Inside, it's a different story. Whereas the Prius has always strayed away from typical Toyota interiors with it's unique dashboard and odd-placed shifter, the Ioniq feels as if you're in a nicely trimmed Elantra. The center stack is just like any other Hyundai with easy to use buttons and controls. The dash cluster is slightly different so you can better track miles per gallon, but over all the Ioniq's interior emits an upscale look and feel.
Powering Hyundai's latest hybrid is 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission mated to a 32-kilowatt electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery pack. Combined power is about 139 hp.
So far in my short drive time with it, I have found the Ioniq drives as you would expect a hybrid to drive - giving up excitement for efficiency. With a total horsepower rating well below the 150 mark, it's a little light on power. But one thing I have noticed is that the Ioniq doesn't feel like a hybrid. There are two reasons for this. First, unlike most hybrids, the Ioniq doesn't use a a CVT transmission. Instead, it uses a six-speed gear box. So the transmission shifts like a "normal" car. Second, the transition from electric power to gas power is nearly seamless. Now in most hybrids, the transition is hard to detect, but it's there nonetheless. In the Ioniq, it's almost impossible to detect the powerplants changing.