2018 Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid Now Arriving at Dealerships:
Share These First Impressions
The Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Electric have been out for a while, and now, the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) is arriving at dealerships. Hopefully, you’re up to speed on everything the PHEV has to offer, but do you know what the automotive media has to say? Here are some quotes from their first drive road tests:
AutoWeek: “Hyundai wants to keep that price tag in the basement, but the Ioniq still comes very well equipped. Even the base model includes paddle shifters, dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch infotainment screen and heated seats. The Limited trim adds blind-spot detection, LED headlamps, leather seats (with power driver seat memory function) and an LCD instrument cluster. The top Limited with the Ultimate Package includes an 8-inch navigation screen, upgraded Infinity audio, wireless phone charging, a sunroof and safety tech like auto emergency braking, lane keep assist and smart cruise control.
“When the PHEV is functioning like a normal hybrid, there’s plenty of power. The Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq PHEV are both rated for the same peak 139 system horsepower. However, the larger electric motor of the PHEV means it provides slightly stronger midrange horsepower numbers from 3,000-5,000 rpm.
“Mainstream hybrids don’t typically have a reputation for being fun. But Hyundai’s ‘Sport’ mode really does wake the car up. The gauges glow red, the steering requires a bit more muscle, the transmission will hold on to a gear longer and shift more aggressively. Plus, the gasoline engine always runs in this mode, which ensures you have the total system horsepower.
“The Ioniq PHEV is a solid competitor to the Prius Prime. And we certainly like the tasteful exterior design as well as the sportier vibe.”
TheCarConnection.com: “With the plug-in hybrid variant rounding out the three-powertrain lineup this year, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq offers something no other car does: a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric powertrains …
“The Ioniq Plug-In is similar in layout, but its electric motor produces higher power (45 kw, or 60 hp) and its battery pack holds 8.9 kwh, for a rated range of 27 miles. It’ll switch on the engine under maximum acceleration, unlike the Prius Prime and Chevrolet Volt, but it’s possible to drive it largely, if not fully, on electric power while the battery still has charge. After that it behaves like a conventional Ioniq Hybrid until it’s recharged.”
Edmunds.com: “The Ioniq PHEV's transmission helps set it apart from the competition. Where the Prius has a continuous variable automatic transmission (CVT) and the Volt relies on a more exotic planetary gear arrangement, the Ioniq uses a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic with an integrated electric motor. Hyundai developed this transmission exclusively for use in hybrids, and it shows. The shift action is smooth at full and part throttle, and there's no perceptible clutch judder when pulling away from a standstill (a problem with some dual-clutch automatics). The driving experience will feel more familiar to drivers who are accustomed to a car shifting through gears as it accelerates, as opposed to the rubber-band rev holding of CVT automatics. An available Sport mode combines the gas and electric motors to sharpen throttle response and maximize acceleration.
“The Ioniq also has less drag. Hyundai is proud, and rightly so, of the Ioniq PHEV's drag coefficient of 0.24, one of the lowest of any production car. Yes, that's even lower than the Prius' and Prius Prime's. A three-stage active air management system located behind the front grille ensures the car gets all the air it needs while staying as slippery as possible. Despite the car's purposeful figure, it manages to strike an attractive and modern shape, especially when parked among more conventional vehicles.”