|Hyundai’s new 2017 Ioniq Hybrid should make some waves with best-in-class 4.1 L/100km fuel economy. (Photo: Hyundai)|
For 2017, through the all-new Ioniq (rhymes with ‘bionic’), Hyundai launches the world’s first dedicated vehicle platform with three electrified low- and zero-emission powertrain choices.
|A plug-in hybrid and this full electric model will help the Ioniq stand out against Toyota’s Prius, which is only available as a regular non-plug-in hybrid in most of Canada. (Photo: Hyundai)|
Choose between Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric power for the new Ioniq. All three are impressive, but try this out for size: The Ioniq Hybrid ‘Blue’ model has a five-cycle Transport Canada-estimated 4.1 L/100km combined rating, the highest rating
|The Ionic has nice lines from front to back. (Photo: Hyundai)|
The Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine delivering 104 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque. The Ioniq Hybrid’s 32 kW electric motor delivers an additional 43 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque through a lithium-ion polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity, whereas the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid’s 44.5 kW electric motor produces an additional 60 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque through a larger lithium-ion
|Premium-level detailing and features will give the Ioniq another advantage. (Photo: Hyundai)|
The Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-in feature a six-speed dual clutch transmission to differentiate it from most hybrid cars built by other manufacturers that use continuously variable transmissions (CVT). Cars with CVTs are notorious for wind up, rubber band-like acceleration characteristics. With the six-speed transmission, Ioniq drivers can select Sport or Eco modes. Sport mode holds lower gears longer and combines power from the gas engine and electric motor for maximum performance. In Eco mode, the dual-clutch transmission upshifts earlier to maximize fuel-efficiency.
The Ioniq Electric is powered by an 88-kW electric motor producing 118 horsepower
|Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be part of the Ioniq offering. (Photo: Hyundai)|
All three models roll on fuel-saving Michelin Energy Saver tires mounted to 15- and 16-inch wheels, with their lower rolling resistance tread compounds. Michelin Primacy tires mounted to 17-inch wheels will be an option on the Ioniq Hybrid only.
|A dual-clutch transmission helps make the Ioniq more fun to drive. (Photo: Hyundai)|
Handling and ride comfort are impressive in this hatchback trio that feature MacPherson strut front/multi-link rear suspensions in the Hybrid models, and a MacPherson strut/Torsion beam configuration in the Ioniq Electric. A combination of
|Interior roominess is an Ioniq plus. (Photo: Hyundai)|
With safety as a priority, Ioniq comes with a raft of standard and optional safety gear (depending on trim level) including Electronic Stability Control, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Smart Cruise Control, seven airbags, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, dynamic bending headlights, and much more. Safety is no longer the exclusive domain of the big European sedans from Mercedes-Benz, BMW,
|Superb efficiency and optimal passenger/cargo flexibility should make the Ioniq popular with Canadian families. (Photo: Hyundai)|
Step inside, and you’ll be baffled again as to how Hyundai can pack so much into a car for so little money. Interior ergonomics are spot on, as every switch and dial seems like it was placed just for you. My test vehicle was a top trim level Ioniq Hybrid Limited Tech, expected to sell for about $33,000. Air conditioning, a 10-way driver’s seat with memory, a six-way passenger seat, a power glass sunroof, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth, proximity key entry with pushbutton start, BlueLink telematics, multiple 12-volt outlets, wireless ‘Qi’ phone charging,
|Choose to plug-in or not, Hyundai will soon have an Ioniq that suits your budget, needs and lifestyle. (Photo: Hyundai)|
Details, like space in the centre console for a tablet, exceptionally well done styling (Ioniq looks like a mini luxury car), and even ‘green’ sensibility in the interior help round out the outstanding value Ioniq offers. For example, the interior door panels, headliner, and carpeting are made from eco-friendly materials like recycled plastics, powdered wood and volcanic stone. Using these materials reduces the weight of some interior components up to 20 percent, and certainly lessens the environmental impact from creating these products with virgin materials.
The Ioniq Hybrid will begin from about $24,000 for the Blue model, but detailing pricing is not yet available.
Is the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq a buy? You better believe it is. Get your Iconic Ioniq at your local Hyundai dealer soon.
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