2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
- The most affordable Ioniq also offers best-in-class hybrid mpg
- Interior is comfortable and materials are eco-friendly
- Nice range of options available for top trim levels
- Base trim offers best mpg but no options
- Allows in a bit too much road noise
- Lacks the power necessary to achieve quick, confident highway speeds
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Which Ioniq Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.5 / 5
The compact 2017 Hyundai Ioniq hatchback — offered as a hybrid (reviewed here), a plug-in hybrid and a pure EV — serves notice to the long-dominant Toyota Prius that there's a new green contender in town. In this small but growing corner of the market, Hyundai has delivered a compelling alternative.
Opt for the SEL or Limited trim level and you'll enjoy an EPA-estimated 55 mpg in mixed driving, beating the standard 2017 Prius by a full 3 mpg. But the headline-grabber is the efficiency-optimized Ioniq Hybrid Blue with an EPA-rated 58 mpg combined, edging out the similarly conceived 2017 Prius Eco (56 mpg) and setting a new record for a hybrid vehicle that lacks plug-in capability. Interestingly, the Blue model is also the cheapest Ioniq Hybrid trim and may well end up being the most popular.
The Ioniq's story isn't just fuel efficiency, though. Even in base Blue trim, it's a nicely loaded hatchback with plenty of cargo room, more than the regular Prius in fact (but less than the Prius Two Eco and its more compact lithium-ion battery pack; the regular Prius uses a nickel-metal hydride pack). And if you crave a fancier driving experience, you can get the Ioniq with features such as heated front seats, a sunroof, leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring and a navigation system.
You might also like that Hyundai fits the Ioniq Hybrid with a six-speed automatic transmission. Most hybrids use a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). CVTs are ideal in many ways, though some drivers dislike the way they exacerbate engine noise during quick acceleration. In contrast, the Ioniq provides a more traditional feel coming from distinct gear shifts and ratios. In another nod to its conventional feel, the Ioniq interior looks similar to that of the Sonata or Elantra. That's not a bad thing compared to the techno-futuristic design tics that make us flinch in other hybrids.
Overall, we're very impressed with the new 2017 Ioniq. It's proof that high fuel efficiency, style and utility need not be mutually exclusive.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is a small four-door hatchback with 26.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded down. The array of features varies depending on which version of the Ioniq you choose. The Ioniq Hybrid is available in Blue, SEL or Limited trim.
Standard features on Blue trims include 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry and start, automatic climate control, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite and HD radio.
SEL trims add LED daytime running lights and taillights, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, a power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rear center armrest, and chrome interior and exterior accents. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also included, while an optional Tech package for the SEL adds traffic-adapting cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning.
The top Limited trim bundles the SEL's features and adds larger alloy wheels, a sunroof, xenon headlights, leather seating, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, LED cabin lighting, and Hyundai's Blue Link telematics features. An optional Ultimate package includes the SEL's Tech package features as well as turn-swiveling headlights, rear parking sensors, driver-seat memory settings, wireless device charging, an Infinity eight-speaker sound system, and a higher-resolution 8-inch touchscreen with navigation system.
The Ioniq Hybrid uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission as its primary motivation. Augmented with a 32-kilowatt electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery pack, the Hybrid powertrain delivers a Prius-like total output of 139 horsepower.
Noise & vibration2.5
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out3
Child safety seat accommodation3
Audio & navigation3
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Ioniq Hybrid safety features:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- If the onboard camera and radar sensor predict an imminent collision, AEB can apply full-force braking to avoid or lessen impact.
- Blind-Spot Detection
- Helps prevent side collisions by prompting a visual (driver-side mirror) and audible alert when a vehicle is driving alongside.
- Lane Change Assist
- Determines the speed of an approaching vehicle in an adjacent lane and warns if a lane change maneuver isn't safe.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid for Sale
It seems odd to call the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid the first legitimate contender to the Toyota Prius for hybrid dominance. There have been challengers, sure. But the truth is that the Prius has been the undisputed best choice for hybrid shoppers since its debut in America for 2001. Yet the new Ioniq is the first to truly rival the Prius in all areas.
Essentially, Hyundai set out to mimic the Prius and then one-up it. The Ioniq Hybrid is capable of 58 mpg combined, 2 mpg more than offered by the similarly thrifty Prius Two Eco. That might not sound like much, but in the battle for the hearts and minds of hybrid shoppers, it's a distinguished medal.
The Ioniq also offers almost 2 more cubic feet of cargo space than its main rival and the same kind of long-roof liftback utility that's become a Prius hallmark. Yet inside, the Ioniq appears as normal as most other Hyundai models, its cabin not unlike what you might find in the Elantra or Sonata, and not overdone with the futuristic flourishes that broadcast its eco-credibility.
The best part is that the fuel efficiency and utility are available for a relative song. The base model Blue is the overachiever of the bunch. It's the one that gets 58 mpg and comes wrapped in a nicely equipped package. It lacks some of the special touches you might desire, such as heated seats or leather upholstery, but it's got all of the most common comfort and connected features you might want: a rearview camera, keyless entry and push-button start, a folding rear seat, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and satellite radio.
Moving up to the SEL brings nicer features, including heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat, chrome trim and blind-spot detection, with optional driver aids such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. The top-trim Limited brings the rest, including a sunroof, high-intensity headlights, leather upholstery and telematics. Options take it even further, with swiveling headlights, a navigation system and wireless device charging among the offerings.
Blending fuel efficiency, utility and style into a Prius-beating package, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq has all you need to maximize those commuting miles while still using your hybrid like a regular car. When it's time to find the Ioniq model that suits you, look to Edmunds for the best buying advice.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Overview
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Ioniq Hybrid Hatchback. Available styles include Blue 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM).
What do people think of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Ioniq Hybrid 4.5 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 Hybrid.
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