2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
- The most affordable Ioniq also offers best-in-class hybrid mpg
- Nice range of options available for top trim levels
- Even by hatchback standards, the cargo area is quite large
- Lots of available tech features and driver aids
- Unnatural braking feel
- Allows in a bit too much road noise
- Seats and ride are generally uncomfortable
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Ioniq Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
Two decades in, the Toyota Prius still dominates the small hybrid market. Other automakers have introduced competing models — notably the Honda Insight, Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid and Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid — but none put a significant dent in the Toyota's runaway sales success. Hyundai thinks it's finally cracked the Prius code. Now in its second year of production, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is the Prius' closest rival, with plenty of tech and safety features, quicker acceleration and a lower price point.
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is a compact hatchback that earns the distinction as the most fuel-efficient non-plug-in hybrid on the market. In the EPA's combined cycle, the Ioniq Hybrid earns estimates of 55-58 mpg compared to the Prius' 52-56 mpg. Keep in mind, however, that incremental fuel gains at this level are not very significant. Even Ioniq drivers who put a ton of miles on their cars would see monetary savings in the tens of dollars each year.
More relevant is the Ioniq Hybrid's price, which is quite a bit less than that of a comparable Prius. The Ioniq's traditional exterior and interior design will also appeal to those turned off by the Prius' more adventurous styling, while techies will appreciate standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. (The Toyota offers neither.)
Alas, the Ioniq Hybrid stumbles in several critical areas that the Toyota doesn't. Rather than a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that most hybrids use, the Ioniq uses a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic. On top of harsh shift quality, the transmission has a difficult time figuring out which gear it wants to be in, especially after heavy braking.
Speaking of the brakes, every hybrid uses regenerative brakes to recharge the battery before handing it off to the mechanical brakes that bring the car to a full stop. In the Ioniq, this handoff isn't smooth. Combine this with the jerky downshifts, and passengers might question your experience driving cars. We also aren't fans of the Ioniq's busy ride and unsupportive seats.
While the 2018 Ioniq's price and fuel economy are obvious advantages, we suggest giving the Ioniq a thorough test drive before you choose it over the more established Prius.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is a compact hatchback with a hybrid powertrain and seating for five. The base Blue model is the most fuel-efficient of the group, with an EPA rating of 58 mpg combined compared to the other models' 55 mpg estimate. It's equipped with a few desirable features, including keyless entry and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SEL doesn't cost much more and includes heated front seats and blind-spot monitoring among its upgrades. The top-trim Limited is a bit pricier but adds a ton of features, such as a sunroof, leather upholstery and xenon headlights.
Powering the Ioniq Hybrid is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. It's augmented by a electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 139 horsepower.
Standard features on Blue trims include 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, selectable driving modes, a driver information display, height-adjustable front seats, 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, an upgraded driver information display, steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles, heated front seats, a power driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a charge-only USB port, a rear center armrest, and chrome interior and exterior accents. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also included. An optional Tech package for the SEL adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and a lane departure and mitigation system.
On top of the SEL's features, the Limited trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, xenon headlights, leather upholstery, 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 adaptive headlights, rear parking sensors, driver-seat memory settings, rear air vents, a cargo cover, wireless device charging, an Infinity eight-speaker sound system, navigation and an 8-inch touchscreen.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue (1.6L inline-4 hybrid | 6-speed dual-clutch automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Ioniq Hybrid has received only minor revisions. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Ioniq Hybrid.
Noise & vibration2.5
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out3
Child safety seat accommodation3
Audio & navigation3
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Ioniq Hybrid safety features:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Applies the brakes automatically to avoid or lessen an impact if the onboard camera and radar sensor predict an imminent collision.
- 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 isn't safe.
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid for Sale
It seems odd to call the 2018 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 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 most other Hyundai models do. Its cabin is not unlike what you might find in the Elantra or Sonata, and it's 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 has 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 2018 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.
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Overview
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Ioniq Hybrid Hatchback. Available styles include SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), Blue 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 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 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 2018 Ioniq Hybrid.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid?
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,435. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $1,564 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,564 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,871.
The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is5.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,115. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $2,998 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,998 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,117.
The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is11.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,430. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $1,000 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,000 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,430.
The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is4.3% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 1 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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