2022 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid Hatchback

Starting MSRP 

$26,800 - $33,250

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Key Spec of 2022 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid Hatchback
fuel economy

52/52/NA

fuel type

Gasoline Hybrid

horsepower

139 hp @ 5700 rpm

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Good fuel economy

Less rear space for tall people

No significant changes 

Very Affordable

No all-wheel-drive option

Good safety ratings and features

Ride quality could be better

2022 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid Hatchback Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 23, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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In 2017, Hyundai introduced the Ioniq as its first step towards becoming a leader in the EV and hybrid market. It is offered in three variants: the standard hybrid version, the plug-in hybrid version, and the EV version. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV hatchback will be a successor to the 2021 MY. Other than pricing, it is not expected to undergo any changes in 2022. For those who don't wish to switch completely from gasoline to electric, this vehicle is an excellent alternative. 

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Trim wise pricing breakdown


NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)$26971$268000 Listings
SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)$29538$298000 Listings
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Over All Rating

7.9

Out of 10

7.50
9.00
8.00
8.00
7.00
8.00
8.00
7.50

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Trims

SE$26,800 onwards
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SEL$29,800 onwards
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  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-Spot monitoring
  • LED head and taillights
  • Ten-way power driver's seat
  • Wireless charging pad

Limited$33,250 onwards
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  • 10.25-inch touchscreen interface
  • 17-Inch alloy wheels
  • Eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Power tilt-and-slide sunroof


Colors and Styles

Build Car
Cement Gray, cloth

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

You may also qualify for the federal tax credit of up to $4,543 by opting for this vehicle. California residents can also receive an extra credit of up to $1,909 as a result of the Clean Fuel Reward and Clean Vehicle Rebate programs combined. With the base model, the Ioniq will come loaded with comfort, infotainment, and safety features. The electric motor and gasoline engine give you a combined range of 119 miles, which is impressive. Its starting price of $28,000 puts it up against the Toyota Prius Prime, Kira Niro PHEV, and Honda Clarity PHEV. 


Features

The Hyundai Ioniq comes basically in three variants: Electric, Hybrid, and Plug-in Hybrid. The plug-in hybrid model will be the focus of this article, which comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited. In PHEV models, both a gasoline engine and an electric motor are mounted on the front. PHEVs, however, run primarily on electricity, then switch to gasoline when it runs out of battery power.

Regarding features, the base trim will come equipped with an impressive list of features that will justify its price. The only thing you won't find in the base trim is leather seats and a navigation system, which are reserved for higher trim levels. Aside from that, the mid-trim SEL comes with wireless device charging and 10-way power-adjustable seats. The top trim comes with a sunroof with a tilt and slide feature, a 10.25-inch screen, and Harman Kardon audio.

Trims

SE

SEL

Limited

MSRP (FWD)

$28,000

$31,000

$36,000

Key Features

Heated front cloth seats

Adds/ Upgrades to SE trim

Adds/ Upgrades to SEL trim

 

Leather steering wheel

Wireless device charging

Leather seats

 

8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

10.25-inch touchscreen

 

6-speaker stereo

10-way power-adjustable driver's seat

8-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system

 

6-way power-adjustable driver's seat

Chrome beltline molding

Navigation system

Which Trim should you buy?

All trims except for the mid-trim are worth buying. The base trim is fairly affordable and comes with many features, so you should not have any trouble buying it if you want to spend less. 

Alternatively, you can choose the top trim if your budget is higher. It will have a sunroof, Harman Kardon speakers, leather seats, and most importantly, navigation integrated into a larger infotainment screen.

Release Date

While there is no confirmation from the brand yet regarding the release date, as per speculations, we expect the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq to be available in the market by the third quarter of 2021.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

There will be no changes to the Ioniq PHEV's powertrain this year. It would be powered by a 1.6L Inline-4 engine coupled to an electric motor that runs on an 8.9kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. Initial operation is with an electric motor, but when the battery runs low, the engine switches to gasoline. Thus, gas costs will decrease significantly, and fuel efficiency will improve.

The Ioniq's gasoline engine produces 103 horses and 107 lb-ft of torque. Combining the motor and this powertrain produces around 139 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. The horsepower may seem low on paper, but once you sit in the vehicle, the electric motor’s torque delivery and surge will have you thinking otherwise. The powertrain of this hatchback is connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which transfers power to the front wheels. While it doesn't accelerate as much as some of its competitors, it is still faster than some of them, a 0-60mph of 8.9 seconds feels adequate for a vehicle that intends to save on fuel.

