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

Hyundai Ioniq vs Toyota Prius

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.