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Testing Ioniq hybrid (blue)

Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:48 am

On Friday, an Ioniq Blue (high efficiency) showed up at the local dealer and we took it for a short test drive, 15 miles to 24 miles. My impressions:
  • noisy - both tire and engine noise were more than either our BMW i3-REx or 2017 Prius Prime Plus
  • stepped transmission - some people detest the eCVT of the Prius or the lack of gears in an EV. In contrast, I found stepped transmissions 'retro' and not fun at all.
  • warm-up - typically takes 2-3 miles like a regular Prius hybrid and then it becomes a +50 MPG car.
  • brake anomaly - it could have been the paper liner on the floor board but there was one delayed and 'hinky' brake event that was not repeated. Emergency braking was ordinary.
  • reasonable pickup - nothing like our BMW i3-REx but OK for that class of car.
Since it does not come with dynamic cruise control and collision avoidance, I have no interest.

Bob Wilson
20k/27k mi 2014 BMW i3-REx
10k/10k mi 2017 Prius Prime

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Re: Testing Ioniq hybrid (blue)

Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:03 am

I’m waiting to try the Ionic electric as I have no interest in the hybrid. The electric has Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Smart Cruise Control which is plenty of wizardry for me! Acquaintances of mine have one and they are really pleased with it. Also given that I could buy on on these with all the bells and whistles they offer inc leather seats and electric seats for less than £30k in UK with a 5 year warranty then I could buy one and throw it away at the end for no more that the i3 cost!
BMW 3 Series 2005 - Aug 2014
BMW Z4 35i 2009 - Mar 2014
BMW X1 Mar 14
BMW i3 Sep 14

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