The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a direct competitor of the Toyota Prius Prime, offering a lower price, high feature content, and a less polarizing exterior shape and design. It slots between the Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Electric in terms of efficiency and price, though all three face an uphill battle in a market with low fuel prices and an increasing preference for crossovers and SUVs.
What's New for 2019
Following its 2018 debut, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid adds updated voice recognition for the navigation system and a standard remote charge management system via Blue Link.
Choosing Your Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
The larger battery pack of the Plug-In Hybrid increases the electric-only range to a commuter-friendly 29 miles, while the engine extends the trip for nearly another 600 miles and erases any notion of range anxiety. The aero-efficient exterior shape yields a hatchback profile that’s most common with eco-focused vehicles while its interior layout is pure mainstream aside from its increased use of eco-friendly materials. The larger battery pack reduces the cargo space, though only slightly (down three percent), compared to the Ioniq Hybrid’s class-leading volume.
After the 8.9-kwh battery pack has been depleted, the gasoline engine fires up to assist the 44.5-kw motor and extends the total range beyond 600 miles. The battery can be fully charged in less than 2.5 hours with a 240-volt charger or about nine hours with a common household 120-V outlet.
The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is tuned specifically for high efficiency and generates a modest 104 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque. All power is routed through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and down to the front wheels.
On electric-only propulsion, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid achieves an EPA-estimated 119 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent, which is less than the Ioniq Electric though it has a much greater range. In hybrid mode, it achieves 52 miles per gallon combined, which is less than the Ioniq Hybrid though the plug-in has theoretically traveled nearly 30 miles on just electricity.
The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited brings active safety gear and high-tech upgrades for a price that still undercuts its most direct competition.
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