Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In interior & comfort

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

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

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In dashboard

It has a fairly futuristic drivetrain, but the Hyundai Ioniq’s dashboard is very present-day. That’s not a criticism – it looks fairly modern and provides plenty of creature comforts, but it’s more conventional than a Toyota Prius’, with the energy flow meter in the digital instrument cluster the only visual clue to the hybrid powertrain.

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. Equipment levels are pretty good all round, with Premium trim getting plenty of kit: heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, cruise control, LED headlights, a tyre-pressure monitoring system, lane-departure warning system with lane-keeping assistance, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard.

The Hyundai’s eight-inch colour touchscreen features higher-resolution graphics than in a Toyota Prius. It’s also placed higher up on the dashboard and in your eyeline, which makes it easier to use.

Premium SE adds ventilated front seats with electric adjustment, heated outer rear seats, front parking sensors, a blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert. Like the Prius, there’s an energy flow monitor alongside an eco-driving coach that gives tips such as those mentioned above to improve your driving and maximise efficiency.

Typically for Hyundai, options are restricted to your choice of exterior paint colour, service plans and  home wallbox. There are two metallic paint colours, three pearl colours and one solid (white).

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

While sat nav is standard, and this setup tells you when to slow down to boost economy, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included if you’d prefer to use guidance from your smartphone; you can keep it powered using the wireless charging function if your phone supports this.

Live services, including traffic info and seven years of free map updates, also feature. You’ll also find USB and aux ports up front. A DAB digital radio is standard to make the most of the Infinity sound system, which features eight speakers, including a subwoofer.