Hybrid Review: PHEV Ioniq by Hyundai


For those that want more than a hybrid but worry about running out of fuel on a purely electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, PHEV, could be your answer. When plugged in, they work on electricity. However, they also run on conventional gas-electric methods if plugging in isn’t an option.

While they’re more expensive than a standard hybrid, but with a place to plug it in and a short commute, electricity could be the car’s primary source of power.

Hyundai has three Ioniq models: A hybrid with four trim levels, a full electric in three trims, and the Electric Plus with two. The base trim is $31,999. Although the tester, the Limited, is at $36,499. The two are eligible for electric vehicle rebates.

Benefits and Downfalls to the Hybrid and Electric Mix Vehicle

The plug-in has a 1.6-litre gasoline engine. On its own, the engine makes 104 horsepower and 109 lb.-ft. Torque. When working as a regular hybrid, the electric and gas motors are working together; you can have up to 164 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft of torque. The Ioniq is unique in that it sends its power to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic unit.

Charging takes about two and a half hours when using a 240-volt charger or eight to nine hours on a typical 110-volt outlet. This charge gives you nearly 47 km of driving, seven more than Toyota’s Prius Prime costing from $32,990 to $35,445.

The console has a button that lets you swap between hybrid and electric. If you accelerate too much while on the electric motor, the gasoline engine will start up to help the other motor keep up. That or if you turn up the heat in your car. If you drive at normal speeds, even despite cold weather, one can manage a nice 4.1 L/100km.

As for comfort, the chair seems to be built more for that than the previous model. Both models had seat warmers both in the front and rear. Though they take up battery power, they make sense as with warmer hands and bottom; it’s less likely for the driver to turn on the interior heat.

The front seats are spacious for the size of the car, although the back seating is what you might expect. The hybrid battery is in the back. However, there is still a reasonable amount of cargo space. The rear seats do also fold down to put more in the trunk.

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