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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Review
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- Original MSRP$22,200 - $27,550
- Price Range$19,781 - $27,812
- Average Selling Price$23,482
- Fuel Economy (MPG)57/59 City/Hwy
- Body StylesHatchback
With its standard hybrid powertrain, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq provides class-leading fuel economy, and its electric powertrain is at the front of the pack when it comes to MPGe. The Ioniq also impresses with its accessible pricing and generous cargo area.
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq is a four-door hatchback that seats five passengers. It’s offered as a plug-in hybrid, a standard hybrid and an electric car. The standard hybrid comes in Blue, SEL and Limited trim levels. Electric Ioniqs and plug-in hybrids come in two trims: base and Limited. All models are front-wheel drive.
Hyundai adds a plug-in hybrid to the Ioniq’s lineup for the 2018 model year. Also, paddle shifters are now available with the standard hybrid powertrain.
Many hybrids and electric cars boast a pod-like, quirky exterior design, but the 2018 Ioniq takes a more classic approach. Its aerodynamic lines and sculpted surfaces give this hatchback a look that’s purposeful and athletic. A slatted grille dresses the front fascia, and it’s flanked by slim, upswept headlights. A curving roofline and sculpted side panels bring panache to the car’s profile. The rear fascia features horizontally oriented taillights and an expansive windshield.
Our Ioniq SEL test car came in a shade Hyundai calls Electric Blue Metallic. It’s the boldest hue in the car’s color palette, which is mainly composed of neutrals such as black, white and gray. Overall, we liked the somewhat sporty look of our test car’s sheet metal.
Base models come with exterior features such as automatic projector-beam headlights, body-colored exterior door handles with integrated approach lights, a body-colored rear spoiler and 15-inch alloy wheels. The list of optional amenities includes xenon headlights, LED taillights, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, LED daytime running lights, chrome-accented exterior door handles, 16- or 17-inch wheels and a power sunroof.
While the Ioniq’s cabin is pleasant and solidly constructed, other models in this segment offer interiors that are more stylish and upscale. The center stack is topped by a touch screen bordered with winged air vents. The dash boasts fluid, organic lines that flow seamlessly into a broad center console. The materials used throughout the cabin aren’t particularly ambitious. On the plus side, our SEL test car featured a beige two-tone interior color scheme that’s a lot more lively than basic black.
In the front row, the Ioniq offers spacious accommodations. The rear seats accommodate long limbs, providing 35.7 inches of legroom. This is more than rear-seat legroom than you’ll get with the 2018 Toyota Prius. However, the Ioniq’s sloping roofline makes headroom a bit cramped for taller drivers in the second row.
The Ioniq impresses with its expansive cargo capacity. The standard hybrid provides 26.5 cubic feet of room for your belongings. The electrified variant and plug-in hybrid offer 23 cubic feet of cargo space. The Ioniq provides slightly less cargo space than you’ll get with the Prius, which offers up to 27.4 cubic feet of capacity. Still, this Hyundai is more capacious than most compact hatchbacks. For example, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf provides just 17.4 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats in place.
Standard features include a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Optional equipment includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rear cargo cover, a rear-seat center armrest with cupholders and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support.
A six-speed dual-clutch transmission governs both the standard Ioniq hybrid and its plug-in counterpart. Electric cars feature a single-speed automatic transmission. All Ioniq hatchbacks are front-wheel drive.
With the standard hybrid variant, the Ioniq is motivated by a powerplant that teams a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a 32-kW electric motor and a 1.56-kWh lithium-ion battery. Total output comes in at 139 horsepower. This model achieves EPA-rated fuel economy of up to 57/59 mpg city/highway. These figures make the Ioniq the most fuel-efficient gas-only or standard hybrid car on the market.
Hyundai’s Ioniq plug-in hybrid matches the 1.6-liter engine with a 44.5-kW electric motor and an 8.9-kWh lithium-ion battery. These models produce a total output of 139 horsepower. Using just its electric motor, the Ioniq plug-in hybrid can travel for up to 29 miles and achieves mileage of 119 MPGe combined. With the gas engine in play, mileage comes in at 52 mpg combined.
The electrified Ioniq features an 88-kW electric motor and a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery. This variant achieves a total output of 118 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque. Mileage for this model stands at 136 MPGe combined, making it the most efficient electric car for the 2018 model year.
Overall, the Ioniq’s driving dynamics are less exceptional than its mileage. From behind the wheel, out test car felt larger and more cumbersome than its footprint might suggest. Still, we don’t imagine this will be a big issue for most drivers.
The Ioniq offers a modern range of tech amenities. Base models come with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, HD and satellite radio, USB connectivity, auxiliary input jacks, keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth connectivity and an AM/FM/MP3 sound system.
Optional tech features include navigation, an 8-inch touch screen and a premium Infiniti sound system.
We enjoyed using our test car’s infotainment interface. The interface’s logically arranged menus make it simple to access the features you need.
