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      06-09-2019 08:17 AM #1

      If someone asked me 5 years ago if I would own a hybrid car, I never really thought I would own a hybrid car. I guess circumstances change when you need something a little bit more practical that is cheap on gas. Originally I thought about getting an EV like the Leaf, but the range anxiety and the higher price tag convinced me other wise. Hopefully next time around when I am looking at cars 6-8 years from now EV technology is cheaper and has better range. I was surprised with how the 6 speed DCT transmission in the Ioniq actually shifts pretty fast and the paddle shifters work pretty well. I was thrilled it did not have one of those horrid CVT transmissions that many hybrids and economy cars have. The car even on the eco-tires actually handles pretty decent. I guess that independent rear-suspension helps. I know this car is really not as exciting as a muscle car or a hot hatch back, but at the end of the day it still does being a regular car pretty well. One question though, has anyone put aftermarket wheels, lowering springs, and summer times on a Hyundai Ioniq? How bad would the fuel economy be to switch to summer performance tires? I went on Tire Rack supposedly the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Tires fit the OEM 17 inch wheels on my car. I live in a state where it does not snow so I will probably switch to summer tires once the stock ones wear out. Also make sure to post any modified Hyundai Ioniq. I am interested to see if the car has any aftermarket scene in the US or globally.

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      06-09-2019 10:38 AM #2
      Perhaps the ioniq forums would be the ideal place to ask this question?

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    4. 06-09-2019 11:07 AM #3
      Even given the fact that it's a hybrid, the factory wheels are probably heavy. Light weight wheels and summer tires would probably make a noticeable difference. That old Car Lounge favorite, the Enkei RPF1 is available in a 17x7.5 fitment for your car and comes in at a scant 15.2 lbs per wheel.
      Hyundai/Kia specialists Shark Racing have a bunch of stuff for your car, but it's mostly cosmetic. There is a distinct lack of aftermarket suspension support in the U.S. for Korean cars, but you might be in luck if your car is on the same platform as the Elantra, as Shark sells both lowering springs and coilovers for the AD platform Elantra.

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      06-09-2019 11:41 AM #4
      I was research options in the event that I had to replace my FFH in the future when Ford stopped making cars, and this ended up on my possible maybe list. How are you enjoying it?

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      06-09-2019 10:26 PM #5
      Nice! I really like mine. I wanted Summit Grey but had to settle for silver to get the SEL/Tech combo I wanted. As far as LRR tires go, the Michelins really are the best out there; sun, rain, sleet/light snow, they've done really well. As far as wheels and tires, there was some talk on the Ioniq forums of finding similar but lighter 5-spoke wheels that the covers could fit over. If you pull one of the wheels and covers, measure the spoke, there are two different styles for the 17" wheels between HEV/PHEV/EV trims and they're not limited by model it seems. The 15" wheels and 16" (PHEV only) are the same style of wheel, just different covers; nothing ever came of that as far as updates. As far as suspension, there's nothing out there, not even an uprated strut; you'd have to OEM+ it from the Hyundai/Kia parts bin. Some on the Ioniq forums have talked about getting PHEV or even EV springs for their HEV for a firmer/sportier ride but like the wheels thread, it died off with no real results. The DCT vs. CVT was also a big factor in my decision; I test drove the Insight and the CVT made a noticeable noise that seemed like it cut through everything. So far I'm averaging around 57MPG with about an even split between city/highway miles.

      As far as modified Ioniqs go, Bisimoto's SEMA car seems to be the only one out there.
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      06-09-2019 11:44 PM #6
      I had an ultimate in black for 6 months as a company car. Really enjoyed it. I too was surprised at how well the DCT worked. Congrats on the new ride. I think it looks great as it is.

