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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...
If you’re in the market for an economical and practical used hybrid car, both these cars have plenty to offer.
The Toyota 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 Hyundai 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
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
2nd – Toyota Prius
For Higher urban economy; decent rear space
Against Boomy engine; grabby brakes; below-par infotainment system
What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5
Specifications: Hyundai Ioniq 1.6 GDi Hybrid Premium
Engine size 1.6-litre petrol
Torque 108lb ft
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
Torque 105lb ft
Top speed 112mph
Fuel economy 94.1mpg (official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 70g/km
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