Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid vs Toyota Prius Hybrid: space and practicality
Both are a similar shape and size, but the Toyota Prius just clinches it
The overall design of the Hyundai Ioniq is clearly inspired by the Toyota Prius; its fastback shape and focus on passenger and luggage space is very similar. It’s no wonder these cars often end up as private-hire vehicles – each is perfect for the airport run thanks to plentiful rear leg and headroom, plus a large, easily accessed boot.
While both are very practical, the Prius just edges the Ioniq. The Toyota’s 457-litre boot – expandable to 1,588 litres with the rear seats folded – trumps the Ioniq’s 443 and 1,505-litre measurements, even when taking a 45-litre reduction over the front-drive version’s boot into account. Both load areas are a good shape, however.
There’s a shade more space in the back of the Prius, despite the fact that the cars have the same wheelbase length.
In This Review
- 1IntroThe Toyota Prius is the car that helped start the hybrid revolution, and it’s now available with four-wheel drive. Can it stay ahead of the recently facelifted Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid?
- 2Fuel economy & CO2 emissionsThe Toyota is more efficient than the Hyundai, but neither can travel on electric power alone for very long
- 3Running costs & warrantyMonthly PCP prices depend heavily on spec, while the Toyota Prius is marginally cheaper than the Hyundai Ioniq for company-car buyers
- 4Performance & handlingBoth are good to drive, but the Toyota Prius rides better and has a better-resolved drivetrain than the Hyundai Ioniq
- 5Interior & infotainmentThe Hyundai Ioniq takes the win here, with a revised interior and far superior infotainment
- 6Space & practicality - currently readingBoth are a similar shape and size, but the Toyota Prius just clinches it
- 7Safety & reliabilityBoth the Prius and Ioniq are safe cars with similar levels of active systems; both should be reliable, too
- 8Verdict & specificationsOverall, the Prius is a better car than the Ioniq – but the Hyundai has its strengths