Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In interior & comfort

There are lots of goodies as standard on the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In, although some of the interior materials look and feel cheap

The Hyundai Ioniq’s interior might not raise the bar for design or quality, but it does look fairly modern and provides plenty of creature comforts.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In dashboard

Previously, the Ioniq Plug-in's dashboard looked fairly modern and provided plenty of creature comforts, but was more conventional than a Toyota Prius’, with the energy flow meter in the digital instrument cluster the only visual clue to the hybrid powertrain. An update in 2019 gave it a much bigger and more prominent infotainment system, which you can read more about below.

The driving position is good, and everything is clearly labelled and easy to operate. The steering wheel is pleasant to hold and looks quite sporty, but some of the materials aren’t as soft to the touch and feel a bit cheap. Build quality needs a boost, too. The blue accents lift the sombre cabin, but some of the materials highlight the Ioniq’s cheaper price tag.

Equipment, options and accessories

The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In range includes two trim levels: Premium and Premium SE. The former includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lamps, LED headlamps with high-beam assist and dusk sensor, rear parking sensors and a chrome window surround.

Inside, there's that larger 10.25-inch touchscreen with sat nav, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, plus a wireless charging pad climate control, a heated leather steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, keyless entry, a rear-view monitor and adaptive cruise control.

Cloth seat trim is standard, with the front seats being heated and the driver's seat getting power-adjustable lumbar support. Standard active safety equipment comprises autonomous emergency braking and driver drowsiness monitoring.

Upgrading to the Premium SE spec gets you chrome doorhandles, privacy glass, leather seats (with the fronts being heated and ventilated and the driver's power-adjustable), as well as heated rear outermost seats and automatic wipers.

Additional standard safety features include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. As with the Electric, the Premium SE version of the Plug-In also gives customers the no-cost option of Shale Grey or Red Umber interior trim colours and a cost-option sunroof.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The revised and more feature-rich interface added as part of the 2019 update to the Ioniq Plug-In includes voice recognition and customisable 'widgets' for various functions, along with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth functionality.

There's also now an app that allows you to remotely check the status of the battery, as well as remotely control and schedule charging. Live services, including traffic info and seven years of free map updates, also feature.

You’ll find USB and auxiliary ports up front, while DAB digital radio is standard to make the most of the Infinity sound system, which features eight speakers, including a subwoofer.