2017 Toyota Prius vs Hyundai Ioniq – Comparison , Price and Specs

Prius vs Ioniq – The Battle for Hybrid Glory

Prius vs Ioniq seems to be an exciting battle in the making. Toyota Prius has been one of the most successful Hybrid vehicles in the past decade. Prius brings in legendary Toyota reliability and super high mileage with it. Being the unchallenged king of Hybrid world, finally Toyota Prius seems to be getting some real adversaries.

Hyundai Ioniq being a new entrant has excited the Auto world crowd with impressive mileage and price. Hyundai has climbed up the reliability charts by leaps and bounds in last decade. Hyundai stands only behind the Japanese manufactures, having surpassed american Trio of GM, Ford and Chrysler.

With Ioniq, Hyundai is well poised to match the Japanese in all departments. But before that can happen, Ioniq needs to improve upon the reigning champion Toyota Prius.

Below is the comparison of Specifications, internal & external features , Comfort , Convenience and Safety of  Prius vs Ioniq. As you can see these cars are matched in almost all departments.

Hyundai Ioniq first look
Hyundai Ioniq first look

Engine, Mileage and Performance

Hyundai Ioniq beats Toyota Prius hands down in Mileage but not by much. The 8 MPG advantage in highway driving is quiet an improvement but need to tested on real world conditions. Toyota’s engines are reliable and smooth, Prius comes with 1.8 CVT engines and they are also one of the most reliable. In the performance and Engine section we will have to go with Toyota based on past performance.

With Prius in its 10+ anniversary, its hybrid performance has been very reliable. We have to see Hyundai’s on road reliability and hopefully Hyundai avoids any nagging issues with its new Hybrid Engines.



Style & External Looks

Hyundai has it easy here, Prius is considered one of not so good looking vehicles. The latest revision of Prius has attracted contrasting views from very good to ugly. On the other hand Hyundai Ioniq has played it safe and looks nice. But Ioniq also has some similarities to Prius in appearance.

2017 Toyota Prius on the other hand comes with more LED lights and styling and offers over the top car of future look with its styling. It also comes with LED Daytime Running Lights and Rear LED lights. Higher models also offer LED headlights with Auto High beam.

Interior & Entertainment Features

While Toyota Prius comes with its Entune entertainment system, Ioniq supports both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Both vehicles come with 4.2 inch Instrument panel in addition to Entertainment display with Touch screen controls. Both models have higher end Music options with Toyota having JBL speakers as an option.

Safety Features

From 2017 most of the Toyota vehicles come with Toyota Safety sense as standard. This brings in Lane Departure Warning, Steering assist, Blind-spot warning, Cross traffic alerts and Collision detection as standard. These seem to be getting positive feedback on real life conditions. While Hyundai brings in most of these features, it will be tough to outshine the Prius here.

Price

Hyundai Ioniq starts at $23,300 and Toyota Prius starts at $24,200. But the Prius also has more standard features than Ioniq and price might fall in similar spectrum overall. Dealer network and rebates will decide final price paid.

Overall choice might come down to your personal preference of look and feel as there is little separating these 2 vehicles.

 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid2017 Toyota Prius Hybrid
City Mileage5754
Highway Mileage5950
Combined Mileage5852
PowertrainHybridHybrid
Sport ModeYesYes
Eco ModeNoYes
Safety Features
Airbags77
Hillstart Assist ControlYesYes
Rearview - Backup CameraYesYes
Tire Pressure Monitoring System &
Pressure Indicator
YesYes
Advanced Cruise ControlSmart Cruise Control -OptionalRadar Cruise Control -Optional
Wheels15 Inch Eco Spoke Alloy Wheels15 Inch 5 spoke Alloy wheels
Heated power outside mirrorsNoYes
Blindsport Monitoring SystemAvailableAvailable
Lane Departure WarningAvailableAvailable
Rear Parking SensorAvailable
Cross Traffic AlertAvailableAvailable
Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS)
with Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA)
NoAvailable
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian DetectionNoYes
Steering AssistNoYes
Auto High BeamYesYes
Exterior
HeadlightsAutomatic Projector Headlights
LED HeadlightsNot available.Available
LED Datime Running LightsAvailableStandard
LED TaillightsAvailableStandard
MoonroofAvailableAvailable
Special Wheels17 inch Alloy
Interior
Proximity Key Entry with Push startYesYes
Instrument Panel4.2 inch LCD4.2 inch LCD
Tilt and Telescopic Steering wheelYesYes
Steering wheel audio and cruise controlsYesYes
Dual Automatic Temperature controlYesYes
Fold down rear seatYesYes
Heated SeatsAvailableAvailable
Autodimming ReariewAvailableAvailable
Power Driver SeatAvailableAvailable
Power Passenger SeatNo
Entertainment
Multimedia Display7 inch touch screen
Apple CarplayYesNo
Android AutoYesNo
Entune ConnectNoYes
Integrated BluetoothYesYes
Aux plugsYesYes
USBYesYes
Sirius XMYesYes
HD RadioYesYes
Premium SpeakersAvailableAvailable
JBL SpeakersNoAvailable
Base Model Cost2330024200
Fully Loaded Cost$31000 (Appr)32115

Toyota’s Etios to compete with Swift, Polo and i20

Toyota is one of the largest Car manufacturer headquartered in Japan. At its peak, Toyota employed approximately 320,000 people worldwide. Now Toyota has announced its launch of Etios in India, a small car that is expected to compete with Maruthi’s Swift, Hyundai’s i10 and Volkswagen’s  Polo.

The Price of the above mentioned small cars in the market is

Maruthi Swift – Rs 4,11,934* – Rs 5,36,183*

Hyundai i10 – Rs 3,43,575* – Rs 5,52,466*

Volkswagen Polo – Rs 4,34,000* – Rs 6,70,000*

Toyota is expected to launch its new car in the market by the end of this year or early next year. It is strongly believed that the company has to follow an aggressive pricing strategy in order to compete with the other small cars.

The company has already showcased its product(Etios) at the 10th auto expo and was formally announced that it will be launched in Indian market first before any other market in the world.
Now Toyota is looking for developing its dealer network to make its small car sales possible in Indian Market.