Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-In updated for 2019

Infotainment and safety systems updated, along with interior design

Hyundai is making a raft of updates to the Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-In for 2019, with enhancements to the Ioniq Electric also on the way.

The Plug-In and Hybrid both now get Hyundai's 'SmartSense' safety technology pack as standard across the range. This incorporates autonomous emergency braking to help avoid collisions, lane-keeping assistance to help the car stay in lane and driver attention alert, which monitors the driver for signs of drowsiness at the wheel.

'One-pedal driving' functionality has also been added, with the powerful regenerative effect enough to slow down the car when you lift your foot off the accelerator in most situations, similar to the 'e-pedal' in the Nissan Leaf.

New 2019 Hyundai Ioniq design

On the outside, the front grille has been updated with a cascading mesh design, while the front and rear bumpers have also been restyled. Designers have also revised the optional LED front and rear lights, while Fluidic Metal, Electric Shadow and Liquid Sand expand the number of available paint shades on the Ioniq to eight.

Technology

Infotainment offerings have also been updated, with a 10.25-inch screen now available as an option. This includes voice recognition, Android and Apple phone connectivity and live services. Below the screen, the climate control interface has also been updated, with a glossy and sleek finish.

Another feature of the updated Ioniq is something called 'Green-Zone Drive Mode' (GDM), which automatically prioritises electric power when entering designated low-emissions zones, such as the forthcoming London ULEZ.

Finally, there's an 'Eco+ Mode', which Hyundai says is for "extending remaining energy during unforeseeable emergency situations".