2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

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The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is considered one of the most fuel-efficient hybrids on the road. Largely unchanged for 2018, the Ioniq will be especially attractive to eco-conscious consumers who not only want a car that offers excellent fuel ratings, but also comes outfitted with eco-friendly interior materials.

As a four-door, five-seat hatchback, the Ioniq is ideal for either solo-driving or as a practical hybrid family car. The Hyundai provides adequate space for your smaller passengers and larger packages, with the cargo area measuring  26.5 cubic feet. A folding rear seatback also gives you more seating and hauling options. You’ll find numerous ways to get comfy and feel at home in the Ioniq with its extensive offerings of seat and steering wheel adjustments.

The Ioniq comes standard with a rearview camera, a brightly lit seven-inch touchscreen display, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, automatic climate control and a proximity key with push-button start. Huge props to Hyundai for offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto even on the base model Ioniq Blue.

If you want to upgrade, you can add wireless charging for your phone, a sunroof, an eight-inch touch screen with navigation, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, blind spot detection, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, adaptive headlights and adaptive cruise control.

One of the first things I noticed about driving the Ioniq Hybrid is it’s uncomplicated and unintimidating nature. The experience is remarkably similar to that of driving a conventional car. For 2018, powertrain options for the Ioniq include hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric.

 

Our tester, the front-wheel-drive Hybrid Blue came equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission producing 104-horsepower. While that isn't a lot of power, running in the Sport mode added more pep to its step.  Acceleration was decent, but where the Hybrid really earns its bragging rights is with the impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 57 mpg in the city and 59 mpg on the highway, with a combined rating of 58.

Another consideration when buying a car is interior style and comfort. Whether it’s being used for shuttling paying customers, ferrying family members, or both — you want your passengers to feel relaxed.

Transporting  six-foot passengers in the rear seat over longer distances will require a few rest stops to allow them to stretch their legs. With that in mind,  the rear seating area is one place in which I’d say the Ioniq Hybrid comes up a bit “short”.

 

Tucked away beneath the rear passenger seat is a lithium-ion polymer battery pack providing power for the Ioniq Hybrid’s electric motor, which eats into rear-seat legroom a bit.On the plus side though, the Hyundai offered adequate trunk space for a few small pieces of weekend luggage and loose items.

At the wheel, I noticed rear visibility was a bit obstructed because of the Ioniq Hybrid’s split rear window design. To counter this, I relied on the rearview camera (which comes standard) to guide me whenever I shifted into reverse. Other safety features include seven airbags, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and pedestrian detection with emergency braking.

The driving experience is characterized by a generally peaceful serenity. Eco-focused design elements are carried throughout the interior, as if to remind you how responsible you’re being to the environment. It’s also a cool conversation starter to point out the interior components made from sugar cane, bio fabrics and other sustainable raw materials.

 

Those forward thinking elements and high fuel economy numbers make the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid a bonafide, eco-conscious car.

 

Pricing starts at $22,200.

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