & navigation

The responsive touchscreen employs pinch-and-swipe gestures, and its grid layout packs a lot of info on the screen. The 8-inch screen is easy to read and navigate, and we found the traffic alerts to be accurate and timely. Charging stations and distance-to-empty info are displayed on the map as well.

Smartphone integration

Bluetooth pairing is simple and fast. This system also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Ioniq includes USB and auxiliary ports and two 12-volt accessory outlets below the radio. Another USB charge point is located in the center console, as is an optional Qi-spec wireless charging shelf.

Driver aids

Automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control are available and work well, but they're only options on the most expensive trim level. Some hybrid competitors are starting to include these aids as standard equipment.

Voice control

The Ioniq supports basic commands, such as phone calls and audio controls, and we found that the system responds well. Users can summon Siri and Google Voice commands by pressing the voice button longer, which makes up for any deficits the standard system may have.


Overall7.3 / 10

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Don't overlook the Ioniq! Completely underrated..
4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
My short list for vehicles included the Volt, the Prius Prime and the Clarity PHEV. I wasn't even considering the Ioniq only because it doesn't seem to get the same press that the others do. The Volt was out as soon as I drove it, it felt cheap, didn't have seating for 5 and when I calculated my commuting costs, the fact that it advertised over 50 miles of EV driving didn't make up for its dismal hybrid fuel economy. The Clarity was the overall nicest of the bunch but also by far the most expensive so it came down to the Prius Prime for me. I hate the looks of the Prime, it's pretty ugly outside, the interior is weird and not very attractive to me and it only seats 4. I didn't even know Hyundai made a PHEV until the Toyota salesman mentioned it to me while giving me the usual marketing competitive stats. I decided to go drive one and from the start I was super impressed. I liked the fact that it was a more traditional looking car, the interior was very comfortable and again, not as weird/quirky as the Toyota. The Ioniq rides like a dream, I drive 100 miles round trip every day so a comfortable ride is very important to me. In comparison, the Prius Prime rode and felt more like a basic economy car. After the test drive I was completely sold on the Ioniq. After the federal rebate the Ioniq PHEV will come to about $20,000 which is an absolute bargain. Now for ownership. So far I've put 1,000 miles on my Ioniq PHEV. I sold a highly modified 2016 Subaru WRX with almost 400 wheel horsepower after deciding to get something more grown up and sensible. I will say that I have wayyyyy more fun driving the Ioniq than I ever did the WRX. No, it doesn't have the power or handling of my WRX but it does handle a lot better than it should and when you need it, that 195 foot pounds of torque goes a long way when merging into traffic. What's even more fun is seeing what kind of fuel economy I can squeeze out of it. Until I was able to install a charging point at my house I drove purely in Hybrid mode and no matter how I drove I couldn't get anything less than 50mpg (Keeping up with 75mph traffic on the Turnpike). Using a level 2 EVSE I can fully charge the battery in just over 2 hours and despite being rated for 29 miles of EV driving I am actually getting closer to 40 miles of EV range which is fantastic. Add in the excellent Hyundai warranty to include the lifetime warranty on the battery and it's a no brainer. If you're considering a Prius Prime or even just a regular Prius I urge you to go test drive an Ioniq.
Favorite Car Ever so Far - I Want 2 of them
Rob Bozwell,11/28/2019
4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
1) It is a great car for the money. 2) I went 1200 miles on my first tank of gas. I had no idea how nice it is to not look for a gas station. 3) Visibility, It is a great car for short people to drive. 4) It is much better looking than a Prius, it is a good looking car. 5) If feels so smooth on city and suburb roads. 6) The car is bigger than it looks. I fit a long pool pole in it with no trouble. 7) Great if you office at home but make lots of short 3-10 mile trips to drop kids at school etc. I get home plug it in and go out again a few hours later and use little gas. 8) I never worry about running out of gas. 9) 2 motors in sport mode makes it feel superchraged between 20 and 60 miles per hour. `10) The tires are self healing or runflat at least, so never worry about needing a spare tire 11) Ioniq PHEV is nice in so many ways. It is a poor man's dual-engine car. I find it different but fun to drive. I love it for my wife and daughers too.
It is a great Plug-in car
Kevin T.,01/17/2019
4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
I purchased 2019 Ioniq Plug-In. At full charge, it starts with 29 mi in EV electric mode, then it automatically shifts to hybrid mode ( about 52 mph). I rarely used hybrid mode since I use 25 miles for my typical daily commute. A full charge at 110V for 29 miles takes about 7 hrs. For EVcharger 240 V (level 2), it takes 2.5 hrs - 3 hrs for a full charge 29 miles. I like the car very much. It would be better if Hyundai increases from 29 miles to 49 miles in EV mode.
J MIMS,05/23/2019
4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
No complaints! But the battery consistently goes just 27 miles until it says depleted. Funny thing is when you go to charge it always shows about 15% instead of zero like the dash says. Must be a reserve that cant be tapped into.It does really well if you plug it up every night.


Our experts like the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid models:

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
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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The Used 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback. Available styles include Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM). The Used 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automated manual. The Used 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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