I drove the Clarity a couple of times, and my son-in-law has an Ioniq HEV (not plug-in).
For me, the Ioniq isn't as comfortable a place to be. It feels a little more cramped in the seating area, the infotainment system has a smaller screen (he has the mid-level trim), and I really don't like the view out the back window in the mirror. During braking, it makes little noises that I don't hear in the Niro, even though the Ioniq and Niro PHEV is basically the same powertrain. Overall, I just don't feel as comfortable driving it. I don't think it would be any different for me if his was the PHEV version. But he likes it, and even with his lead foot he gets over 50 MPG.
The Clarity is a much larger car, but I discovered that when the rear seats are folded down the opening between the seating area and the trunk isn't full size, so capacity isn't as good as it could be. When the Clarity has a charged battery, it drives pretty nice. The first one I drove had zero battery charge, and between the CVT and the droning engine, I couldn't stand the racket. After about 2 miles it calmed down, but it's a completely different animal with a charged battery. Also, the Clarity has zero electric information on the dash, both while driving and while charging. Other than the battery range indicator (and probably a regen gauge, I can't remember) it tells you nothing. When you plug it in, there's a little green light by the plug telling you its charging. No dash display of any kind telling you time to charge, nothing. Oh, and the infotainment screen is both not very attractive and is also quite sluggish when touching the screen.
That said, the Clarity certainly has the best EV range short of a Volt. But I decided it was larger than I needed, I didn't care for its uncharged operation, and frankly it isn't as nice looking as the Niro (in my opinion, obviously). After three months, I am still certain I made the right choice.
2019 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium
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Last edited by atc98092; 08-20-2019 at 05:43 PM.