TOYOTA

TOYOTA PRIUS HATCHBACK 1.8 PHEV Business Edition Plus 5dr CVT

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11.1s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

Toyota's Prius remains the most recognisable hybrid vehicle on our roads and has been much improved in this revised guise, principally with the option of 4WD. There are smarter looks too, a nicer interior, more equipment and extra safety kit. Otherwise, things are much as before, a clever hybrid powertrain delivering a set of efficiency returns that emphasise this car's superiority over comparably-priced diesel rivals.

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Toyota has improved its fourth generation Prius. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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Toyota's Prius remains the most recognisable hybrid vehicle on our roads and has been much improved in this revised guise, principally with the option of 4WD. There are smarter looks too, a nicer interior, more equipment and extra safety kit. Otherwise, things are much as before, a clever hybrid powertrain delivering a set of efficiency returns that emphasise this car's superiority over comparably-priced diesel rivals.

Background

Welcome to the car that in its first two decades of life re-shaped the global automotive landscape, bringing hybrid technology into the mainstream market, while focusing the motor industry's attention on the way its products could be cleaner and more efficient. Toyota's Prius did all that and in this rejuvenated MK4 model guise, aims to continue to set those standards, building upon quite a heritage of ingenuity. At its original launch in 2016, this MK4 model aimed to widen its appeal beyond enviro-conscious folk, hence a smoother drivetrain and extra interior space. Now it's improved its safety credentials and added in the option of 4WD. 'You look smart: you should drive a Prius', Toyota's advertising tells us and around the globe, millions of drivers are doing just that.

Driving Experience

Hybrids are known to be much heavier than traditionally fuelled cars because of the big pile of battery-cells that provide the electric power. What is crucial to handling though, is where the extra weight is positioned. Toyota's modular architecture allows the centre of gravity to be lower and closer to the middle of the Prius, which translates into a better balanced ride for passengers but not a car you would ever describe as 'sporty'. It takes a fraction longer to get going than you might expect. The nickel-metal hydride battery pack gets the electric motor turning first and only when the Prius starts to pick up speed does the familiar 1.8-litre petrol engine fire up and seamlessly take over, allowing 62mph to be reached in a respectable 10.6s. The engine can be switched off if you need to run entirely on batteries, say, through Central London's Ultra Low Emissions zone. You can run on batteries more much longer with the pricier Plug-in version of this design, but that's not our focus here. The big news with this revised model is the option further up the range of AWD. This set-up uses an additional, independent rear electric motor to automatically activate the rear wheels to help those at the front when pulling away, or when low-grip conditions are detected. At higher speeds - between 6 and 44mph - the 'AWD-i' set-up also comes into play, transferring torque to the rear axle when sensors detect a loss of grip.

Design and Build

The Prius has always been styled to make an eco-statement - and nothing's changed there. However, for this revised fourth generation model, Toyota's taken the opportunity to give the design a cleaner look. At the front, slimmer bi-LED headlight units have been introduced, helping create a stronger horizontal line that emphasises the car's wide and planted stance. There are also revisions to the bonnet and the front bumper, plus smarter combination lamps at the rear. Inside, Toyota has tried to improve the perception of quality, improving the upholstery and adding a piano black treatment to the fascia. The Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system has been improved with the seven-inch touchscreen now engineered to respond to pinch, flick and swipe gestures like those used on smartphones. As before, the cabin continues with the theme of mounting all the useful displays and information in the centre of the cockpit rather than putting the dials directly in front of the driver. Instead of an instrument binnacle behind the steering wheel, the speed and other info is shown on an upper information display mounted just below the front windscreen. This gives a much greater sense of space inside the cabin than most rivals. The boot is over 500-litres in size and if extra space is needed, the rear seats can split 60/40 and fold down.

Market and Model

Prices sit in much the same £25,000 to £30,000 bracket as before: that's for this standard model. A Plug-in model continues to be offered for those who want to go further on battery power, but that's costed in the £32,000-£34,000 bracket. Assuming you want to stick with the non-Plug-in model we're looking at here, you'll find that equipment levels have been much improved with this revised design. The entry-grade 'Active' variant gains the improved Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system and the dusk-sensing bi-LED headlights with Automatic High Beam. Plus you get front fog lights, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and a reversing camera. Plus there's plenty of Toyota Safety Sense kit; a Pre-Collision System (including pedestrian recognition), Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist. Next up is 'Business Edition' trim, which gets you heated front seats, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic wipers, smart entry, a leather-covered steering wheel and soft-touch trim for the upper door sections. New options include Simple Intelligent Park Assist with front and rear parking sensors. The 'Business Edition Plus' variants adopt the brand's latest stylised 17-inch alloy wheel design with a contrast black and dark grey finish. Plus this flagship variant's colour head-up display gains turn-by-turn navigation directions. Also at this point in the range, you get a parking assist system with front and rear sensors, plus a thumping JBL premium sound system. All-wheel drive is available as an option. The top 'Excel' grade is unchanged, adding leather upholstery to the Business Edition Plus specification.

