The Ioniq is the first direct challenger to the Toyota Prius. Evoking the Prius silhouette and hatchback configuration, the Ioniq hybrid matches it as a fuel sipper with 52 mpg overall. Power comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine which, combined with the electric drive, puts out a combined 139 hp. The six-speed dual-clutch transmission isn't the smoothest and there's some delay off the line. Like other hybrids it can drive on electric power at low speeds. Handling lacks agility and the ride is a bit unsettled but unobjectionable. The SEL comes with a power seat for an affordable price. A suite of advanced safety features is available, including automatic braking, smart cruise control, and blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard. There are also plug-in and fully electric versions.