      maybe get the wheels from NLine Elantra GT or Veloster for that OE+ look
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      06-10-2019 11:37 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Vee-Dubber-GLI View Post
      Nice! I really like mine. I wanted Summit Grey but had to settle for silver to get the SEL/Tech combo I wanted. As far as LRR tires go, the Michelins really are the best out there; sun, rain, sleet/light snow, they've done really well. As far as wheels and tires, there was some talk on the Ioniq forums of finding similar but lighter 5-spoke wheels that the covers could fit over. If you pull one of the wheels and covers, measure the spoke, there are two different styles for the 17" wheels between HEV/PHEV/EV trims and they're not limited by model it seems. The 15" wheels and 16" (PHEV only) are the same style of wheel, just different covers; nothing ever came of that as far as updates. As far as suspension, there's nothing out there, not even an uprated strut; you'd have to OEM+ it from the Hyundai/Kia parts bin. Some on the Ioniq forums have talked about getting PHEV or even EV springs for their HEV for a firmer/sportier ride but like the wheels thread, it died off with no real results. The DCT vs. CVT was also a big factor in my decision; I test drove the Insight and the CVT made a noticeable noise that seemed like it cut through everything. So far I'm averaging around 57MPG with about an even split between city/highway miles.

      As far as modified Ioniqs go, Bisimoto's SEMA car seems to be the only one out there.
      Thank you. Congratulations also. I am glad yours is getting good fuel economy. I am looking forward to the better fuel economy compared to what I was getting in my previous 228i in stop and go traffic. The OEM Michelin tires are pretty decent. I just like the handling of the summer performance tires. But if it has a major fuel economy impact I might not do that. The DCT transmission is nice. I am hoping it holds up well. Yeah CVT transmissions are awful. That basically removed most Japanese cars off my list since all the economy cars and hybrids have it. I am interested to see if any sort of tuner/after-market scene develops for the car. Hopefully as more of them sell it will attract more after-market companies. It alway surprised me that their is a Prius tuner/after-market scene.
      Quote Originally Posted by Egz View Post
      I was research options in the event that I had to replace my FFH in the future when Ford stopped making cars, and this ended up on my possible maybe list. How are you enjoying it?
      I have been liking it but I need to drive it around some more. I like how it drives like a regular car and does not have all the weird quirks of a Prius.
      Quote Originally Posted by gonzo08452 View Post
      I had an ultimate in black for 6 months as a company car. Really enjoyed it. I too was surprised at how well the DCT worked. Congrats on the new ride. I think it looks great as it is.

      maybe get the wheels from NLine Elantra GT or Veloster for that OE+ look
      That could be a good thought to use some OEM wheels from a different Hyundai if they fit. I am fine with the size of the 17inch wheels. I would not really go any larger than that. Glad you like yours too.
      Quote Originally Posted by The Kilted Yaksman View Post
      Even given the fact that it's a hybrid, the factory wheels are probably heavy. Light weight wheels and summer tires would probably make a noticeable difference. That old Car Lounge favorite, the Enkei RPF1 is available in a 17x7.5 fitment for your car and comes in at a scant 15.2 lbs per wheel.
      Hyundai/Kia specialists Shark Racing have a bunch of stuff for your car, but it's mostly cosmetic. There is a distinct lack of aftermarket suspension support in the U.S. for Korean cars, but you might be in luck if your car is on the same platform as the Elantra, as Shark sells both lowering springs and coilovers for the AD platform Elantra.
      I will need to check out Shark Racing's website to see what they have. The Enkei RPF1's are nice wheels for sure.
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      06-10-2019 11:44 AM #8
      Nice pickup! After having a few Uber rides in the back of these, I came away impressed. I think I'd rather have one over a Prius, as long as the original OTD price isn't the same. Interior/exterior styling is way better, and the DCT is a big selling point.

      I'd go after the lightest wheels I could and keep the stock tires. Any non-LRR tire you fit will have a serious impact on MPG (we saw a 3-6mpg drop on our Prius moving to a +1 width RE760 from the OEM Goodyear LRR tire.)

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      06-10-2019 11:51 AM #9
      I'd try to stuff 17x9 +35 RPF1s under there for the good face.... but I'm dumb

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      06-10-2019 06:13 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post
      Nice pickup! After having a few Uber rides in the back of these, I came away impressed. I think I'd rather have one over a Prius, as long as the original OTD price isn't the same. Interior/exterior styling is way better, and the DCT is a big selling point.

