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, paired 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.
Our SEL had unusually long stopping distances.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard.
Plug-in and fully electric versions are also available.
A number of safety features, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, are standard.