Hyundai Ioniq Family Adds Plug-In Hybrid Variant

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid has an all-electric range of more than 29 miles.

The Hyundai Ioniq is the first to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform with the addition of the new plug-in hybrid variant for the 2018 model year. In addition, Hyundai has updated the Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Electric models with new features, including paddle shifters on the Hybrid model (SEL and Limited trims), lane keep assist added to lane departure warning (SEL Tech and Limited with Ultimate package), new red exterior color for Hybrid models, and the Electric model has been simplified to two trim levels: Electric and Limited.

But the big news is the new plug-in hybrid version of the Ioniq, returning an all-electric range of more than 29 miles. It is rated at 119 MPGe in EV mode and 52 mpg in hybrid mode, based on EPA estimates. Powering the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is an 8.9-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery along with a 1.6-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine delivering an estimated 104 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque. Paired with the gasoline engine is a 60-hp electric motor that can operate at speeds up to 75 mph.

SEE ALSO: 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Review

To differentiate the plug-in hybrid model from the standard hybrid model, there are low-beam LED headlamps and a charging port on the left front fender. Specifically designed 16-inch wheels are also unique to the plug-in hybrid version.

Pricing for the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid starts from $24,950 excluding delivery, while the Limited trim has a starting price of $28,300.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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