2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback

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2019 MODEL

$25,350 - $29,350

6.6

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Hyundai is offering its Ioniq for 2019 in 3 Avatars namely Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid and an All Electric variant. The PHEV or Plug-In Hybrid Ioniq is the 2nd in line in the Ioniq series and for 2019, gets 2 Major updates in the form of a Higher Capacity battery and a Fast Charging ability that Hyundai claims can charge the Ioniq fully in 2 hours. Hyundai is also making claims of a Higher Top Speed of 75MPH achievable from the Electric Power only and a superb range of 630 Miles. The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV comes in just 2 Trims and is priced at $25,350 and $29,350 respectively.


7.3/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

The PHEV or Plug-In Hybrid Ioniq is the 2nd in line in the Ioniq series and for 2019, gets 2 Major updates in the form of a Higher Capacity battery and a Fast Charging ability that Hyundai claims can charge the Ioniq fully in 2 hours. Hyundai is also making claims of a Higher Top Speed of 75MPH achievable from the Electric Power only and a superb range of 630 Miles. The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV comes in just 2 Trims and is priced at $25,350 and $29,350 respectively.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback Features

7.3/10

Hyundai hasn’t changed the number of trims of the 2019 Ioniq as compared to the 2018 version. The 2019 Ioniq comes in 2 Trims namely Plug-In and the Plug-In limited. There are a lot of Optional equipment on offer which ranges from Safety Equipment to Infotainment upgrades.

Trim

Plugin Hybrid

Plug-In Hybrid Limited

MSRP

$25,350

$29,350

 

Rear Spoiler with Solar Absorbing Glass

Adds/Upgrades from Plug-In

 

16” Eco-Spoke Wheels

Auto Emergency Braking with Ped Detection

 

Leather Wrapped Tilt and Telescopic Adjust Steering Wheel

Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist

 

Powered Body Colored Heated ORVM

Integrated Turn Indicators on ORVM

 Features

Front 2 Speed Intermittent Windshield Wipers

Chrome Beltline Molding and Accent Door Handles

 

Projector Headlamps and LED Taillights and DRL and Auto Headlight Control

LED Headlights

 

7” Touchscreen Audio System with AM/FM/HD/Sirius XM Radio and USB, AUX

Front Windows Auto Down/Up feature

 

Door Handle Approach Light

7” LCD Instrument Cluster

 

Dual Auto Temperature Control and Rear Window Defroster

Floor Console Mounted Rear Seat HVAC Vents

 

60/40 Split Folding Rear Seats with Adjustable Head Restraints and Armrest with Cup Holder

10 Way Power Driver Seat with Power lumbar Support

 

Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors

Auto Dimming Rearview Mirror with Homelink and Compass

 

Android Auto with Apple Car Play with Bluelink

-
 

Steering Wheel Mounted Audio, Bluetooth and Cruise Controls and Rear View Camera

-

People have the option of choosing the Ultimate Package in the Limited trim for an additional $2,975 that adds Rear Parking Sensors, HID Dynamic Bending Headlight with LED Light Guide, Automatic High Beam Assist, 8” Touchscreen Display with Navigation System, Wireless Device Charging, Powered Sunroof, Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology and 8 Speakers.

Trim to choose

The Standard Plugin Hybrid Trim offers a lot of bang for buck and hence is the trim to go for.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback Engine

While the Ioniq feels faster than its platform-sharing cousin, the Kia Niro, its power output is nothing special when compared to others in the category–TheCarConnection.com

While the Hybrid and the PHEV models of the 2019 Ioniq are powered by the same Internal Combustion motors, the change is seen in the Battery Pack and the addition of a charging ability in the Car.

The IC Engine is the same 1.6L Inline 4 Motor which is naturally aspirated and develops 104Hp at 5700rpm and 109 lbs.-ft. of Torque at 4000rpm. The Electric Motor however, sees a bump in both Rating, Performance and Battery Capacity. The Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor develops 60hp and 125 lbs.-ft. of Torque while the Total combined output stays at 139hp. This ensures Higher Bursts of Power when the demand arises but without compromising on the driving feel.

