2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Review
Pros & Cons
- 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
List Price Estimate
$16,680 - $19,784
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Which Ioniq Electric does Edmunds recommend?
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric, especially with the tax credit taken into account, offers a low cost of entry into electric-car ownership. It also comes standard with a solid list of standard features. However, we recommend spending a bit more to get the Limited trim. Many of the upgrades are nice to have, but most importantly it adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Considering the Ioniq's compromised visibility, both are important safety features to have.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Ioniq is not one of the torque monsters we read about in the EV news. But it doesn't weigh as much as some others, so it has enough power to be competitive in the segment. Well-rounded dynamics make the driving experience enjoyable, but a bit more steering feel would be welcome.
We find the driver's seat to be comfortable and on par, if not a tick above, those of competitors. The backseats are average at best. A simple yet clever climate control system is the main standout with noise management also commendable. Ride comfort over choppier roads is the biggest negative.
The Ioniq's interior is highly functional. Its controls are logically arranged, and its driver's seat is adjustable enough to accommodate people of all sizes. Most will find head- and legroom suitable for short-distance comfort. Taller drivers and passengers may complain on longer drives.
By design, hatchbacks offer more utility than sedans. As much can be said about the Ioniq's advantage in this area over competitive compact sedans. When it comes to other hatchbacks, the Hyundai blends in. None of its small- or large-item storage features raise it above the norm.
Its screen may be small, but it's well-lit and is easy to use. Bluetooth pairing is dead-simple, and smartphones can be connected with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The voice controls function well but have limited scope. Advanced driver aids are only available on the highest trim as an option.
|Overall||7.8 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
4dr Hatchback (electric 1DD)
buy it thru Costco for best value. No other dealer could match the Costco designated dealer. Essentially same price as 2018 Leaf but Leaf charges for the fast on board charger for $2k and that swayed my decision to buy Hyundai. For a non-techie that I am, the lifetime battery warranty is impressive. The EPA range for this car is 124 miles but I get 152 miles when fully charged.
SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
Leased my 2018 brand new Calif going 2 years on Nov 2020 full charge for summer gives me 158 and winter 140. Good for my 5 days office work driving. Lifetime warranty on main battery. Very spirited off the line. Regen at lvl 3 is fantastic. AC HEATER DEFROSTER can be programmed via Hyundai website. Will definitely buy again
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Ioniq Electric models:
- 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.