Twin test: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid vs Toyota Prius Hybrid
Toyota famously started the hybrid revolution with the Prius, a car that has remained at the top of its class over a number of generations. Clearly inspired by the Prius in philosophy, mechanicals and design, the Hyundai Ioniq arrived as a direct competitor in 2016 and has continued to impress with great build quality, decent driving dynamics and practicality on its side.
Toyota has recently added the option of four-wheel drive – by way of an extra electric motor – to the Prius range, while Hyundai’s front-drive-only Ioniq was updated in the latter half of 2019 with a facelift, new infotainment and some interior improvements.
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Premium SE
Toyota Prius Business Edition Plus AWD
Chances are that the choice between Ioniq and Prius will be made by company-car users looking for frugal transport with low tax rates, although either could be suitable for private buyers looking for a practical, cheap-to-run family transport. It’s important, therefore, that each can hold its own not just in the economy and emissions stakes, but also in terms of practicality, comfort and reliability.
Read on for our full in-depth comparison between these two cars...