When it comes to driver-assist amenities, the Ioniq’s list of standard features is limited to a rearview camera. Optional equipment includes a blind-spot warning system, forward collision mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.
The base Ioniq Blue standard hybrid starts at $22,200, excluding an $885 destination charge. The SEL starts at $24,000, and it adds features such as a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, LED daytime running lights and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. Limited models begin at $27,550, and they bring in amenities such as xenon headlights, leather upholstery and a power sunroof.
The plug-in hybrid starts at $24,950. With the electric powertrain, the Ioniq has a base price of $29,500.
Given its useful range of driver-assist features, we imagine most buyers will be well served by an SEL hybrid like our test car. Including destination, this model has a price tag of $24,885.
The Ioniq offers good value, and it comes with a lower base price than the Prius. Still, it’s worth noting that the Prius offers a broader range of standard driver-assist features.
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq is a capable and efficient choice for drivers in the market for a small car that delivers superb mileage. It’s accessibly priced, and its roomy cargo area provides great utility.
This Hyundai gives buyers a choice of three frugal powertrains. Overall, the Ioniq shines as a top choice for green transportation.
Specs & Features
- Electric Blue Metallic
- Scarlet Red Pearl
- Symphony Air Silver
- Black Noir Pearl
- Ceramic White
- Summit Gray
Wheel and tire type
- Wheel Diameter: 15.0 X 6.0 Inches
- Tire Type: 195/65r15
Available exterior features
- Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
- Mirror Color: Body-color
- Active Grille Shutters
- Rear Spoiler: Lip
- Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
- Exhaust: Hidden
- Grille Color: Black
- Window Trim: Black
- Front Bumper Color: Body-color
- Door Handle Color: Body-color
- Width Without Mirrors: 71.7 Inches
- Ground Clearance: 5.3 Inches
- Width: 71.7 Inches
- Length: 176 Inches
- Height: 56.9 Inches
- Wheelbase: 106.3 Inches
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 3935 Pounds
- Rear Track Width: 62.1 Inches
- Curb Weight: 2996 Pounds
- Front Track Width: 61.5 Inches
- Air Filtration
- Power Locks: Auto-locking
- Shift Knob Trim: Urethane
- Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
- Steering Wheel Trim: Urethane
- Interior Accents: Metallic-tone
- Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
- Floor Material: Carpet
- 6-Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
- Bucket Front Seats
- 6-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
- Split-Folding Rear Seat
- 60-40 Split Rear Seat
- Upholstery: Premium Cloth
- Radio Data System
- Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
- Connected In-car Apps: Google POIs/Google Search
- Total Speakers: 6
- Satellite Radio: SiriusXM
- Antenna Type: Diversity/Mast
- Speed Sensitive Volume Control
- Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Touch Screen Display
- Infotainment: Android Auto Ready/Apple CarPlay Ready
- Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
- Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
- Passenger Volume: 96.2 Cubic Feet
- Max Seating: 5
- Front Hip Room: 53.8 Inches
- Front Shoulder Room: 56.1 Inches
- Rear Hip Room: 52.9 Inches
- Interior Volume: 122.7 Cubic Feet
- Rear Legroom: 35.7 Inches
- Front Legroom: 42.2 Inches
- Front Headroom: 39.1 Inches
- Rear Headroom: 37.4 Inches
- Standard Seating: 5
- Seating Rows: 2
- Cargo Volume: 26.5 Cubic Feet
- Rear Shoulder Room: 55 Inches
- Axle Ratio: 3.04
- Drive Mode Selector
- Fuel Type: Gasoline
- City (MPG): 57
- Highway (MPG): 59
- Combined (MPG): 58
- Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
- Displacement(liters): 1.6
- Horsepower: 139
- Torque: 195
- Transmission Type: 6-speed Double Clutch
- Type: A
- Gears: 6
- Aerodynamic Drag: 0.24
- Turning Circle: 34.8
- Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
- Front Suspension Type: Lower Control Arms
- Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
- Front Stabilizer Bar
- Front Shock Type: Gas
- Rear Spring Type: Coil
- Rear Stabilizer Bar
- Front Suspension Classification: Independent
- Rear Shock Type: Gas
- Front Spring Type: Coil
- Front Struts: MacPherson
- New Car Basic Warranty: 60 Months/60,000 Miles
- Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 120 Months/100,000 Miles
- Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 84 Months
- Small Overlap Front - Driver SideG
- Small Overlap Front - Passenger SideG
- Moderate Overlap FrontG
- Side ImpactG
- Roof StrengthG
- Head Restraints and SeatsG
- Front Crash PreventionSuperiorwith optional equipment
- HeadlightsAonly certain trims
- Child Safety Door Locks
- Electronic Stability Control: Standard
- Energy Absorbing Steering Column
- Rearview Monitor: in Dash
- Side Impact Airbags: Standard
- Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
- Crumple Zones: Front/rear
- Camera System: Rearview
- Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
- Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
- Pedestrian Safety Sound Generation
- Front Driver Airbags: Standard
- Daytime Running Lights: Standard
- Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
- Brake Assist: Standard
- Side Curtain Airbags: Standard
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