Hyundai Ioniq Lives Up To Its Value Proposition Hype

To capture its share of the growing electrified car market Korean carmaker Hyundai chose to answer the demand with a Chinese menu approach.

Hyundai is the first to offer one model in three electrified configurations: standard hybrid; plug-in hybrid that with both a regular hybrid and EV drive mode; and a pure EV model.

On a recent test drive the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid SEL distinguished itself in more conventional ways than its sophisticated drivetrain options.

Hyundai designers used a deft touch to create a smallish fastback sedan that delivers mid-sized  interior comfort, enormous cargo space, and really attractive curb appeal.

Ioniq interior trim sports a bit too much plastic but the seating is firm and supportive and leg and headroom is ample throughout.

From the driver seat the Hyundai Ioniq offers the tight handling of a small car, and impressive power from the 1.6 liter Atkinson-cycle 4 cylinder gas engine paired with a 32-kilowatt electric motor that combine to pump out 147 horsepower.

In addition to the broad electric market sweep of the Hyundai Ioniq, the $24,000 base price of the Hybrid SEL is also very competitive.