The compact Ioniq Hybrid, introduced last year by Hyundai, entered its second year in 2018 with a starting price of $ 22,200 (plus $ 885 freight) for the base Blue model, and it varies as high as $ 27,550 for the top line Limited.
Between is the SEL model for $ 24,000. And all new in 2018 are the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, which can go up to almost 30 miles on battery power alone before charging, but can also continue in gasoline mode.
Also available is Ioniq Electric, starting at $ 29,500, and is powered by battery only. Ioniq Electric has a range of charging of around 124 kilometers, but the lithium-ion battery can be charged to at least 80 percent full charge of approx. 23 minutes using a fast charger level 3.
With these variants, Hyundai became the first car manufacturer to introduce the same vehicle into three electrical configurations: a regular hybrid; a plug-in hybrid that gives the owners both a regular hybrid setup and an EV driving mode; and a clean EV version. The electric model is available from resellers in California, or only after special order from dealers outside of California.
The first version to be released was the Ioniq Hybrid, which has a maximum EPA fuel economy of 58 mpg. It is for the base Blue model; Our tests, Hybrid Limited, have an assessment of 55 mpg by / 54 highway / 55 combined.
With the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid range of more than 29 miles at full charge, Hyundai owners who have short daily commutes may not need to buy gasoline very often. The petrol engine starts when the battery is low or the driver switches to the sports driving mode.
For this report we tested Ioniq Hybrid Limited, which, like the SEL model, they have slightly lower EPA grades than the blue model. The blue version is rated 59 mpg by / 57 freeway / 58 combined.
Outside, the Ioniq Hybrid has two glass panels in the backlift – the larger on the top and a smaller underneath. Ioniq can accommodate up to five people.
The Ionic Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid comes with a six-speed dual-coupling automatic gearbox.
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
With conventional transmission, Ioniq provides a more conventional and sporty driving experience, especially when the gearbox is pushed left to activate Sport mode.
As elevates the shift points, it keeps the gasoline full-time, allowing you to drive a car. When fast pickup for passage is required, Sport Mode is the best choice.
Hyundai designed Ioniq to be much more of a car than other hybrids. The goal is to give consumers a car that does more than just save fuel – it can also be fun to drive.
The hope is that a better driving experience can attract buyers to Ioniq as otherwise Heundai says that Ioniq was designed to compete against conventional compact sedans. The prices are in line with the conventional compacts, but there is no big cost premium for hybrid drives. t.
Hyundai states that the Ioniq name is a combination of "ion" and "unique" with the "ion" part which indicates that it is electrified.
Our tests had a fairly smooth ride even on some weak roads, and the cabin was generally quiet.
Total road handling was sharp and safe, and in sports mode we had good acceleration.
To keep the weight down, Ioniq was designed with an aluminum hood and elevator gate, and it also has no conventional 12 volt battery to start the starter and other accessories. Instead, four cells in the large lithium-ion battery pack are used to create a 12-volt power source, eliminating the weight of the traditional 12 volt battery.
Under the hood of the Ioniq Hybrid, a 1.6-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol engine, paired with a 32-kilowatt electric motor.
The petrol engine is individually rated at 104 hp and 109 ft pounds of torque. The electric motor has 43 horsepower and 125 foot pounds with torque. Total system power is 139 horsepower. All levels have front-wheel drive.
Because the lithium-ion battery is under the backbone, Ioniq has a spacious loading area with 26.6 cubic meters of space. There is no extra tire, but only a "tire assembly", as most of us know, does not always work, especially when the tire blows or is damaged.
Recyclable or renewable materials are used throughout the car, including an interior that is 25 percent made of sugar cane.
The basic model is 15 "Eco-spoke wheels and P195 / 65R15 tires. Our Limited, though, came with 17-inch Eco-Spoke aluminum wheels and P225 / 45R17 tires.
Other limited options including automatic HID headlights, fog lights, LED lights and tail lights, body color heated exterior mirrors with swing signals and body color door handles with connecting lights built-in.
Lessons are included on Limited, along with a color screen audio system with security camera, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HD / AM / FM / Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth hands-free phone system; a 4.2-inch color driver information screen over the steering wheel; double automatic climate control; heated front seats; leather-wrapped flat bottom steering wheel and shifter knob; power windows / door lock with proximity key and push button start; and adjustable driver's seat and lend support.
Safety equipment including electronic stability control with traction control; four-wheel disc brakes with power regenerative braking, electronic braking power distribution and brake assistance; Front airbags, airbags for side curtain for both lines, and driver airbag; blind spot detection with rear traffic warning and lane-change assist; and individual tire pressure monitoring.
Our limited tests included the ultimate package ($ 3000), which provided automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control, lane-hold assist, adaptive headlights, rear parking sensors, an eight-inch touchscreen navigation system, Infinity Premium audio with eight speakers and Clari-Fi music restoration, wireless charging for smartphones, cargo clocks and floor console-mounted tailgate openings.
The only other extra was carpeted floor mats). The exterior of our vehicle was the cozy ceramic white color and we had the beige interior – seats, dash and doors.
Total sticker price for our Ioniq Hybrid Limited was $ 31,560, including shipping and options.