Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In practicality & boot space
There’s plenty of room for people and luggage in the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In, despite the batteries and motors taking up space
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The five-door Ioniq will seat five adults with relative ease, and you’ll be able to fit all of their luggage in the boot – as long as they pack lightly. That’s because while some older plug-in hybrid models had extra motors and battery packs shoehorned in wherever they'd fit, the Ioniq was designed from the ground up to accommodate this powertrain.
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In interior space, storage & comfort
Passenger space in the back is decent enough, but the aerodynamic shape of Ioniq limits headroom slightly. Those over six feet tall may feel their heads brushing against the roof – the more boxy Nissan Leaf offers more space inside. At least their knees shouldn’t touch the backs of the front seats.
If there are only two rear passengers, they’ll be able to make use of the central armrest, which has a couple of cupholders. There are also rear air vents mounted between the front seats – this structure may cause an issue for a third (central) rear passenger’s feet. As you’d expect, the front occupants will be the most comfortable, with decent headroom. Those leather seats are comfortable and supportive, too.
The regular Hybrid offers 443 litres of boot space but this Plug-In version loses more than 100 litres because of the extra batteries beneath the boot floor. There’s also a space-saver spare wheel, which gives peace of mind but takes up a fair bit of room. Still, that’s only slightly less than you’ll find in the Toyota Prius Plug-In.
But you’ll need to pack wisely if you’re carrying a full complement of passengers and luggage – don’t forget you’ll also need to find room for the charging cable, unless you leave that at home. At least the rear seats split 60:40 and fold. They don’t go completely flat, but yield a total boot space of 1,401 litres.
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 & comfortThere are lots of goodies as standard on the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In, although some of the interior materials look and feel cheap
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThere’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