Hyundai aims at building 22 ‘green’ cars on sale by 2020. The car models include 12 hybrids, 6 plug-in hybrids, 2 fuel cell cars and 2 pure electric cars. The manufacturers aim to build a simple Ioniq that is simpler than its main competitors Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.
Hyundai is trying to invoke a degree of pleasure while driving and make the car as refined as possible. From the front, the car is relatively good looking and we commend Hyundai for not trying to make the car look too outlandish like some hybrids or electric cars can do. Apart from the blue strips that adorn the car's bumpers, you’d assume it was just another ICE vehicle.
Ioniq Hybrid feels so acutely aware of its position in the market, to deliver no frills or dramas but just simple, reliable and comfortable driving. It boasts a really handsome set of equipment, solid fuel economy and low running costs making it a fairly straightforward proposition.
Inside the car, the design is also pretty solid and has a lot of nice soft-touch materials on the dash and around the interior, but there is nothing too outlandish here. Visibility can be a problem at times due to the unusual rear window design which is split in half by a bulky bar that reducing rear visibility. What’s more is that there is no rear windscreen wiper which means that if the rear window gets dirty or is battered by rain then visibility can be drastically reduced.
The Ioniq hybrid’s set-up consists of a 77kW/147Nm 1.6-liter direct injection engine running on the lean burning Atkinson cycle, with a 32kW/170Nm electric motor placed between it and the six-speed twin-clutch auto.
The motor draws juice from a 1.56kW/h lithium-ion polymer battery (which has a 10-year warranty) living under the back seat. Hyundai rates the total system output at 104kW and 265Nm and says the official fuel test result is 3.9L/100km. It’s rated to comply with Euro6 emissions standards too.
The battery is recharged on the move by the engine or when coasting or braking; you don’t plug this version in at all, just fill it with gas every few weeks. There’s little in the way of wind noise thanks to its slippery form, but it generates more noise than the EV; the engine is a source and so to the rubber as it’s fitted with actual tires, sporty Michelins in this case rather than skinny eco treads. So there’s more grip and it turns more keenly but the steering is numb, as is the chassis feel.
Flick the gear lever into Sports mode and the dials glow red as blood, the engine works harder, revving longer while the cogs are swapped more hastily as well. But it doesn’t feel quite right to attack the bends in this sort of hybrid. No, it’s more a means of convenient, economical conveyance.
So economical then, the engine requiring petrol needs to be outmoded. But if you’re still a little anxious about touring range and aren’t quite ready to part with $60k - $66k for a hatch, then the hybrid might suit better. Not that this is a whole lot cheaper, starting at $47k while the Elite tested is $53k, but it’s line-ball with the main competition, the Toyota Prius ($47,490 - $54,990)
Most national and local governments around the world provide financial incentives for consumers to purchase electric vehicles. Every new EV purchased for use in the U.S. is entitled to the internal revenue internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax credit for $2,500 to $7,500. Specific tax credit amounts for individual vehicles are available at Tax Credits for Electric and Tax Credit for plug-in hybrids pages.
The Hyundai Ioniq will not set your heart singing nor will it give you a thrill every time you put your foot down but that is really not the point of it. Essentially, if you want a car to be a car and be a workhorse like a diesel but not leave you with the anxiety over its future then it’s hard to look past the Ioniq.
2019 Hyundai Ioniq Electric vehicle review
Pros and cons
- The Hyundai Ioniq electric car is built with eco-friendly materials.
- Its efficiency on both sides is the upside of their Plug-in and it can’t be refuted.
- User-friendly infotainment system and intuitive controls
- Reasonably spacious interiors.
- Hassle free experience, steady handling and smooth ride
- Excellent fuel economy and MPGe ratings
- Large cargo area
- Built with eco-friendly materials
- Its range is not as good as its competitors.
- Still has the same design which is now a bore.
- Minimal regenerative brakes.
- Not enough space as its rivals.
- Limited acceleration.
With three models and at least two trims to choose from for each, the 2019 Ioniq doesn’t leave us wanting for options. Hybrid models are available in Blue, SEL, and Limited, while the other two come in base and limited flavors.
