While naturally derived, the materials in the Ioniq Electric's cabin tend to look bland and feel quite cheap, particularly on the base model with its sugar cane bio-fabric upholstery. The upgrade to leather on the Limited is far classier, but you still can't get away from a cheap, dull-looking interior. It's ergonomically sound though, with both available touchscreens easy to use and with seating generally comfortable. The front seats offer a good range of adjustment and feature standard heating, and visibility is largely impressive. The rear seat gets a little cramped quite easily, with neither headroom nor legroom on the generous side of things despite space being technically available for five people The rear outboard seats feature two full LATCH anchor sets, but the lower anchors are deeply set into the seat.
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric offers seating for five occupants, but if adults are your measure of seating then cut that number down to four. The front seats are generally commodious enough for most, with decent headroom and legroom, even with the sunroof on the Limited trim. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the rear seats, where the sloping roofline cuts into headroom and the position of the seat and underlying battery pack leaves legroom quite short. The driver's seat boasts standard heating and six-way manual adjustment - power adjustment is standard on the Limited - with a good range of movement and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel which makes finding a comfortable driving position quite simple. Visibility is decent, only impeded by the size and positioning of the front and rear roof pillars.
|Hyundai Ioniq Electric Trims||Electric||Electric Limited|
|Headroom Front Seat||39.1 in.||38.2 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||37.4 in.||37.4 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.2 in.||42.2 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||35.7 in.||35.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||56.1 in.||56.1 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||55 in.||55 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||53.8 in.||53.8 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||52.9 in.||52.9 in.|
What was it Henry Ford said about having it any color you want as long as it's black? Well, Hyundai might offer you numerous exterior hues, but inside your choices are limited to Charcoal Black and Charcoal Black. The base Ioniq Electric offers standard Charcoal Black bio-fabric upholstery, with matching black and grey interior panels and a grey headliner. The change from base to Limited trims upgrades upholstery from cloth to leather in, you guessed it, Charcoal Black, but the rest of the interior appointments remain the same. The only other dash of color to be found are the silver surrounds of the air vents and infotainment screen.
There's a decent amount of cargo volume for the Ioniq Electric, despite offering a little less than the hybrid model. Still, engineered with the battery primarily beneath the rear passenger seats, 23 cubic feet of cargo space is available behind the rear seats. This figure places the Ioniq Electric about par for the segment, more or less on even keel with the Nissan Leaf. The rear hatch is large and allows for easy loading of even large objects, provided you can lift them high enough to make use of the opening. The rear seats fold in a 60/40 split to increase the storage volume.
There are plenty of places to store small items throughout the cabin with deep door pockets, a large center bin, and numerous center console nooks. On the Limite model, the wireless charging pad is helpful but occupies space where another cup holder would quite easily fit. While the small item storage is decent, nothing sets it apart from similarly sized hatchbacks.
With just two trims, Hyundai splits the equipment between scant and well-equipped. Available on both, you'll find automatic headlights, automatic temperature control, heated front seats, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry and push-button start, and a rearview camera. But if you want fancy equipment, the Limited is the only trim to offer a power sunroof, power driver's seat adjustment with memory function, an auto-dimming mirror, and a wireless charging pad. The Limited also adds a range of driver aids like blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, smart cruise control, and high beam assist.
Infotainment is one aspect well catered for in the Ioniq Electric, even in base trim. A standard seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers can accept inputs via AM/FM radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, auxiliary input, USB, Bluetooth, and via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with which the system is fully compatible. The screen also acts as the display for the standard rearview camera. The Ioniq Electric Limited gets an upgraded eight-inch touchscreen system that features built-in navigation, while Audio quality is improved by Clari-Fi music restoration technology and an eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system with a subwoofer. For 2019, upgraded voice controls on the Limited model come courtesy of HERE replacing Google's POI search. The upgrade controls work well, and overall, both systems are fluent and easy to use.