2018 Hyundai Ioniq Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The interior of the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq feels much richer than its approachable price tag suggests. Many of the materials are not only high-quality but eco-friendly as well. Appealing seats, a ton of cargo room, and a fabulous infotainment system round out the Ioniq's interior attributes.

  • "The 2018 Ioniq Hyundai proves that an environmentally friendly car doesn't have to be far-out and futuristic on the inside. Hyundai's interior design is attractive and well-laid out, and the new Ioniq's cabin has the space, feel and appearance of a premium-compact car." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Thanks to a wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments, it is easy for just about anyone to get comfortable in the Ioniq. Hyundai uses soft-touch material on the upper portion of the front door panels, and the flat-bottom steering wheel is both wrapped in smooth leather and shaped for a comfortable grip." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "And logging so many hours driving that base Blue model was no hardship. It just doesn't feel like it should be the least expensive model. Even this low-buck Ioniq includes impressive eco-friendly plastics and fabrics." -- Autoweek (2017)

Seating

Cloth upholstery is standard in the five-seat Ioniq. In uplevel models, treats like leather seats, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Ioniq's LATCH system an Acceptable rating (the equivalent of a B) for its ease of use. The back-seat includes two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors.

Within the compact car class, the Ioniq’s passenger space sits in the middle of the pack. The front seats are perfectly adequate – if a little low – but the second row can be cramped for some passengers. Outward visibility is also hampered by the design of the rear window.

  • "For all the things we like about the Ioniq, we do have areas to criticize. First is the back seat: Even with the front seats adjusted for our tester's short 5-foot-6 frame, leg room was limited, and headroom wasn't overly generous. … Speaking of the roof line, the back window is split into two pieces, with a large bar running between them. It makes for an odd view out the rear window. There's no rear wiper – a victim of cost and aerodynamics, we suppose – but the Ioniq could use one." -- Autotrader
  • "Seat comfort is high, and the driving position is perfect." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Inside the Ioniq plug-in, the impression is one of benign normalcy – one could just as easily be in an Elantra. The front seats are a little short, and rear headroom can feel scarce for taller folks, but Hyundai has pulled off normal back-seat accommodations – without either the Prius Prime's repositioned two-passenger rear seating or the Volt's tight middle position." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Standard interior features in the Ioniq include a 7-inch touch-screen display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, automatic climate control (dual-zone in the Ioniq Hybrid), a rearview camera, and a proximity key with push-button start. Available features include an 8-inch touch screen with navigation, a sunroof, wireless charging for smartphones, an eight-speaker Infinity stereo, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capabilities, and adaptive headlights.

With its crisp touch screen and straightforward menus, the Ioniq's infotainment system is mostly easy to learn and use. Additional buttons and knobs are within the driver's reach.

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  • "Controls are easy to reach, and it doesn't take long to figure out how to get to data such as range, fuel economy, etc. There are also plenty of conveniences, such as Apple CarPlay, adaptive cruise control, and wireless smartphone charging." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "You get into the Ioniq Hybrid and, as long as you're familiar with modern infotainment systems, you immediately know where to find things and how to operate them. Hyundai uses a bunch of knobs and buttons in order to ease quick adjustments to the stereo and climate systems, while Mercedes-style 'piano keys' supply easy access to main display screen menus." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • The 7.0-inch central touchscreen is attractive, although the large amount of information and features available in the various menus could be a little difficult to navigate for some. Others will appreciate the ability to monitor their energy usage, customize settings, find charging stations, and project their smartphone onto the screen via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto." -- Autoblog (2017)

Cargo

The Ioniq Hybrid has a 26.5-cubic-foot trunk, which is one of the largest among hybrid and electric cars. This space slims to 23 cubic feet in the plug-in hybrid and electric models, which is still above average.

  • "Hyundai says all three lithium-ion polymer packs are similar in design. Because the PHEV uses a larger pack, cargo volume is reduced by 3.5 cubic feet over the Hybrid. Still, with 23 cubic feet of space without the seats folded, there's plenty of room for gear." -- Autoweek
  • "Luggage space is generous in any version of the Ioniq, but especially in the Hybrid models. That's because its smaller battery does not require any of the space beneath the cargo floor, allowing for a deeper and larger trunk." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "The lithium-ion battery pack is largely buried under the rear seat and cargo floor, leaving most (but not all) of the space in the rear cargo area open for, well, cargo." -- Car and Driver (2017)

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