The Ioniq Hybrid Blue starts at just over $22,000 and includes a keyless ignition and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, dual climate control, and 15-inch alloy wheels.
SEL models begin at $24,000 and add heated front seats and door mirrors, LED daytime running lights and taillights, power-adjustable driver’s seat, 7.0-inch display in the instrument cluster, and standard active safety features that we cover above.
The $27,550 range-topping Limited trim brings leather, interior LED lights, power sunroof, 17-inch alloys, more trim accents, and Hyundai’s telematics system.
Base versions of the Plug-In and Electric Ioniq cost $24,950 and $29,500 respectively and have features roughly comparable to the Hybrid SEL model—other than the obvious differences in their powertrains.
All Ioniqs come with Hyundai’s 5-year/60,000-mile limited vehicle warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Exterior and Interior
The Hyundai Ioniq electric car is built with eco-friendly materials. The engineers put in a great effort into every detail of their work. The company is using natural and renewable materials, bio-fabrics, recycled plastics and other eco-friendly materials in the production of the “green” cars. The end result is a product that looks good, lasts long and supports the earth.
The color choices for Ioniq models include Black Noir Pearl, Symphony Air Silver, Intense Blue, Ceramic White, Summit Gray and Scarlet Red exterior color for the Hybrid model.
In creating the exterior appearance of Ioniq, Hyundai designers concentrated on its futuristic design, fundamental to its appeal. A fluid exterior shape and natural air flow channels emphasize aerodynamic body lines and surface volumes.
A sporty Ioniq with the hatchback-like profile is inspired by aerodynamic efficiency, complementing the soft lines and surfaces that trace the car’s outline. These attributes combine to boost aerodynamics further, which, when combined with various other smart efficiency solutions, produce an industry-leading 0.24 coefficient of drag.
The 2019 Ioniq retains the sedan shape with a hybrid added touch. The hatchback has four doors with the same exterior lines that sweep neatly upwards from the front to the back. Although the Ioniq shares some features with the Elantra sedan, the overall design of the Ioniq is unmistakably different.
The hatchback design enables the car to have a spacious cargo area and helps reduce wind resistance and drag. Surprisingly, only one Ioniq gets to have a grille and open fascia, the other hybrids and electric vehicles lack in this area. Flanked by neatly integrated headlight units that feature either projector or HD lights, the front end of the Ioniq is stylish and tasteful.
The Hyundai Ioniq EV settled on simple, normal and familiar interiors, unlike their competitors. The shift and parking-brake levers have been replaced with a set of buttons and controls for the interactive display.
Enjoy the luxurious comfort of an available power driver seat with lumbar support, available heated front seats and available leather seating surfaces. Just press your driver settings button, and the driver seat and mirrors adjust to your preferred positions.
Hybrid Ioniqs get a 1.6-liter engine that produces 104 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque. The engine is supplemented with a 32kw (43 hp) electric motor that makes use of regenerative braking and a 1.56kwh battery. Braking force is optimized for maximum efficiency from the regenerative braking system, helping Ioniq to maintain a steady state of charge (SOC).
The Ioniq plug-in hybrid model also uses a 1.6-liter inline-4 with 104 hp and 109 lb-ft of torque. This engine is designed to maximize fuel energy use and has been tuned to be paired with a hybrid system, which is handled by a 45kw (60 hp) electric motor. The powertrain is completed by a 6-speed automatic. On pure electric power, the plug-in hybrid can travel 29 miles.
Electric models are powered by an 88kw (118 hp) motor that gets its juice from a 28kwh lithium-polymer battery. This package is good for a range of up to 124 miles and an energy consumption rating of 136 MPGe, which should be good enough to help the Ioniq keep its crown as the most energy efficient vehicle on the market for another year.
Hyundai’s focus on making a hybrid that is also fun to drive shines through in the Ioniq. The two hybrid models receive a multi-link rear suspension, while the electric model’s larger battery pack limits it to a torsion-beam rear axle. The system is set up to work with a range of 15, 16, and 17-inch wheels and low-rolling-resistance tires. The Ioniq is gifted with a lower center of gravity, thanks to its battery placement.
