Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Compact Cars category. Currently the Hyundai Ioniq has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 8.4
Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Review

Available in three fuel-efficient trims, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq has excellent safety scores and a quality cabin. Some rivals earn a higher predicted reliability rating, keeping the Ioniq in the middle of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy and MPGe ratings
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Above-average safety score
  • Disconnected handling and ride quality
  • Limited back-seat space

Is the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq a Good Used Car?

The Ioniq is a good used compact car that deserves a look whether you are set on a hybrid or not. In regular hybrid form, its fuel economy is among the best in the industry. You can also find eco-friendly Ioniq models, including plug-in-hybrid and all-electric variants. A nice interior with user-friendly features make this Hyundai's cabin a pleasant place to be.

The 2018 Ioniq has lots of strengths:

  • Great fuel economy
  • Swift acceleration
  • Upscale cabin design and high-grade materials
  • Straightforward infotainment operation
  • Appealing standard features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Solid predicted reliability rating

It also has some weaknesses:

  • So-so back-seat space
  • Floaty handling at high speed
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 21 Hyundai Ioniq reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq?

Based on listings for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq on our site, the average list price is $23,300. Prices range from $19,000 to $28,700 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Cost to Own?

We don't currently have any data on the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq’s five-year costs, which would include gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Ioniq?

For the 2019 model year, Hyundai introduced automatic high beams and driver attention monitoring as optional features in the Ioniq. If you can live without those active safety features, consider a used model instead of a 2019 Ioniq. A new model likely costs thousands of dollars less. Prices for a used 2018 model range from around $19,000 to almost $29,000, while the 2019 model starts at $22,400 and goes up to roughly $37,000.

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The Ioniq was an all-new car for the 2017 model year, and the plug-in-hybrid version debuted for 2018. There are few notable differences between a 2017 Ioniq Hybrid and Electric, so consider shopping for a 2017 model, which likely costs less.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq?

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid and none for the Ioniq Electric:

  • An electrical relay issue under the rear seat can increase the risk of fire

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Hyundai Ioniq Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq comes in gasoline-hybrid, plug-in-hybrid, and all-electric versions. Choosing what's under the hood will be a matter of preference, depending on your driving habits, ability to charge, and prices you find for the car in relation to potential savings on fuel.

The 2018 Ioniq comes in three trims: base (Blue for the standard hybrid), SEL, and Limited. The base version comes with a solid number of standard features, but those seeking the most luxury will want to take a look at Limited trim models. These add leather seating and have more available driver assistance features.

  • Hyundai Ioniq: The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq comes standard with cloth upholstery, proximity key entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, and HD Radio. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid features standard heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and heated outside mirrors. The standard Ioniq Electric has a 7-inch digital instrument cluster.
  • Hyundai Ioniq SEL: The Ioniq Hybrid SEL adds paddle shifters, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, heated outside mirrors, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an additional USB port. Available features in the SEL include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.
  • Hyundai Ioniq Limited: The Ioniq Hybrid Limited comes with genuine leather upholstery, a sunroof, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The plug-in Limited model features a power-adjustable driver's seat and rear cross traffic alert. Available features in both Limited models include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive headlights, rear parking sensors, driver's seat memory settings, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, an eight-speaker Infinity premium stereo, and wireless device charging. The Ioniq Electric Limited comes with nearly every available feature Hyundai offers in the Ioniq.

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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’s 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 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Hyundai's CPO program is fairly robust among nonluxury brands for the coverage and benefits it provides.

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How Safe Is the Ioniq?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid a Top Safety Pick. These models both received the highest rating of Good in all six individual crash tests. Properly equipped models have the best rating of Superior for the effectiveness of front crash prevention features. Models with the optional HID headlights received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead. The Ioniq Plug-in received the worst rating of Poor for its headlight performance.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • adaptive headlights
  • rear parking sensors

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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq or 2018 Toyota Prius?

