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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid KBB Expert Review

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The 2018 Ioniq Hyundai proves that an environmentally friendly car doesn’t have to be far-out and futuristic on the inside. Hyundai's interior design is attractive and well-laid out, and the new Ioniq's cabin has the space, feel and appearance of a premium-compact car. Controls are easy to reach, and it doesn’t take long to figure out how to get to data such as range, fuel economy, etc. There are also plenty of conveniences, such as Apple CarPlay, adaptive cruise control, and wireless smartphone charging. Materials used are eco-friendly -- sugar cane is used in the soft-touch materials and fabric, and there's recycled plastic with wood and volcanic stone. Seat comfort is high, and the driving position is perfect. 

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Thankfully Hyundai decided to make the Ioniq attractive and not freakishly fantastic like some cars in this class. Some aspects of the Ioniq's design have been defined by aerodynamics, such as the smooth roofline that ends in a flat rear, which pays off in the best aerodynamics of any car in the U.S. Rear visibility comes through two rear windows. Unfortunately, where those windows split can fall right in the center of view, depending on seating position. The Ioniq uses LED accents and LED taillights, and the hood and liftgate are made of aluminum to reduce weight. Want to quickly tell the Hybrid from the Electric? The Electric has a closed front grille and different wheels.

Notable Standard Equipment

With the new Ioniq's three-cars-in-one scenario, not even an engine is standard equipment (there's no engine in the Electric). However, there are plenty of features that are standard on the Hybrid, Electric and Plug-in hybrid models. All three come with a 7-inch touch screen, tilt/telescoping steering wheel with redundant stereo and phone controls, power windows, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. All three offer 5-passenger seating. Safety features include hill-start assist control and seven airbags (including a driver’s knee bag). Dual-zone climate control is standard on the Hybrid and Plug-in, but not available in the Electric.

Notable Optional Equipment

Heated front seats are standard in the new Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in and Electric, optional in the Hybrid. Leather seating is available in all three. You can get a power driver's seat, but a power seat isn't available for the front passenger. Other options include adaptive cruise control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, a cargo cover, Qi wireless charging, a navigation system, and heated side mirrors. A rear center armrest with cup holders is standard in the Electric and the Plug-in hybrid, but optional in the Hybrid.

Under the Hood

While all three members of the new Ioniq family use an interior-permanent magnet synchronous motor, the horsepower and torque combination is different for each car. All three also use a lithium-ion polymer battery. You can recharge 80 percent of the Electric's battery in only 23 minutes. Fuel economy for the Hybrid Blue model -- 57 mpg city and 59 highway -- is best in its class, and the fuel-economy equivalent for the Electric is the best in the country.

Ioniq Hybrid
1.6-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4
104 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
109 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
32-kW Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
43 horsepower, 125 lb-ft of torque
Total system output: 139 horsepower
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 55/54 mpg (Hybrid), 57/59 mpg (Blue)

Ioniq Electric
88-kW Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
118 horsepower, 215 lb-ft of torque (Electric)
Total system output: 118 horsepower
EPA city/highway fuel economy equivalent: 150/122 MPGe
EPA-estimated range per full charge: 124 miles

Ioniq Plug-in
1.6-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4
104 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
109 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
44.5-kW Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
60 horsepower, 125 lb-ft of torque
Total system output: 139 horsepower
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 52 mpg (city/highway combined)

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid starts around $23,500 including destination, in line with a Prius and a bit less than a Ford C-Max, and can go over $31,000. Pricing for the 2018 Ioniq Plug-In hybrid begins just under $26,000. The Ioniq Electric, on sale initially in California, starts at about $30,500 (around $20,500 in California after rebates), making it less expensive than the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt. It tops out near $37,000. The Ultimate Subscription Model for the Electric requires $2,500 at lease signing, and you pay a predetermined monthly amount for 36 months based on the model and features. It includes unlimited mileage, plus free scheduled maintenance, free replacement of regular-wear items (windshield wipers, tires, etc.) and reimbursement for the cost of charging the car for the first 50,000 miles. All three new Ioniqs have a lifetime warranty on the battery. Do check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for their new Ioniq.

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