The new Ioniq EV car comes with a battery warranty that lasts a lifetime. Ioniq Plug-in's Hybrid's lithium-ion polymer battery is already powerful. Add the extra boost of confidence you’ll get from Hyundai’s exclusive Lifetime Hybrid/Electric Battery Warranty, and it’s pretty much unstoppable.
Hyundai Ioniq 2019 has been a smart design that has a modified powerful battery that its size has been reviewed. This means there is much-needed space for family, pets, hobby gears, shopping and friends. In addition, the rear seat is flexible for 60/40 split folding seat to create more space.
Hyundai Ioniq is installed with smart cruise control advanced features installed to alert you of any situation that can compromise your safety and of others around you. For example, it alerts you when there is a pedestrian or vehicle slowing down to avoid a potential collision. It also has available blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert. Lane keeps assist system is installed to alert you when you drift outside your lane without signaling, plus it assists you to steer safely back into your lane.
The Ioniq advanced the apple car play and android auto support systems. The mobile apps are here to make life simpler and the Ioniq is taking advantage of them. You can now control your phone safe from the car's touchscreen on the dashboard with your choice of Apple carplay or android auto support.
Alternatively, you can use voice activation system to access the control systems like the starting the engine, access remote lock (the Proximity Key in your pocket or purse makes it easy to unlock or lock your car or start the engine with the simple push of a button) and cars maintenance scheduling. It’s also fitted with wireless device charging that you simply place your QI standard compatible phone on the charging pad, and arrive charged up and ready to go.
With this new technology, audio that gets lost through digital compression is fully restored, making your music sound better than ever. The sound is absorbed, and noise and distraction are muted. The Ioniq’s interior was made to provide peace and quiet and the car has delivered exactly that, no doubt. Plus, our wind tunnel-tested design is optimized to manage airflow and improve aerodynamics.
All electric range: 29miles
Fuel tank capacity: 11.4
Combined driving range: 630miles
Engine Horsepower: [email protected]
Torque: [email protected]
Electric motor battery
Power output: 44.5kw (60hp)
Torque: 125lb- ft
Battery capacity: 8.9kwh
Exterior: 4 doors
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric vehicle review
Pros and Cons
- Hassle-free experience
- Excellent fuel economy and MPGe-ratings
- Three model types: hybrid, electric, plug-in hybrid
- Cheaper to maintain
- Familiar design
- Solid safety and predicted reliability scores
- Excellent intuitive control
- Improved user-friendly infotainment system
- One of the most affordable electric vehicles
- Generous cargo space in back
- Packed with active driving aids and technology
- A most efficient electric vehicle on the market
- Not enough space as its competitors
- The battery occupies too much space
- The plug-in range is twice the voltage
- Disconnected handling and ride quality
- Limited rear seating area
- Rear visibility is slightly impeded by the low-cut, split rear window
- Acceleration lacks punch
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4 paired to a 32kW electric motor for a total system output of 139 hp and delivers an impressive EPA-rated 57/59 mpg city/highway for the base Blue model and 55/54 mpg for the rest of the lineup (2017 figures).
The Ioniq Plug-In uses the same 1.6-liter engine but paired to a larger 45kW electric motor with an estimated total output of 156 hp. The EPA has yet to rate the plug-in model. The hybrid and plug-in models send power to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
A 118-hp, 215-lb-ft of torque 88kW electric motor powers the Ioniq Electric and comes with an EPA-rated driving range of 124 miles. The Ioniq Hybrid hit 60 mph in 9.4 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 124 feet, expected numbers from a hybrid vehicle.
The Ioniq hybrid isn’t fast, it takes 8.9 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph. Shift timing isn’t perfect in Eco mode; the transmission pauses too long to downshift when acceleration is demanded. The fault is particularly noticeable on inclines, where the Ioniq often loses speed before downshifting.
