Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq is a compact five door liftback manufactured and marketed by Hyundai.[1][2] The nameplate Ioniq is a portmanteau of ion and unique.[3] It is the second automobile, after the Volkswagen Golf, to be offered in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric variants.[4]

Hyundai Ioniq (AE)
Hyundai IONIQ electric Premium – Frontansicht, 7. Mai 2017, Düsseldorf.jpg
ManufacturerHyundai Motor Company
Body and chassis
ClassCompact car
Body style5-door liftback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive

The Ioniq Hybrid debuted in South Korea in January 2016, with all three variants debuting at 2016 Geneva and New York auto shows.[5][2] The hybrid variant launched in its home market in February 2016, followed by the electric model in July 2016.[5][6] The plug-in hybrid version followed in February 2017.[7]

From its first model year (2017) through the 2019 model year, the Ioniq Electric had been the EPA's most efficient vehicle with a rated fuel economy of 136 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (mpg-e) (1.7 L/100 km).[8][9] The Ioniq Blue hybrid version has been rated at 58 miles per gallon, making it the most fuel efficient hybrid vehicle that is mass produced.[10]

Ioniq HybridEdit

Hyundai Ioniq (AE) Hybrid
ManufacturerHyundai Motor Company
Model years2017–present
AssemblyUlsan, South Korea (Hyundai Motor Company Ulsan plant)
Kulim, Malaysia (Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors)
Body and chassis
ClassCompact car
Body styleHybrid electric 5-door liftback
Engine1.6-liter Kappa four cylinder engine
Power: 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp)[11]
Electric motor32 kW (43 bhp)[11]
Transmission6-Speed Dual-clutch transmission
Battery1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery[11]
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,470 mm (176.0 in)
Width1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Height1,450 mm (57.1 in)
Curb weight1,359–1,469 kg (2,996–3,239 lb)

The Ioniq is Hyundai's first automobile built from the ground up and specifically available as a hybrid or electric powered.

The hybrid version competes with, and surpasses in fuel economy, the previous mileage leader in the Toyota Prius.[10] Sharing the same powertrain with the Kia Niro hybrid crossover, the Ioniq is powered by a 1.6 litre Kappa four cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine with 40% thermal efficiency capable of delivering 78 kW (105 hp) and an estimated 109 lb⋅ft (148 N⋅m) of torque alone.

The Ioniq Hybrid's electric motor additionally delivers an estimated 32 kW (43 bhp) with an estimated maximum torque of 125 lb⋅ft (169 N⋅m), powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery with 1.56 kWh capacity.

The battery is positioned under the rear passenger seats.[11] In combination with the 1.6 litre direct injection engine, the Ioniq Hybrid offers an estimated total system output of 139 bhp (104 kW) and 195 lb⋅ft (264 N⋅m).[12] This engine is combined with a shifting six speed dual-clutch transmission.[11] Like many hybrids and electric cars, neither the Ioniq Hybrid nor Electric are suitable for towing a trailer.[13]

The Ioniq uses aluminium in the hood and tailgate, reducing weight by 27 lb (12 kg) compared with conventional steel with no measurable disadvantages in noise or vibration.[11] With a higher usage of lightweight components and a more compact build, the cargo screen cover is about 25% lighter than the types used in other Hyundai models.

Ioniq Hybrid (rear)

Its aerodynamic design helped lower the drag coefficient of the Ioniq down to 0.24.[12] Excessive weight is reduced by utilization of high strength steel for the structure and aluminium for non structural components.[5]

Hyundai expects the model with 15 inch wheels to obtain an EPA rated combined fuel economy between 57 mpg‑US (4.1 L/100 km; 68 mpg‑imp) and 58 mpg‑US (4.1 L/100 km; 70 mpg‑imp), just ahead of the 2016 Toyota Prius Eco (56 mpg‑US (4.2 L/100 km; 67 mpg‑imp)).[14]. The Ioniq is also available with a 17" alloy rim option and trims that include the alloy rims produce approximately 5 MPG less overall fuel economy on the highway.