The 2018 Toyota Prius is probably the most famous hybrid on the planet. For a while, the Prius was the benchmark for models like the Ioniq. Now, the Ioniq squeaks out better gas mileage, on average. If you're looking at the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, you'll want to compare it with the plug-in Toyota Prius Prime, which gets slightly better efficiency ratings. The Prius has a more accommodating interior, with a little more cargo space and rear-seat room than the Ioniq. A bevy of active safety features are standard in the Toyota, and you can find models with cool available features like a brilliant 11.6-inch touch screen. These are both great hybrids that excel in fuel economy, so choosing one comes down to price and which one you like better.

Which Is Better: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq or 2018 Nissan Leaf?

The 2018 Nissan Leaf is an all-electric car that goes up against the Ioniq Electric. Fully redesigned, the Leaf touts a 151-mile range, compared to the 124 miles that you get in the Ioniq Electric. The average price for the Leaf is several thousand dollars higher than that of the Ioniq, so you'll have to decide if the extra driving capability is worth it. The Leaf also has some low-end cabin materials and lacks standard features like a touch-screen system. For everyday comfort and convenience, the Ioniq is likely a better bet.

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2018 Ioniq Performance

How Does the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Drive?

Powertrain options for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq include hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric. All three feel smooth and zippy, though you don't get quite the same off-the-line punch in the Ioniq Electric as you do in some other electric vehicles. The Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid deliver a little more oomph, especially when you change the drive setting mode from Eco to Sport.

Hyundai gives you three settings for the regenerative braking system, so you can adjust how sharply the Ioniq slows when you release the throttle. On rough pavement, the Ioniq tends to bounce around, and it exhibits generally ponderous handling with little feedback from the road. You may need to make frequent adjustments to stay in your lane on the highway.

  • Base powertrain: 139-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder and electric motor (hybrid)
  • Available powertrain:
    • 139-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder and electric motor (plug-in hybrid)
    • 118-horsepower electric motor (electric)
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed dual-clutch automatic
Does the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Get Good Gas Mileage?

Throughout its lineup, the Ioniq is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles you can buy. Expect to spend around $700 or $750 annually for fuel with the regular hybrid version and as little as $500 per year to juice up the all-electric Ioniq.

  • Hybrid Blue: 57/59 mpg city/highway
  • Hybrid: 55/54 mpg
  • Plug-in Hybrid: 119 MPGe combined city/highway
  • Electric: 136 MPGe

To understand more about how the plug-in and electric models stack up against gas-only cars, check out What is MPGe?

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Alternative Fuels and Charging

The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid has an all-electric range of 29 miles, and the Ioniq Electric has a range of 124 miles. The charging time depends on the method used:

  • Plug-in hybrid, 220-volt charging station: 2 hours and 18 minutes
  • Electric, 220-volt charging station: 4 hours and 25 minutes
  • Electric, Level 3 DC fast-charging: 23 minutes for 80% capacity

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2018 Ioniq Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Ioniq Seat?

The 2018 Ioniq seats five people in two rows. The back seat can feel a little cramped, especially for taller riders. There is also a bar that awkwardly splits the rear hatch window into two pieces, hampering rearward visibility.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable driver's seat
  • driver's seat memory setting
  • heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq?

The 2018 Ioniq has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. You may find that the lower anchors are set too deeply in the seat cushions, but that's about the only hiccup.

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Features

It doesn't take long to become a pro at using Hyundai's infotainment system. The interface is easy to navigate, with a nice array of redundant buttons and knobs for when you don't want to use the touch screen.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, and HD Radio                                    
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, an eight-speaker Infinity premium stereo, wireless device charging, and an additional USB port
  • Additional standard features: proximity key entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, a sunroof, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror

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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Dimensions

Hyundai Ioniq Cargo Space

The standard Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid has 26.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Plug-in-hybrid and electric models have 23 cubic feet. Those volumes are excellent for a compact car and a hybrid.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 8 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,996 to 3,417 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 3,935 pounds to 4,343 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Built?

Hyundai built the Ioniq in South Korea.

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