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Used hybrid test: Hyundai Ioniq vs Toyota Prius: verdict

The Hyundai Ioniq has always been one of our favourite hybrid cars, but how does it stack up against the iconic Toyota Prius as a used buy? We have the answer...

Used test: Hyundai Ioniq vs Toyota Prius

Our verdict

If you’re in the market for an economical and practical used hybrid, both these cars have plenty to offer.

The Prius should cost the least to run in terms of day-to-day fuel costs, and it also has the most rear leg room out of the two. Its boot is the widest, and while it sacrifices a few litres of overall volume to the Ioniq, the extra width is really useful when loading a child’s pushchair or a set of golf clubs.

But the Ioniq gets our vote here. It's not only cheaper to buy at this age, but faster and nicer to drive, with a more user-friendly interior and cheaper servicing costs.

Toyota may have pioneered hybrid technology with the Prius, but when Hyundai launched the Ioniq it usurped them. That’s the reason the Ioniq has won numerous What Car? Awards, both new and used, and why it continues to make perfect sense as a second-hand buy.

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1st – Hyundai Ioniq

Used Hyundai Ioniq studio

For Cheaper to buy; better equipped; quicker; more fun to drive
Against Slightly firmer ride; not as cheap on fuel

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

Read our full used Hyundai Ioniq review here >>

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2nd – Toyota Prius

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For Higher urban economy; decent rear space
Against Boomy engine; grabby brakes; below-par infotainment system

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

Read our full used Toyota Prius review here >>

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Specifications: Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium

Engine size 1.6-litre petrol
Power 139bhp
Torque 108lb ft
0-60mph 10.3sec
Top speed 115mph
Fuel economy 82.1mpg (official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 79g/km


Specifications: Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-i Hybrid Active

Engine size 1.8-litre petrol
Power 121bhp
Torque 105lb ft
0-60mph 11.0sec
Top speed 112mph
Fuel economy 94.1mpg (official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 70g/km


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