      I'd go after the lightest wheels I could and keep the stock tires. Any non-LRR tire you fit will have a serious impact on MPG (we saw a 3-6mpg drop on our Prius moving to a +1 width RE760 from the OEM Goodyear LRR tire.)
      I guess I will have some time to think about my next set of tires since I expect the stock ones will last for a bit. The DCT was a nice selling feature for sure. Made it kind of unique with most economy cars and hybrids having CVT's. Yeah my car was significantly cheaper than the Prius especially with the discounts. That is another reason why I went with it.

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      06-10-2019 08:02 PM #11
      Love the infotainment on Hyundai's. So much easier and nicer to use than Prius' or any other Toyota that I've been in.

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      06-12-2019 08:38 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by 50fridge View Post
      I like how it drives like a regular car and does not have all the weird quirks of a Prius.
      Quote Originally Posted by Numbersix View Post
      Nice pickup! After having a few Uber rides in the back of these, I came away impressed. I think I'd rather have one over a Prius, as long as the original OTD price isn't the same. Interior/exterior styling is way better, and the DCT is a big selling point.
      When I moved to where I'm at now, most of the Hyundais around here are Elantras and Konas; I took it in for its first service and and older couple that had a Kona asked me if it was the new Elantra; they were surprised it was a hybrid, "It looks like a regular car, not Birkenstocks on wheels!" One of the best things about this car is that it looks like a regular car and doesn't look overly exaggerated or scream 'Hybrid!' like a Prius does. Same with the Kia Niro that shares the chassis/platform.

      Quote Originally Posted by 50fridge View Post
      I guess I will have some time to think about my next set of tires since I expect the stock ones will last for a bit. The DCT was a nice selling feature for sure. Made it kind of unique with most economy cars and hybrids having CVT's. Yeah my car was significantly cheaper than the Prius especially with the discounts. That is another reason why I went with it.
      DCT is really nice and I barely notice it for the most part; only downside, and this seems to be with all DCTs and not just this model's, is jerkiness/lurching at low-speed/parking lot speeds.

      Quote Originally Posted by gonzo08452 View Post
      Love the infotainment on Hyundai's. So much easier and nicer to use than Prius' or any other Toyota that I've been in.
      The native infotainment and smooth transition to Android Auto is great. I particularly like the Hybrid screen that shows the energy flow and battery usage.
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      06-12-2019 09:58 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Vee-Dubber-GLI View Post
      When I moved to where I'm at now, most of the Hyundais around here are Elantras and Konas; I took it in for its first service and and older couple that had a Kona asked me if it was the new Elantra; they were surprised it was a hybrid, "It looks like a regular car, not Birkenstocks on wheels!" One of the best things about this car is that it looks like a regular car and doesn't look overly exaggerated or scream 'Hybrid!' like a Prius does. Same with the Kia Niro that shares the chassis/platform.



      DCT is really nice and I barely notice it for the most part; only downside, and this seems to be with all DCTs and not just this model's, is jerkiness/lurching at low-speed/parking lot speeds.


      The native infotainment and smooth transition to Android Auto is great. I particularly like the Hybrid screen that shows the energy flow and battery usage.
      The average person probably wouldn't really notice the difference between my car and my GF's 2017 Elantra unless they were riding in it. I do like how it looks a regular car and they did not do some crazy weird design. Toyota really botched the design on the current Prius. I usually do not get caught up on looks for cars but it just looks ugly. Toyota has hybrid cars sold overseas like the Corolla Hatchback Hybrid that is actually fairly attractive looking. Hopefully, when the next-gen Prius comes out they learn from their mistakes with the current one. I feel like the hybrid powertrain has helped smooth out any low-speed jerkiness. Much smoother than many of the DCT equipped cars I have driven previously.

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      06-13-2019 08:19 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by 50fridge View Post
      The average person probably wouldn't really notice the difference between my car and my GF's 2017 Elantra unless they were riding in it. I do like how it looks a regular car and they did not do some crazy weird design. Toyota really botched the design on the current Prius. I usually do not get caught up on looks for cars but it just looks ugly. Toyota has hybrid cars sold overseas like the Corolla Hatchback Hybrid that is actually fairly attractive looking. Hopefully, when the next-gen Prius comes out they learn from their mistakes with the current one. I feel like the hybrid powertrain has helped smooth out any low-speed jerkiness. Much smoother than many of the DCT equipped cars I have driven previously.
      Exactly, the Insight and Ioniq look like regular cars and not something that goes out of its way to sear retinas. The new Corolla is a distinctive design but isn't like the Prius in how exaggerated it is. Good to hear about the jerkiness; I've had limited experience with DCT-equipped cars and noticed it in all of them.
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      I know you bought the car already, but I think the Honda Insight and Accord Hybrid would have much better aftermarket support.

      I haven't looked into it, but I think the Insight shares its suspension with the Civic, which also shares its design with the Accord. I kind of want an Insight for my next ride but I don't know if I can live with its weak sauce performance.

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      06-13-2019 10:23 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by CTK View Post
      I know you bought the car already, but I think the Honda Insight and Accord Hybrid would have much better aftermarket support.

      I haven't looked into it, but I think the Insight shares its suspension with the Civic, which also shares its design with the Accord. I kind of want an Insight for my next ride but I don't know if I can live with its weak sauce performance.
      If you can fit the Si's suspension then maybe it'd be a good ride; stock, it's soft and floaty and feels more disconnected than the Ioniq. It's peppier given that it has two electric drive motors compared to the Ioniq's one, but that CVT noise is very noticeable, even with the radio one.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Vee-Dubber-GLI View Post
      If you can fit the Si's suspension then maybe it'd be a good ride; stock, it's soft and floaty and feels more disconnected than the Ioniq. It's peppier given that it has two electric drive motors compared to the Ioniq's one, but that CVT noise is very noticeable, even with the radio one.
      That is my big fear with the Honda hybrids; every review I read talks about how loud and thrashy the gas engine is. Maybe a Camry Hybrid SE is the best choice.

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      Quote Originally Posted by CTK View Post
      That is my big fear with the Honda hybrids; every review I read talks about how loud and thrashy the gas engine is. Maybe a Camry Hybrid SE is the best choice.
      I'll say this: The Ioniq doesn't have the quietest or smoothest engine (one of the things I paid particular attention to when test driving after reading C&D's review), but it's no worse than any current 4cyl on the market and has sound dampening material in the right places and the timing of when it is in generator mode (only time I really ever notice it now) to make it as unobtrusive as possible. Road and wind noise above 50+MPH practically drown it out. The Insight has the CVT buzz and more road/wind noise getting into the cabin on top of a rough motor (in general, not just 'rough for a Honda').

      Take a look at the Ioniq; if you need something larger (you mentioned Camry), take a look at the Kia Niro. Both are in my family and the only issues have been with finding a good dealer for service but that's a larger Hyundai/Kia issue rather than model-specific.
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      I took off the LRR tires on my Volt and saw a 4 mile range decrease in electric mode and a small hit to highway mpg. YMMV. Totally worth it for the increased grip I received in return since the LRR's were not great for grip in all seasons.

      I'm sure LW wheels will help and lowering springs can't hurt. Is there a low-hanging splitter/lip/front-spoiler under the front fascia? Just be mindful of scraping that. /$0.02.

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      06-14-2019 09:31 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by CTK View Post
      I know you bought the car already, but I think the Honda Insight and Accord Hybrid would have much better aftermarket support.

      I haven't looked into it, but I think the Insight shares its suspension with the Civic, which also shares its design with the Accord. I kind of want an Insight for my next ride but I don't know if I can live with its weak sauce performance.
      The Honda Insight is faster than my Ioniq in a straight line but handling wise they are supposed to be pretty similar. Neither are going to be as sporty as something like a Civic Si or Civic Sport Hatchback but they both are focused more efficiency. Is Honda running any incentives/discounts for the Insight?

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      Dealers by me seem to be holding pretty firm on Insight pricing. I'm sure they'll be able to continue to do so as long as gas prices keep going up. But that may also bode well for lease residuals.

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      Very nice! What did you drive before the Ioniq? GTI?

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