For those of you not familiar with the Hyundai IONIQ, it’s an electric Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid or pure EV set to rival the Prius.

The Prius may get some hate from petrolheads, but it’s been around since 1997 so it proves that there is a market for it. In this review, Jenny looks at whether Hyundai’s IONIQ can take over a significant part of the market from the Prius?

The appeal of IONIQ, especially in the hybrid form, is it doesn’t try too hard to be different and maintains some of Hyundai’s more popular and modern design aspects and applies them into a Hybrid.

This Hybrid has a 1.6 naturally aspirated petrol engine with 77 kW of power and 147 Nm engine paired with a 32 kW electric motor with 170 Nm. The combined system output is at 104 kW and 265 Nm.

The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) comes with the same engine but gives up to 50 km on electric power only. It also has a bit more push, since the electric motor produces 45 kW.

The all-electric model comes with an 86 kW motor with 295 Nm and a 28 kWh battery that gives it the range of 280 km. The EV tops out at 165 km/h.

IONIQ Hybrid Specifications


Engine: 1.6L Petrol
Power: 77 kW @ 5,700 rpm
Torque: 147 Nm @4,000 rpm


Power Output: 32 kW
Torque: 170 Nm
Voltage: 240V
Battery Capacity: 1.56 kWh
Electric Vehicle Operation: 75 mph


Engine Size: 1.6L Petrol + Electric Motor
Combined Power: 104 kW
Combined Torque: 265 Nm
Fuel Consumption: 3.9L/100km
Transmission: 6-Speed DCT with sequential manual mode

IONIQ Plug-in Specifications

Driving Performance

Powertrains: 1.6GDi / 8.9kWh Battery
Electric Drive Range: 63 Km
Combined Power: 104 kW
Combined Torque: 265 Nm
Combined Fuel Consumption: 1.1 l/100 Km
Battery efficiency: 9.4 kWh/100 km;
CO2 emissions combined: 26 g/km

IONIQ Electric Specifications

Driving Performance

Electric Motor: 28kWh Battery
Electric Drive Range: 280 Km
Power: 88 kW
Torque: 295 Nm
Battery efficiency: 11.5 kWh/100 Km
Charging the battery up to 80% takes about 23 mins using a 100 kW direct current fast charger. banner
Active safety
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including;

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

Hyundai SmartSense ™ including;

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Change Assist (LCA)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC)

Other features

  • Park Assist System (PAS) – front (4 sensors, with guidance display)
  • Park Assist System (PAS) – rear (4 sensors, with guidance display)
  • Rear view camera with dynamic guide lines
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) – individual tyre pressure readout
Passive safety

  • Front airbags – driver & front passenger
  • Knee airbag – driver
  • Side (thorax) airbags – driver & front passenger
  • Side curtain airbags – 1st & 2nd rows


  • Impact sensing auto door unlock
  • Rear door child safety locks


  • Pretensioners, load limiters & height adjustable upper mounts on front seat belts
  • Seat belt reminder – front & rear seatbelts


  • Height adjustable front head restraints
  • Height adjustable rear head restraints
  • ISOFIX child restraint anchors (rear outboard seats)
  • Top tether child restraint anchors (rear) – 3 anchors
Security system

  • Active lock/unlock operation (user configurable)
  • Anti-theft alarm
  • Central locking
  • Engine immobiliser


  • Smart key remote – 2x
Multimedia system

  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Satellite navigation
  • SUNA™ Live Traffic Updates
  • Touch screen – 8″ display


  • Infinity™ premium audio system – 8 speakers with external amplifier

Audio/media sources

  • AM / FM radio
  • Digital radio (DAB+)
  • Radio Data System (RDS)
  • AUX / USB audio input with iPod® compatibility
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
Occupant comfort & convenience

  • Leather appointed steering wheel & gear knob
  • Leather appointed seats

Front seats

  • Driver’s seat – height adjustable
  • Driver’s seat – power adjustable – 10-way (including 2-way lumbar support
  • Passenger’s seat – height adjustable
  • Front centre console armrest storage box – USB power outlet
  • Front centre console storage cubby – power outlets – 2 x 12V outlets
  • Front centre console – wireless charging pad (Qi standard)4
  • Grip handles – 1x (passenger)

Rear seats

  • Centre fold down armrest
  • Grip handles – 2x


  • Glass sunroof – tilt and slide panel●
  • Power windows – front & rear
  • One touch window up & down function with anti-pinching safety feature – all front windows
  • Solar control windshield glass
Vision & sight
Interior mirror

  • Electro-chromatic Mirror (ECM) – auto-dimming

Exterior mirrors

  • Heated
  • Power adjustable
  • Power folding with auto fold function

Instrument cluster/driving displays

  • Supervision cluster – 7.0″ TFT colour LCD with trip computer & digital speedometer
Ventilation & heating
Air conditioning

  • Climate control – dual zone with auto defog function
  • Cabin air filter
  • Cooling/heating vents – rear centre console

Front seats

  • Air ventilated front seats
  • Heated front seats

Other features

  • Heated rear windshield
Exterior styling

  • Front grille inserts – satin chrome


  • Door frame & beltline moulding – satin chrome
  • Side garnish insert – matte grey
Interior styling

  • Metallic white inserts (air vents, start button, steering wheel)


  • Door scuff plates – stainless steel
  • Sports pedals – alloy
Exterior lighting – front

  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL) – LED
  • Headlight functions – automatic dusk sensing with escort and welcome
  • Headlight type – Bi-Xenon (low/high beam)
  • Headlight type – projector beam
  • Positioning lights – LED

Exterior lighting – rear

  • Fog light – LED
  • High mount stop light (HMSL) – LED
  • Rear combination lights – LED (bulb indicator and reverse lights)

Exterior lighting – others

  • Courtesy lights – LED, in front door handles
  • Puddle lights – LED, in side mirrors
  • Side repeaters – LED, integrated into side mirrors

Interior lighting – front

  • Front room lights and map lights – LED
  • Vanity mirror lights

Interior lighting – rear

  • Centre room light – LED

Interior lighting – others

  • Cargo area light
  • Interior light fade-out delay
  • Safety reflectors – integrated in doors (front)