The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid comes in Blue, SE, SEL, and Limited trim levels. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid comes in SE, SEL, and Limited versions. The Electric comes in SE and Limited trims. At the time of compiling this review, official pricing had yet to be announced. We’ve put our estimates in parentheses.
Blue ($23,400) has 15-in alloy wheels, active grille shutters, automatic on/off headlights with automatic high beams, rear window defroster, keyless entry/start, power/windows/locks/side mirrors, cruise control,
forward collision avoidance, lane-keeping assistance, driver attention monitoring, regenerative brake paddles, selectable driving modes (Eco and Sport),
dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 6-way manually adjustable front passenger seat, 4.2-in LCD instrument cluster, 60/40 split/folding rear seats, 8-in infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth with voice control, USB port, and
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. The
SE Hybrid ($25,350) adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, LED daytime running lights, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, and
Hyundai Blue Link services. The
SEL Hybrid ($28,600) brings forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane-following assistance,
adaptive cruise control with stop/go, powered tilt/slide sunroof, LED headlights/taillights, 7-in LCD instrument cluster, and wireless charging. The
Limited Hybrid ($31,400) comes with highway driving assistance, front/rear parking sensors, power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamps, leather seating surfaces, driver’s-seat memory settings, LED interior lighting, self-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, rear climate system vents, cargo cover, 10.25-in infotainment touchscreen, navigation, and an 8-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system. The
SE Plug-In Hybrid ($26,700) has a 29-mile all-electric range, keyless entry/start, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assistance, lane-following assistance, adaptive cruise control with stop/go, automatic high beams, LED daytime running lights, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, 4.2-in LCD instrument cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Hyundai Blue Link services, 8-in infotainment touchscreen, satellite radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. The
SEL Plug-In Hybrid ($29,700) adds blind-spot monitoring with red cross-traffic alert, LED headlights/taillights, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, self-dimming rearview mirror, universal garage door opener, wireless charging, and a 7-in LCD instrument cluster. The
Limited Plug-In Hybrid ($33,150) adds a powered tilt/slide sunroof, front/rear parking sensors, highway driving assistance, powered sunroof, power-folding side mirrors with puddle lights, rear climate system vents, leather seating surfaces, driver’s-seat memory settings, ambient cabin lighting, cargo cover, 10.25-in infotainment touchscreen, navigation, and a Harman Kardon audio system. The
SE Electric ($33,245) adds adaptive cruise control to the other Ioniq SE features but loses dual-zone automatic climate control. The
Limited Electric ($38,815) has the same features as the other Limited models, plus a heat pump. The 2021 Ioniq comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a lifetime battery warranty (original owner only) that covers the battery in the event of a complete failure, but not necessarily diminished capacity over time.
The Ioniq comes with a full set of mandatory safety features, including electronic traction control and
stability control, anti-lock brakes, tire pressure monitoring, rearview camera, and a full complement of airbags — including one for the driver’s knees. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assistance, lane-departure warning, driver attention monitoring, and front/rear parking sensors are also available. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Ioniq Hybrid top scores of Good in every crash test, plus a Superior rating in the crash avoidance and mitigation test.
2022 Hyundai Ioniq vs the competition
2021 Toyota Prius — The Prius is the original compact hybrid and still a must-consider.
2021 Kia Niro — The
Kia Niro uses the same basic mechanicals as the Ioniq, but in a more useful package, with better interior space and an arguably attractive crossover-ish design.
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric — The
Kona Electric subcompact crossover is sportier than the Ioniq and can drive up to 258 miles on a single charge. It costs more than the Ioniq Electric, however.
Used Toyota Camry Hybrid — A used 2014-2018
Toyota Camry Hybrid will provide excellent fuel economy, great interior space, reassuring reliability and robust resale values.
Autotrader’s Advice The SE’s combination of features, options and price is the best deal in the Ioniq lineup. The extra features in the SEL and the Limited are great, but their prices push the Ioniq out of the “affordable hybrid” category.
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