Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Feels pleasingly like a conventional car
  • Few foibles to make its technology tricky to use
  • Roomy in the front, rear space no better than average

Inside the Ioniq, both versions feature a cabin design that’s largely conventional – and certainly less sci-fi like than that you’ll find in the Prius or the Leaf.

Notable features include Hyundai’s first all-digital instrument cluster (allowing it to change colour and the display of the dials when switching to Sport mode) and the unusual choice of a brownish-grey colour for the majority of the plastics.

High-tech interior, but simple to use

Instrumentation is easy to read, and all secondary controls logically laid out. We particularly like the split rear window – a corollary of the aerodynamically sound teardrop shape – which gives a great view out the back for reversing. And the TomTom-powered sat-nav is brilliant: simple to use and fast-acting.

Both models feel well made, and given the keen pricing the quality is more likely to impress than disappoint.

Media system upgrade in 2019

Facelifted cars benefit from the availability of a much nicer 10.25-inch touchscreen (standard on all but base spec models, which get an 8.0-inch version). Pick the larger screen and you get Bluelink connectivity (Hyundai's connected car service) plus the ECO DAS system we've described in the Performance section.

Live services including traffic and fuel information are embedded into the larger screen's maps, plus you can link two phones at the same time via Bluetooth. All cars get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, too. Hyundai e-also became standard in 2019 – automatically sending information to the emergency services in the event of an accident.

Comfort

  • Rides comfortably, isolates you from world outside
  • Seats are supportive, front and back
  • Very quiet and refined - this is a soothing car to drive

Hyundai’s reasoning for fitting the dual-clutch automatic transmission to the Ioniq Hybrid is that it brings the engine speed better into line with the speed you are actually travelling.

This should make it a much more refined experience than a hybrid car with a CVT, which relies on revving the engine higher to accelerate. This is a definite improvement, but the Ioniq Hybrid is still quite a noisy thing under power.

Ride comfort is reasonably good throughout the Ioniq range, but if you opt for the bigger 17-inch wheels you may find it occasionally becomes abrupt over ridges and potholes. Regardless, this is unlikely to be a car you come to dread taking on a long journey

2019 Hyundai Ioniq interior gear shift