2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric
- One of the most affordable electric vehicles
- Generous cargo space in back
- Packed with active driving aids and technology
- Most efficient electric vehicle on the market
- Rear visibility is slightly impeded by low-cut, split rear window
- Acceleration lacks punch
- Backseat is tight and not very comfortable
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Which Ioniq Electric does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a tremendous value for an electric car, both in terms of cost of entry and efficiency. It also offers all the user-friendly tech we expect from Hyundai. But it falls short of class leaders in terms of comfort and driving distance.
Hyundai's Ioniq Electric currently wears the crown for being the most efficient 2018 electric car. According to the EPA, it uses just 25 kWh of electricity per 100 miles driven. Some rival EVs are close behind, but the Ioniq's advantage is still something to brag to your neighbors about.
You can also brag about its affordable pricing and appealing list of features. A full suite of advanced driver safety aids is available, and the car is packed with easy-to-use technology features. It's smooth and quiet on the road, and it comes with the peace of mind of Hyundai's 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
There are some downsides. The Chevrolet Bolt has almost double the Ioniq Electric's 124-mile estimated driving range on a full battery charge, for instance. No thorns without roses and all that. Plus, the Ioniq's rear bench is a bit hard, and there's not much rear passenger room. Visibility to the sides and the rear is impeded by thick pillars and a split rear window.
Overall, we like the Ioniq, but it'll also be worth your time to compare it to other top EVs such as the BMW i3, the Chevy Bolt, the Nissan Leaf, the Tesla Model 3 and the Volkswagen e-Golf.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric as one of Edmunds' Best Electric Cars for this year.
Trim levels & features
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 horsepower, 215 pound-feet) 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 base 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 tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated height-adjustable 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 xenon headlights and adds power-folding side mirrors, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver seat, driver-seat memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a sunroof, interior ambient lighting, and rear air vents. Infotainment upgrades include wireless device charging, a larger 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, and an eight-speaker Infinity audio system.
The Limited also comes standard with active safety features and driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop-start, and lane departure warning with lane keeping assist.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out3
Child safety seat accommodation3
Audio & navigation4
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 an audible and a visual alert.
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a compact electric vehicle that sets a new bar for the class in multiple areas. For 2018, there are no option packages: All of the Ioniq Electric's available features are built into the prices of its two trim levels.
Hyundai gives you a choice of two trims for the Ioniq Electric: a base version and the 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 2018, the contents of last years Limited Ultimate package are now standard, including 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. The Limited is now fully loaded, and the price difference won't completely obliterate your budget. Aside from traffic-adaptive cruise control that can bring the Ioniq to a complete stop, the Limited 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 2018 Ioniq Electric has one of the lowest entry costs, and few can match its content. But you can find and research all of the 2018 Ioniq Electric's competition right here on Edmunds to see if it's truly the right vehicle for you.
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Overview
The 2018 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 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 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 2018 Ioniq Electric.
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Our Review Process
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