Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid interior & comfort

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid will cope easily with a family of four, but it feels a bit cheap inside. Go for mid-range Premium to get decent infotainment

The Ioniq’s interior is unexceptional – just a bit grey and plasticky, in general – but feels well built and is straightforward to use. It’s also a comfortable car that’s quiet (provided you don’t ask for hard acceleration) and you get a comprehensive touchscreen sat nav and media system as standard in all but the cheapest version.

There’s a degree of clunkiness to the way the Ioniq deals with scarred road surfaces – it’s bumpier than we’d like around town, certainly – but for the most part its soft suspension keeps you well cushioned from bad road surfaces.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid dashboard

The electric blue trim highlights and gloss-black inserts in the Ioniq’s dashboard add a welcome flash of colour and texture in an otherwise rather dreary-looking but very logical dash. Everything’s where you expect it to be and takes only a few moments to fathom out, even if it’s your first time in the Hyundai.

There’s also a large screen for the driver (again, bigger in the higher-spec trims), which displays various useful readouts.

Equipment, options & accessories

The Ioniq Hybrid starts in SE trim, which comes with 15-inch alloys, DAB radio, Bluetooth, cruise control, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. There’s also a host of standard safety kit, including autonomous emergency braking (a system that can stop the car automatically in an emergency) and lane-keeping assistance.

Premium is the mid-range trim and is our pick of the range thanks to its balance of cost and comfort. It gets a vastly improved touchscreen system with sat nav, keyless entry and go, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, bi-xenon headlights and LED rear lights.

Top-of-the-range Premium SE ups the ante with 17-inch alloys, automatic wipers and headlights, as well as heated and ventilated leather front seats.

You also get power adjustment for the driver’s seat, as well as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, which tells you if there’s another car coming when you’re reversing out of a space. There are no options other than metallic paint or alloy-wheel upgrades, so configuring your car should be easy.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

It’s definitely worth going for one of the Premium trims if you’re remotely bothered about connectivity and audio quality in your car. Both Premium and Premium SE get an eight-inch touchscreen complete with sat nav, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB radio, two USB inputs, wireless phone charging (for compatible phones) and a decent eight-speaker Infinity sound system.

You also get 10 years of free live traffic info and map updates, although a lot of motorists will prefer to use the maps on their phone via the relevant app. The graphics aren't the sharpest-looking, but the screen generally responds quickly and is easy to navigate.

It’s definitely better than the smaller five-inch touchscreen and six-speaker stereo that the entry-level SE gets, and this basic system also lacks the sat nav and smartphone connectivity apps of higher trims.