2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid
- Excellent fuel economy and decent all-electric range
- One of the least expensive plug-ins on the market
- Long warranty coverage
- Feels sluggish unless you really boot the accelerator
- Road noise permeates easily into the cabin
- The seats and ride are generally uncomfortable
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Which Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid does Edmunds recommend
Edmunds' Expert Review
overall rating3.5 / 5
When most buyers think hybrid, Toyota's almighty Prius is generally the first car to pop into mind. But with most manufacturers offering a hybrid vehicle in their lineups, that's slowly changing. With the 2018 Ioniq, Hyundai is offering three variants of the same car: a traditional hybrid, an electric-only model, and the all-new 2018 Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid.
The Plug-In is just like the regular Ioniq Hybrid, but it has a bigger battery to allow for much greater electric-only operation — up to 29 miles of driving — and the ability to plug it in to recharge the battery. If you're looking for a vehicle that can give you some electric mobility but aren't ready to commit to a pure electric, the Ioniq Plug-In could work out well. It also boasts a large cargo area, an easy-to-use interior, and Hyundai's generous warranty coverage as other good reasons to consider this plug-in hybrid.
But there are a few downsides. The seats are unsupportive and the ride is disconnected with lots of body motion. Road noise may also be a problem, especially considering how quiet it can be in electric mode. The Plug-In features slightly less cargo volume than the standard Hybrid (23 cubic feet versus 26.5). And even with Sport mode engaged and your foot buried to the floor, the Ioniq accelerates tepidly. Overall, we think the Ioniq Plug-In is worth a look, but you'll still want to check out the Prius Prime as well as the Chevrolet Volt and the new Honda Clarity Plug-In.
trim levels & features
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is a compact four-door hatchback that can seat five. It shares its basic hybrid powertrain and six-speed automatic transmission with the regular Ioniq Hybrid, but the Plug-In comes with a bigger, 8.9-kWh battery allowing it to go up to 29 miles in electric mode. The Plug-In is available in two trims: the standard but well-equipped Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid and the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited, which includes more luxury and technology features.
The Ioniq Plug-In uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to make a total of 139 horsepower. Standard feature highlights include 16-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-button starting, heated front seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a USB port and satellite radio.
The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited adds LED headlights, a power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings, leather seating surfaces, a bigger driver information display, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
An available Ultimate package is available for Limited models. It includes turn-adaptive headlights, a sunroof, a larger 8-inch touchscreen display with Hyundai Blue Link connected services, a navigation system, LED interior lighting, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, rear parking sensors, a wireless phone charging pad, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an Infinity Premium eight-speaker audio system.
noise & vibration2.5
ease of use4
getting in/getting out3
child safety seat accomodation3
audio & navigation3
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Ioniq Plug-In 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.
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The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq — available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and a pure battery electric — aims to give buyers options based on how they see their transportation needs. The Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid gives drivers maximum flexibility. When its battery is depleted after driving an all-electric range of up to 29 miles, the 1.6-liter gasoline engine kicks on to continue your journey with an EPA combined fuel economy rating of 52 mpg.
The Ioniq looks relatively normal compared to some other plug-in competitors. Drivers who simply want excellent efficiency and drive it in peace and quiet, without making a statement.
Even on the inside, the Ioniq appears as typical as most other Hyundai models, not overdone with the futuristic flourishes. But its interior panels are made with recycled and sustainable materials, with an eye on closing the loop from production to the inevitable dismantling and recycling of its parts.
Buyers of the standard Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid will benefit from dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as keyless entry and push-button starting. The 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks allow drivers to load up the back, and the hatchback opening makes loading easy.
Opt for the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited trim and you'll get an upgraded digital gauge cluster display, leather seating surfaces, ambient lighting, a power driver seat with memory function, blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, and air vents for rear passengers. Importantly, Limited models can be equipped with the Ultimate package, which includes a larger 8-inch infotainment display, an eight-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system, Blue Link remote connectivity, a wireless phone charging pad, a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, rear parking sensors, and dynamic xenon projector headlights.
Blending fuel efficiency, utility and style, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid has all you need to maximize those commuting miles while 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 Plug-In Hybrid Overview
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and Limited 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM).
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