Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid vs. Chevrolet Volt

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, Automotive Editor - June 14, 2018

When it first came out, the Chevrolet Volt was a trailblazer. Few other emissions-friendly vehicles had a range that could compete with the Volt's thanks to its gasoline engine that was used as a backup. Now, the Volt competes in a heated segment as electric vehicles, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids have gained popularity around the nation.

One of the Volt's stiffest competitors is the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid. One of the newer kids on the block, the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid turns heads with its dashing looks and extensive range. Can Hyundai's latest plug-in hybrid take on the Volt? Continue reading to find out.

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What the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid Gets Right

If you're considering a plug-in hybrid or any other type of electrified vehicle, fuel economy probably plays a large role in your decision. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is the obvious choice for consumers that want to save money at the pumps. The EPA rates the Hyundai to get 119 MPGe combined, while its gasoline engine can get up to 52 mpg combined. The Volt is rated to get up to 106 MPGe combined and has a combined rating of 42 mpg for its gasoline engine.

For consumers that are worried about range anxiety, the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is the clear winner in this comparison. The EPA claims that the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid has a total range of 630 miles. The Volt only has a total range of 420 miles. Those 210 miles could be the difference between reaching your destination without having to take another stop.

The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is the more affordable option by a wide margin. Without taking any incentives into consideration, the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid costs $8,260 less than the Volt. The Hyundai carries a price tag of $25,835 (including destination), while the Volt is priced at $34,095.

What the Volt Gets Right

One area where the Volt shines above the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is when it comes to its electric-only range. The Volt can travel up to 53 miles on nothing but electricity. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is only capable of traveling 29 miles without any gasoline. In addition to having more electric range, the Volt acts more like an electric vehicle, as well. Unlike the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, the Volt won't utilize its gasoline engine until its electric range is depleted or you manually put it into a different mode.

Performance isn't usually a reason to purchase a plug-in hybrid model, but the Volt is the more powerful option of the two. The Volt has a combined output of 149 hp, while the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid makes a total of 139 hp.

Worried About Range?

One of the large things that are holding electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids back from going mainstream is range – the thought of not being able to reach one's destination. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid does away with range anxiety. Not only does it have better fuel economy and range than the Volt, it's electric powertrain can be recharged quicker, as well. The Volt takes 4.5 hours to recharge on a 240-volt charging station, while the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid needs roughly 2.3 hours to fill its battery. Sure, the Volt can travel longer on pure electricity, but it takes nearly twice as long to fill up on juice.

Our Verdict: Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is the clear winner. It's the more fuel-efficient of the two and won't make you worry about reaching your destination. It's also the better car, as it has a more usable cargo capacity of 23.8 cubic feet compared to the Volt's 10.6 cubic feet. When you consider all of this and Hyundai's much more affordable price tag, it's a no-brainer.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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