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Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid 2021 review

We drive the plug-in Hyundai Ioniq PHEV and see what this low-CO2 car is like to drive!

I’m john law this is chasing cars and this is a hyundai ioniq plug-in hybrid now in today’s review we’re going to be doing a detailed overview of this car telling you what we like and dislike about it but we’re also going to be talking about plug-in hybrids in a more general sense and the future of mobility because hyundai actually sells this car in three permutations

Including a regular series parallel hybrid this plug-in and a full electric vehicle so we’re going to be discussing the pros and cons of each and coming to a conclusion as to whether or not we reckon the plug-in hybrid has a place in the market but of course i want to know what you think in the comments section down below so leave a comment at any point during this

Video telling me whether you think a plug-in hybrid is a good idea for us here in australia now just before we get into the interior i do want to point out something pretty cool about the front of this ionic at least in my opinion and that is this grille which for a start looks pretty snazzy but it also has the ability to open and close depending on the cooling

Needs of the car and to keep it really nice and efficient and cutting through the wind well so i think that’s pretty cool but anyway let’s hop inside the interior of the ioniq and see exactly what the cabin is like so inside the ioniq there’s a couple of really nice little features and there’s a couple of little weird details which i’m not quite so sure about

Now the variant we have here is the premium and that is the upper spec one you can buy it’s available across the three permutations of hybrid plug-in and electric and it’s pretty much the same across those so that means you get a really really crisp 10.25 inch touchscreen which runs hyundai’s own navigation system which runs really nicely but of course there’s

Also apple carplay and android auto though that uses a wire not wireless yet now there’s also dab radio in there and it all works really nicely you’ve got these shortcut buttons down below that are all digital so no hard buttons here which to some people may be good may be bad below it you’ve got a really nice sleek integration of the climate control down here with

Dual zone and you can select it so that the fan only goes to the driver for a slightly better economy down below you’ve got this sort of low center stack which to me seems a little bit weird it feels like it’s a combination of a bunch of different hyundai products down here like i30 and sonata and it doesn’t quite work that well however you do have a fair bit of

Kit down here including heated seats and cooled seats and the ability to change between the drive modes which we’ll get back to in the driving impressions there’s also a heated steering wheel in this premium variant which is a really really nice touch the steering wheel is of course a leather wrapped item as is the gear stick and the seats are leather upholstered

As well you do sit in a bit of a weird position though it feels like you’re sort of planted on top of the chassis of this ionic you feel quite tall you never really feel like it’s sunk down however you do have electric seat adjustment to fine tune everything nicely with memory function for the driver as well and you’ve got a digital driver’s display in front of

You which gives you all the info you need and i reckon actually looks pretty good there’s a pretty funny little startup animation as well as seems to be the way with all these eco-friendly cars at the moment and uh yeah the ambiance of the interior is is pretty decent i’m not totally sold on this kind of dark grey colorway but let me know what you think in the

Comment section down below you’ve also got a sunroof in this premium variant and a fair bit of soft touch materials though it does go to scratchy hard plastic down here around the center console and it doesn’t feel too well screwed together there however the rest of the interior is pretty quality as for uh practicalities you’ve got a couple of weirdly shaped

Cup holders which take a bottle nicely and some door bins which flex to take a bigger or smaller bottle and some comfy little armrest padding here for the driver so all in all the front cabin is a fine place to be with a couple of highlights which include this really crisp touchscreen now let’s see how practical the rear seat of the ioniq is jumping in the back

Door which opens really nice and wide which makes it easy to hop into the back seat of the ioniq and you’re greeted with a fair amount of space now as you’ll probably know i’m six foot two and for me there is just enough headroom if i sit up completely straight my head does just brush the ceiling and in front of me there is a decent amount of knee room and quite

A generous amount of toe room thanks to the high set driving position as for content back here you’ve got one little net behind the passenger seat and you’ve also got rear seat air vents which is a really nice touch for me you’ve got some funky air vents in the side of the materials just on the passenger side i don’t know exactly what that’s about but there’s

Not one on the driver’s side as for other stuff we’ve got this flip down armrest which feels like a quality item and you’ve got two cup holders here and as you kind of expect the rear seat moves to hard touch materials for the door card in the back but you still get a fairly nicely padded armrest so it’s okay back here but perhaps you don’t want to be spending

Too much time in here especially given the lack of charging ports and the slightly scratchy materials now let’s jump around to the boot and see what the practicality is like so around to the back of the ionic and you know it’s a plug-in because it says plug-in on the boot the electric car has ev written there and it’s definitely got that sort of eco-car look which

Seems to be a theme with double windscreen split into two i don’t know if this is particularly more aerodynamic or something like that but it’s definitely a theme that runs throughout now popping that boot which is manually operated which at a little bit over fifty thousand dollars you might be expecting to get an electric boot you do have a slightly big load lip

Here but it’s not a big issue to slide stuff over and above you can load this boot up with 357 litres of cargo say hyundai and you’ve got quite a nice sturdy cargo cover that rolls backwards and forwards to keep your stuff away from prying eyes now you do have a luggage net as well which is an absolute personal must-have for me stop stuff rolling around in the boot

