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5 out of 5 stars

Don't overlook the Ioniq! Completely underrated..

Funktional, 06/02/2019
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
53 of 55 people found this review helpful

My short list for vehicles included the Volt, the Prius Prime and the Clarity PHEV. I wasn't even considering the Ioniq only because it doesn't seem to get the same press that the others do. The Volt was out as soon as I drove it, it felt cheap, didn't have seating for 5 and when I calculated my commuting costs, the fact that it advertised over 50 miles of EV driving didn't make up for its dismal hybrid fuel economy. The Clarity was the overall nicest of the bunch but also by far the most expensive so it came down to the Prius Prime for me. I hate the looks of the Prime, it's pretty ugly outside, the interior is weird and not very attractive to me and it only seats 4. I didn't even know Hyundai made a PHEV until the Toyota salesman mentioned it to me while giving me the usual marketing competitive stats. I decided to go drive one and from the start I was super impressed. I liked the fact that it was a more traditional looking car, the interior was very comfortable and again, not as weird/quirky as the Toyota. The Ioniq rides like a dream, I drive 100 miles round trip every day so a comfortable ride is very important to me. In comparison, the Prius Prime rode and felt more like a basic economy car. After the test drive I was completely sold on the Ioniq. After the federal rebate the Ioniq PHEV will come to about $20,000 which is an absolute bargain. Now for ownership. So far I've put 1,000 miles on my Ioniq PHEV. I sold a highly modified 2016 Subaru WRX with almost 400 wheel horsepower after deciding to get something more grown up and sensible. I will say that I have wayyyyy more fun driving the Ioniq than I ever did the WRX. No, it doesn't have the power or handling of my WRX but it does handle a lot better than it should and when you need it, that 195 foot pounds of torque goes a long way when merging into traffic. What's even more fun is seeing what kind of fuel economy I can squeeze out of it. Until I was able to install a charging point at my house I drove purely in Hybrid mode and no matter how I drove I couldn't get anything less than 50mpg (Keeping up with 75mph traffic on the Turnpike). Using a level 2 EVSE I can fully charge the battery in just over 2 hours and despite being rated for 29 miles of EV driving I am actually getting closer to 40 miles of EV range which is fantastic. Add in the excellent Hyundai warranty to include the lifetime warranty on the battery and it's a no brainer. If you're considering a Prius Prime or even just a regular Prius I urge you to go test drive an Ioniq.

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Favorite Car Ever so Far - I Want 2 of them

Rob Bozwell, 11/28/2019
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
21 of 21 people found this review helpful

1) It is a great car for the money. 2) I went 1200 miles on my first tank of gas. I had no idea how nice it is to not look for a gas station. 3) Visibility, It is a great car for short people to drive. 4) It is much better looking than a Prius, it is a good looking car. 5) If feels so smooth on city and suburb roads. 6) The car is bigger than it looks. I fit a long pool pole in it with no trouble. 7) Great if you office at home but make lots of short 3-10 mile trips to drop kids at school etc. I get home plug it in and go out again a few hours later and use little gas. 8) I never worry about running out of gas. 9) 2 motors in sport mode makes it feel superchraged between 20 and 60 miles per hour. `10) The tires are self healing or runflat at least, so never worry about needing a spare tire 11) Ioniq PHEV is nice in so many ways. It is a poor man's dual-engine car. I find it different but fun to drive. I love it for my wife and daughers too.

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It is a great Plug-in car

Kevin T., 01/17/2019
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
22 of 23 people found this review helpful

I purchased 2019 Ioniq Plug-In. At full charge, it starts with 29 mi in EV electric mode, then it automatically shifts to hybrid mode ( about 52 mph). I rarely used hybrid mode since I use 25 miles for my typical daily commute. A full charge at 110V for 29 miles takes about 7 hrs. For EVcharger 240 V (level 2), it takes 2.5 hrs - 3 hrs for a full charge 29 miles. I like the car very much. It would be better if Hyundai increases from 29 miles to 49 miles in EV mode.