The Ioniq in Sports mode works a little better, where it can be manually shifted and feels snappier. When starting off on hills, if you’re not quick with the throttle the Ioniq will roll backward as the transmission ponders when to engage and provide forward motion, hopefully, they will improve on that
The front-wheel-drive Ioniq has mediocre handling, with decently weighted steering but little feedback from the road. The car can also jolt around a bit on the highway or on bumpy pavement. The regenerative brakes work smoothly.
These brakes perform well in everyday situations. Not too much initial grab. Not too soft. There are three levels of brake regeneration that can be adjusted on-the-fly via paddles mounted on the back of the steering wheel. Panic stops from 60 mph took 124 feet, a tick below the class average.
Hyundai claims that the Ioniq Plug-In can run on all-electric power for up to 27 miles and has a total driving range of more than 650 miles.
The Ioniq hybrid has a close resemblance to those of the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius. If you are keen enough you would notice the sloping nose and squared-off rear end were necessary for the Hyundai to achieve the Ioniq’s excellent aerodynamics: the less aerodynamic drag on a car, the better its fuel economy.
The Hyundai trapezoidal grille is flanked by swept-back headlights. The Electric model has a blanking plate, rather than a grille, and it along with the Plug-In versions have LED headlights. The windshield is raked back, but a horizontal accent line divides relatively flat body sides, leading into conventional taillights.
Hyundai claims it's 0.24 drag coefficient is among the lowest for production cars, and it goes to show that being energy-efficient doesn’t mean overly odd or instantly noticeable shapes
The range-topping Hyundai Ioniq Limited comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, power moonroof, heated front leather seats, HID headlights with LED accents, LED interior illumination, LED taillights, power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamps, rear seat air vent.
The way the interior space is laid out, however, indicates the compromises Hyundai made to achieve those goals. It’s smaller than the latest Toyota Prius and lower and less upright than competitors like the Chevy Bolt EV or Nissan Leaf.
The interior could be that of any small Hyundai, with a few individual touches on top of the standard black, matte silver, and optional two-tone shapes and materials. Inside, Hyundai has replaced the conventional shift and parking-brake levers on the tunnel with a set of buttons and the controller for the interactive display in the center of the dashboard.
Quality is sterling in the Ioniq. A combination of a clean layout, high-grade materials, and comfortable seats gives these compact cars a premium feel. The latest Hyundai interiors are quietly stylish but tastefully restrained for mass-market vehicles. Any Elantra or Sonata owner should find the Ioniq’s cabin instantly familiar.
Sustainable or recycled materials for interior elements include door covers made of a plastic that includes powdered wood and volcanic stone. They differ in feel from standard plastics, and overall, the pricier end of the Ioniq range has somewhat more hard plastic than you might expect, especially inside the Electric mode.
Front-seat headroom is ample, even when the sunroof is present. Legroom is decent, though depending on seating position, there may not be enough to stretch on longer drives. But it's truly a snug fit for 6-footers in the backseat: headroom, toe room and knee room are in short supply for tall people.
The Ioniq lineup comes standard with seven airbags and offers most of the latest active-safety systems. On introduction, those included adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert and forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. For 2018, Hyundai has upgraded the lane-departure warning to active lane control on all versions of the Ioniq.
Eco-conscious shoppers will also appreciate that many of the interior materials are eco-friendly. Sustainable or recycled materials for interior elements include door covers made of a plastic that includes powdered wood and volcanic stone. They differ in feel from standard plastics, and overall, the pricier end of the Ioniq range has somewhat more hard plastic than you might expect, especially inside the Electric mode.
The base plug-in model adds about $2,800 to your price tag, but its available $4,543 federal tax credit more than offsets that increase, making this the smartest buy of the bunch. Available trim levels for the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid are base ($24,950) and Limited ($28,300).
The Ioniq Electric – a battery electric vehicle with a single-speed transmission – comes in the base ($29,500) and Limited ($36,000) trims levels. If you're able to take full advantage of the $7,500 federal tax credit, you'll spend less on an Ioniq Electric than on an Ioniq Hybrid. Note that this model is currently only available to residents of California.
By design, hatchbacks offer more utility than sedans. The Ioniq's advantage in this area over competitive compact sedans is when it comes to other hatchbacks, the Hyundai blends in. None of its small- or large-item storage features raise it above the norm.
