Priced from $22,400, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid provides a relatively cheap means of getting into the hybrid compact market - and considering that price gets you the ultra-efficient Ioniq Hybrid Blue with a 58 mpg combined economy estimate, you needn’t feel like you’re compromising for the sake of being cheap. Along the way up the trim ladder there are a further two trims, with the SEL priced at $24,950 and the range-topping Limited model kicking off at a sticker price of $28,550. That’s before options, of which there’s only really one, a $2,200 Ultimate package that can only be equipped to the already-expensive Ioniq Hybrid Limited. But there’s a model to suit all budgets, and with the SEL being accompanied by the bulk of the available safety features all as standard, there’s respite in knowing you’re not compromising on safety by not buying the Limited trim. Regardless of which trim, the fundamentals are all the same, with a combined 139 horsepower output from a 1.6-liter combustion engine paired to an electric motor with a small-capacity battery pack supplementing the package.
With prices ranging from $22,400 to $30,750 fully loaded, the Ioniq Hybrid spans a broad price range. The base Ioniq Hybrid Blue features 15-inch alloy wheels, cloth seating, and is scant on safety equipment, but achieves marvellous economy figures of 57-59 mpg as its party trick. Meanwhile on the other end of the spectrum the Limited model gets leather upholstery, power seat adjustment, and a power tilt-and-slide sunroof with a starting price of $28,550. But throw in the Ultimate Package for Limited to get rear park sensors, an eight-inch navigation system, premium sound, and wireless charging amongst other things, and you’re looking at an all in price of nearly $31,000, before tax, license fees, and a destination charge.
|Hybrid Blue Hatchback||1.6-liter Inline-4 Hybrid||6-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Auto||FWD||$21,694||$22,400|
|Hybrid SEL Hatchback||1.6-liter Inline-4 Hybrid||6-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Auto||FWD||$23,867||$24,950|
|Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback||1.6-liter Inline-4 Hybrid||6-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Auto||FWD||$24,497||$25,350|
|Hybrid Limited Hatchback||1.6-liter Inline-4 Hybrid||6-Speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Auto||FWD||$28,003||$29,350|
While last year there were two primary options packages, this year Hyundai has cut that down to just one exclusive to the Limited model. This now means the SEL gets standard safety features like automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, and lane keeping assist, along with driver attention warning, blind spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert. The lone options package is the Ultimate Package, which for $2,200 equips the Ioniq Limited with dynamic bending lights, rear park sensors, a cargo cover, floor console-mounted rear vents, memory function for the driver’s seat, an eight-inch navigation touchscreen system, complimentary Blue Link guidance for three years, wireless charging, and an Infinity premium audio system with eight speakers and Clari-Fi music restoration technology.