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3 out of 5 stars

Hybrid first, EV as an afterthought

Camo, 10/06/2020
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SE 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid 6AM)
14 of 16 people found this review helpful

Here's my impression of the 2020 Ioniq after a few weeks of driving: Pros: -The touch points are nice. Interior feels premium. -Seats are comfortable. -Intuitive infotainment and controls. -Heated seats are standard. -Great center of gravity, hugs the road while driving. -Looks like a small car on the outside but has SUV feel on inside. -Charging port is illuminated. -Pleasant chime sound when you backup. Cons: -Driving in EV mode is like driving a golf cart, people constantly pass me, and there is no torque for getting onto the highway or passing people. -EV mode is kindof a joke after I drove a Bolt for two years. While the Bolt was responsive and nimble the Ioniq is sluggish and clunky. I was disappointed that it felt so much like a regular ICE vehicle. -The only way to get up hills/ mountains is in Sport mode. -Dual clutch makes this a stressful and distracting drive. Every time I slow down the transmission lunges, seemingly because it cant shift to a lower gear fast enough. In EV mode, it lunges while accelerating. Maybe this will improve the more I drive? -Doors are loud when closing. -Again, no torque in EV mode. -When petrol engine kicks in, it's loud. -Backup camera needs improvement as it doesn't beep to warn you when you're too close to something. Tip: don't use the paddle regen unless you know what you're doing! Using it can be tricky. And it may seem like one pedal braking (especially if you've driven a full EV before) but it's only for recharging. Overall, I have to say for the value, it's a decent hybrid... if you can just forget everything you know about EVs!

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A change to your driving style with a PHEV

LDB, 05/28/2021
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid 6AM)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Just purchased a used 2020 Ioniq PHEV top trim level. This car has a lot to offer for the price point. The biggest thing to consider for myself was the change in driving style. In EV with a dual clutch you need to be a little more aggressive on the acceleration pedal. Then you will get smoother gear shifts and acceleration. Granted this acceleration is not that of a Golf GTI or anything but it's adequate for getting on the highway or up hills. If you need extra power drop it into sport mode. Be in control when you need extra power with sport mode. In this mode this car flies pretty good. Again don't be afraid to push it. I think like me a lot of people think they have to back off on the pedal a lot to baby the car to get best fuel economy. I just started to drive it bit more aggressively with smooth engagement of accelerator pedal and the Ioniq behaves more like a real car. The engine gets quite loud when in sport mode but I tell you it's pretty responsive. Nice to have the this option in a car that I'm currently getting approx. 180MPG+ when I plug it in everyday with my 30mile commute. The regenerative paddle shifters are also great. It makes you pay attention to driving and if done right I always get at least 5-6 extra EV miles with my commute. Of course that is dependant on hold and stuff. The only real drawbacks I see is the engine is loud in HEV and It's also needed to heat the cabin in winter. There is no heat pump in the Ioniq like the Prius prime so interior heat is supplied by the ICE. At first when you ask for heat from climate control unit and it's cold out the engine will start and run almost full out and you will hear it and wonder what's going on. The car can still be in EV for driving if the battery permits but the engine will run until internal temp is enough to provide heat then it will shut off while still heating the cab. It will depend on the outside temp but will eventually turn off. Then you will have a nice tranquil sounding EV ride again. The good thing is while the ICE is heating up it also recharges the battery. It is not being used to propel the car unless needed. If its not that cold heated seats and steering wheel will do the trick. A/C runs off the battery so in summer your engine only starts when the car goes to HEV when battery is depleted for EV or if sport mode is engaged. I test drove the Prius Prime and ioniq for an extended over night drive and the Ioniq was a nicer normal car experience inside and out for me. Not to mention the infotainment system and sound is lightyears away from the one in the top trim Prime. It was the deal breaker for me among other things. The Prius Prime was nice but a little to radical for me and my middle age. The Ioniq is just enough of a green statement for me without looking too futuristic... especially on the inside.

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