The Ioniq driver is treated to plenty of seat and wheel adjustment, and pedals that are set nicely in line with the seat for a natural stance. Front visibility is good, but the view over your shoulder is obscured by the car’s sweeping roofline. Fear not, though, because you get rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera across the range.
As standard, infotainment is provided by an 8.0in touchscreen which does without sat-nav. Above the entry-level model, this is upgraded to a 10.25in touchscreen system. It’s a good setup with crisp graphics and plenty of ways for you to customise its look. For example, you can create your own home screen with all of your most-used functions. The system is also compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It also includes a host of connected services, named ‘Bluelink’ by Hyundai, displaying how busy parking garages are in your area, for example, as well as helping you find a vacant charging point on plug-in hybrid and electric Ioniqs. You can also use it to set the climate control remotely, so you can pre-heat the interior on a particularly nippy morning. However, some of the system’s smaller icons can be hard to hit on the move.
There’s a second touch-sensitive panel below the main touchscreen for the car’s climate controls. It looks slick, but is harder to use on the move than the rotary dial-controlled systems that we prefer, such as BMW’s iDrive. All models also have a 7.0in digital instrument cluster that does a good job of putting the most useful information right in front of you. It’s nowhere near as customisable as those offered by the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes, though.
The interior is quite plainly styled, but Hyundai has done a good job with quality and ergonomics. The upper surfaces use plenty of soft-touch materials and all the switches feel robust, but you’ll quickly find hard, scratchy plastics in less prominent places. Everything is well laid out, though, and the interior is both smarter and easier to use than that of the Toyota Prius. That said, the Volkswagen Golf GTE’s interior feels plusher still.