2018 Hyundai Ioniq Blue Hybrid: Sips Fuel While Looking Good

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 10:43 PM

2017 IONIQ HEVWith quicker acceleration and a lower price point, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Blue Hybrid is giving the market-leading Toyota Prius a run for its money. The Ioniq is now the most fuel-sipping hybrid on the market with an estimated 57/city, 59/highway, and 58/combined mpg.

Also of note is the Ioniq’s traditional styling which is a departure from some of the space-aged styling of other hybrids. But despite its traditional look there are plenty of gadgets and googahs to please even the most advanced techie, notably standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Ioniqu hybrid comes in three trim levels: Blue, SEL, and Limited. This review will focus on the Blue trim level.

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 are all standard on the Blue trim.

2017 IONIQ HEVA 1.6-liter four banger gas engine powers the Ioniq along with an electric motor equipped with a lithium-ion battery pack. Together the engines produce 139 horses. A six-speed, dual clutch automatic transmission makes the whole thing work together. Expect to get 57/city, 59/highway, and 58/combined mpg. This is the best of the three Ioniq trims.

Functional and easy to use, the interior of the Ioniq is pretty plain-Jane with lots of plastic and cloth surfaces. Front seat passengers benefit from plenty of head and legroom. Rear passengers, however, may feel a bit cramped. With 26.5 cubic feet of cargo space and more with the 60/40 split seats, you’ll have plenty of room to haul everyday items like groceries and sports equipment.

Make no mistake, the Ioniq is no sports car. It is built for gas mileage and a smaller carbon footprint. Having said that drivers will find the Ioniq sluggish when in default mode. Move to sports and the drive is a bit livelier, more energetic but you’ll pay for it in fuel efficiency. The regenerative breaking blends well with the friction breaking in everyday situations.

Want a hybrid without the Jetson looks? Give the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue a test drive.