Models

2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

2021 Honda Clarity PHEV

2022 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV

2021 Kia Niro PHEV

MSRP

$28,000 (expected)

$33,400

$28,220

$29,590

Engine 

1.6L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid

1.5L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid

1.8L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid

1.6L Inline-4 hybrid

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

Power 

139 hp @ 5,700 rpm

212 hp @ 5,500 rpm

121 hp @ 5,200 rpm

139 hp @ 5700 rpm

Torque

200 lb-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

221 lb-ft. @5,000 rpm 

105 lb-ft. @ 3,600 rpm

195 lb-ft @ 2,400 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.9

7.6

9.8

9.0

Quarter mile (sec)

16.8

16.1

17.7

17.0

Top Speed (MPH)

120

130

120

124

*2021 MY data used for reference

As for the price, it's expected that the Honda Clarity will cost far more than the Ioniq. Ioniq has an advantage here, despite being a tad slower than Clarity. With a 0-to-60 time of 7.6 seconds, the Honda Clarity is the best in its class. Toyota's Prius PHEV, on the other hand, comes out as the slowest in this comparison. The Kia Niro performs astonishingly similar to the Hyundai, however, with its 17-second quarter-mile timing, the Ioniq does gain slight ground over its corporate sibling. 

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

The electric motor itself gives you a range of around 29 miles on the Ioniq PHEV. You will have an equivalent combined range of approximately 119 miles when you combine the electric motor with the gasoline engine. This PHEV has a fuel tank that will hold 11.4 gallons of gas, which is quite a lot considering its class. It offers an astounding near the 600-mile combined driving range.

Models

2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

2021 Honda Clarity PHEV

2022 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV

2021 Kia Niro PHEV

MPGe(City)

N/A

N/A

55

48

MPGe (Highway)

N/A

N/A

53

44

MPGe (Combined)

52

42

54

46

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)

11.4

7.0

11.4

11.4

MPGe Equivalent Combined

119

110

133

105

Range (City/Highway/Combined) miles

NA/NA/592.8

NA/NA/294

627/604.2/615.6

547/501/524 

*2021 MY data used for reference

Despite this, the Toyota Prius Prime has the highest MPG equivalent, measuring 133 miles. The fuel tanks of the Ioniq and Prius are the same size at 11.4 gallons which is the highest in this comparison. Honda Clarity has the smallest tank and the lower fuel economy does affect its driving range.

Interior
7.0/10

The interior of the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV will probably be the same as its predecessor. In the front space, soft-touch materials are used in the dashboard and the armrests on the side doors. The seats are well padded, so they feel comfortable. However, there is a bit of hard plastic on the front console. The seats are covered in cloth material, except for the top trim, which is upholstered in leather. Additionally, the front console features a button-less design, and all of its controls are pretty easy to reach. The front row room is quite generous, but tall passengers may feel constrained in the rear seats.

There are buttons on the side of the front seats for adjusting them electrically; along with that heating and memory functions are also available. On the previous Ioniq models, the only problem we encountered was the lack of charging ports for rear passengers, but we hope this will be resolved for this model year. Except for that, the cabin is a pleasant place to be in. The cargo space stands at 23 cubic feet which is the largest in its class. Furthermore, a cargo cover is provided to shield your goods from prying eyes, and cargo nets are also provided.

Models

2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

2021 Honda Clarity PHEV

2022 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV

2021 Kia Niro PHEV

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.1/59.7/42.2

39.4/54.2/43.2

40.1/56/41.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.4/55.0/35.7

37.1/57.3/36.2

37.2/53.0/33.4

39.1/55.2/37.4

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

23.0

15.5

19.8

19.4

*2021 MY data used for reference

Although the Ioniq PHEV has good front space, the Toyota Prius Prime has more legroom and headroom. With the Kia Niro PHEV, you'll find the back of the vehicle to be much more spacious. The Ioniq has the largest cargo space in its segment, measuring 23.3 cubic feet, followed by the Toyota and Kia, while the Honda Clarity has only 15.5 cubic feet of space. 

Standout interior features include:

  • Heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 10-way electrically adjustable front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated seats with memory function
  • Tilt and telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The front section of the Ioniq PHEV features an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, but the top trim has a 10.25-inch screen with navigation. Hyundai's screens are usually very crisp, responsive, and user-friendly, and this trait carries over to the Ioniq's screen. Furthermore, the base trim is equipped with 6 stereo speakers as standard, while the top trim is equipped with 8 Harman Kardon premium speakers.

Other infotainment system features include wireless connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, USB ports, HD Radio, etc. As a bonus, you will also get Hyundai's BlueLink smartphone app by which you can lock/unlock your car as well as set the temperature inside the cabin.

