2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Review: Budget Hybrid Power Couple

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 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 and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Hybrid Blue
1.6L Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid SE
1.6L Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Plug-In Hybrid SE
1.6L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid SEL
1.6L Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
Plug-In Hybrid SEL
1.6L Inline-4 Plug-in Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive

2020 Ioniq Hybrid Exterior

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  • 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
  • Black Noir Pearl
  • Summit Gray
  • Intense Blue
  • Stellar Silver
  • Scarlet Red Pearl

Ioniq Hybrid Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Only a single powertrain is offered for both the hybrid and PHEV versions of the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq - a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that, along with a single electric motor and 6-speed automatic transmission, power the Ioniq's front-wheel-drive system with 139 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. The plug-in has a stronger electric motor but the same combined output, relying on the motor for greater low-end assistance. Performance from this power source is modest at best but it's all the compact FWD hatch needs to feel eager around town and remain fairly straightforward to drive. Getting up to highway speeds and making high-speed overtakes are gradual endeavors though. There's also no surprise the Ioniq Hybrid hatchback has no towing capacity rating. Fully charging the 8.9 kWh battery in the PHEV will take just over two hours on a level 2 household outlet. The Ioniq Plug-In has a 29-mile electric range.

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

Ioniq Hybrid Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    11.9 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 57/59 mpg
* 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue Hatchback

Ioniq Hybrid Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

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

Ioniq Hybrid Trunk and Cargo Space

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Ioniq Hybrid Safety and Reliability


  • 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

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.

🚗What Hyundai Ioniq Model Should I Buy?

When it comes to getting the best bang for your buck, look no further than the entry-level 2020 Ioniq Hybrid model, the Blue. It's the most affordable Ioniq Hybrid and the most frugal. Despite its entry-level price, it still comes with a good selection of creature comforts, conveniences, and safety technologies as standard. The PHEV's more powerful electric motor provides a 29-mile EV-only range but does nothing to improve acceleration. Its larger battery pack also comes at the cost of the gas tank and trunk, which are both smaller than the HEV's. That's why we'd skip the PHEV, and get the standard base model, saving money and being more practical all in one go.

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