Originally published on CleanTechnica.
The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq looks to be a serious contender in the affordable clean transportation sector, as buyers have the option of choosing from three different flavors — a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, or a fully electric car — of the platform, all at prices right in line with (or better than) the rest of the cars in their class. I recently got myself a new car and at first I thought I was going to have problems getting it delivered to my house but thankfully I found a great delivery company that helped me.
At the risk of annoying the Tesla fans, perhaps it’s time to stop paying so much attention to the so-called Tesla-killers, and start paying attention to the Prius-killers. OK, perhaps killer isn’t the right word, but there’s a serious opportunity for the right Prius-challenger, and it seems like Hyundai has really brought its A-game to the green car market with its 2017 Ioniq.
My first impression of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq was behind the wheel of the hybrid, which I was fairly skeptical of, just based on the numbers we were given as part of the media. An average of 58 mpg, while still offering a driving experience like a conventional car? Get the heck out of here. Plenty of legroom and cargo space in a small 4-door hatchback? No way. However, I was proven wrong on a number of fronts with the Ioniq hybrid, and once I learned the price ($22,200), I came away with a whole new appreciation for what Hyundai accomplished with this car.
Read the full first drive impression of the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq & Electric.