While the Hyundai Ioniq is far from the most exciting car on the road, it is nice to see the Korean automaker spreading its alternative-fuel wings. We learned most of the details on the two incoming versions of this model – the hybrid and electric – months ago, but today we learn all about its fuel economy.
The Ioniq Hybrid is pretty impressive considering this is Hyundai’s first crack at competing with the Prius. Its base model rings in at 55 mpg city, 54 mpg highway and 55 mpg combined. Moving into the Ioniq Blue, which is the plug-in version, bumps the fuel economy to 57 mpg city, 59 mpg highway and 58 mpg combined. These ratings put the Ioniq way over the base Prius’ 54 mpg city, 50 mpg highway and 52 mpg combined ratings, but the hybrid model falls short of the Prius Eco’s combined and city ratings.
On the electric side of things, the Ioniq has 124 miles of range on a charge, which is well short of the class-leading Chevy Bolt’s 238-mile range. That said, Hyundai promises a 200-plus-mile version in 2018. Though its range is shorter than the Bolt, the Ioniq is more efficient with its power, which is evidenced by its 150 mpg-e city, 122 mpg-e highway and 136 mpg-e combined ratings. For reference, the Bolt’s ratings are 128 mpg-e city, 110 mpg-e highway and 119 mpg-e combined.
Now all we’re waiting on is pricing to find out if the Ioniq is going to be one of the best values in the alternative-fuel segment. Keep it locked here for updates.