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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Review

The 2017 Hyundai finishes near the top of our hybrid and electric car rankings. It gets otherworldly fuel economy ratings, and it also has agile handling, an excellent safety score, and below-average operating costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Agile handling and comfortable ride
  • Straightforward infotainment system
  • Large cargo bay
  • Timid acceleration from the Ioniq Electric
  • Front seats could use more thigh support




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Overview

Is the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2017 Ioniq is a good used car. In its inaugural year, the 2017 Ioniq was available as a hybrid or electric vehicle (EV), though the EV model was only sold in California. With either powertrain, you're getting a great car that earns terrific fuel economy ratings even by hybrid standards, and the EV model can travel 124 miles on a full charge.

With the standard drive selector, you can put the Ioniq in sport mode and get strong acceleration and firm handling, which is uncommon in a hybrid. The Ioniq also has plenty of cargo space and an infotainment system that easily integrates with your smartphone and can also find nearby charging stations.

The Ioniq has just a couple of downsides, including tepid acceleration in the electric version and front seats that lack adequate thigh support. Still, this fuel-efficient car is definitely worth a test drive.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 15 professional evaluations for this 2017 Hyundai Ioniq review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq?

At this time, we do not have pricing data for the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq.

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How Much Does the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq are estimated to be $18,076. That’s well below average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Ioniq?

For 2018, the Ioniq is available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time. This new model offers a 29-mile range that’s perfect for those with a short commute. That said, the used model would likely save you much more money.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Ioniq Is Best?

Hyundai introduced the Ioniq as an all-new model in 2017. The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq is the first to offer a plug-in hybrid model. Go for the 2017 model if that doesn’t interest you, and you’ll save money.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq?

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq has one recall. The car’s coolant may come in contact with the electric power control unit, which could cause the car to stall. Be sure a Hyundai dealer has taken care of this recall repair before you buy an Ioniq.

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Which Used Hyundai Ioniq Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Ioniq Hybrid comes in three trim levels: Blue, SEL, and Limited. Standard features include proximity key with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, HD Radio, and Bluetooth.

The SEL adds a power driver's seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The top-of-the-line Limited has a sunroof, leather upholstery, and a Blue Link telematics system.

With features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, there’s little reason to upgrade to the Limited trim. The SEL is the best choice.

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What Does Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Hyundai offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as the remainder of the five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 173-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and rental car reimbursement may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

Hyundai has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. Only Kia, Buick, and Mitsubishi have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Ioniq?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Ioniq a Top Safety Pick+, the organizations most prestigious honor. The Ioniq also received the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests.

A rearview camera is the Hyundai Ioniq's only standard active safety. Available upgrades include blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid or 2017 Toyota Prius?

The 2017 Toyota Prius is a hybrid with excellent fuel economy, and it's neck-and-neck with the Ioniq in our hybrid and electric car rankings. The base Ioniq matches the Prius’ city fuel economy, but it gets 4 more mpg on the highway than the Toyota. The Ioniq also has livelier powertrains, steadier power delivery, and nimbler handling. Inside, the Hyundai boasts a better infotainment system and a larger touch screen. However, the Prius has many standard safety features that are not included in every Ioniq.

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq (electric) or 2017 Chevrolet Bolt?

The 2017 Chevy Bolt finishes a smidge behind the Ioniq in the class, but these are both great automobiles. The Bolt is an all-electric vehicle that can go 238 miles on a full charge, whereas the Ioniq electric model has only a 124-mile range. The Bolt also handles corners with more composure than the Hyundai. Inside, the Chevy has a larger touch screen (10.2 inches versus 7 inches in the Ioniq) and slightly more rear-seat legroom. Neither vehicle will win any accolades for its interior materials, though. The Bolt's greater range makes it a better choice if you're looking for an electric vehicle, but the Ioniq is the one to pick if you'd rather buy a hybrid.

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2017 Ioniq Performance

How Does the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Drive?

Just because a car is a hybrid doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. The 2017 Ioniq shows agility through curves, especially when the standard sport mode is engaged. The hybrid’s multi-link rear suspension helps make the ride smooth and comfortable. The electric version has a different rear suspension, but it still has a pleasant enough ride for daily driving needs.

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that produce a combined 139 horsepower. The Ioniq uses a refined six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Ioniq Electric has a 118-horsepower electric motor mated to a single-speed reduction-gear transmission.

Does the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Ioniq Hybrid has excellent fuel economy: 57 mpg in the city and 59 mpg on the highway. Other Ioniq Hybrids have ratings of 55/54 mpg city/highway.

With the Ioniq Electric, expect 150 MPGe in the city and 122 MPGe on the highway (for more information, check out What Is MPGe?). The electric version allows you to drive 124 miles on a single charge. The battery can be recharged in just 23 minutes at a fast-charging station. At home, it takes about 4.5 hours with a 220-volt plug.

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2017 Ioniq Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Ioniq Seat?

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver's seat with lumbar support and memory settings, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available. The front seats are comfortable enough for adults, but some may wish for more thigh support. Also, head- and legroom is tight in the rear seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq?

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the Ioniq’s rear outboard seats, as well as a top tether anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Ioniq’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Features

The Ioniq’s standard infotainment system comes with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, HD Radio, and Bluetooth. The system also displays energy usage numbers and locations of nearby charging stations. Proximity key, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic temperature control are also standard. The Ioniq Electric has the same features except for single-zone climate control. Available upgrades include Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, navigation, wireless device charging, an eight-speaker Infinity stereo, and heated side mirrors.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq Dimensions

Hyundai Ioniq Cargo Space

There is 26.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the Ioniq Hybrid’s rear seats. The electric model has 23.8 cubic feet of space. Both numbers are great for the compact car class.

2017 Ioniq Length and Weight

The 2017 Ioniq is 14.7 feet long. The hybrid model’s curb weight ranges from 2,996 pounds to 3,172 pounds. The Ioniq Electric’s curb weight goes from 3,164 pounds to 3,285 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Built?

Hyundai manufactured the Ioniq in South Korea.

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