Hyundai Ioniq 2018 still $2,000+ cheaper than Toyota Prius Prime.
The all new addition to the Ioniq family is the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in which completes the electrified Ioniq range with a competitive price of $25,835, including destination. The plug-in variant gets an all electric range of 29 miles and has a total range of 650 miles.
Just two variants are offered on the plug-in, including the base model and the limited, which starts at $29,185.
For 2018, Hyundai decided to simplify the Ioniq Electric line to just two trim levels. The Ioniq Plug-in undercuts the Toyota Prius Prime by more than $2,000, and also has a higher EV range of 29 miles versus the Toyota plug-in’s 25 miles.
Both the cars are eligible for a $4,500 federal tax credit. The larger Honda Clarity plug-in starts at $34,290 while the Chevrolet Volt starts at $34,095 but both qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit. The Clarity plug-in has an all-electric range of 47 miles while the Volt is rated at 53 miles just on the battery.
Compared to a 2017 Ioniq electric, which had a range of 110 miles, the base Ioniq Plug-in variant is $4,550 lesser expensive. However the Electric variant is qualifies for the $7,500 federal tax credit, which drops the price to $22,885, or roughly $1,500 more than the plug-in including the tax.
Like the standard ongoing Ioniq hybrid, the plug-in also features a 1.6 litre direct injected Atkinson-Cycle four cylinder engine under the hood, that produces a decent 104 hp and 109 lb ft of torque. That engine is coupled to a more robust 60 hp electric motor and larger 8.9-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack, although the combined output hasn’t been revealed yet. But we can expect it to be close to the standard Ioniq hybrid’s 139 hp, if the Kia Niro plug-in is any indication. The plug-in gets the same six-speed dual clutch based automatic transmission as the regular hybrid.
The plug-in almost looks like the standard Ioniq hybrid, but it gets low-beam LED headlights and unique 16-inch alloy wheels in addition to the telltale charging port on the passenger-side front fender. Like the rest of the Ioniq lineup, the plug-in will also feature a 7.0-inch TFT gauge cluster based display to relay relevant information including charge level, range, and speed to the driver. Meanwhile, the infotainment system is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in is on sale at dealerships now.
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