Not too long ago, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric would have been a game changer - a truly affordable all-electric car with room for five and 124 miles of range on a full charge.
But then Chevy released the 2017 Bolt, which is an affordable all-electric car with 239 miles of range. And then the affordable all-electric Tesla3 with over 200 miles of range finally went into production. And Nissan is about to release the next version of its affordable all-electric Leaf with between 200 and 300 miles of range, more than twice its original 107 miles.
But, despite lagging behind in maximum range, the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric is still worth checking out for anyone considering an all-electric car. For starters, it costs considerable less than the Bolt, Telsa3, and probably the upcoming Leaf. Availlable federal and state incentives could reduce the cost to below $21,000, depending on how much owe Uncle Sam the year you buy it.
And 124 miles is still more than several other all-electric cars on the market - and far more than most people drive every day.
But more than that, the Ioniq Electric is a well designed, well made car that's surprisingly fun to drive. It is similar in size and shape to the Hyundai Elantra, which is one of the best compacts on the market. The inside is roomy, the controls are easy to find and use, and the interior materials - at least in our top-of-the-line Limited version - are higher quality that you'd expect to find in an economy car.
But even the base version, which starts at $29,500, comes well equipped with heated leather front seats, a power driver seat with lumbar support, and Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert. Ours was listed at $36,835 before the maximum $7,500 federal tax credit and coming $2,500 state rebate.
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