The Ioniq Hybrid was released in South Korea in February 2016.[5] The hybrid was launched in Malaysia in November 2016. Two Ioniq Hybrid trims are available, HEV and HEV Plus.[15] Many parked Ioniqs appeared in the early scenes in Johnny English Strikes Again, starring Johnny English, played by Rowan Atkinson.



ASEAN NCAP 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid:[16]
Vehicle Category HATCHBACK
Number Of Airbag 7
Score Rating
Overall 91.98/100.00      
Adult Occupant Protection 33.36/36.00      
Frontal Impact 13.36/16.00
Side Impact 16.00/16.00
Head Protection Technology 4.00/4.00
Child Occupant Protection 42.10/49.00      
Frontal Impact 12.66/16.00
Side Impact 8.00/8.00
Safety Assist 17.40/18.00      
Effective Braking & Avoidance 8.00/8.00
Seatbelt Reminders 6.00/6.00
Blind Spot Technology 1.40/2.00
Advanced SATs 2.00/2.00

Ioniq ElectricEdit

Hyundai Ioniq (AE) Electric
ManufacturerHyundai Motor Company
Model years2017–present
AssemblyUlsan, South Korea (Hyundai Motor Company Ulsan plant)
Body and chassis
ClassAll-electric Compact car
Body style5-door liftback
Electric motorFront-engine rear-battery Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
120hp 295nm (2016–2019)
134hp 295nm (2020–present)
Battery28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery[1] (2016–2019)
38.3 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (2020–present)
Electric range2016–2019:-
200 km (124 mi) (EPA)[17]
280 km (174 mi) (NEDC)[1]
169 km (105 mi) (South Korea)[1]

274 km (170 mi) (EPA)
310 km (193 mi) (WLTP)
200 km (124 mi) (South Korea)
Plug-in charging6.6 kW (2016–2019)
7.2 kW (2020–present)
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,470 mm (176.0 in)
Width1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Height1,450 mm (57.1 in)
Curb weight1,420–1,575 kg (3,131–3,472 lb)

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is a mid-2010s limited-production all-electric version of the Ioniq that is sold only in select countries and US states. It features a 28 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (LiPo) that delivers an EPA-rated all-electric range of 124 mi (200 km).[1][17] Hyundai originally expected the Ioniq to deliver a range of 110 mi (180 km).[18]

At the 2016 LA Auto Show, Hyundai announced that they are planning to extend the electric range of the Ioniq EV to more than 200 mi (320 km) by 2018.[19] However, the increase in battery size did not happen until 2019[20] and has an 193 mile range WLTP rated.[21] The Ioniq Electric has an 88 kW (120 PS) electric motor with 295 Nm of torque, and can be charged up to 80% in 33 minutes at 50 kW or in 24 minutes at 100 kW with a DC fast charging station.[22]

An integrated In-Cable Control Box (ICCB) also allows drivers to charge their Ioniq at a regular household outlet, but this is recommended only for use in emergencies in countries with 110 volt standard outlets.[23] In most countries, with 220-240 volt standard household outlets, 100% range can be added with an overnight charge.[24]

The charging plug of the car is located in a position where gas fillers are normally located.[1] The Ioniq features paddle shifters to allow drivers to choose from one of four levels of regenerative braking.[18] As of 2019, Hyundai USA sells the Ioniq Electric only[why?] in select states.[which?][25] It is sold by Hyundai in other countries as well, which as of December 2018 included Canada[26], Norway[27], Netherlands, Portugal[citation needed] or Switzerland.[28] As of 2020, the car remains listed on the Hyundai website.[29]

Range and efficiencyEdit

Ioniq Electric power control unit on top of the electric motor

Under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) four cycle test, the 2017 Ioniq Electric combined fuel economy rating is 136 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (mpg-e) (1.7 L/100 km), with an energy consumption of 25 kW·h/100 mi (15.7 kW⋅h/100 km).

