WHAT CAR? Car of the Year 2019: Best Hybrid Car £20,000 - £30,000
WINNER: Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Premium
What were the judges looking for?!
- Low running costs
- Tax-friendly CO2 emissions
- As practical and refined as petrol or diesel-engined equivalents
- Good to drive
- Seamless transition between electric and petrol power
MOST BUYERS CONSIDERING a low-emissions car don’t want to go fully electric straight away, and that’s why hybrids continue to make a lot of sense, especially when they feel like conventional cars to drive. That’s where the Hyundai Ioniq shines.
The Ioniq is able to carry more luggage than its most obvious rival, the Toyota Prius, as well as being cheaper to buy and quicker. It’s also smarter inside, with higher-quality materials throughout and a user-friendly layout, while the driving position is comfortable and highly adjustable.
The Ioniq feels reassuringly ‘normal’ to drive, with an automatic gearbox combining with a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor to ensure that drive is distributed smoothly.
Yes, the Prius officially uses less fuel, but the fact the Ioniq Hybrid costs so much less in the first place means this isn’t a major issue.
Go for our recommended Premium trim and there’s plenty of standard equipment, too, including an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen that’s easy to get along with, plus heated front seats and wireless phone charging.
Meanwhile, both the Toyota Yaris and Honda CR-V hybrids offer the low running costs and tax advantages that will entice buyers, it’s the Ioniq that presents the most polished package.
You can have the Ioniq as a plug-in hybrid instead, or even as a fully electric vehicle, if the longer electric-only range fits your lifestyle, but it’s the regular hybrid that we think makes the most sense for most people. It remains the best choice for those who want to switch to low-emissions hybrid motoring without breaking the bank.