The Hyundai Ioniq is here and it is set to take on the best hybrids and EVs currently in the market. In regards to the Toyota Prius, the official numbers of the Ioniq Hybrid has placed it well above the world’s top-seller.

The Ioniq is far more efficient that the standard Prius. The former has a 55mpg combined; 54 mpg highway, 55mpg city, while the latter has 52mpg combined; 50mpg highway, 54mpg city.

The Prius Eco, on the other hand, has 56mpg combined (53mpg highway, 58mpg city), but even that is not enough to beat the Ioniq Blue which has a 58mpg combined (57mpg highway, 59mpg city).

The Toyota hybrid isn’t the only one losing out to the Ioniq. The Chevrolet Bolt, despite being quite hot in the market right now, also falls short when placed next to the Ioniq Electric, which has been dubbed the most efficient electric car ever rated in the country.

The all-electric Hyundai has a combined equivalent fuel economy rating of 125MPGe while the Bolts sits at 119MPGe. The BMW i3 is the closes to the Hyundai with its 124MPGe combined. The world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, is even lower at 112MPGe.

The Hyundai Ioniq has been garnering a lot of love from consumers as its Electric version has generated 1,300 buyers in South Korea, marking a 57 percent of the total EV sales for the market.

This would differ stateside, but it seems pretty obvious that the new Korean model would be a strong competitor to the Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Bolt, as well as the Nissan Lead in the U.S.


Peter Greenberg · January 5, 2017 at 5:29 am

Comparing MPGe is silly, the Bolt goes @240 miles, way more than the electric Hyundai at what I hear is 124 miles.
The specs overall do look good though for the hybrid, though “far more efficient” and 5% better are quite a different thing

    Jesse Collette · January 5, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I’ll second the motion! The story seems to have “cherry-picked” data rather than providing the whole picture.

    RANDY · January 5, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    MPGe is useful Only when comparing Vehicles with almost exactly the same Electric range & size. The Hyundai has just ~ half the range, it’s MPGe is only better because the batteries are ~ 1/2 the size (weight) of the much longer range Bolts!
    Anyone that would buy a non-ice car by MPGe really is missing the whole point anyway, this is just a byproduct of the EPA’s attempt to simplify & compare to an ICE’s MPG#. Please make this clear in your articles, this is a common mistake, that does not need to be repeated.

      bluecar1 · January 6, 2017 at 6:06 am

      i disagree on with the comment about comparing MPGe figures

      yes the chevvey may have a longer range on a “full” charge

      but the point of MPGe is to show the efficiency of the vehicles, this include the motor, motor controller, regen braking and aerodynamic drag

      so yes the chevy may go longer between charge, but the Ioniq costs less per mile to run in electricity

Sergei M. · January 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

Hyundai / Kia has a history of falsifying fuel economy numbers. They are still paying to owners of 2012-2013 models.

Gary Gendel · January 5, 2017 at 10:48 am

I totally agree with Peter. Another metric that seems to be missing in EV specs is the expected loss of capacity over time. In 10 years, the Bolt can lose between 10& to 40% of it’s capacity (thus distance). I think that consumers want to have these kinds of facts for comparison.

Bob Wilson · January 5, 2017 at 11:49 am

How about posting a Monroney sticker for these cars? This is the window sticker all new USA cars have?

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