Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Review (Updated 2020)

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The eco-friendliness of the Ioniq Hybrid will most definitely be a bonus for those who stay on the roads a lot, and it is relatively affordable too, being a Cat A COE vehicle.
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Introduction

Korean car company Hyundai is known worldwide for providing superior performance at a low price point, and their modern designs (the word “Hyundai” comes from the Korean word for modernity).

The tradition is upheld with the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 1.6L, a sleek sedan which looks classy and has a simple and intuitive design. It is the second iteration of the original Ioniq which was introduced in 2017.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Exterior

The appearance of the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is minimalist, with a pretty standard outline that one would expect from a compact sedan. Sleek edges give it a polished, refined look, which distinguishes it from a typical sedan.

A new mesh grille design covers the front end of the vehicle, and the daytime headlights are positioned low and to the sides of the front, connected to the headlights which run parallel to the grille. A neat shark fin antenna graces the roof of the car, which comes with an optional sunroof (GLS sunroof model).

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Keeping things minimal

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq is topped off with a smooth glossy finish that comes in four colours – Black, Red, White and Grey. Hyundai really kept things minimal with the paint job choices, which sticks to their minimalist theme.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Interior

The inside of the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is relatively straightforward. The front cabin has two seats, with a storage space in between, and an interactive multimedia panel at the front. The dual-clutch 6 speed gearbox sits neatly in between both seats.

Aesthetics-wise, there is only one colour scheme available – fossil grey, and the seats are made of leather. The steering wheel is pretty standard, adorned with the Hyundai emblem, and windows are relatively small, which may not be great for those who get carsick easily.

The multimedia panel uses Apple’s Carplay system, which means you can connect your Apple iPhone to the car’s panel and control the display using your device (sorry Android users). A wireless charging spot allows drivers to simply place their smartphones down to charge immediately, which is convenient. Hyundai has also added the touchscreen function to the air conditioning controls below the multimedia display, which is a good touch.

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Interactive multimedia panel

The rear cabin is able to house 3 people (on a good day, as there are only 2 intended seats), but isn’t extremely spacious. Tall folks may find it a little difficult to squeeze in the back, but overall most humans should be able to sit comfortably in the rear.

Cargo space is expandable, with the option to bend back the rear seats to extend the cargo compartment. However, without the expansion, cargo space is rather shallow due to the secret spare boot compartment beneath. Pre-expansion, the boot can hold only 456 litres, but post-expansion it can hold up to 1518 litres.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Performance

As a hybrid vehicle, the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is judged on a few merits, including fuel efficiency, comfort and handling. Suffice to say, it does admirably well on all counts.

A 1.6 litre direct injection engine capable of 105hp and 147Nm of torque powers the vehicle, alongside the 1.56kWh powered electric motor, granting it hybrid functionality (overall 130bhp and 265Nm of torque). The battery is self-charging, saving drivers the hassle of having to charge the battery at power stations. The self-charging technology takes advantage of deceleration, and harnesses spare energy from the petrol engine. It also recharges when going downhill.

The main strength of the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is the marvellous fuel efficiency. At 3.8L/100km, you have one of the best vehicles in terms of fuel efficiency, even amongst hybrid vehicles. Add to that the self-charging battery and you have a very convenient, eco-friendly hybrid vehicle that can help cut down one’s carbon footprint by a decent amount.

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid has 2 functional modes, “Eco” mode, which is environmentally friendly and conserves power, and “Sport” mode, which unleashes the Ioniq’s powerful torque and allows for more overtaking and action-packed driving(if your idea of action is beating the red light just in time). Overall, the vehicle is no speedster, clocking in at 10.8s to get from 0 – 100km/h, so do not expect to turn into Lewis Hamilton just by switching to “Sport” mode.

A unique property of the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq is the inclusion of a gear switch pedal (in Sport mode) which doubles as a regenerative braking controller in eco mode. In short, regenerative braking is a process which minimises inefficiency in braking, and allows the energy lost during braking to be “regenerated” as it is stored by the motor and recycled to start the car (after it has come to a stop).

The pedal has 3 stages(0-3) and drivability decreases as the regenerative braking increases, due to jerkiness. Taking advantage of downslopes and long stretches of straight road will be key to ensuring a smooth ride with regen braking enabled, as it can be hard for unexperienced “brakers” to get a feel for when to decelerate.

The overall handling and driving experience is rather average, with braking being something that could be improved. The low amount of road noise and stability are positive, however.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Safety

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq comes equipped with several safety measures. This includes a 7-airbag system (2 in the front, 1 on the steering wheel and 4 curtain airbags) that protects passengers upon impact, AHSS (Advanced High Strength Steel) technology, which strengthens the chassis of the car, and Hyundai SmartSense, their own safety technology.

SmartSense Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) technology warns drivers of departure from lanes and applies corrective steering if needed, while Blindspot avoidance Warning (BSD) uses sensors to detect approaching vehicles while changing lanes or backing out of parking spots to prevent collisions.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Price

The standard 2020 Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 DCT goes for $106,999, while the 1.6 GLS with sunroof retails for $115,999. As the car is not a high powered vehicle, it falls under the affordable Category A COE price range, something that those on a budget will be happy about.

Summary

Hyundai has done well with this mid-life tweak which has really improved the cabin experience, and retouched the interior. The eco-friendliness of the 2020 Ioniq Hybrid will most definitely be a bonus for those who stay on the roads a lot, and it is relatively affordable too, being a Cat A COE vehicle.

Overall, it is a great hybrid vehicle that can reduce carbon emissions and runs smoothly. While not perfect in terms of braking, the Ioniq does well enough in all other areas to be considered a decent investment.

Verdict

What we like
- Comfortable Cabin, Ventilated front seat
- Pleasant restyling experience
- Well-built
What we do not like
- Brakes could be better
- Uninspiring to drive
Editor’s recommendation
Sensible, practical and fuss-free, the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is easy to own and would be a good option for those who spend plenty of time on the road.

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Specifications

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

1.6L DCT Hybrid

Dimensions

4470mm x 1820mm x 1450mm(LxWxH)

Wheelbase

2700mm

Weight

1360kg

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

1.6L DCT Hybrid

Engine

1580cc DOHC Incline-4

Transmission

6-Speed Dual Clutch

Drive Type

Front Wheel Drive

Power

130bhp

Torque

265Nm

Top Speed

185km/h

0-100km/h

10.8s

Fuel consumption

3.8L/100km

Suspension (Front/Rear)

MacPherson Strut/Multi-Link

Brakes(Front/Rear)

Ventilated Disc/Disc

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