Test Drive Results 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plugin Hybrid Electric Car

Plug-in hybrid vehicles are brilliant. But Ioniq takes things to a new level with thoughtful amenities, advanced safety features and ingenious design. Its comfort, convenience and responsiveness are proof that the future of plug-ins is brighter than ever.

It’s a light vehicle with a strong and energy dense battery. The advanced materials and design always has been part of the secret sauce for their efficiency and performance.

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 also didn’t dig the regenerative braking. It was almost non existent.

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

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

Its 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 in the expansion of 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.”

The 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 uncompromising design and driving experience coupled with the latest in safety and convenience technologies, making it an appealing choice for a wide range of buyers.

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

  • New front/rear fascia design, grille, hood, front fenders, rear deck lid, headlights/taillights
  • New 16-inch and 17-inch eco-spoke wheel designs
  • New LED headlights with cornering Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) function
  • New instrument panel center stack, steering wheel and available heated steering wheel
  • New, stiffer front anti-roll bar and recalibrated steering assistance feel
  • New, more rigid rear-trailing-arm design with retuned 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
  • New, upgraded audio/video navigation system with new Bird’s Eye View map perspective
  • New HERE HD Traffic (Real-time Traffic Service – non-paid subscription)
  • Qi wireless phone charging on navigation-equipped models
  • New rear USB charging port

Hyundai ioniq plugin Hyundai Ioniq Plugin Hybrid EV listening to Drake

Although the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is very technologically advanced, it drives similarly to the regular Sonata Hybrid, but with the additional benefit of extended all-electric range. A 9.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, more than five times larger than the Sonata Hybrid’s battery, gives the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid an EPA-estimated all-electric range of up to 27 miles (ha we got 32 miles on average in the winter!!), and 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 then 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. If not it has a real range of over yes over the reported 590 miles.

As Hyundai reported:

The Sonata Plug-in Hybrid uses a six-speed automatic transmission with Hyundai’s Transmission-Mounted Electrical Device (TMED), a 50 kW electric motor, in place of a torque converter. The 50 kW electric motor is 32 percent more powerful than the motor used in Sonata Hybrid and allows EV operation at higher engine load and speed. A 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine coupled with the electric motor allows the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid to operate just like the Sonata Hybrid once the onboard battery charge is depleted. The Sonata Plug-in Nu engine produces 154 horsepower and 140 lb. ft. of torque and the total system output is 202 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.

Hyundai also uses a lithium-ion polymer battery 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.”

Dollar for dollar this is not bad with base model starting at the $25,835 Ioniq plug-in 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.

For Hyundai lovers (I owned one years ago) you won’t be disappointed. This car was a pleasure to drive and easy to get in and out of. With the price I am considering my next car. Just saying!!

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