There was cause for optimism when the numbers for the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid were released. Sure, it might not beat the 2016 Toyota Prius in mileage, but it had enough performance credentials on top of a nicer look to brush aside the Toyota EV marque.

Then the Ioniq Electric appeared touting a total range of 155 miles in Europe had people grimacing for a bit – the mileage could do a worse considering that the 2017 BMW i3 is expected for only 120 miles of range.

However, many people have scratched the pleasant-looking Ioniq EV off their shopping lists after the EPA rated the all-electric variant at only 110 miles on a single charge, a figure that now flatters the upcoming i3.

The saving grace for the i3 is that it will feature a range-extender, so its final range could barely scratch 200 miles which is the least expected for EVs in 2017.

Hyundai doesn’t provide as good a consolation for the Ioniq EV. It instead comes with paddle shifters for drivers to control the regenerative braking of the vehicle. If this car is to boost its appeal, it really needs to be offered with a range-extender option.


Staff Reporter

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