Hyundai lists the cargo volume at 23.8 cubic feet. It is large enough for five carry-on-size suitcases behind the second row without impeding the driver's view over the seatbacks. The rear seats also split 60/40 and fold down nearly flat.
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 touchscreen. As a bonus, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, with embellishments like wireless charging for your phone and an eight-speaker Infinity stereo among the options.
The range-topping Hyundai Ioniq Limited comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, power moonroof, heated front leather seats, a power-adjustable driver seat, driver-seat memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a sunroof, interior ambient lighting, and rear air vents, HID headlights with LED accents, LED interior illumination, LED taillights, a 7.0-inch center touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7.0-inch driver’s display screen, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and Blue Link Telematics, Connected Care, and Remote Charge Access.
The Ioniq Electric Limited comes standard with heated leather front seats, a powered driver’s seat, LED headlights, 16-inch eco-spoke wheels, 7.0-inch center touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7.0-inch driver’s display screen, power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamps, rear seat air vents, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Blue Link Telematics, Connected, Remote Package, and Remote Charge Access.
The Limited also comes standard with active safety features and driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop-start, and lane departure warning with lane-keeping assistant.
Keyless ignition: doors and push button
Torque: 218lb –ft
Seat capacity: 5 passengers
Warranty: 60 months
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Vehicle Review
Pros and Cons
- Handsome interior, comfortable and materials are made from eco-friendly materials.
- Excellent value for money and bargain lease deal
- Nice range options available for top trim levels
- Class-leading fuel economy
- Agile handling and comfortable ride
- Easy to use infotainment systems
- Large cargo bay
- Minimal regenerative braking and poor performance
- Base trim offers best in MPG but no options
- Allows too much outside noise to penetrate
- Limited accelerations due to less power reducing highway speeds
- Front seats have a short seat cushion
The Ioniq Hybrid comes in four trim levels, starting with the Blue at $24,299. There’s an SE at $26,499 and Limited at $29,749, while my tester, the Limited Technology, tops out at $31,749. That’s a lower base price than the Niro at $24,992, and the Prius, which starts at $27,190. If you're able to take full advantage of the $7,500 federal tax credit, you'll spend less on an Ioniq Electric than on an Ioniq Hybrid. The Ioniq also undercuts the base prices of other larger gas-electric hybrids, such as the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Sonata Hyundai’s very own.
Exterior and Interior
The Ioniq PHEV is attractive by the familiar looks and feels it poses with a straightforward interior and the normal Hyundai interface with sensible ergonomics.
The Hybrid cabin styling can go either oddball or conventional, and Hyundai opts for the latter with a clean and simple look that’s similar to most of its other vehicles. There’s space to stash small items, while frequently-used features on the climate and infotainment are handled by hard buttons – as they should be on all vehicles to minimize distraction.
The transmission has actual gear ratios to work through instead of the slurry drone of a continuously variable automatic, and the engine cuts in and out of the power cycle mostly unobtrusively.
The Ioniq's placement of controls is clear and logical with lots of large buttons. The infotainment screen is high-resolution and doesn't wash out, and the menu flow is simple (no navigation). The redundant hard keys are a nice touch, too.
Although the brake pedals a bit soft in initial feel, transitions well from regenerative to friction retardation. It's easy to find a suitable driving position thanks to a good range of adjustment in both the seat and the tilt-and-telescoping steering column. As a bonus, the steering wheel also offers terrific grip shapes.
The front windshield pillar bases and rearmost pillars are pretty chunky and can be obstructing. But there's a decent rear view, thanks to split glass in the hatch. (The bisecting beam is an unfortunate byproduct). The backup camera view is smallish and not especially sharp, but it's certainly adequate.
There are ample legroom and headroom for tall drivers, thanks in part to the lack of a sunroof. Inside the car feels airy and the pedal box for the driver's feet is sufficiently wide.
The capacious hatchback cargo area is good for 23 cubic feet of space with the rear sets up, yet those taller in stature may find that the Ioniq’s sloping roofline that flows into the blunt can intrude upon rear-seat headroom. Six-footers in the backseat are somewhat cramped with limited headroom and toe room. Decent knee room, though.
