2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Sedan Drive Review

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Sedan Drive Review
- pulling out 2018 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid onto a busy boulevard, with fully charged and Eco mode selected, we suppressed the urge to floor the accelerator, instead dipping maybe halfway into the pedal’s travel and by the time the engine fired up

- Hyundai’s eco warrior doesn’t behave like the Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius Prime, capability to drive without tailpipe emissions, keeping their gasoline engines shut off as much as possible

- the Volt and the Prius Prime let you lock in electric mode for a distance

- the Ioniq plug-in hybrid’s powertrain operates more like that of Ford’s Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi, the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid, and the Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid

- a very pleasant-driving car that applies the charge you put in the battery toward getting as many miles as possible

- 104-hp 1.6-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four, 40 percent thermal efficiency, six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox

- an electric motor affixed to the transmission’s input, a computer-controlled clutch bringing the engine into or out of the mix

- 8.9-kWh fully charged in just 2.5 hours with Level 2 (240-volt) hardware, 27 miles of all-electric range

- 60-hp electric motor replaces the hybrid’s 43-hp unit to enable that wider band of electric operation

- plug-in hybrid drives like a nonhybrid car when the engine is running

- straightforward gauge cluster, a couple of driving-mode choices

- HEV mode that runs the gasoline engine a lot more

- the steering, ride and hybrid-system calibrations could change by the time this model goes on sale this fall

- exterior styling adopts a less-is-more philosophy in contrast to the Prius’s Mr. Roboto sheetmetal

- help of grille shutters and underbody aero smoothing, it manages an impressive 0.24 coefficient of drag

- front seats are a little short and rear headroom can feel scarce for taller folks, pulled off normal back-seat accommodations

- standard heated seats, Blue Link telematics, climate preconditioning

- a fully electric car for short distances should look at the Volt or the Prius Prime

Starting Price $27,500
Vehicle Type 4 door hatchback, front engine, front motor, front wheel drive
Engine -- DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 1.6-liter inline-4, 104 hp, 109 lb-ft -- permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, 60 hp, 125 lb-ft -- combined output, 139 hp; 8.9-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
Transmission 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, manual shifting mode
Wheelbase 106.3 in
Length 176.0 in
Width 71.7 in
Height 56.9 in
Curb weight 3300 lb
Passenger volume 94-96 cu ft
Cargo volume 24 cu ft
0-60 mph 10.8 sec
0-100 mph 33.5 sec
Top speed 115 mph
Fuel economy (city/highway) 51/50 mpg
Pros perky Sport mode, comfortable, powertrain
Cons compact rear seat, not as expected electric