The Hyundai Ioniq is a four-door hatchback which is available in several flavors. It comes with a hybrid, an electric version and the 2018 model year has also added a plug-in hybrid powertrain under its hood. The hybrid version is the best-selling in the lineup although we assume that the electric and PHEV models will also become very popular. Like we have just said, the 2018 version hasn’t changed much visually or inside and it has brought the new plug-in hybrid engine. And the new 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid should make its entrance with no significant changes compared to the current model.
The Hyundai Ioniq is a good-looking, comfortable and fuel-efficient vehicle which will find the main competitor in Toyota Prius, one of the first hybrids introduced. It also comes with a very reasonable price and it has many standard and optional features to offer. However, the all-electric range of Ioniq is around 124 miles which is about 100 miles less than the popular Chevy Bolt which delivers a range of 238 miles. However, behind the wheel, the Ioniq isn’t as spacious as the Prius or even the Leaf and the electric version comes with limited cargo room because of the battery.
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid powertrain
The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid comes with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains. The hybrid engine is a combination of a 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4 with an electric motor of 32 kWh. And they all together can make 139 horses. There is also a lithium-ion battery of 1.6 kWh and the engine works with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This unit gets 55 mpg in the city and 54 mpg on the highway.
The Electric version uses an electric motor of 88 kWh and it is able to deliver 120 horses. This unit is able to go 124 miles on a single charge and it is rated at 150/122 MPGe. Finally, the plug-in hybrid is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-4, an electric motor of 45 kWh and a lithium-ion battery of 8.9 kWh. This battery provides a range of 27 miles. The total output of this engine is estimated to be 139 horsepower.
Design of exterior and interior
There shouldn’t be any changes in the exterior styling of the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. On the front, it will feature well-known trapezoidal grille and a pair of swept-back headlamps. The PHEV version will receive LED headlamps. The hood is made of lightweight aluminum which will help in reducing the weight. Moreover, depending on the engine, all three versions will slightly differ in details.
Behind the wheel, the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid looks attractive and it is well done. It offers sufficient space for all the passengers to feel comfortable and it is practical. The controls are easy to reach too. Furthermore, the dashboard is fitted with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Among other features, there is a dual automatic climate control, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, wireless smartphone charging, and many other more.
Release date and price
The exact release date of the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is still not known. The pricing should stay similar to the current one and it starts at around $23,500.