2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Review: Still At the Head of the MPG Pack

Even the base model of Hyundai's Ioniq Hybrid comes well-equipped for the price

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. [Photos: Hyundai]


Hyundai’s Ioniq Hybrid Blue serves as the base vehicle in a series of three available models of the Ioniq: Blue, SEL, and Limited. The Blue model is equipped with an impressive array of features and equipment on its own. That increases with the SEL model, including a special Tech Package with Automatic Emergency Braking, Smart Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning. The top-of-the-line Limited model Ioniq’s feature and equipment list includes even more comfort, convenience and appearance enhancements.

Ioniq Hybrid models offer an aerodynamic silhouette with an impressive 0.24 drag coefficient. The design displays a fluid overall exterior form featuring smooth air flow channels that emphasize its aerodynamic bodylines and design shape. The sporty, hatchback-like profile complements the soft lines and surfaces tracing the car’s outline.

In addition to specific Ioniq aerodynamics, further design details distinguish the Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric models from one another, creating their unique identities. The front of the Ioniq Hybrid is characterized by the Bi-Xenon HID headlights surrounded by C-shaped LED positioning lamps. Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille and vertical C-shaped LED daytime running lights and contrasting colors at the base of the bumper fascia add individual character and can be paired with two unique interior environments.

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On its interior, the Ioniq emphasizes more futuristic qualities. Hyundai refers to the Ioniq’s design as its “purified high-tech” concept. A smooth, elegant and clutter-free theme and effective use of interior space complements a logical, structured approach applied to the layout of controls. Hyundai chose interior materials with an ecologically-sensitive focus. To that end, they created a simple, clean look throughout that provides a pleasant experience.

2018 Hyundai Ioniq

Infotainment and connectivity are covered as well with Hyundai’s Blue Link system. A high-definition 7-inch TFT information cluster displays all gauge functions (speedometer, drive mode, fuel level and more). Ioniq also allows smartphone integration with the vehicle’s infotainment system by providing both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless charging is also available.

On the safety front, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq offers Blind Spot Detection, which works with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. There’s also Lane Departure Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.

2018 Hyundai Ioniq


The motive force for the 2018 Ioniq Hybrid comes from a 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle engine coupled to an electric motor. The engine delivers 104 horsepower and 109 lb.-ft. of torque and through a quick-shifting six-speed double-clutch transmission that gears energy to the front driving wheels. The 32 kW (43 horsepower) electric motor is capable of sustaining the Ioniq Hybird at speeds up to 75 MPH. It also delivers instantaneous torque  at low speeds. Together, the system output stands at 139 horsepower.

The combined total system provides low emissions, as well as impressive efficiency and range. The Ioniq Hybrid Blue model’s EPA-estimated 58 MPG combined rating is the highest rating of any non-plug-in vehicle sold in the U.S. market.

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq’s hybrid system is not obvious or intrusive. Acceleration is quick enough off the line, continuing with a smooth, linear power delivery. Its handling characteristics border on sporty, with positive steering feedback. Engineers positioned the battery under the rear passenger seats for a lower center of gravity.

The transmission, which is thankfully not of the CVT variety, goes through its real gears smoothly. The braking feel is also positive thanks to the regenerative system seamlessly blending in with the hydraulic friction braking system for a more consistent and linear feel.

The Ionic’s responsiveness and steering feedback is precise and on-center, with a quick ratio. Braking force is optimized for maximum efficiency from the regenerative braking system, helping Ioniq maintain a steady state of charge. Regenerative braking force may be adjusted to the driver’s preference and driving conditions through steering-column-mounted regenerative brake-level control paddles.

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The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is easy on the eyes, and is maneuverable thanks to its compact size. It’s wagon-like form make this urban hybrid crossover not only affordable, but versatile and practical as well.

Hyundai covers all vehicles sold in the U.S. through its Assurance program. That includes a 5-year/60,000-mile, fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Hyundai also provides five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

And if you don’t want to waste any fuel at all, Hyundai offers an electric version of the Ioniq as well. Check out our Hyundai Ioniq Electric review below!

SPECIFICATIONS: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

On Sale: Now
Base MSRP: $22,200
Price as Tested:
Engine: 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder and 32kW electric motor
Drivetrain (Layout): Transverse mount front engine / Front-wheel drive.
Horsepower: Engine: 104 hp @ 5,700 rpm

Combined system output: 139 hp

Torque: 109 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch
Suspension: Front: MacPherson strut

Rear: Independent multi-link

Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel discs (vented front) with regenerative braking
Tires: Michelin Energy Saver P195/65 R15 all-season
Fuel capacity: 11.9 gallons
Fuel economy (EPA): 57 City / 59 Highway / 58 Combined mpg


Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
Length: 176.0 inches
Width: 71.7 inches
Height: 56.9 inches
Turning Circle: 17.4 feet
Curb Weight: 3,172 pounds