Test Drive Results 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plugin Hybrid Electric Car

First off, plugin hybrid vehicles are brilliant. But the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq takes things to a new level. I mean with thoughtful amenities, advanced safety features and ingenious design. In addition, the comfort, convenience and responsiveness. All are proof that the future of plug-ins is brighter than ever.

Further and as written before, the car is getting great reviews across the board.

Hence, this plugin hybrid Ioniq Is a light vehicle with a strong and energy dense battery. The advanced materials and design. These are the things that always has been part of the Hyundai secret sauce. Meaning this is cause what makes Hyundai stand out for their efficiency and performance.

As well, both efficient packaging and a low center of gravity were taken into consideration. As the battery system is located underneath the rear seats so that the passenger cabin and cargo area is uncompromised in the Ioniq Hybrid, offering a total interior volume of an estimated 122.7 cubic feet (more than Toyota Prius). Even the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid and the Ioniq Electric, despite having larger battery systems, both offer a generous total interior volume of an estimated 119.2 cubic feet.

plus the

  • Weight-saving aluminum
  • Advanced high-strength steel and
  • Aircraft-grade adhesives

Test Results

I got up to 119 MPGe and 32 miles on a full charge in electric mode, and get up to 70 MPG Combined when operating in hybrid mode for a total gas and electric driving range of 630 miles. After you drain the battery and SPORT MODE you will get the 48.6 MPG. It was hard on acceleration and didn’t dig the regenerative braking. That was almost non-existent.

The active air flap manages and automatically controls airflow into the engine compartment to improve aerodynamics.

Finally, the Ioniq Hybrid’s electric motor delivers an estimated 32 kW (43 horsepower) with an estimated maximum torque of 125 lb.-ft., powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity. The battery is efficiently positioned under the rear passenger seats. In combination with the 1.6-liter direct-injected engine, Ioniq plugin Hybrid offers a total system output of 139 horsepower while providing low emissions, outstanding efficiency and range. The Ioniq Hybrid Blue model has an EPA-estimated 58 MPG combined rating, the highest rating of any non-plug-in vehicle sold in the U.S. market.

Hyundai Ioniq plugin hybrid plus Charging port for the Hyundai Ioniq plugin hybrid electric Car

As well, Ioniq’s efficient design offers room for passengers and cargo with more interior volume than Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

“The Ioniq is an important milestone in Hyundai’s commitment to global sustainability, marking a major step expanding efficient, eco-friendly driving,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate, product and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America.  “Being named a finalist by Green Car Journal further highlights Hyundai’s leadership in bringing about a better way to drive.”

Also, this Ioniq is the first eco-focused vehicle in the world to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle.

Hyundai’s approach for the Ioniq line delivers an great design and driving experience coupled with the latest in safety and convenience technologies, making it an appealing choice for a range of buyers.

Here are some of the kick butt features that came on this Car!

  • front/rear fascia design, grille, hood, front fenders, rear deck lid, headlights/taillights
  • 16-inch and 17-inch eco-spoke wheel designs
  • LED headlights with cornering Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) function
  • instrument panel center stack, steering wheel and available heated steering wheel
  • stiffer front anti-roll bar and recalibrated steering assistance feel
  • more rigid rear-trailing-arm design with re-tuned bushings for responsiveness
  • Standard Blind-spot detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
  • Newly available Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Keep Assist
  • upgraded audio/video navigation system with new Bird’s Eye View map perspective
  • HERE HD Traffic (Real-time Traffic Service – non-paid subscription)
  • Qi wireless phone charging on navigation-equipped models
  • rear USB charging port

Hyundai ioniq plugin Hyundai Ioniq Plugin Hybrid EV listening to Drake

Although the Ioniq Plugin Hybrid is very technologically advanced, it drives similarly to the regular Ioniq Hybrid. YET it’s got the added benefit of extended all-electric range. A 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, more than five times larger than the Hybrid’s battery. THIS gives the Ioniq plugin Hybrid an EPA-estimated all-electric range of up to 27 miles (ha we got 32 miles on average in the winter!!). Also and so cool. YES!! So freaking cool. IT can recharge in less than three hours with a level-two charger. That is true. I tested on a level two charger more than once during the week test. It loves a Level 2!

However, the all-electric range for commuting is great for train station and commuters less than 30 miles. If you have a charger where you park at work than disregard. However, to drain the battery and get into hybrid mode takes a lot of highway driving. It was an impressive plugin hybrid. However, a Chevy Volt can do over 53 miles pure EV so as they say “I’m confused!” Yet do realize if you charge regularly this car every day and night you can easily run for weeks if not monthly on just all EV which is cheaper versus gas. Although, it has a real range of over yes over the reported 590 miles.

As Hyundai reported:

Furthermore, Hyundai also uses a lithium-ion polymer battery pack for this plugin hybrid. That’s a pack which is 20 percent lighter than non-polymer lithium-ion batteries. Bonus is it can also be shaped “more optimally to the interior than standard cell format batteries. This also provides lower memory sensitivity, excellent charge and discharge efficiency, and outstanding maximum output.”

Finally, Dollar for dollar this is not bad with base model starting at the $25,835 Ioniq plug-in hybrid with $4,000 in federal or state tax credits that can be applied. So check with your dealers knowledge and ask what’s the tax credit. Please note the car tested was $32,985.

In conclusion, for Hyundai lovers (I owned one years ago) you “won’t be” disappointed. This plugin hybrid car was a pleasure to drive. It’s more than less  easy to get in and out of. Most cars are not that easy to get in an out of. No further comment. LOL.

With the price I am considering my next car. Just saying!!

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Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.