2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid: Adding Miles With a Plug

Published: Friday, June 8, 2018 | 12:10 AM

2017 IONIQ Plug-In HybridNew for 2018, the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid is adding mileage with a simple push of the plug. Hyundai’s new plug-in hybrid adds up to an extra 29 miles of driving on a fully-charged battery. I’m of the opinion that our infrastructure for 100% electric cars is still not there. The Ioniq Plug-In fills an intermediary need for those who want to lessen their carbon foot print while still being able to travel for longer distances.

A compact four-door hatch with seating for five, the Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid comes in two trims: the standard Plug-In Hybrid and the Limited. This review will focus on the standard trim.

Standard feature highlights include 16-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-button starting, heated front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, USB port and satellite radio.

2017 IONIQ Plug-In HybridA 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine combines with a 8.9 kWh battery to produce 139 horses. It’s not speedy or zippy but it’s functional and it goes. The engine performs well in start-stop conditions and won’t let you down getting on the freeway. Where it shines is in it’s mileage estimates: 91 with the electric engine charged and 52 running on gasoline only.

The interior of the Ioniq Plug-In is functional. The controls are easy to access and use, with a bright touchscreen that makes it a snap to read. The seating in front in comfortable with plenty of head and legroom for both passenger. Backseat passengers are not so lucky, it can be cramped back there for taller passengers.

Cargo space is not bad considering there is quite a battery stored back there. You can fit 23 cubic feet of stuff and the back seat has a 60/40 split to accommodate longer items.

Driving the Ioniq is not a thrill a minute but that’s not what you buy a plug-in hybrid for. It accelerates slowly but smoothly, corners well at slower speeds and rides the roads with a bit of a bump. There is a sport mode option which improves the ride substantially but then you loose your fuel economy edge.

Want to leave a smaller carbon footprint? Give the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug In a test drive.