The front doors are usefully long and open wide, and the wide but low sills and minimal seat bolster help access. Access to the rear seat is smaller; the narrowness, combined with the gently sloping roofline and high seat, hampers entry to a degree.
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.
Powering the all-new 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 104 horsepower and an electric motor that generates 43 horsepower. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid has the same powertrain. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard in both. The Ioniq Electric has a 118-horsepower electric motor mated to a single-speed reduction-gear transmission. Unusually, the Ioniq uses a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, an automatic unit that sets up the next year as soon as it engages the current one for quick and efficient shifts. Most mainstream hybrids use a continuously variable transmission (CVT) instead.
With the Ioniq Electric, expect 150 MPGe in the city and 122 MPGe on the highway. 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 wall socket plug.
The Ioniq Electric is motivated by a single 118-hp permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor. Although its power output is modest, the motor provides an instantaneous 215 lb-ft of torque. While a zero-to-60-mph time of 8.6 seconds and a quarter-mile run of 16.7 seconds at 83 mph are nothing to brag about, both are slight improvements over the numbers put down by the 139-hp Ioniq hybrid, which needed 8.9 seconds and 16.9 seconds (at 82 mph) to complete both feats.
The Hyundai Ioniq's acceleration feels stronger than that of competing hybrids. The powertrain is also smooth and quiet. However, at low speeds, acceleration can take a few seconds to kick in. The Ioniq Electric isn’t as quick off the line as all-electric rivals like the Chevrolet Bolt.
Around tight turns, the Hyundai Ioniq feels nimble, and its driving dynamics are better than those of its competitor like the Toyota Prius. Its ride is also smooth, thanks to its soft rear suspension. Steering, on the other hand, could use better feedback.
The Ioniq Hybrid has a Sports mode that makes the drive even more enjoyable. The Ioniq Electric's suspension differs from that on the hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, and it doesn't have a Sports mode. Nevertheless, the Ioniq Electric is a comfortable driver.
Its cargo hold is relatively basic but sizable enough to swallow most everyday items you'd want to transport. The cabin nooks upfront number appropriately, though backseat occupants don't have nearly as many options.
A tall, narrow console bin and open, narrow slot are surprisingly useful; so is the well forward of the shift selector. The door pockets are useful for water bottles only, and the glove box is basic. The backseat has only two tiny door pockets and a net on the back of the passenger front seat.
The backseat is split 60/40 and folds nearly flat. The hatch opens high so tall people won't hit their heads on it, but the liftover height is on the tall side. The cargo holds measures 26.5 cubic feet (vs. the Prius' 24.6 cubes) and is wide, if not that tall, at the aft-most point.
The outboard seat LATCH anchors are buried deep between the cushions and are somewhat hard to reach. The top tether points are obscured by a retractable cargo shade.
The entry-level Ioniq Electric includes a proximity key with push-button start, automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with simple phone pairing and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The Ioniq screen may be small, but it's well-lit and responds well to touch inputs. The small infotainment screen supports swiping gestures and responds reasonably quick, making the most of its size.
The native voice controls function well but are limited in what they can control. Voice recognition (VR) supports only basic commands like phone calls, switching audio source natively, but it responds well. In any case, that's where Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come in. You can access your Smartphone’s VR by holding the Ioniq's VR button for a few seconds.
The audio system has a brassy sound quality, with minimal bass. There's no native navigation system, but you can navigate using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Bluetooth pairing is simple and fast, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard. There are USB and auxiliary ports and two 12-volt accessory outlets, which is okay.
The Limited trim level adds features such as blind-spot monitoring, leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, LED headlights, adaptive cruise, blind-spot monitoring with lane change assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, a rearview camera with rear cross-traffic alert and rear HVAC vents.
Ultimate package includes a power sunroof, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, adaptive cruise control, and advanced-safety items such as automated emergency braking and lane-departure warning. That’s an improvement.
Keyless ignition: doors and push button
Torque: 218lb –ft
Seat capacity: 5 passengers
Warranty: 60 months