Published On: Mon, Mar 12th, 2018
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Three-Pronged Attack: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq, Tested in Depth!

Overall Rating:

The Hyundai Ioniq may be a young buck on the hybrid scene compared with old standbys such as the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius, but it’s already made a big splash since its introduction in 2017. The Ioniq nameplate was launched with a hybrid model before growing to include an EV and, finally, a plug-in hybrid. All three variants have impressed us with their fuel efficiency, likable driving character, and, in the case of the EV model, usable electric range. We’re not ready to genuflect just yet—the Ioniq avoids typical hybrid droning by opting for a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission instead of a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), but its hybrid powertrains could still use some refinement. What’s more, neither the plug-in nor the EV can match the best in their class for range—but a well-packaged interior and gimmick-free exterior design help to ease some of our qualms.

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Three-Pronged Attack: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq, Tested in Depth!