In a break from the usual hybrid modus operandi, the Ioniq Hybrid works to maintain familiarity. The body is still a hatchback, but it emulates a traditional sedan shape. The cut-off teardrop shape at the rear is the only cue, masked by sweeping exterior lines. A tasteful front end caps off the impression.
Inside is a similar story – no futuristic design styles here, just an intuitive set of controls and plenty of cubbies. The front seats are spacious, and cargo capacity is a respectable 26.5 cubic feet in Hybrid models. The cabin is quiet, and the feature range is comprehensive without being overcomplicated. Last but not least, the Ioniq Hybrid comes with a strong safety rep (IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick) and Hyundai’s excellent warranty.
The Ioniq can’t quite foil a classic hybrid pitfall, which is rear seat space. Battery packs encroach from below, while the graceful roofline pinches in from the top. It’s comfortable for two adults, but not by much, and taller passengers may feel cramped. Hyundai has sourced its plastics from sustainable sources including powdered wood and volcanic ash, and while they feel better than most hard plastics, they’re still too common in the cabin.