The fuel economy rating for city is 150 mpg-e (1.6 L/100 km) and 122 mpg-e (1.9 L/100 km) in highway.[17]

With these ratings, the Ioniq Electric became in November 2016 the most efficient EPA certified vehicle considering all fuels and of all years, surpassing the 2014–2016 model year BMW i3, and also the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, the most energy efficient plug in hybrid in EV mode.[8][9] Similarly electric Ioniq was praised by the Green NCAP for high energy efficiency, even under high-load highway test.

Green NCAP test results
Hyundai Ioniq (2019)[30]
4x2 electric automatic
Test Points
Clean Air Index: 10/10
  Laboratory Tests HC CO NOx PN
9.0/9 Cold test        
3.0/3 Warm test        
3.0/3 Eco Mode        
3.0/3 Sport Mode        
9.0/9 Highway        
  Road Test HC CO NOx PN
7.0/7 On-Road Drive        
Energy Efficiency Index: 8.5/10
  Laboratory Tests Energy Efficiency
10.0/10 Cold test  
3.0/3 Warm test  
3.0/3 Eco Mode  
3.0/3 Sport Mode  
10.0/10 Highway  

The 2017 Ioniq Electric has a combined EPA rated range of 124 mi (200 km).[17] Charging time is rated at 4 hours on a Level 2 fast charger (240 V).[31] The range under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) standard is 280 km (170 mi),[32] and 169 km (105 mi) under the South Korean cycle.[1][needs update]

Comparison of EPA-rated range for electric cars rated up until July 2017 and priced under US$50,000 in the U.S. Only model year 2016 and 2017 cars are included.[33][34]

Ioniq Plug-inEdit

Hyundai Ioniq (AE) Plug-in
ManufacturerHyundai Motor Company
Model years2017–present
Body and chassis
ClassPlug-in hybrid
Compact car
Body style5-door liftback
Engine1.6L Kappa II GDI I4
Power: 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp)[11]
Electric motor60.5 PS (44.5 kW; 59.7 hp)[1]
Transmission6-Speed Dual-clutch transmission
Hybrid drivetrainPlug-in hybrid
Battery8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery[1]
Electric range50 km (31 mi) (Hyundai)[1]
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in) [35]
Length4,470 mm (176.0 in)
Width1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Height1,450 mm (57.1 in)
Curb weight1,495–1,551 kg (3,296–3,419 lb)

The plug-in hybrid variant was released in February 2017.[36] It has an 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery (LiPo) capable of delivering 50 km (31 mi) in all-electric mode (18 miles in real world highway use)[37]. The Ioniq Plug-in combines a 45 kW (61 PS) electric motor and 1.6-L GDI four cylinder Kappa engine with 40% thermal efficiency capable of delivering 78 kW (105 hp).[1][11]

Hyundai expects the Ioniq Plug-in to achieve a combined EPA rating of 125 mpg‑e (28 kW⋅h/100 mi; 17.1 kW⋅h/100 km) in all-electric mode.[11] EPA all electric range is 29 miles.[38]

Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in (Facelift)
The Ioniq plug-in charging port is located in the driver's left side.

The Ioniq Plug-in has the same dual-clutch transmission as the hybrid variant. This is an important differentiator for Hyundai from the majority of other hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars that use a continuously variable transmission.

Enhancing the Ioniq Plug-in fuel efficiency and dynamic driving characteristics, the driver can select either SPORT or ECO modes. The SPORT function holds lower gears longer and combines power from the engine and electric motor for maximum performance.

In ECO mode, the dual clutch transmission optimizes gear selection for efficiency, upshifting earlier to achieve better fuel economy.[11]



By January 2018, the Ioniq had surpassed 106,300 units sold worldwide, including over 73,800 conventional hybrids and nearly 25,000 purely electric cars, as well as over 5,500 plug-in hybrid variants (which had been on sale for three months).[39]

See alsoEdit


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