The Hyundai IONIQ PHEV evokes the silhouette and hatchback configuration of the Toyota Prius, and it matches it as a fuel-sipper, returning 52 mpg overall in our tests. Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with electric drive for a combined 139 hp.
The Hyundai IONIQ PHEV six-speed dual-clutch automatic isn’t the smoothest, and the car is rather loud, but neither is a deal-breaker. Handling is rather clumsy, and the ride is a bit stiff. Hyundai gave the Ioniq better tires and an upgraded brake system for 2021, which improved stopping distances considerably over the 2017 version.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are standard. Plug-in and electric versions of the Ioniq are also available.
Standard active safety and driver assist features include FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, LDW, and LKA. BSW and RCTW are available on the higher trims.