And yeah it’s a pretty nicely finished place while you do have a luggage cover you don’t have any shopping bag hooks though and under the boot floor you have a space to store your charging cable and that’s where the rest of the batteries and stuff sit so unfortunately there’s no spare tyre full sized or space saver in the ionic but again just like the prius it

Kind of makes sense given this car’s urban intentions now let’s pop that boot down not too bad not too heavy and not too light to do and yeah let’s um get this thing out on the road and see how she handles so driving the 2020 hyundai ioniq plug-in hybrid now the first thing we’re going to talk about is the drivetrain because that’s kind of the whole point of this

Review this being a plug-in hybrid it marks as a bit of a funky bridge between the gap of a series parallel hybrid and a full ev now hyundai does offer both of those options on this car as we’ve already discussed and we’ve actually spent a fair bit of time in both of those other options so today we’re going to be looking at the phev which has a combined output

Of 104 kilowatts and 264 meters of torque that’s from a 1.6 liter atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine and a 44.5 kilowatt electric motor which can also produce 170 newton meters uh on its own now this drivetrain also links those up with a six-speed dual clutch gearbox uh it’s the same sort of thing as in the regular hybrid of this vehicle same outputs and all that

Sort of stuff just a slightly smaller battery and that does make it feel a little bit weird to me um i’m used to ev cars and hybrid cars having a either seamless kind of gearbox like a cvt or no gears as in the case of most full evs so it’s a bit weird that when the petrol motor kicks in you can actually feel the quite pronounced steps of the six-speed gearbox

It also presents itself in a slightly strange way when you floor the throttle and you get this extra sort of surge after about a second and a half of waiting on full throttle as i’m not exactly sure what happens but i think it’s the kick down of the gearbox combined with the electric motors filling the torque but anyway we’re going to talk about how it is in

Urban settings and that for me is where this car is probably going to spend most of its time and that’s where you would pick the plug-in hybrid over like the series parallel hybrid for example because in urban areas this car can waft about on electric motors as long as you remember to plug it in and charge it overnight you can waft around for i mean i and i say

About 60 kilometers we found that range to vary between sort of 35 kilometers at higher speed driving and up to 60 in full-on urban settings and that’s really really great actually you do find that the petrol engine does sometimes kick in even when the battery is fully charged i’m not entirely sure why that is but when you’re on battery only it’s a very refined

Easy car to drive in town and it returns really really good fuel economy as you would expect of generally below 0.7 liters per hundred kilometers because as i said the petrol motor seems to kick in occasionally maybe it’s just from throttle inputs that sort of thing now the other advantage of the plug-in hybrid because honestly the full ev would make more sense

Around town because you’ve just got an electric power train so you don’t have to worry about the petrol motor kicking in but where this makes more sense is if you want to go out on the weekend and take it on say a 300 400 kilometer round trip where you’re not sure if there’s going to be charging stations because the total range combined with the petrol motor in

This car is generally about 850 kilometers and on a trip like that where you’re seeing a little bit more highway usage a little bit more sort of up and down some hilly hilly examples and some twisty backroads you’ll probably see fuel economy around three and a half litres per 100 which is very comparable to something like say a toyota prius hybrid or this car in

Series parallel hybrid and it just adds that extra ability to get out of the city which is again something that in australia you need a bit more distance on offer for so for me that’s where the plug-in hybrid does make a lot of sense now if you’re still going to have a second car like your previous generation car that is petrol or diesel or you know conventional

Combustion engine car then for me i would go for a full electric car if you’re going to keep that as your weekend vehicle but not everyone has the privileges of having two cars obviously i understand that very well now the other thing we’ve got to discuss as well is the ability to fast charge because in a full ev you can recuperate about 80 of charge in 30

Minutes with a 50 kilowatt direct charger that’s um what this car in its ev form recuperates in half an hour and that’s actually a pretty generous time frame you can go to a supermarket and do some shopping maybe sit down have a coffee and relax while your car charges up and adds a pretty significant chunk to the range however to charge this 8.9 kilowatt hour

Battery takes somewhere between two and four hours depending on whether you’ve got the uh hyundai supplied wall box or whether you’re just plugging it into regular 220 volt power outlets so that’s a really long time and i guess you could watch a movie while your car was charging if you didn’t have the ability to charge at home but you’re probably not going to be

Able to go shopping and recuperate enough energy that’s where you rely on the petrol engine again but it does make it a little bit more of an effort to use that being said that 60 kilometers of range that you get from this vehicle is enough to get you to and from work in the week so it’s all really based on your condition and i completely understand why hyundai

Offers this permutation here in australia because as i said it does tend to make a lot of sense for some other people now we’re going to talk a little bit about drive modes as well because you can obviously lock this into its full ev mode or you can use hybrid ev mode or you can just pick auto which preferences whatever the car thinks is smartest for that period

