Hyundai Ioniq Electric interior & comfort

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric’s interior is well built, relatively roomy and very well equipped – if a little dull to look at

The Hyundai Ioniq interior makes no attempt to play up to any sense of futuristic technology with funky or contemporary design. Instead it majors on a quality, traditional feel that’s both comfortable and reassuringly mainstream for everyday drivers.

The front seats are comfortable and roomy, as well as multi-adjustable. If you push the boat out to Premium SE spec, you’ll get leather trim with heating and ventilation for four passengers.

Upmarket, soft-touch materials and excellent build quality mean there’s nothing off-putting about the interior – and plenty to like.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric dashboard

The Ioniq features a relatively swoopy dash with a raised central instrument binnacle ahead of the driver. The speedo takes centre stage and ancillary info is offered either side.

There’s an array of controls on the steering wheel for audio, while the eight-inch touchscreen sits in a panel in the centre of the dash, above a selection of hard keys for important functions and a separate climate-control panel.

All the switchgear is sensibly laid out and easy to use, and some copper-coloured trim inserts slightly lift an otherwise rather grey ambience. There’s no gearshift lever; instead, there’s a simple control pad between the seats with buttons for Drive, Reverse and Park.

Equipment, options and accessories

The equipment level on the Ioniq Premium is sufficiently high to make it hard to recommend upgrading to the Premium SE. The latter’s key additions from a comfort point of view are an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, heating and ventilation on all four main seats, plus leather upholstery.

The Premium model makes do with cloth upholstery and manual seat adjustment, but otherwise comes with ‘electric everything’, adaptive cruise control, plus that eight-inch touchscreen with built-in nav and reversing camera.

Infotainment, apps & sat-nav

The Ioniq has a DAB radio, eight-speaker audio set-up and wireless phone charging with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The touchscreen system has high-resolution graphics and intuitive menus, and it’s well placed high on the dash so it’s comfortably in the driver’s line of sight.