Worthy alternative to the Toyota Prius hybird Review Given the splendid models that currently inhabit the conventional range, the Hyundai Ioniq (Hyundai’s first real attempt at a hybrid) is worth taking notice of. Seen here as a petrol-electric hybrid, it will soon spawn a Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and a pure electric vehicle (EV) – allowing it to rival models such as the BMW i3, Toyota Prius and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. For now though lets focus on the basic Ioniq hybrid. Bold claims are not in short supply – the most notable being that this is the first alternatively-powered car that is actually fun to drive. Key to this claim is the dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It is the first of its type, says Hyundai, which is quick enough to smoothly switch from petrol to electric power and vice versa. It also gets a sophisticated rear suspension system made of lightweight aluminium that helps it grip the road. It’s in town where a hybrid really has to shine and the Ioniq appears to deal with the city just fine. It can travel on electric power alone for 32 miles and return decent fuel economy. Hyundai says it didn’t want the Ioniq’s styling to draw attention to its green credentials and to the uninitiated it’ll seem like a normal car, but there are giveaways – such as the blanked grille and slippery shape. Inside, graphics explain exactly what the the hybrid powertrain’s doing, there’s space for four and a usable boot.