Hyundai Ioniq

#12 in Compact Cars Overall Score: 8.4 / 10
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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Overview

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq ranks 12 out of 24 Compact Cars.

The all-new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq – available as a hybrid, an electric vehicle, and soon as a plug-in hybrid – offers an attractive base price, strong driving performance, stellar fuel economy, and an upscale interior.  

SEATING


5

MPG


55-57

  CITY


54-59

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD

HP


118-139
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Pros & Cons

  • Class-leading fuel economy estimates in hybrid models
  • Agile handling and comfortable ride
  • Straightforward infotainment system
  • Zippy acceleration
  • Low predicted reliability rating

Notable for 2017

 

  • All-new model

 

Hyundai Ioniq Rankings and Research

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq ranking is based on its score within the Compact Cars category. Currently the Hyundai Ioniq has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 9 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.2
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 3_0

Rankings

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Review

By Courtney Jones June 30, 2017

The all-new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq – available as a hybrid, an electric vehicle, and soon as a plug-in hybrid – offers an attractive base price, strong driving performance, stellar fuel economy, and an upscale interior.  

Is the Hyundai Ioniq a Good Car?

All Ioniq models manage corners well and have a cushioned suspension. The hybrid and hybrid plug-in models offer excellent fuel economy. Their electric motor and four-cylinder engine make a good amount of power and produce zippy acceleration. Putting either in Sport mode provides firmer handling and quicker acceleration. The Ioniq Electric, however, isn’t as appealing. Its acceleration is slower than some all-electric rivals, and its short driving range can induce range anxiety.

Inside, the Ioniq has mostly first-rate materials. Its dashboard is attractive, and the simple buttons and knobs are logically arranged. There is good space for most adults in the front and rear, but the seats could use better thigh support and better materials. The Ioniq's touch-screen infotainment system offers a wealth of information and is easy to operate. It also features easy smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

One concern across all three models is the Ioniq’s low predicted reliability score. On the other hand, Hyundai backs them with one of the class' longest warranties. All three models are good, but the Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are the best of the three.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Ioniq?

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq ($22,200) is the new kid on the hybrid block and takes aim squarely at the Toyota Prius ($24,685), beating it in most areas. The Ioniq Hybrid is less expensive than the Prius, gets better fuel economy, has a stronger powertrain, produces quicker acceleration, and has more-engaging driving dynamics. While the Prius comes with more standard safety technology, the Ioniq has more high-tech infotainment features and an upscale interior.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric ($29,500), on the other hand, lags behind all-electric rivals like the Chevrolet Bolt ($36,620). The Bolt costs about $7,000 more than the Ioniq Electric, but it provides a more composed driving experience, accelerates quicker, and has an electric range that beats the Ioniq’s by 114 miles.

The Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid (pricing not yet available) should be on your short list. The Ioniq Electric is worth a look, but shop around before buying.

Compare the Ioniq, Prius, and Bolt »

We Did the Research for You: 9 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We analyzed 9 different pieces of research and data from around the automotive industry to help you decide if the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is right for you. We base our reviews on data that includes crash test and reliability ratings, EPA estimates, and opinions from professional automotive journalists. The Hyundai Ioniq is an all-new model for 2017.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our team of writers and analysts has a combined 75 years of experience in the auto industry, and our vehicle rankings have been helping consumers make buying decisions for nearly a decade. Additionally, you can trust that our analysis is impartial, as a third party handles our site's advertising, and we never accept expensive gifts or trips from automotive companies.  

How Much Does the Hyundai Ioniq Cost?

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid starts at $22,200 and is less expensive than other hybrids in the compact car class. The Hyundai Ioniq Electric starts at $29,500, which is about a $1,000 less than the all-electric Nissan Leaf and about $7,000 less than the Chevrolet Bolt. Pricing for the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is not currently available.

The Hyundai Ioniq comes with a good amount of features for the class, including a rearview camera and push-button start. It also has standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The Hyundai Ioniq SEL ($23,950) adds active safety features like blind spot detection and offers available automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, and lane departure warning as part of a $1,000 package. The Hyundai Ioniq Limited ($27,500) comes with comfort features like heated leather seats, and it's available with navigation, wireless charging, and a premium stereo.

For more detailed information on pricing and features, see “Which Hyundai Ioniq Is Right for Me?” below.

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Hyundai Ioniq Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Hyundai Ioniq or Toyota Prius?