Standout infotainment features:

  • 8” & 10.25” Touch Screen Display
  • Apple Carplay & Android Auto
  • Wireless Charging
  • Navigation (Top trim)
  • 8-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system
Exterior
8.0/10

The Ioniq PHEV’s overall exterior looks will remain the same as the 2021 model and no changes will be made to it. The Ioniq's front portion resembles the looks of some other Hyundai sedans such as the Elantra. The honeycomb-shaped grille on the front is very attractive and looks very stylish. Whenever necessary, the active aero shutters can also open and close to cool the powertrain inside.

Like many other electric vehicles, the rear part of the vehicle is a bit odd-looking. Overall, the design is kept quite streamlined to reduce the drag coefficient as much as possible to get the greatest range. On the Ioniq, the sunroof is available only on the top trim level. It also comes with LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. The 16-inch wheels are also designed with aerodynamic advantages. 

Models

2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

2021 Honda Clarity PHEV

2022 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV

2021 Kia Niro PHEV

Curb weight (lbs)

3318

4,052

3,365

N/A

Length (inches)

176.0

192.7

182.9

171.5

Width (Inches)

71.7

73.9

69.3

71.1

Height (Inches)

56.9

58.2

57.9

60.4

Ground clearance (inches)

5.3

5.0

4.8

6.3

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

108.3

106.3

106.3

*2021 MY data used for reference

The 2021 Kia Niro PHEV has the highest ground clearance in its class, measuring 6.3 inches which are followed by the Ioniq PHEV with 5.3-inches. On the other hand, the Honda Clarity has the longest wheelbase of 108.3, which is two inches longer than all of the competitors. While both the Prius & Ioniq are fairly light in terms of weight, the Clarity is almost 700 pounds heavier. Ioniq's height is the lowest here and it can be felt while sitting in its second row.

Standout exterior features:

  • 16.0-inch wheels
  • Hidden exhaust
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors
  • Tilt-and-slide power sunroof (top trim)
  • LED headlamps, brake lights, and DRLs
Safety
8.0/10

Since Hyundai has not yet launched the 2022 Ioniq, we will discuss 2021 MY here since there are no changes to its chassis or safety features. The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV hasn’t been tested by NHTSA yet. However, the IIHS gave it an overall Good score except for its latch system, which was rated Acceptable. It did not receive an award for safety from IIHS, but that doesn't mean it isn't safe at all.

Every trim level of the Ioniq PHEV gets upgraded with some additional safety features. Starting with the base model, you get features such as lane following assist, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection.

Standout safety features:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Highway Drive Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Driver Attention Monitor
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist Cyclist Detection
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Follow Assist
Competition
7.5/10

2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV vs 2021 Honda Clarity PHEV

Compared to the Ioniq PHEV, Honda Clarity is a bit more expensive. In this case, however, the Ioniq wins here easily. But, the performance of Honda Clarity remains slightly on the upper side. However, you get better cargo spacing and overall equivalent range in Hyundai. So, in this case, we would choose the Ioniq PHEV due to its higher affordability.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV vs 2022 Toyota Prius Prime PHEV

The Toyota Prius beats the Ioniq only when it comes to range, which is the best in its class. Each of those vehicles will have almost the same price. Furthermore, the Hyundai here beats the latter with its well-rounded performance and plenty of features. Also in its class, the Ioniq PHEV has one of the most sophisticated infotainment systems. As a result of this, the Hyundai has a clear advantage over the Prius.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV vs 2021 Kia Niro PHEV

Kia Niro PHEV & Hyundai Ioniq specs are almost the same since Kia is owned in part by Hyundai. However, if we compare them head-to-head, the Ioniq PHEV seems a little better than the Niro. Also, the Ioniq's range is better than the Niro, which is a crucial factor for an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid. In light of this, we would say the Ioniq PHEV wins here.

Final Verdict

Once it is launched, you should definitely consider buying the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV. Aside from providing a high-quality performance, the price will also be affordable. Starting with its base model, the Ioniq PHEV comes loaded with features in every segment of this vehicle. Although the Honda Clarity is also an excellent option in this segment, the Ioniq PHEV is priced much more competitively. Furthermore, by choosing the Ioniq, you will be eligible for a $4,543 federal tax credit. This will further decrease the cost and it is also applicable to all other EVs and hybrids.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$29800

body style

4dr Hatchback

engine type
displacement

96 cu in

horse power

139 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

109 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

176 in

wheelbase

106.3 in

width

71.7 in

Height

56.9 in

Ground Clearance

5.3 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

96.2 cu ft

cargo volume

23 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

52/52/NA mpg


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