Roomy in front, cramped in rear. The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid's style imparts sportiness with its bold grille, sleek lines, and falling roofline. It does everything it needs to do to present an attractive canvas.
But that look comes with a price, as the roofline starts to drop where passengers sit in the rear. Not only is legroom no better than average, but rear headroom is also constrained to where tall adults won’t find the space suitable.
One important feature working for the Ioniq Hybrid is its standard cargo space, measuring 26.5 cubic feet.
Weak performance, strong efficiency. The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid moves at a leisurely pace, even under full throttle. The gas engine and electric motor combine to deliver only 139 horsepower. That’s more than the Toyota Corolla Hybrid, itself based on the Toyota Prius, but it isn’t much of a difference-maker for the Hyundai.
At least this hybrid stays relatively quiet when pressing the pedal to the medal. The Ioniq Hybrid’s strength is also its top-selling feature: fuel economy. The Ioniq Hybrid Blue, the base model, earns an EPA-estimated 57 miles per gallon city, 59 mpg highway, and 58 combined, which is outstanding. Other models get 55/54/55 mpg (city/highway/combined).
High marks for infotainment and safety tech. Every Ioniq Hybrid model comes with a long list of infotainment features. For starters, an 8-inch touchscreen is especially sharp and crisp with icons for phone, music files, and the rest. It’s a tablet-like layout that’s easy to discern and use. The range-topping Limited gets a 10.25-inch display.
On the safety front, the Ioniq Hybrid scores high as well. Beyond the requisite rearview camera, Hyundai includes automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane-keeping assist, and forward-collision warning.
All but the base model also include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Moving up the trim range further opens the door to adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, and more. In effect, Hyundai offers every driver-assist feature available these days.
Warranties to love. Hyundai has long offered one of the best warranty plans in the business, and that’s a proven distinction for some shoppers. Every Ioniq Hybrid is covered by a five-year, 60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, which is two years and 24,000 miles longer than the average.
The powertrain warranty, which includes the electric battery, is also strong, coming in at 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Other warranties include a seven-year, unlimited miles anti-perforation (rust) coverage, which is two years longer than most competitors. Hyundai also throws in roadside assistance for five years.
All in all, Hyundai’s warranties give consumers an extra bit of assurance for a brand that is now one of the highest in quality bar none.
Final thoughts. The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid offers fantastic fuel economy, attractive styling, and strong safety and technology features. It's too bad that the rear seat is so cramped.
In terms of the competition, Toyota offers the Camry Hybrid, Corolla Hybrid, Avalon Hybrid, and Prius. The Honda Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight are also worth cross-shopping.
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