The Hyundai Ioniq is comprised of three types of electrified vehicles: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric models. The Ioniq raises Hyundai’s green credentials while delivering a vehicle lineup that is affordable, well-equipped and pleasant to drive.
Hyundai Ioniq Overview
The Hyundai Ioniq debuted for the 2017 model year. At launch, Hyundai introduced the front-wheel-drive Ioniq as a hybrid model. An electric model and a plug-in hybrid were rolled out later. The Ioniq’s design syncs well with other Hyundai products, including the Elantra. Both models are built on the same platform.
Ioniq hybrid and plug-in-hybrid models feature a front fascia with a large hexagonal grille and sleek, wraparound headlamps with available LED accent lighting. The electric version maintains the grille’s shape, but encloses it. All models have a rising beltline and a sweeping roofline ending in a notched rear deck. The raised hatchback features oversized rear lamps and decorative diffuser-like trim. A variety of wheel choices are available.
Seats are comfortable with sufficient padding and bolstering. Rear space offers acceptable space for three children or two adults. The Ioniq’s center console is marked by a touch-screen audio display. All controls are easy to decipher and within reach. At the base of the console you’ll find a transmission gear shift lever. Electric models dispense with the stick, offering buttons instead.
The Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor designed to send electricity to turn the wheels as needed. Both models come with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and deliver a total of 139 horsepower. The Ioniq EV relies exclusively on an electric motor that delivers 118 horsepower and is paired with a single-speed transmission. You’ll find varying driving characteristics, depending on the model chosen.
The Ioniq’s standard equipment includes a rearview camera, power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, Bluetooth, satellite radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Optional equipment includes leather seats, heated front seats, navigation, a sunroof and a premium sound system.
The Ioniq competes alongside a number of hybrid and electric vehicles, including the Toyota Prius, Ford C-Max, Chevrolet Bolt, Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. The Kia Niro is another rival, and it shares its platform with the Ioniq.