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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Review: Budget Hybrid Power Couple

by Aiden Eksteen

Offered as both a hybrid and plug-in hybrid, the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq - still in its first generation - provides eco-friendly and highly fuel-efficient performance at a reasonable price. Equipped with a 1.6-liter inline-4 gasoline engine, a single electric motor, and a compact battery, both the HEV and PHEV make use of 139 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque to get about. These compact 5-door hatchbacks are ideal for urban settings, but while they're both modern, well-built, and packed with features, they're not the most comfortable vehicles on the road. Occupying the compact segment, where you'll also find similar vehicles such as the Toyota Prius, Prius Prime, and Toyota Corolla Hybrid, their downfalls include cramped rear seats and the challenge of newer, more affordable hybrids and EVs.

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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid?

While the entire 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid range has seen updates this year, those made to the hybrid variants are mostly skin deep or quality-of-life improvements. Every Ioniq receives a new mesh grille and updated front and rear fascias. Inside, there have been some stylistic updates, too, with a new console upper cover, dark chrome instrument panel trim, and Piano key controls. The standard seven-inch touchscreen interface has been enlarged to eight inches, and a 10.25-inch model with navigation is standard on the Limited. The base-level Blue trim gets quite a few new driver-assistance features, like lane keeping assist, high beam assist, and forward collision avoidance. The SEL expands on this with lane follow assist and pedestrian detection, while the Limited gets front and rear parking sensors, and highway driving assist. Regenerative brake level control paddles are standard on every model.

Pros and Cons

  • Great gas mileage from Blue trim
  • Modern and comprehensive infotainment capabilities
  • Many standard and optional safety features
  • Decent 29-mile all-electric range on PHEV
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Humdrum driving characteristics
  • Tacky and low-grade interior
  • Rear seats are very cramped

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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid Blue
1.6L Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$23,200
Hybrid SE
1.6L Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$25,150
Plug-In Hybrid SE
1.6L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$26,500
Hybrid SEL
1.6L Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$28,400
Plug-In Hybrid SEL
1.6L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$29,500
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2020 Ioniq Hybrid Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 176.0 in
  • Wheelbase 106.3 in
  • Height 56.9 in
  • Max Width 71.7 in
  • Front Width 61.5 in
  • Rear Width 62.1 in
  • Curb Weight 2,996.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Ceramic White +$300
  • Black Noir Pearl
  • Stellar Silver
  • Intense Blue
  • Amazon Gray
  • Summit Gray, Build Out: 03/31/2020
  • Scarlet Red Pearl

2020 Ioniq Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    1.6L Inline-4 Hybrid, 1.6L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

2020 Ioniq Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.2 in
  • Front Head Room 39.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.4 in

2020 Ioniq Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Front Seats Hyundai
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2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Rear Passenger Seats Hyundai

2020 Ioniq Hybrid Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid hatchback A Good car?

In the USA, the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid hatchback starts at a price of just $23,200. That's an attractive sticker price for a relatively modern, hybridized vehicle and both the Toyota Prius and Prius Prime are more expensive.

The 2020 Ioniq Hybrid is perhaps also one of the better looking cars in the class with its sophisticated, sleek hatchback design proving to be practical too. Even the entry-level Ioniq Hybrid, the Blue, comes with a comprehensive infotainment system boasting full smartphone connectivity and more. There are oodles of creature comforts, conveniences, advanced driver-assists, and safety features at the base level, too, making this a package that's hard to fault.

In addition to being on the more affordable end of the hybrid price spectrum, the Blue trim is also one of the most efficient. With a confidence-inspiring safety rating from the IIHS's review of the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and decent reliability expectations, there's plenty that makes the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid hatchback a decent buy. It's sadly let down by lackluster handling dynamics and a busy suspension, but if you evaluate it for what it is, the Ioniq isn't half bad.

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