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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

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2018 Base 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $24,950
2018 Limited 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $28,300

Overview

Hyundai has entered the world of plug-in compacts with the 2018 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid. Boasting an impressive all-electric range of 29 miles and a total range of 630 miles, the Ioniq Plug-In starts at $25,825 (which includes a destination charge of $885). It is available in two trims, is loaded with creature comforts, and is slightly less expensive than the competition from Toyota and Honda.

What's New for 2018

The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is new for 2018, following in the footsteps of the new-for-2017 Ioniq Hybrid.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

Choosing Your Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

While it is built on the same platform as the Ioniq Hybrid or Ioniq Electric, the 2018 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid's high capacity lithium-ion polymer battery system can be charged within 2.5 hours from an external power source, unlike the Hybrid (which can't be charged at all) and the Electric (which takes a long time to charge). The dual-motor powerplant starts with an gasoline-powered 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces an estimated 104 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque.

The electric motor adds 43 horsepower (or 32 kilowatts) with a maximum torque estimation of 125 pound-feet. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, the front-wheel-drive Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid returns an EPA-estimated 52 miles per gallon combined in addition to its 29-mile EV range. Hyundai offers this vehicle in two trim levels, and both are available in five exterior paints and two interior color schemes.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

Base

The base Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is impressively equipped with standard heated front seats, a rear spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, a dual-zone automatic climate control, and 16-inch wheels. A seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system displays a rearview camera, offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The dashboard on this base model contains a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display. Hyundai also throws in a three-month SiriusXM trial subscription.

There are no optional extras for this trim.

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

Limited

The Limited trim starts at $29,185 and includes multiple safety and technology upgrades as well as a hefty option package. The Limited swaps out the smaller 4.2-inch instrument cluster in the base with a larger seven-inch version, includes a power driver seat with lumbar support and memory settings, LED headlights, chrome window trim and door handles, second-row air vents, and a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.

The $3,750 Ultimate Package swaps in an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment with navigation and an Infinity premium audio system that includes eight speakers. This package also includes a power sunroof, LED interior illumination, a wireless charging pad, adaptive cruise control, a lane keeping assist, rear parking sensors, and a three-year subscription to Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car service.

CarsDirect Tip

If you're looking to sample the all-electric life, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, with its reasonable starting price, charming character, and impressive options catalog, might be the best way to do it. While you can take advantage of the Ioniq's plug-in capabilities at a normal wall outlet, budgeting for a 240-volt home charger will not only speed charge times, but is a smart decision that could pay off if in the long run, should you ever upgrade from the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid to an Ioniq Electric.

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The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is one of three electrified vehicles in the Ioniq family. This compact hatchback looks normal and that’s a welcome change in a segment influenced by overwrought models. Although not as roomy as key competitors, the 2018 Ioniq is fun to drive and delivers outstanding fuel economy at an affordable price.

Best Value

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a five-passenger hatchback that comes in base and Limited trims. This PHEV’s power comes from a gas engine, an electric motor, and by means of regenerative braking, before it's routed to the front wheels.

We chose the Limited over the base trim as it adds such features as LED headlights, side mirrors with turn signal indicators, and chrome embellishments. You'll also find a power driver’s seat with lumbar support, leather seats, and an LCD instrument cluster. The Limited adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and lane keeping assist.

We didn't choose the available Ultimate Package ($3,750), which upgrades the audio, navigation, and driver-assist features accordingly. All models come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, rendering a navigation package unnecessary.

  • Model: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited
  • Engine: 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor
  • Output: 104 hp /109 lb-ft (139 total system horsepower)
  • Transmission:Six-speed dual-clutch
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 52 mpg combined (29-mile all-electric range)
  • Options: None
  • Base Price:$29,185 (including an $885 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$29,185

Performance

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine along with an electric motor. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the front wheels.

By itself, the engine delivers a leisurely 104 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque. When both the engine and motor work together, as when under hard acceleration, this model delivers a fair 139 hp. Remember, Hyundai optimizes the Ioniq for efficiency, so its relatively modest overall power numbers fit the model.

When operating in electric-only mode, the Ioniq PHEV has an EPA-estimated 29-mile all-electric range. The gas engine will kick in as needed, but the electric motor does the bulk of the work around town or when cruising at highway speeds.

Style

The look of the Ioniq family closely resembles other Hyundai models, including the Accent, Elantra, and Sonata. It makes for a handsome design as it avoids the weirdness inherent with some models — here’s looking at you Toyota Prius Prime.

In fact, the Ioniq is very close to the compact Elantra in size and has a hatchback design similar to the Elantra GT. Its tucked in rear corners and generously sized glass hatchback set it apart from the GT, but otherwise the similarities are far greater than the differences.

Inside, the Ioniq’s cabin has a clean layout with soft-touch materials throughout. It seems a cut above other models in this segment and it is. The cabin offers sufficient space for four along with comfortable seats and an easy to decipher infotainment system display. Cargo volume measures 23 cubic feet, supplying ample luggage room for all.

The Best and Worst Things

Perhaps the best thing about the Ioniq PHEV is that it's easy on the eyes. Not everyone finds the Toyota Prius Prime attractive with its design that some may find much too radical.

For some reason, the EPA rates this model as a “large car” when it is anything but. Even with its roomy interior, it still falls short of the Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf. If you anticipate needing the rear seats, you'll want to test them for yourself first.

Right For? Wrong For?

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid

Shoppers looking for an electrified vehicle and who aren't ready to disconnect from an internal combustion engine may find the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid entirely suitable for their needs. Its 52 mpg combined rating is one of the best in the industry.

On the other hand, the 29-mile all-electric range isn't nearly as long as a Chevrolet Volt. For commuters wanting an electric trip back and forth to work, this Ioniq may need to tap into its gas reserve.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is an affordable and efficient model that comes with a $4,543 federal tax credit and state incentives, where applicable. We like that it blends in with the rest of the Hyundai line, delivering an attractive model with a small carbon footprint.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 104 HP / 109 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd SHIFTRONIC auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
Not Available
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 104 HP / 109 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
Not Available
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
11.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$43
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
96 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
176.0 "
Exterior Width
71.7 "
Exterior Height
56.9 "
Front Headroom
39.1 "
Rear Headroom
37.4 "
Front Legroom
42.2 "
Rear Legroom
35.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,318 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Metal-look
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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