The Ioniq is Hyundai’s “golden medal project,” planned from the beginning as a car to beat the Toyota Prius and be the foremost efficient on the market. Ki-Sang Lee, Hyundai’s senior vice president in charge of Eco R&D, promised that if they might accomplish that effort, he’d provide each single engineer on the project a gold medal. The result of their work is a pretty trio – hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric – designed on the company’s first dedicated green vehicle platform. And Lee gave out more than 500 gold medals to his engineers.
Hyundai’s approach seems solid. The Ioniq hybrids are easy, affordable, and something drivers would be proud to own without showing smug. The Ioniq is enticing for a number of reasons, not the least of that is pricing.
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – Specifications
While the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid does not have worth or fuel economy figures yet – it does not go on sale till the fourth quarter of 2017 – we do know its 8.9-kW battery pack offers over 27 miles of all-electric vary and might be topped off in 2.5 hours on a level 2 charger. From backside the wheel, Plug-In Hybrid and the Ioniq Hybrid are closely same energy out in their driving experience, with the PHEV feeling much more similar to its plugless twin than to the all-electric model.
They share the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder ICE, mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The PHEV has a slightly a lot of powerful 44.5-kW electric motor, compared to the Hybrid’s 32 kilowatt. Meaning the PHEV will depend on the electric motor below a lot of aggressive driving without calling up the gas engine for help.
In the PHEV, even when the engine kicked in on uphill grades or below heavy acceleration, the sound from the four-cylinder engine was minimal. We were more aware of the vibration coming through the floor than the actual buzz of the engine in our ears, and we found the same to be true when driving the plugless Hybrid. Here is where the average driver will improve the six-speed transmission.
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – Experience
For many, the drone of a CVT-mated engine beneath heavy load could be a nuisance, something weird and noisy that does not fit into their idea of what a car should sound like. The dual-clutch transmission avoids that, and has the benefit of fast, seamless shifts. Having proved themselves as dandy little commuters, we also got to drive the pair of Ioniq hybrids in the curvy roads in the hills of Southern California.
It was there that we completed Hyundai was right, that the Ioniq might, in fact, be fun to drive. Pushing the shift lever over into sport mode, the central gauge transforms from a speedometer to a tachometer. The gas motor keeps running, smother response is markedly sharper, and the transmission holds onto gears longer. While the steering retains a similar flat, numb feel on center, it weights up increasingly as you push the car through the curves.
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – Price
Hyundai ticks a lot of vital boxes with the hybrid Ioniqs : value, efficiency, comfort… yes, even fun. They provide an excellent deal of what the green car market demands. The Toyota Prius has long been the hybrid that folks turn to when potency matters. Some folks find the Prius’s styling a bit off and have a tough time stomaching its reputation as a boring transportation appliance for smug dullards.
The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid starts at $23,035 Dollars, undercutting the Toyota Prius by $2,535 (with its base MSRP of $25,570). It is also additional efficient, with EPA mpg figures of 57 city/59 highway/58 combined. The most efficient Prius (the 2 Eco trim level) falls slightly short at 58 city/53 highway/56 combined.
Now, you can obtain a bouyant hybrid from Hyundai that’s simple upon the eyes, feels good smooth and polished, and will prevent even more both at the dealership and at the pump.