The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is Hyundai’s first dedicated hybrid model, and it’s taking the segment by storm. Soon to be available in three models—the Ioniq Electric, Ioniq Hybrid, and Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid—the Ioniq provides the fuel efficiency expected of a hybrid, plus classic Hyundai styling and smart performance.
But how are popular auto reviewers rating the Ioniq against competing vehicles in the segment? To learn more, we compiled an overview of some enlightening reviews.
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Compared to the Competition
In this review, Green Car Reports analyzes their time spent behind the wheel of the new Ioniq models. Their first important note is that although the Ioniq directly challenges the Prius in the hybrid segment, the two vehicles are miles apart.
One major difference between the Ioniq and the Prius is styling. Where the Prius aims to stand out, the Ioniq is more subtle, yet still eye-catching and attractive. The design of the Ioniq is straightforward and intuitive with plenty of passenger volume.
Green Car Reports applauds Hyundai’s clever solution of having the DCT shift automatically while being buffered by the electric motor. This provides a manual gearbox direct-drive efficiency feel, but with an automatic transmission.
Between the performance and design, Hyundai placed emphasis on enjoying your drive rather than on the fact that the vehicle is a hybrid.
Brian Wong from Cars.com reviews the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid in comparison to the Prius. In this head-to-head matchup, Wong looks at estimated fuel economy, price, features, and trims.
The EPA-rated fuel economy for the Ioniq is 57/59/58 city/highway/combined, while the Prius Eco falls slightly under with 58/53/56. It’s important to note that these numbers are just estimations and may vary with daily driving.
Briefly touching on our earlier discussion of styling, Wong states, “The Ioniq Hybrid tries to be inconspicuous while the Prius wears neon and has a boombox on its shoulder.”
The Prius may offer more trims, but the Ioniq is cheaper at almost every level. For example, when you compare the two trims that get the best fuel economy, the Ioniq offers a $3,000 cheaper price tag.
For Wong, it comes down to what you value as a driver. Do you prefer a subtle, intuitive design with modern technology features at a reasonable price? The 2017 Ioniq Hybrid is the model for you.
Read the reviews for yourself and share your thoughts with our team at Zimbrick Hyundai Eastside in Madison, Wisconsin.