Top Safety Pick

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

small car / 4-door hatchback

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights built after July 2018

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid 4-door hatchback

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited 4-door

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid was introduced in the 2017 model year and is derived from the Hyundai Elantra. The Ioniq Hybrid has both a gasoline engine and electric motor. The Ionic Plug-in Hybrid was introduced in the 2018 model year. This variant also uses a gasoline engine and electric motor, but the motor's lithium-ion battery can be charged by connecting it with an electrical cord to a standard household outlet. Ratings apply to both the Ioniq Hybrid and Ionic Plug-in Hybrid models, but not the Ionic Electric (which has no gasoline engine).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1723
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Footrest (cm) 6
Left toepan (cm) 5
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm) 11
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 5
Lower instrument panel (cm) 6

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1723
Head
HIC-15 179
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Femur (kN)
Left 0.4
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.32
Right 0.48
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.4
Right 1.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 73
Right 56

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Tested vehicle: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited 4-door

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid was introduced in the 2017 model year and is derived from the Hyundai Elantra. The Ioniq Hybrid has both a gasoline engine and electric motor. The Ionic Plug-in Hybrid was introduced in the 2018 model year. This variant also uses a gasoline engine and electric motor, but the motor's lithium-ion battery can be charged by connecting it with an electrical cord to a standard household outlet.

Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings apply to both the Ioniq Hybrid and Ionic Plug-in Hybrid models, but not the Ionic Electric (which has no gasoline engine).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head contacted the frontal airbag but rolled around the right side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1710
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Footrest (cm) 4
Right toepan (cm) 3
Center toepan (cm) 1
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Upper dash (cm) 5
Right lower dash (cm) 5

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1710
Head
HIC-15 262
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 19
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.52
Right 0.51
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.5
Right 2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 69
Right 58

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1710
Head
HIC-15 129
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 26
Maximum Nij 0.47
Chest maximum compression (mm) 37
Femur (kN)
Left 0.4
Right 0.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.35
Right 0.34
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 48
Right 37

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited 4-door

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid was introduced in the 2017 model year and is derived from the Hyundai Elantra. The Ioniq Hybrid has both a gasoline engine and electric motor. The Ionic Plug-in Hybrid was introduced in the 2018 model year. This variant also uses a gasoline engine and electric motor, but the motor's lithium-ion battery can be charged by connecting it with an electrical cord to a standard household outlet.

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings apply to both the Ioniq Hybrid and Ionic Plug-in Hybrid models, but not the Ionic Electric (which has no gasoline engine).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1718
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 5
Center (cm) 10
Right (cm) 10
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -9
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1718
Head
HIC-15 182
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.3
Femur force - right (kN) 1.1
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.35
Maximum tibia index - right 0.42
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 89
Right 90

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited 4-door

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid was introduced in the 2017 model year and is derived from the Hyundai Elantra. The Ioniq Hybrid has both a gasoline engine and electric motor. The Ionic Plug-in Hybrid was introduced in the 2018 model year. This variant also uses a gasoline engine and electric motor, but the motor's lithium-ion battery can be charged by connecting it with an electrical cord to a standard household outlet.

Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based a test conducted by Hyundai as part of side crash test verification. Ratings apply to both the Ioniq Hybrid and Ionic Plug-in Hybrid models, but not the Ionic Electric (which has no gasoline engine).

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1716
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -17.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1716
Head HIC-15 359
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 30
Lateral force (kN) 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 40
Average deflection (mm) 36
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 8.45
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.76
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2
Combined force (kN) 3.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 44
A-P moment (Nm) 124

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1716
Head HIC-15 208
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 39
Lateral force (kN) 1.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 44
Average deflection (mm) 35
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.62
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.85
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2
Combined force (kN) 1.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.2
L-M moment (Nm) 138
A-P moment (Nm) -62

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2018-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid SEL 4-door

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,052 lbs
Peak force 17,876 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.86

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Power cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 26
Distance below top of head (mm) -16
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.8
Head contact time (ms) 63
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 28
Max neck tension (N) 436

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Optional Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection

Package name

  • Optional Ultimate package

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2018-19 models

Superior
Superior
with optional equipment
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim equipped with Ultimate package; built after July 2018
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left and both right curves and inadequate on the sharp left curve.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim equipped with Ultimate package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models built after July 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 82.5 m None
Straightaway left edge 54.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.1 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 53.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 70.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 47.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 156.6 m
Straightaway left edge 128.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 70.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 68.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 51.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • Plug-in trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Plug-in trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2018-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 88.7 m 5.5 %
Straightaway left edge 43.5 m 5.5 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 49.2 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 41.0 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 42.8 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 37.0 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 162.3 m
Straightaway left edge 127.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 61.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 54.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.2 m

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim equipped with Ultimate package; built before August 2018
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit Some glare

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left and gradual right curves and fair on the sharp right and sharp left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the gradual left curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim equipped with Ultimate package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models built before August 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 106.3 m 48.9 %
Straightaway left edge 63.2 m 48.9 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 74.6 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 66.5 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 73.5 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 59.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 144.9 m
Straightaway left edge 141.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 75.4 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 76.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 58.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 57.5 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2018-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim SEL
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim SEL
Seat type cloth
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 21
Clearance angle (degrees) 65
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 22
Clearance angle (degrees) 71
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 16
Clearance angle (degrees) 72
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 31
Clearance angle (degrees) 72
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated