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.
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.
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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