Models

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

MSRP

$23,285

$23,770

$22,830

$34,395

30,885

Engine

1.6L i4

1.8L i4

1.5L i4

1.5L i4

N/A

Transmission

6 Speed DCT

Continuously Variable Automatic

Continuously variable automatic

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

139 [email protected] 5700rpm

121 [email protected] 5200rpm

151 [email protected] 6000 rpm

149 [email protected] 5600rpm

147 [email protected] 3282rpm

Torque

109 [email protected] 4000rpm

105 [email protected] 3600rpm

99 [email protected] 5000 rpm

294 ft-lbs

236 ft-lbs

The Li-Ion Polymer Battery now has a capacity of 8.9KWh and the Motor can run upto speeds of 75MPH. The Hyundai can charge in just 2hr 15 Mins when connected to a 220/440V Charging Station and under 9 hours when connected to a 110/120V Charging Station. Transmission remains the same, which is a 6 Speed Dual Clutch Transmission with Shift Tronic Functionality that allows for smooth transition of gears and manual control for the same, as and when the driver needs.

Acceleration

The Ioniq's Engine isn't the quickest motor in this comparison and one doesn't anticipate that it should perform like one. The Acceleration is just about normal with the motor getting loud at high rpms. The Paddle Shifters add to the driving feel of the Ioniq and enables you to take control of the Hatchback, when you need to take things in your control.

Models

Hyundai Ioniq PHEV Blue hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

0-60 MPH

8.7 sec

N/A

8 sec

8 sec

7 sec

Quarter mile

16.5 sec

N/A

16 sec

N/A

N/A

Engine

1.6L i4

1.8L i4

1.5L i4

1.5L i4

N/A

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

3.0

3.8

3.4

N/A

3.8

The Quarter mile and the 0-60MPH figures of the Ioniq are just about average and matches the other alternatives in this comparison. For added boost in performance and responses however, drivers can switch to the Sport mode wherein the responses from the Motor become speedier and the throttle responses get quicker.

Ride and Handling

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV was designed as an ordinary use vehicle. It offers a decent ride quality and feels stable at City Speeds. The Competition on the other hand offer a higher level of quality in terms of the ride. Besides. The Sport mode stiffens up the suspension and the ride becomes a bit more firm and stiffer as compared to the normal mode.

Fitted with multi-link front suspension and MacPherson Strut at the back, driving the Ioniq is relatively easy affair and one that can be lived with on a daily basis. The wheelbase is the longest in this comparison and allows for decent stability around the corners and on the motorway.

Braking

With regards to braking, Hyundai Engineers have investigated every possibility to address the braking of the 2019 Ioniq. The Ioniq accompanies disc brakes as Standard on the entirety of its 4 wheels and has likewise added Regenerative Braking to the Ioniq. This permits the Kinetic Energy generated during braking of the Car to be transferred back to the batteries for giving extra punch, as and when required.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Brake Front (in.)

11.2

10

11.1

11

11.1

Brake Rear (in.)

11.2

10.2

10.2

10

11.5

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3318

3075

2987

3519

3433

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

121

N/A

N/A

What aids the cause of the 2019 Ioniq is its low Curb weight of just 3318, which also bears the heft of the Electric Motors and the Lithium Ion Polymer batteries. The Ioniq also comes with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Collision Warning System that applies the brakes in case of an imminent collision.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback Fuel Economy

Hyundai touts the Ioniq as the Most Fuel Efficient Hatchback being sold down in the US and that is tall claim. The Toyota Prius has been the King of this Segment as far as these figures were considered however the Honda Insight, figured out how to oust it just barely.