The Toyota Prius starts at $24,685, and its high fuel-economy numbers and excellent reliability make it a popular choice in this segment. However, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid gives the Prius a run for its money. For one, the Ioniq Hybrid’s starting price is about $2,300 less than the Prius'. The Ioniq's powertrain is also more powerful and earns better fuel economy estimates. Additionally, while the Prius suffers from dull handling and an unrefined powertrain, as do many hybrids, the Ioniq offers steady power and relatively agile handling.

The Ioniq also comes standard with a more robust infotainment system and a larger touch screen than the Prius does. A comparably sized screen in the Prius will add $2,050 to its base price. However, the Prius comes with many more safety features than the Ioniq, including forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control. These features are either pricey options or not available in the Ioniq. Finally, the Ioniq has a longer warranty. However, the Prius has an excellent predicted reliability rating, while the Ioniq's is below average. Both cars are good, but don’t buy one without considering the other.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Ioniq or Chevrolet Bolt?

The Chevrolet Bolt ($36,620) is an all-electric compact car notable for its 238-mile range. The Ioniq Electric can travel 124 miles on a charge. The Bolt feels more agile and well-controlled in corners, and its acceleration is stronger. Inside, the Bolt’s 10.2-inch touch screen is more than 3 inches larger than the Ioniq’s. Both the Bolt and Ioniq offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Bolt's interior feels roomier than the Ioniq's, offering tall occupants plenty of legroom, even in the back seats. It also has a higher reliability rating than the Ioniq. You will pay about $7,000 more for the Bolt, but you’ll get a lot more for your money.

Compare the Ioniq, Prius, and Bolt »

Ioniq Interior

How Many People Does the Ioniq Seat?

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq seats five. It comes standard with cloth upholstery and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power driver's seat with lumbar support and memory settings are available. The Ioniq's front seats are adjustable, and there is plenty of space for average-size adults. However, those with long limbs may feel shorted on head- and legroom in the back seats. Additionally, the seating fabric is mediocre, and the seat bottoms could use more thigh support.

For back seats that are friendly to tall occupants, consider the Chevrolet Bolt. Its back seats can easily accommodate occupants who are 6 feet and taller.

Ioniq Interior Quality

The Hyundai Ioniq's cabin features eco-friendly materials, including lightweight recycled plastics, that look and feel top-notch. Though the Ioniq Hybrid is one of the least expensive cars in Hyundai's line up, its interior, aside from the mediocre seating surfaces, would look at home in a pricier model.

Ioniq Cargo Space

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid has 26.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, while the plug-in hybrid and electric models have 23.8 cubic feet of space. No matter which model you choose, you will have more storage space than most compact cars offer. The car's low roofline, however, means you can’t easily fit bulky items.

The Toyota Prius has either 24.6 or 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space, depending on the model. The Chevrolet Bolt has much less space behind its rear seats: 16.9 cubic feet.   

Ioniq Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Ioniq's straightforward infotainment menus make it easy to find the functions you’re looking for. Moreover, it’s simple to connect your smartphone to the car's 7-inch infotainment screen using the standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto features. They allow you to access popular smartphone features, including maps, text messages, and music, via the touch screen. The infotainment system also displays energy usage numbers and locations of nearby charging stations.

The Toyota Prius comes with a 6.1-inch touch screen that doesn’t offer much function outside of audio settings. You can upgrade to a 7-inch screen that features internet apps, sharp graphics, and straightforward menus. The Prius, however, is not available with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The Chevy Bolt's user-friendly standard infotainment display is a large 10.2-inch touch screen that also supports standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Ioniq Performance

Ioniq Engine: Smooth Operator

The all-new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid have a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together generate 139 horsepower. The Ioniq uses a smooth, quick six-speed dual-clutch transmission. This setup produces strong acceleration for a hybrid, though it can be slow from a stop. The Ioniq feels faster than the Toyota Prius, which makes 121 horsepower with its electric motor and four-cylinder engine. Additionally, the Ioniq's powertrain is quiet and refined, which is uncommon praise for a hybrid.

The Ioniq Electric has a 118-horsepower electric motor mated to a single-speed reduction-gear transmission. This motor isn’t as strong as those of all-electric rivals like the Chevrolet Bolt, which has 200 horsepower.

Ioniq Gas Mileage: Class Leader

The Ioniq Hybrid gets 55 mpg in the city and 54 mpg on the highway. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid gets 57 mpg in the city and 59 mpg on the highway. The Toyota Prius' estimates aren’t as good, at 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric goes 114 miles on a single charge. The all-electric Chevrolet Bolt has a 238-mile range.

