Ioniq, dontcha think?
We Like: How polished, high quality, and good to drive both versions are
We Don’t Like: Baked in from the start engineering compromises
The Hyundai Ioniq is available in three flavors, a gas-electric hybrid version, a plug-in hybrid (not yet available), and a fully electric car. We mostly liked the Ioniq, but no one fell in love with it. Why? Have you ever heard the old saying that a camel is a racehorse designed by committee? That applies here.
“To fit both a gas tank and an internal combustion engine meant that Hyundai had to put the battery under the rear seats, which means the electric version doesn’t have as much range as it could have, and the hybrid/PHEV versions have to have structural accommodations for the bigger, heavier battery that they don’t have,” Christian Seabaugh said. Long story short, the Prius Prime is better as a hybrid, and the Tesla Model 3 is a better electric car.
So what did we like? Basically everything else. Angus MacKenzie praised Hyundai’s design restraint. “Hyundai is to be commended for not making its hybrid—and its battery electric sibling—look weird because … Prius,” he said. “Both are cleanly and conventionally styled, and we’ll take that all day long.” The looks were described as “freakishly vanilla” by one judge, though.
Moving on. “These drove surprisingly well, had nimble steering, not too much body roll on the winding road, but the tires are squealers,” Alisa Priddle said. “I love the one-pedal driving, and, man, is this car quiet. It rides so well, too.” Perhaps the home-field advantage helped its ride and high-speed stability, Chris Walton noted, as the Ioniq was tuned on the same roads as our COTY evaluations.
|2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric||2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$36,835||$25,960|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback||Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor||1.6L DOHC 16-valve I-4|
|TRANSMISSION||1-speed automatic||6-speed twin-clutch auto|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||3,280 lb (49/51%)||3,085 lb (61/39%)|
|WHEELBASE||106.3 in||106.3 in|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||176.0 x 71.7 x 57.1 in||176.0 x 71.7 x 56.9 in|
|0-60 MPH||8.7 sec||8.8 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||16.8 sec @ 83.8 mph||16.7 sec @ 83.0 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||129 ft||133 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.77 g (avg)||0.77 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||28.2 sec @ 0.59 g (avg)||28.4 sec @ 0.58 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||150/122/136 MPGe||55/54/55 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||22/28 kW-hrs/100 miles||61/62 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.00 lb/mile||0.36 lb/mile|