Taking learnings from all both the Toyota and the Honda, Hyundai's Engineers built up a sophisticated mix of the Electric Motor and the Gasoline Motor that works perfectly in tandem with each other.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

MPG (city)

-

54

55

42

124

MPG (highway)

-

50

49

42

99

MPG (combined)

52

52

52

42

112

Range (miles) (Combined)

630

587.6

551.2

373.2

112

Tank Capacity (gal)

11.4

11.3

10.6

8.9

-

What also favors the Hyundai is the usage of Clever Technologies like Regenerative Braking that boost performance and output without consuming more gas and the light weight body. The Nissan Leaf on the other hand delivers an astounding 112 Mile of Range on a full charge, which is a new benchmark for cars of the same genre.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback Interior

7.5/10
The Ioniq’s cabin benefits from its wide measurements, which give it an open and spacious feel –TheCarConnection.com

The Interiors of the 2019 Ioniq are all around protected from the Exterior, which permits very little or no noise to creep inside the Cabin. The Interiors feels loaded with a lot of highlights like Touchscreen Infotainment System, Bottle Holders, Armrest and others. The Dials are very legible to read in broad daylight and offer great readability from the 7” Screen as well.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.4/55/42.3

39.3/56.9/42.3

37.8/56.5/42.1

41.2/54.3/42.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/55.0/35.7

37.4/53/33.4

36.9/55.0/37.4

35.8/53.2/34.7

37.3/52.5/33.3

The Seats have average amount of cushioning and can be controlled through the press of a button in 10 ways for the Driver’s seat. The Rear Passengers won’t be the most happiest in the rear seats as it may feel cramped to many. The overall Cabin space feels a little less as compared to what the competition offers but isn’t a deal breaker as such.

Cargo Capacity

Not only is the Ioniq a standout amongst the competition in terms of MPG figures but manages to beat even smaller Capacity cars in terms of the Cargo Capacity on offer. The Ioniq offers a Massive 23 Cubic Feet with its back seats collapsed up. What shocks us is the astute usage and position of the Engines and batteries that liberates ton loads of Space in the Interior.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

23.0

24.6

15.1

10.6

23.6

When the Luggage or the Cargo increases, the Rear Seats have the provision to be folded in a 60/40 split configuration that allows for even higher liberation of space.

Infotainment System

The Hyundai is a well loaded Car in terms of the Infotainment System. The System is very Intuitive to use and comes with all the bells and whistles, one would expect from a Car of this segment.

The Interior features include

  • Bluetooth Telephony with Voice Recognition
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity
  • Power Operated Driver Seat
  • 7” Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • AM/FM/HD/Sirius XM Radio
  • Dual Auto Temperature Control
  • 60/40 Split Folding Seats
  • Steering Mounted Controls
  • Cruise Control and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Auto Dimming Rear View Mjirror

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback Exterior

Though it goes head to head with mainstays such as the Toyota Prius, the 2019 Ioniq acquits itself well in the hybrid hatchback world. It's a likable little car, and Hyundai's gone to lengths to make it feel normal, something the stalwart Prius still doesn't do very well–TheCarConnection.com

The Designers at Hyundai seem to have taken their design inspiration from their Japanese Rivals before designing the Ioniq. The Ioniq looks like it has been thoroughly tested in a wind tunnel because of its sharp body lines and creases, all around its body. The Car is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and doesn’t looks awkward or weird from any angle.

Model

Hyundai Ioniq hybrid Blue hatchback

Toyota Prius hatchback

Honda Insight LX sedan

Chevrolet Volt LT hatchback

Nissan Leaf S hatchback

Curb weight (lbs.)

2996

3075

2987

3519

3433

Length(in)

176.0

178.7

183.6

180.4

176.4

Width(in)

71.7

69.3

71.6

71.2

70.5

Height(in)

56.9

58.1

55.5

56.4

61.4

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

N/A

N/A

N/A

5.9

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.1

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

61.5/62.1

60.2/60.6

60.9/61.6

60.6/61.8

60.6/61.2

In terms of the Dimensions, the Car isn’t the Biggest of the lot but is not the smallest as well. The Ioniq offers decent Ground Clearance and has the lowest weight in this comparison. A point that we would criticize Hyundai for is the use of 15” Wheels for the Ioniq which somewhat looks disproportionate for the size but contributes to better Fuel Efficiency.

