Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Pros: Pleasant driving manners; user-friendly control layout; cargo versatility of hatchback body style; choice of powertrains

Cons: Ioniq Hybrid’s powertrain is not as smooth or refined as rival hybrid vehicles; Toyota-Prius-like split rear-window layout compromises rear visibility; not all testers like Ioniq Electric’s push-button shifter

CG Says: The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric has more battery capacity that increases range from 124 miles to 170 miles and horsepower grows from 118 to 134. All Ioniqs have refreshed styling. Hyundai introduced an eco-focused compact-car line for 2017. The Ioniq is a compact four-door hatchback that offers a choice of three electrified powertrains: gas/electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure-electric. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid combine a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor. The hybrid produces a combined 139 horsepower and the plug-in hybrid with a bigger electric motor is rated at 156 hp. The plug-in hybrid can be driven an estimated 29 miles solely on electric power. Both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid use a 6-speed automated-manual transmission. The electric is only available in certain states (California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont). Available safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, blind-spot alert, lane–keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, driver-attention monitor, and automatic high-beam headlights. The Hyundai Ioniq lineup is aimed squarely at the Toyota Prius family, as well as the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Though its Chevrolet and Toyota competitors trump the Ioniq on a couple of key specs, we’re still impressed with the everyday passenger/cargo practicality of the Ioniq platform and the smooth, peppy driving character of the Ioniq Electric. However, we’re less impressed with the non-linear behavior of the Ioniq Hybrid’s gas/electric powertrain, and the disappointing fuel economy our test Ioniq Hybrid achieved compared to our 2017 Toyota Prius Eco test vehicle.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices Blue Hybrid: $24,195
SE Hybrid: $26,145
SEL Hybrid: $29,395
Limited Hybrid: $32,195
SE Plug-in Hybrid: $27,495
SEL Plug-in Hybrid: $30,495
Limited Plug-in Hybrid: $33,945
SE Electric: $34,040
Limited Electric: $39,610

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder/electric (Hybrid)
Horsepower
139
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
55-57
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
54-59

Optional Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder/electric (Plug-in Hybrid)
Horsepower
156
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
52
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)
119

Optional Engine
electric motor (Electric)
Horsepower
134
Std. Transmission
single speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
145
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
121