The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is a great all-around car, and it looks as it will be able to beat the competition without any trouble. The South Korean automaker wanted to make sure that their model is the best available on the market. That is why they focused on details, making this hybrid economical, but the most important thing is that this car doesn’t compromise in other areas such as power. The 2017 Ioniq is not just another eco-friendly car, it really changes few things in the segment. Let’s go into more details to see what sets this vehicle apart.
2017 Ioniq Exterior
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is not attractive. In fact, none of the hybrids are, besides Tesla Model S, which is quite appealing, but it is far more expensive EV. Putting the looks aside, we have a vehicle that comes with spacious interior and great aerodynamics.
The front end looks good, and you would think that the Ioniq is not a hybrid. What gives it away is the blue detail inserted into the bumper valance. Once you see this, you will also notice a couple of wheel air curtains and these are the proof that the Ioniq is striving to be as efficient as it can. If you look at this model from the sides, it will remind you of an elongated hatchback. The rear end is specific with its combination of lamps and the gloss black bumper.
The Cabin and Features
The interior is better than the exterior, and it is simple but beautiful. Hyundai offers a lot of space in the cabin positioning itself above Toyota Prius in this segment. The total interior volume of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is 122.7 cubic feet with 15.5 cubic feet of space in the trunk when the seats are upright. However, you can always fold the seats to get up to 53.1 cubic feet of space.
The wheelbase is 106.3 inches long, and mainly due to it, the passengers in the back have enough space. The interior is not outstanding, but there is no doubt that the driver and the passengers will feel comfortable. The driver of the Ioniq Hybrid will be able to see all of the important information on the TFT instrument cluster. Moreover, this vehicle sports Qi-standard wireless charging, but there are also USB ports for you to connect all your mobile devices.
Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Blue Link are a part of standard equipment as well. The Blue Link offers access to advanced remote, guidance, safety and diagnostic services. If you opt for the 2017 version, you will get remote door lock, remote start, roadside assistance, battery status, stolen vehicle recovery, scheduled charging and climate control.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Engine
A 1.6-liter Atkinson-cycle I4 engine lies under the hood of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. This unit produces 104 hp and 109 lb-ft of torque and is combined with the electric motor which delivers 43 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor is supplied from the 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery and sends power through a six-speed dual clutch transmission.
Hyundai offers two driving modes on their new Ioniq Hybrid. The first one is Sport, and if you want maximum power, this is the way to go. Even in this mode, this vehicle is not that fast or strong. If you want to save fuel you can always opt for the Eco mode.
Safety and Conclusion
The NHTSA, the IIHS and the Euro NCAP will test the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid sometime in the future, but we expect great results from this car. This version is equipped with seven airbags, whereas its body consists of 53 percent high-strength steel.
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is definitely a great vehicle with features that allows it to compete against Toyota Prius. The exterior design is not the prettiest one we have seen, but the new model comes with a slightly more powerful powertrain. If you don’t like hybrids, just take a look at what this one brings to the table, and you might change your mind.