While most manufacturers offer some of their models in one or two different version, Hyundai thinks the winning combination lies in offering one model in all three. Ioniq is that model. But not all of the versions are available right off the shelf. First only hybrid is available. After that in spring comes electric version, followed up with a plug-in hybrid in winter. So, completely new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. This Prius battling hatchback has some tricks up its sleeve and one of them is certainly design.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – Design
The truth is it looks better than Prius. On the front, it has recognizable Hyundai’s trapezoidal grille with vertical chrome lines. Headlights nicely blend in the upper part of the grille. However, LED’s aren’t available. LED’s only come available for daytime running lights and rear lights. The whole design is done in a way to reduce drag as much as possible with flat body sides and sloping roof line. When viewed from the side, we get the best picture of minimizing the air drag coefficient with coupe-like styling. Hyundai even managed to camouflage the high-tail shape. It’s not about the lines, Ioniq also has several passive and active aerodynamic features. And those include active grille shutters, wheel air curtains, and rear spoiler. Air drag is astonishingly low, Ioniq has 0.24 coefficient drag. While speaking of wheels, 15-inch wheels are standard, but 17-inch are also available.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – Interior
The interior is simple and pleasant. It’s also eco-conscious. We never would guess that soft-touch door panels consist of 25% sugar cane. While recycled plastic is combined with powdered wood and volcanic stone to reduce the weight of some interior plastics by 20%. That’s all nice, but people also need comfort. Leather seating surfaces don’t come standard so as the other leather features, like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Heated seats are also not standard. But there are other features which come with a base price which will surely make driving 2017 Hyundai Ioniq more pleasant.
Behind the multifunctional steering wheel, there is 4.2-inch LCD instrument cluster. A 7-inch touchscreen mounted in the center console comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. There is also dual climate control. But buyers can also have 7-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster and 8-inch touchscreen navigation system. Upper trims also come with Infinity audio system and wireless device charging. To fulfill the enjoyment there is power tilt sunroof. Hyundai prepared three different trims to answer various needs of potential buyers. The entry level Blue trim, mid-range SEL, and top offer Limited.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – Powertrain
There is only one powertrain under the hood. Hybrid consists of a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motor. Gasoline engine produces 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque. And electric motor has 32 kilowatts and its output is 43 horsepower. In combination maximum power is 139 horsepower. Under the rear seat, there is a 1.56-kW lith-ion battery which sole purpose is to recapture otherwise wasted energy. FWD is the only option through the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Another trick in Ioniq’s sleeve is fuel economy. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid has EPA estimates of 58 mpg combined. And that’s even better that 56 mpg we get in Prius.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – Safety
There are enough safety features in 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. But the only standard ones are seven airbags and a rearview camera. But for a little extra buck, the driver could also get automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. There is also adaptive cruise control with lane departure warning. Once IIHS rates the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq, we’ll have a better understanding just how safe this hatchback is.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – Price
And probably the best trick in the sleeve is pricing. 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue starts at $23.035. That’s $2.500 cheaper than Prius. But Ioniq’s price will go higher with a selection of SEL $23.950 and Limited $27.500. This addition to Hyundai lineup will seriously pose a threat to Toyota Prius.