Of time and that works quite well you need to have at least sort of 20 battery to be able to select ev mode and then yeah it’s pretty sweet and it relies on the electric motors not the petrol engine as much as it can and that makes the throttle response really doughy now there’s no actual drive modes per se which affect the steering weight and pedal feedback

Save for the sport mode which is accessed via the gear selector down here in the center console and that’s weird because the eco mode for me which this car is locked into as a default has incredibly doughy throttle response you’ve got to push the throttle all the way down before anything meaningful happens however if you knock it into sport mode then the only

Usable part of the throttle travel is really the first third which makes it feel quick but artificially so and so for me that’s a bit of an annoying thing that there’s no sort of natural feeling mode as for the steering weight it doesn’t really make a noticeable difference it’s certainly not too heavy and claggy in sport mode now in sport mode the paddles behind

The steering wheel work to select the gears in the dct gearbox however in normal mode they adjust your braking regeneration levels so there’s three levels you’ve got level three which is its most aggressive level two which is a medium setting which to me feels most like a traditionally manual geared car or something like that shifted one gear down from where

You would normally be for engine braking and level one which i tend to use the most just to recuperate a little bit of that charge and it feels pretty natural now the other surprise thing about this ionic plug-in hybrid i don’t know if it’s exactly to do with the low weight of the batteries but it actually gets down and bullies on a back road pretty well that

Especially locked into sport mode that electric motor gives a little bit of talk feel on exit of corners and it makes it feel like you’re making quite swift brisk progress the chassis is well sorted enough as well that it rides nice and fall square neutral tending to a little bit of understeer in a safe way but with a little bit of a corner mid corner throttle

Lift you can get the car to tuck in a little bit more and trim its line so for me it’s actually a remarkably well handling car for something with sort of eco credentials that it’s touting from the outside at least then there’s the actual ride of the car it’s not quite as well tuned as the full ev ionic but it’s really not bad not bad at all in fact it feels like

The wheelbase is nice and long it absorbs bumps in a nice foursquare manner and it uh yeah it’s it’s not too firm in the city without sacrificing the sort of ability to cinch in that float on these country roads like we are on now so i think hyundai’s australian ride tuning program has really really paid off well for them across their entire range including this

Ioniq now over our test period we returned a total fuel economy figure of 3.2 liters per 100 kilometers but that is with a couple of caveats so one of the drives that we took this on was our normal test loop which is a quite open flowing road and that brought the fuel economy it sort of impacted it as i said before up to about 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers but

In the city when you’ve got charge in the battery that’s where this car wins because you can keep it below one and a half liters per hundred without really trying too hard and that equates to a really really low fuel cost now hyundai claims 1.1 liters per 100 for this vehicle again that is with the battery charged and all that so we would expect to spend about a

Total of 2.5 liters per hundred kilometers over say 12 months of ownership if it’s in the city and you’re going to be looking at spending not much more than 250 a year on petrol now obviously you have to take into account how much you’ve got to charge this car as well which if you’re charging it off your home electricity supply can be a little bit expensive but

That’s all part of owning an ev now the other thing this hyundai doesn’t feel quite as well built out on the road as it did when you’re sitting still you do start to hear little sort of little movements from trim pieces this car has got a fair few k’s on it so coming up to 9000 k’s so that’s quite a lot of case for a press car and they do get pretty hard life

But the center console is makes audible sort of creaking noises when you move it and when your knee rests upon it it makes quite a lot of creaking noise that said nvh in terms of road noise from these michelin tires is very well suppressed they don’t make a lot of noise at all the eco tyres and the wind noise this car cuts through the wind pretty well as you’d

Expect from a vehicle like this and again it’s very well suppressed as for safety features it’s got hyundai’s full sense of smart sense technology and so that means a really good lane keep assist and a really good adaptive cruise control which is adjustable speed and distance and works works nicely and you’ve got some other cool things like blind spot monitoring

A pretty pretty crisp uh reversing camera and front rear parking sensors and rear cross traffic alert so you’re pretty set up in the ionic and it’s not a difficult car to drive in urban environments because the glass house is generally pretty good and it’s easy to see out of and airy enough there’s no weird blind spots created by any of the weird design features

In here so that’s what the hyundai ioniq plug-in hybrid is like to drive and i think it carved itself a nice little niche out in the market so that brings us to the need for a little bit of a sum up of our thoughts on the 2020 hyundai ioniq plug-in hybrid i reckon it’s got its place in the market there are people who will find this car really really good because

You get that electric only range for driving around the city driving to work or running errands or all that sort of stuff but you can also take it out on a longer trip say you wanted to go camping or you wanted to go just appreciate the scenery in australia or wherever you live in the world it makes a lot of sense without that extra range anxiety you get with a

Full ev that being said it doesn’t take fast charge it can be a little bit annoying on the whole though the ionic is i would say a pretty good car i like the way it looks i like the way it drives and it’s well suspended so i think it’s a pretty good option and it’s great that hyundai offers all three drivetrain permutations for this car but i want to hear what

You think of the ioniq down in the comments section below and while you’re down there we’d love it if you could hit subscribe and as always thank you for watching chasing cars

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