The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq does not change from last year, but adds a new member to its list. A plug-in hybrid is part of the program and is added to the Hybrid High Volume and Electric model only. All versions are offered in a five-door hatchback style, and sit between the Elantra and Sonata in size and price.
Fortunately, Hyundai has also adopted a less-than-is-more philosophy regarding exterior styling, in sharp contrast to the Mr. Roboto’s sheet metal of the Prius. The Ioniq collects the aerodynamic benefits of the famous tear, Kamm-back profile common to all efficiency champions, and while it handles an impressive drag coefficient of 0.24 (aided by calender shutters and smoothing aerodynamic underbody) it can not be more different the Prius.
Inside the Ioniq plug-in, the impression is that of a benign normality that one could just as easily find in an Elantra. The front seats are a little short, and the rear headroom may feel rare for the bigger ones, but Hyundai has removed the normal rear seats without the repositioned position of two rear seats of the Prius Prime or the tight middle position of the Volt. Like the Ioniq Electric, the plug-in will be equipped with standard heated seats and, thanks to the Blue Link telematics, climate preconditioning, elements that can reduce dependence on the traditional air-conditioning system, thus increasing the range.
The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 2018 is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4, combined with a 32 kW electric motor for a total output of 139 hp and delivers an impressive 57.59 mpg EPA-certified city / highway for the Blue model. base and 55/54 mpg for the rest of the range (2017 figures). The Ioniq plug-in uses the same 1.6-liter engine, but combined with a more powerful 45 kW electric motor with an estimated total power of 156 hp. The EPA has not yet evaluated the plug-in model. Hybrid plug-in models transmit power to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission.