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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In offers excellent fuel economy and a refined powertrain, and thanks to an update in 2020, it's also more economical and cheaper than its Prius Plug-In rival
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingOfficially, the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In will cover an astounding distance per gallon of fuel. Just make sure you keep the batteries charged
- 3Running costsFollowing its late 2019 update, the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In is both cheaper to buy and cheaper to run than a Toyota Prius Plug-In
- 4Engines, drive & performanceYou can make fairly rapid progress in the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In – once the gearbox has decided what it wants to do
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThere are lots of goodies as standard on the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In, although some of the interior materials look and feel cheap
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThere’s plenty of room for people and luggage in the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In, despite the batteries and motors taking up space
- 7Reliability & safetyAn impressive crash-test safety rating and a good warranty give peace of mind to Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In owners
- 8Owner reviewLondoner Keith Ware shares his ownership experience of the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid