Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford C-MAX Hybrid VS 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Near Cumming, GA

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2018 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

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2018 Hyundai Ioniq

Safety Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the C-MAX Hybrid and the Ioniq Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Ford C-MAX Hybrid weighs 525 to 644 pounds more than the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the C-MAX Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid produces 49 more horsepower (188 vs. 139) than the Ioniq Hybrid’s 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford C-MAX Hybrid is faster than the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid:




Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

9.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.1 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

81 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ioniq Hybrid (13.5 vs. 11.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The C-MAX Hybrid has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid stops shorter than the Ioniq Hybrid:





60 to 0 MPH

138 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the C-MAX Hybrid has larger tires than the Ioniq Hybrid (225/50R17 vs. 195/65R15).

The C-MAX Hybrid’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ioniq Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the C-MAX Hybrid has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Ioniq Hybrid.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Ioniq Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer rear gas-charged shocks.

The C-MAX Hybrid’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The C-MAX Hybrid’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.4% to 42.6%) than the Ioniq Hybrid’s (59.9% to 40.1%). This gives the C-MAX Hybrid more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ioniq Hybrid (99.7 vs. 96.2).

The C-MAX Hybrid has 1.9 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 2 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ioniq Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the C-MAX Hybrid easier. The C-MAX Hybrid’s trunk lift-over height is 27.6 inches, while the Ioniq Hybrid’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the C-MAX Hybrid offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or, optionally on the C-MAX Hybrid Titanium, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The C-MAX Hybrid Titanium has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The C-MAX Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ioniq Hybrid’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Ioniq Hybrid Limited’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

On a hot day the C-MAX Hybrid’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Ioniq Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the C-MAX Hybrid’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The C-MAX Hybrid Titanium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Ioniq Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the C-MAX Hybrid has a standard rear wiper. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The C-MAX Hybrid has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The C-MAX Hybrid Titanium’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Ioniq Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford C-MAX Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the C-MAX Hybrid second among compact MPVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Ioniq Hybrid isn’t in the top three.

The Ford C-MAX outsold the Hyundai Ioniq by 64% during 2017.

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