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Can a Hyundai Ioniq Tow a Travel Trailer or Popup Camper?

The Ioniq Hybrid is capable of pulling anything from bike racks to a small teardrop trailer. It is not designed to pull a trailer.

The Hyundai Ioniq is a compact 5-door hybrid manufactured by Hyundai. It is available in 3 variants: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric. It is the first automobile to not include an internal combustion engine option. The Ioniq was revealed in 2016 with all the variants being showcased at the 2016 Geneva and New York auto shows.

What is the Towing Limit of Ioniq?

The Ioniq Hybrid has a braked towing capacity of 1650 lbs. This means that the Ioniq can tow loads that have a brake on both the left and right wheels on either axle. However, the All-Electric model does not have a rated towing capacity as it is strictly advised against towing with it. This is due to the fact that towing on an electric vehicle severely limits the range that it can travel.

Hyundai Ioniq Engines

The Ioniq is available in the following powertrains:

  • 1.6 L Kappa II GDI HEV I4 (Hybrid): The powertrain of the hybrid variant, this powertrain consists of a 1.6L Kappa II four-cylinder, Atkinson-cycle engine along with an electric motor powered by a 1.56 kWh battery. The Kappa II in the Hybrid variant is capable of delivering 105 hp and an estimated torque of 109 lb-ft while the electric motor delivers 43 bhp and a torque of 125 lb-ft. The estimated total power output is 139 bhp with a torque of 195 lb-ft.

  • 1.6 L Kappa II GDI HEV I4 (Plug-in Hybrid): The powertrain of the Plug-in hybrid variant consists of the same Kappa II that is present in the Hybrid variant except for the battery that powers the electric motor is a more powerful 8.9 kWh. The electric motor in this variant is capable of 59.7 hp

Should you tow with Ioniq?

Towing a reasonable amount of weight with the Ioniq is possible by purchasing and installing aftermarket towing aids such as a trailering hitch and harness. Although it is possible, it is not recommended because the vehicle is not built for towing loads. The manufacturers of the vehicle advise against doing any kind of trailer towing with the Ioniq in the owner’s manual. This is due to the fact that the Ioniq’s transmission and frame were not designed with towing in mind. As a result, insisting on towing would result in damage to the powertrain of the Ioniq. Towing on the Ioniq could cause irreversible damage to the frame of the Ioniq. Towing would also mean more frequent servicing as towing takes quite a toll on the transmission and engine of the vehicle.

In Summary

So, we can say that the Ioniq is able to tow a maximum braked load of 1650 lbs with the installation of a hitch and harness. There are three variants available for the Ioniq; however, the all-electric model is the least favorable option as towing would inflict more severe damage on it than its other variants. Generally, towing with hybrids is not recommended as it places great stress on the engine so whoever insists on towing with the Ioniq does so at their own risk.