Ioniq Ride and Handling: Sporty and Smooth

The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is agile around corners – more so than its rival the Toyota Prius. In hybrid and plug-in hybrid Ioniq models, a drive mode selector is standard, allowing you to choose between Eco and Sport driving modes. Sport mode is the most enjoyable, making the Ioniq move faster and adding much needed steering weight. Eco mode prioritizes fuel economy. However, be mindful that driving in Sport mode takes a toll on gas mileage. The Ioniq's ride is smooth and comfortable over most road surfaces, due in part to its rear suspension.

The Ioniq Electric has a different suspension from its hybrid and plug-in hybrid counterparts. It also lacks Sport mode. Still, it's a comfortable daily driver. 

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Ioniq Reliability

Is the Hyundai Ioniq Reliable?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq a predicted reliability score of three out of five. The Chevrolet Bolt gets a 3.5, which is above average, while the Toyota Prius earns an even better score of four.

Hyundai Ioniq Warranty

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq has a five-year/60,000-mile warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The hybrid battery pack has a lifetime warranty. The Toyota Prius gets a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Prius’ hybrid-related components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles. The Chevy Bolt has a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, while its battery pack, electric motor, and many associated drive components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

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Ioniq Safety

Ioniq Crash Test Results

The Hyundai Ioniq hasn’t received crash test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ioniq Safety Features

The Hyundai Ioniq's only standard advanced safety feature is its rearview camera. That's not unusual for the class. Available safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, which automatically applies the brakes to prevent a collision with a car or person. Blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, and adaptive cruise control are also available.

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Which Hyundai Ioniq Model Is Right for Me?

The all-new Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid at $22,200. It comes in three trims: Ioniq (base), SEL, and Limited. Packages and options aren’t available for the base trim, so if you want to add things like advanced safety features, look to the Ioniq SEL trim, which adds standard blind spot detection. The SEL trim is also available with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning for an additional $1,000.

The Ioniq Electric comes in two trim: the base Electric and the Limited. There are no options available for the base, but the Limited trim has a $3,500 Ultimate package that includes a sunroof, Smart Cruise Control, a navigation system, and an upgraded stereo.

Prices and trims for the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid will be released later in 2017.

Hyundai Ioniq

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid base trim ($22,200) comes with a rearview camera, a proximity key with push-button start, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a 7-inch touch-screen display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, HD Radio, and Bluetooth. No packages or options are available.

The Electric ($29,500) has the same features except it has a single-zone automatic temperature control.

Hyundai Ioniq SEL

The Hyundai Ioniq SEL starts at $23,950 and adds blind spot detection, a power driver's seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A $1,000 tech package adds automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, and lane departure warning. 

Hyundai Ioniq Limited

The hybrid model Hyundai Ioniq Limited starts at $27,500 and adds a sunroof, leather upholstery, and a Blue Link telematics system. For $3,000, you can add automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, navigation, wireless charging, an eight-speaker Infinity stereo, and driver's seat memory settings.

The all-electric Limited starts at $32,500 and adds blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, leather seats, a power driver’s seat, and LED headlights.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is an affordable vehicle whose Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models deliver solid performance and a quality interior. They have powerful and smooth powertrains, which is high praise for a hybrid. They're not, however, quick from a stop. The Ioniq feels agile and has a smooth suspension. When driven in Sport mode, its driving dynamics are sharper, making the ride much more engaging. The Electric model, however, has more sluggish acceleration and duller driving dynamics. Its 114-mile range is good, but the Chevy Bolt’s is more than twice as long.

Made with top-notch, eco-friendly materials, the Ioniq's cabin feels upscale. Its seats are comfortable and roomy for most, and its interior technology is easy to operate. Trunk space is great for the class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Our first impressions of the Ioniq are very favorable. This is an attractive hybrid car that promises to deliver very strong fuel economy at a low price. We think it will do well -- or at the very least, better than the Insight." -- Autotrader
  • "With a reasonable base price and a laundry list of standard and available features, the sporty-ish Ioniq feels like a premium compact car. More fuel-efficient than the Prius (Ioniq Hybrid) and the most fuel-efficient electric car in America (Ioniq Electric), the Ioniq line costs less at the dealership and at the gas station." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Ioniq Electric gets a lot right, and its formula could help encourage many holdouts to ditch their tailpipes. This car is easy on the pocketbook and the eyes, offers an industry-beating level of efficiency, and is somehow also a pleasure to drive. Let's hope Hyundai gets comfortable with being an EV brand soon. At least for now, the Ioniq Electric's greatest handicap might just be in Hyundai's cautious rollout." -- Autoblog
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