Hyundai Ioniq

Like all things Hyundai builds, you get a whole lot of bang for the buck. The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Limited is no exception. It has the look, feel and drivability of a much more expensive car but with a price tag starting around $27,550, you’ll have extra money to go more places. In fact, the Plug-in Hybrid starts at around $25,000, which is one of the lowest priced plug-ins on the market. Simply put, the Ioniq is a tremendous value.

Let’s get all the tech stuff out of the way first so we can discuss the ride and safety features. It gets 52 miles per gallon combined and has a driving range of 630 miles range with a 29-mile All-Electric range and 11.4 gallon fuel tank. Overall, that is very competitive. The 4-cylinder hybrid engine and 6-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch transmission are paired with a 240-volt lithium-ion polymer battery system and hybrid starter generator.

All of which brings 104 horsepower to the table, or in this case, the road. Depending on the charging level, it can take between a little more than two hours to just under nine hours to completely recharge.

The Ioniq is a Hyundai, which means the ride will be comfortable with a lot of technology, sleek design and safety features that will put even a new mom at ease.

The Ioniq drives more like a gas car as opposed to an electric one. You feel the engine since it’s a traditional automatic transmission instead of the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Frankly, I like that.

Driving was fun. The car held its own on the curves, had enough pick-up on the highways and generally was responsive and stable. It has plenty of get-up-and go. Among the standard equipment is proximity key entry with push button start, 7-inch color audio touchscreen and Blue Link Connected Car Services.

The Limited offers more standard features including automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, heated front seats, smart cruise control and driver attention warning. It also gets bonus points for using sustainable materials throughout the interior with some of the components made from sugar cane and volcanic rock.

The inside was roomy and offers more interior volume than its competitors including the Toyota Prius Prime, Chevy Volt and Nissan’s Leaf. Front seat headroom is 39.1 inches in the front; 27.4 in the rear with legroom coming in at 42.2 inches and 35.7 inches, respectively. Overall the total interior volume (in cubic feet) is 119.2 with cargo volume taking up 23 cu. ft.

When shopping for an environmentally friendly car, one can choose a hybrid or an all-electric vehicle and after that, it depends on personal preferences on brand, looks and features.

The Hyundai Ioniq Limited checked off all of our boxes. It can be all-electric or hybrid — and either way it gets competitive mileage with its competitors. The look is sleek and modern, the inside comfortable and full of gadgets and the safety rating is top-notched. Oh yes. The price. Really, really good.

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