2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
- One of the most affordable electric vehicles
- Smart battery storage affords generous cargo space in back
- Packed with active driving aids and technology
- Most efficient electric vehicle in the market, plus 124-mile range
- Rear visibility is slightly impeded by low-cut, split rear window
- Acceleration lacks some punch
- Moderate amounts of road noise could get tiresome on long drives
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Which Ioniq Electric does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Hyundai's all-new Ioniq is the first model in the company's line to be offered in three different forms: a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric. They all share similar sporty hatchback styling, which means the Ioniq Electric appears very much like a conventional car. The main tip-offs are the badges and the sealed-off grille.
The Ioniq Electric has officially been classified by the EPA as the most efficient electric vehicle on the market, with a rating of 25 kWh used per 100 miles driven. (Note that the lower the kWh number, the better. But if you more easily understand a mpg-like number, it's 136 miles per gallon equivalent.) And with 124 miles of driving range on a fully charged battery, you can drive the Ioniq on a single charge farther than most rival EVs. The big exception is the Chevrolet Bolt with its 238-mile range.
Still, the Ioniq's strength rests in its space efficiency. Its lithium-ion battery pack is mounted beneath the rear seats, which frees up space for a useful amount of cargo room and helps keep its weight low to the ground. It's also one of the more affordable EVs in the market. All of these points make the Ioniq Electric a smart pick.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric configurations
The Ioniq Electric is available in just two trims: base, which comes pretty well equipped, and the more generously optioned Limited. Both trims are propelled by the same 88-kW electric motor (118 hp, 215 lb-ft) with a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery pack providing the energy for 124 miles of range.
If you can live without the latest high-tech driving aids, then the Electric trim should suit you well. Standard features include 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, a rearview camera, heated side mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated six-way manually adjustable front seats and a 60/40-split folding rear seatback. You also get a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, and an audio system with satellite radio and HD radio, and USB and auxiliary input jacks. An SAE combo DC fast charger is also included and can operate at up to 100 kilowatts.
The Limited trim comes with everything above but swaps in LED headlights and adds blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, power-folding side mirrors, leather upholstery, a power driver seat with memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and rear air vents.
Unfortunately, only Limited model buyers can specify the Limited Ultimate Package, which bundles together a sunroof, automatic emergency braking, traffic-adapting cruise control with stop-start, lane departure warning, xenon headlights with dynamic bending (swiveling), interior ambient lighting, wireless device charging, a larger 8-inch color touchscreen with navigation, and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system.
Also worth noting is Hyundai's new subscription-based Ioniq Unlimited program. You can think of this like a lease, only there's no negotiating, no down payment and no mileage limit. Customers pay a fixed monthly fee for their Ioniq Electric over a 24- or 36-month term, which also covers electric charging costs, scheduled maintenance and registration. You'll still be responsible for your own vehicle insurance.
Noise & vibration3.0
Ease of use4.5
Getting in/getting out4.0
Child safety seat accommodation3.0
Audio & navigation3.0
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Ioniq Electric safety features:
- Smart Cruise Control with stop/start
- Detects the vehicle ahead and maintains a safe following distance. Will come to a full stop and resume cruise when accelerator is pressed.
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Fully applies brakes automatically if a collision with a vehicle or pedestrian is determined to be imminent. Works between 5 and 50 mph.
- Blind-Spot Detection/Cross-Traffic Alert
- Detects when a vehicle is in a blind spot or approaching from the side while reversing and provides both an audible and a visual alert.
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a compact electric vehicle that sets a new bar for the class in multiple areas. As with other Hyundais, most of the Ioniq's features are built into the car's trim levels, and only one main option package is available.
Hyundai gives you a choice of two trims for the Ioniq Electric: a base model and a more upscale Limited. The base trim comes pretty well equipped with most of the features the average consumer would expect in a new car. The Limited trim's main attraction is the inclusion of extra tech-based driver safety aids. For the Limited trim, you have the option of getting the optional Limited Ultimate package, which bundles a navigation system, a premium sound system and various other enticing modern technologies.
The good news about the Ioniq Electric is the powertrain is the same at all levels, so there's no large battery or motor option to complicate your decision process. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment, there isn't a huge need for the optional navigation system. And if you aren't big on active driving aids such as blind-spot monitoring or active cruise control, then you'll be perfectly happy with the base model and save a few thousand dollars in the process. And with amenities such as heated seats, a rearview camera, satellite radio and Hyundai Blue Link telematics as standard equipment, the base model is far ahead of basic.
With the Limited trim, the upgrades include LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, power-folding side mirrors, leather upholstery and a power driver seat with adjustable lumbar support. And say you are into getting a fully loaded Ioniq with the latest tech and convenience features — the Limited Ultimate package won't completely obliterate your budget. Aside from traffic-adaptive cruise control that can bring the Ioniq to a complete stop, the package adds automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, dynamic bending headlights that swivel to follow the curves in the road, and a pretty sweet-sounding audio system by Infinity that doesn't have any engine noise to contend with.
Compared to the rest of the compact electric class, the 2017 Ioniq has one of the lowest entry costs and few can match its content. But you can find and research all of the 2017 Ioniq's competition right here on Edmunds to see if it's truly the right vehicle for you.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Overview
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is offered in the following submodels: Ioniq Electric Hatchback. Available styles include 4dr Hatchback (electric 1DD), and Limited 4dr Hatchback (electric 1DD).
What do people think of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Ioniq Electric 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Ioniq Electric.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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