2020 Ioniq Hybrid New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq is a hybrid that makes a strong case for value, including an outstanding warranty. It's similar to the Toyota Prius but with a more ordinary hatchback shape. It's more approachable, and has a friendly face. Ioniq Plug-In Hybrids are an easy step into the electrified future-and Electric models skip gas entirely, of course.
For 2020, a couple of the models get improvements. The gas hybrids get a new mesh grille. The Electric edition (available only in California and other ZEV-rule states) gets a bigger battery, to increase its range from 124 to 170 miles, more than a Nissan Leaf but less than the Hyundai Kona electric crossover that can go 258 miles.
Powerplants range from a 139-horsepower Hybrid that gets an EPA-rated 58 mpg combined; to a Plug-In Hybrid with a range of 29 all-electric miles; to the 170-mile Electric edition. The Ioniq Hybrids have a paddle-shifting 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Ioniq has a low driving position with comfortable front seats and a well-sorted cockpit. Acceleration is moderate at best, while the handling is no-nonsense. Rear-seat room gets compromised by the roofline, but cargo space swells to more than 26.5 cubic feet when the rear seatbacks are folded.
With its low-rolling-resistance tires, the base Hybrid Blue model gets the best gas mileage, at 57/59/58 mpg, which makes it one of the highest-mileage vehicles that isn't a plug-in. The other Hybrid models get 55 mpg city, 54 highway, 55 combined.
The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid has a larger battery pack and a plug. The PHEV Ioniq can go 29 miles on electricity alone. When its gas engine kicks in, it gets 52 mpg combined, for a net of 119 MPGe.
For 2020, the Ioniq Electric gets a larger battery pack-it grows from 28 kwh to 38.3 kwh. That raises its range to 170 miles, with 136 MPGe. It can recharge to 80 percent in under an hour on a 100-kw fast-charger. It's available in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The Ioniq hasn't been crash tested by the NHTSA, but the IIHS makes it a Top Safety Pick.
All Ioniqs have automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and automatic high beams. Blind-spot monitors are available, as is adaptive cruise control on more expensive versions.
The 2020 Ioniq Hybrid comes in four different models, the plug-ins in three.
The $23,930 Ioniq Hybrid Blue is an exceptional value. It comes with power features, automatic emergency braking, keyless ignition, automatic climate control, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, dual climate control, and 15-inch alloy wheels.
The $25,880 Ioniq SE sports LED running lights, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a 7.0-inch instrument display.
The $29,130 SEL gains LED headlights, wireless smartphone charging, ambient lighting, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, a power sunroof, leather upholstery, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The $31,930 Limited gets Harman Kardon audio.
The $27,230 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SE has adaptive cruise control, while the $30,230 Plug-in SEL gets LED headlights. The $33,680 Plug-in Limited has a 10.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, and Harman Kardon audio.
The Ioniq Electric is equipped like the plug-in hybrid.
All Ioniqs come with Hyundai's 5-year/60,000-mile limited vehicle warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.