Why the Hyundai Ioniq Is the Ultimate Electric Car

electric-carThere’s plenty to admire about the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq, from its remarkable efficiency to its abundant interior amenities. With that in mind, here’s a closer look at how this electric vehicle is making its mark on the automotive industry.

Impressive Performance

When it comes to efficiency, the Ioniq features a lightweight foundation that boosts its responsiveness on the road. It also has a drag coefficient of .24, which is considerably lower than what you’d find with most production cars.

Additionally, the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models feature a six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission, which adds a touch of sporty performance to the Ioniq that you won’t find with traditional hybrid vehicles. Meanwhile, the Electric rounds out the category with a single-speed reduction gear transmission.

The 32-kilowatt electric motor equipped with the Hybrid sees a 43 horsepower equivalent and 125 pound-feet of torque. The Plug-in Hybrid features the same torque potential but with a higher horsepower equivalent of 60, thanks to its 45-kilowatt electric motor. The Electric tops the list with an 88-kilowatt electric motor that produces an impressive 120 horsepower equivalent and 215 pound-feet of torque.

Excellent Fuel Efficiency

EPA estimates are important numbers to consider when shopping for a vehicle, and the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq certainly doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the Hybrid reaches 57 mpg in the city and 59 mpg on the highway. The Plug-in Hybrid adds to that with an all-electric range of more than 25 miles, which outshines the 22 miles you’d get with the Prius Prime’s Plug-in version.

With the Electric, you’ll reach a maximum 125 MPGe in electric mode, which is quite impressive on its own and consequently beats out the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s MPGe rating of 119. Additionally, this particular model has a yearly fuel cost of $500, which is the lowest compared to similar vehicles in its class.

Luxurious Interior

Before you buy, you should consider whether the vehicle you’re interested in has enough room to accommodate your needs. Fortunately, you’ll get a total of 122.7 cubic feet of interior space in the Hybrid, while the Plug-in Hybrid and Electric see just under that with 120 cubic feet of space. Aside from volume, you’ll also appreciate the creature comforts available with the Ioniq, including the leather seating surfaces, driver’s seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

As far as entertainment goes, you’ll find plenty to admire, including a 4.2-inch LCD instrument cluster display, eight-inch touchscreen navigation system, and SiriusXM satellite radio. You can also easily access your smartphone’s apps and features with the available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Superior Safety

Hyundai has designed the latest Ioniq with not only efficiency in mind, but also safety, which is oftentimes at the top of everyone’s list for deciding factors. That said, this vehicle features seven air bags, smart cruise control, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. All of these elements combine to keep you and your passengers protected regardless of what the road throws your way.

With impressive qualities and three models to choose from, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is the ultimate electric vehicle. Consider shopping for yours today!

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