The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq returns this yr as an affordable different for inexperienced automotive buyers on a funds.
Its lineup has absolutely matured now; the Ioniq is on the market as an inexpensive hybrid, a barely costlier plug-in hybrid, or a completely electrical mannequin accessible in restricted areas. We are saying: inexperienced, greener, or greenest—no unhealthy choose.
Essentially the most notable change for the Ioniq this yr is the addition of normal computerized emergency braking on the Hybrid SEL, the bread-and-butter trim degree that seemingly begins at simply greater than $25,000 (Hyundai hasn’t but introduced pricing for the 2019 fashions). The SEL trim degree consists of heated entrance seats, 16-inch wheels, power-adjustable driver’s seat, and LED daytime lights.
Worth-minded patrons can discover practically as many options for much less cash, nevertheless. Seemingly beginning round $23,000, the bottom 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Blue is supplied with a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility, fabric upholstery, a 6-speed computerized transmission, 1.56-kwh lithium-ion battery, and 15-inch wheels. The bottom Ioniq Blue has the excellence of being essentially the most fuel-efficient automotive and not using a plug on sale within the U.S. with a 58 mpg mixed score. Different Ioniq Hybrids are rated at 55 mpg mixed on account of added weight and completely different tires.
On the high of the pile is the Ioniq Restricted that swaps in leather-based upholstery, a sunroof, 17-inch wheels, and Hyundai’s telematics system for greater than $28,000 to begin.
2019 Hyundai Ioniq
A spend-up package deal is on the market for SEL and Restricted fashions that upgrades the touchscreen to an 8.0-inch unit with navigation, provides premium audio, wi-fi cellphone charging, and superior voice recognition.
Plug-in hybrid and all-electric fashions can be found in base and Restricted trim ranges. Plug-in hybrids seemingly will price practically $26,000 and electrical fashions ring the bell at simply over $30,000 earlier than relevant federal and state incentives are factored in.
The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid swaps out the hybrid’s 1.56-kwh battery for a bigger 8.9-kwh battery system that delivers an EPA-rated 29 miles of electrical vary earlier than the 1.6-liter inline-4 inner combustion engine kicks in. It is rated at 52 mpg mixed as a hybrid.
The Ioniq Electrical is restricted in availability—and in different methods. The electrical Ioniq solely affords 124 miles of vary, considerably lower than the Bolt EV and the upcoming 2019 Nissan Leaf with an even bigger battery. The Ioniq Electrical is simply accessible in Southern California too, and a confusing charging reimbursement program was dropped for 2018. That won’t matter to seasoned EV homeowners who’re accustomed to off-peak charging or who’re aware of current charging infrastructure, however the Ioniq Electrical is hardly interesting to first-time EV patrons with its restricted vary and availability.
2019 Hyundai Ioniq
In any powertrain configuration, the Ioniq’s greatest trait could also be its means to mix in seamlessly to on a regular basis operation. There are not any “take a look at me” styling cues to present away the Ioniq’s environment friendly powertrain, and it is dangerously near being utterly regular.
That additionally figures into the Ioniq Hybrid’s usability. The cargo maintain continues to be 23.5 cubic toes (marginally smaller than a Prius) however its extensive opening makes most of that house usable. The Ioniq’s touchscreen and infotainment continues to be considered one of our faves, made higher with smartphone compatibility that new patrons may want.
We nonetheless assume essentially the most likeable a part of the Ioniq Hybrid is its low value and three accessible powertrain configurations that’s, to this point, unmatched by any of its opponents.