Exterior Features

  • Active Grille Shutters
  • Heated and Powered External ORVM
  • Turn Indicators on Side mirrors
  • Integrated Spoilers
  • Automatic Headlight Control
  • Projector HID Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • 17” Alloy Wheels
  • Powered Sunroof
  • Chrome Accent Door handles

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback Safety

The Safety Equipment in the 2019 Ioniq remains mostly unchanged over the 2018 Variant other than addition of the Automatic Emergency Braking as Standard Equipment across SEL and Limited. That being said, the Car has decent standard safety equipment and gets good ratings from IIHS as well.

Some Safety Features inside the 2019 Ioniq include

  • Lane Keep assist
  • Smart Cruise Control
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
  • Automatic High Beam Assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Driver knee, Dual Front, Side Impact and Side Curtain Airbags
  • Remote Keyless Entry with Alarm
  • ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • Traction Control with ESC.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback Competition

Hyundai Ioniq vs. Toyota Prius

The Toyota and the Hyundai are similar in a lot of ways and they can’t go unnoticed. The Prius has a better build quality, braking performance and a long legacy behind it. The Hyundai on the other hand offers a higher MPG figure, performance and Cargo Space behind its back. So if Practicality and Frugality is your demand, the Ioniq has its nose ahead.

Hyundai Ioniq vs. Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt has one of the most powerful and responsive engine in the class and offers the best overall driving experience in the class. The Ioniq on the other hand offers a far superior MPG figure and an outstanding Cargo Space on offer. The Volt also is $12,000 more expensive than the Ioniq as well. Hence, the Volt is more suited for the Performance enthusiasts while the Ioniq will please the more fuel conscious drivers.

Hyundai Ioniq vs Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is the Car which truly marks the future of motoring as, it’s the only car in this comparison that runs purely on electricity. It delivers 110 miles of driving range in a full charge and offers a lot features as well. The Nissan however can’t match the practicality that the Ioniq offers. The Leaf is best suited for people, who are mostly willing to do in city commutes while the Ioniq will be suited for longer drives due to its range and spacious Interiors and Cargo.

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback Final Verdict

The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV is an outstanding vehicle, when compared to other options accessible at this cost. It is a package fitted that comes with advanced features, great infotainment system, aerodynamic design, and a sporty yet comfortable ride. The motor isn’t the most powerful of the lot but will be good enough for everyday use. All in All, if you want a Car that isn’t a Prius and has superb Cargo Space and Fuel Efficiency, the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV is the one to go for.

Pros

Big Cargo Capacity

Outstanding Fuel Economy

Good Infotainment System

Ample amount of Standard Features

Lifetime Warranty for Battery

Cons

Brakes lack Confidence

Transmission isn\u2019t the most smooth

Average Ride quality

What's New?

Driver Attention Alert and High Beam Assist are added in the Optional Features list

Slight changes to Battery Optimization and Power Output


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25350

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

97 cu. in.

horsepower

139 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

109 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed automated manual

chassis

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

176 in.

width

71.7 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3318 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

37.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.1 cu ft.

payload capacity

1025 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

TBD/52/TBD mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

7 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no



Styles

 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback in Symphony Air Silver color  2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback in Summit Gray color  2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback in Scarlet Red Pearl color  2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback in Intense Blue color  2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback in Ceramic White color  2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback in Black Noir Pearl color
Symphony Air Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.3

Interior

7.5

Driving

5.5

Comfort

6.0

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback base

base

power
139 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
N/A

$25,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) Starting at $25,350 MSRP N/A 139 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5   Summit Gray
  Symphony Air Silver
  Black Noir Pearl
  Ceramic White

 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback Limited

Limited

power
139 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
N/A

$29,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) Starting at $29,350 MSRP N/A 139 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.6 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5   Summit Gray
  Symphony Air Silver
  Black Noir Pearl
  Ceramic White