The Hyundai Ioniq wants to go all the way up in the hybrid and EV arena and it has shown it means serious business by beating the world’s top-seller, the Toyota Prius.

The standard Prius records 52mpg combined with 50mpg highway and 54mpg city while the Ioniq is rated with 55mpg combined, with 54mpg highway and 55mph city. Close figures but the Ioniq takes the efficiency title here.

Meanwhile, the Prius Eco is rated with 56mpg combined with 53mpg highway and 58mpg city – Hyundai even beats this with its Ioniq Blue. The Ioniq Blue is capable of 58mpg combined, with 57mpg highway and 59mpg city.

The Ioniq also surpasses the Chevy Bolt, one of the most popular models in the market right now. The Ioniq Electric is said to be the most efficient electric vehicle ever rated in the US thus, it wasn’t much of a surprise that it beat the Bolt.

While the Bolt only has 119MPGe, the Ioniq Electric offers a combined equivalent fuel economy of 125MPGe. Only the BMW i3 comes closest to the Hyundai with its 124MPGe. Although the Nissan Leaf is the best-selling EV in the world, its 112MPGe simply can’t match up to the Ioniq Electric.

The Hyundai Ioniq managed to acquire 1,300 buyers, all from South Korea, marking a 57 percent of its entire EV sales. This figure is different over in the US but it still doesn’t alter the fact that the Korean model would be a strong rival against the Prius, Bolt and the Leaf.


Ben · March 9, 2017 at 8:49 am

I am more interested in seeing real-world numbers from drivers before claiming one car beats another. The Prius is rated at 50 mpg highway, but owners are getting over 60 mpg highway just by slowing down to the speed limit. I am interested in seeing if this holds true for the Ioniq as well…

Hans Johansen · March 9, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Exactly how does this Hyundai makes Prius and Bolt look really poor – Please explain?

Devon · March 10, 2017 at 2:51 am

With an off I regularly get upper 70s to lower 80s around town with my 2017 Prius. I regularly get mid 60s with my 2015 on highways too.
The Prius is the first car of many I’ve owned that performs better than promised in mpg ratings .

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