Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid vs Toyota Prius Hybrid: safety and reliability
Both the Prius and Ioniq are safe cars with similar levels of active systems; both should be reliable, too
Five-star Euro NCAP ratings for both cars means there’s little to separate them in this department, while both feature a similar set of active safety and driver assistance features. All Ioniq Hybrid models get automatic emergency braking, cruise control and lane-departure warning as standard alongside seven airbags, while top-spec Premium SE cars add adaptive cruise and a host of associated lane-keeping and monitoring systems, all of which work well on the motorway.
The Prius gets a similar level of standard safety kit, with all getting AEB, collision warning, adaptive cruise and a reversing camera, plus seven airbags. Business Edition Plus models like our test car get blind-spot monitoring and front and rear parking sensors.
Each of these cars should prove reliable: the Prius was rated as the best car to own in the 2019 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, with a below-average 14.5% of owners reporting an issue with their cars. The Ioniq achieved an impressive eighth place out of 100 cars in the same survey, with 16.2% of owners reporting faults.
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 & practicalityBoth are a similar shape and size, but the Toyota Prius just clinches it
- 7Safety & reliability - currently readingBoth 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