Cost of Ownership

When the Prius changed the game back at the start of the Millennium, the winning trait wasn't beautiful design or blistering performance. It was extraordinary fuel-economy. That's what the Prius has championed throughout its regenerations but in more recent times, a plethora of plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars have threatened to make this one redundant. Here's Toyota's response. As for WLTP efficiency, expect up to 68.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 94g/km of CO2 - that's assuming the car is running on the smaller 15-inch alloy wheels. For the AWD-i variant, the figures are 58.7-64.7mpg and 85g/km. The hybrid powertrain hasn't changed for this revised model, but Toyota has adopts a low viscosity engine oil for it to reduce the pistons' sliding resistance and so help maintain excellent fuel efficiency. Emissions performance complies with the latest Euro 6d standards. As before, Toyota continues to offer a pricier Plug-in version of this car for those that want a longer all-electric driving range. Being a Toyota, quality is ingrained in the car-building process, so costly faults are unlikely to arise but just-in-case, the Prius comes with a 5-year/ 100,000 mile warranty. Despite the modest increase in price, the residuals should remain relatively strong when it comes time to sell it on.

Summary

As eco-competitors have come and gone, Toyota's Prius has retained its appeal amongst family buyers wanting to make an environmental statement - and this MK4 model sharpens those credentials in this improved guise. It still faces challenges from a raft of plug-in hybrid, electric and highly efficient diesel powered cars but arguably, the only ones that really come close to the quality and refinement of this MK4 model Prius are the other hybrids in the Toyota and Lexus ranges. The Prius remains a very credible option for the eco-conscious motorist. It isn't a car for the driving enthusiast and never will be, but if you can accept that, get on with the way it looks and adjust to the frugally-focused manner in which it'll want you to drive, then we think you'll like mostly everything else about it -. A Prius for the people then? That's about the size of it. Toyota's hybrid revolution continues to gather pace.

  • Front and rear power windows
  • Rear window demister with timer
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Auto up and down function on all power windows
  • Anti-jam protection on power windows

  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Pre collision system with pedestrian detection

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

  • Wireless Smartphone charger
  • Bluetooth handsfree system

  • Telephone switch on steering wheel
  • Cyclist Detection
  • Multimedia switches on steering wheel
  • Lane trace assist
  • Intelligent adaptive cruise control
  • Rear view camera with display
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Electric power steering

  • Dusk sensor
  • Electric gear shift

  • Toyota touch 2 MM19 multimedia with 8" colour touchscreen
  • Colour head up display
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Touch 2 Go navigation system
  • Road sign assist - RSA

  • Automatically retractable door mirrors
  • Power adjustable door mirrors
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Electrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Heated door mirrors

  • Piano black centre console

  • Gasoline particulate filter

  • DAB Digital radio
  • 6 speakers
  • Audio switch on steering wheel
  • USB and Aux in connectors + 12V front outlet
  • 2 x 4.2'' screen for multi information display

  • Black diffuser
  • Black rear pillar design
  • Black centre pillar design
  • Turn indicators in side mirrors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Monotone body colour roof
  • Shark fin antenna

  • LED rear combination lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Auto headlight levelling
  • LED High mounted stop lamp
  • Front fog lamps
  • Light remind warning with auto cut off
  • LED headlights with auto high beam
  • LED front light guide
  • LED rear light guide
  • LED rear brake lights

  • Occupant detection
  • Rear passenger footwell heating vents
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning

  • Retractable tonneau cover

  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Multi function steering wheel
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • Driver and passenger seatback pockets
  • Driver and passenger assist grip
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Glovebox with internal light
  • Hooks for lugggage holding belt
  • Soft cabin plastics
  • Rear passenger 12V power outlet
  • Shopping bag hooks
  • Data Communication Module (DCM) connected services

  • Driver and front passenger personal lamps
  • Illumination on door trim
  • Illuminated entry and foot lamp
  • Boot lamp
  • Rear room light

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Acoustic vehicle alerting system
  • Tyre pressure warning system
  • SRS Airbags - Driver + Front passenger, front side, front and rear curtain and driver's knee airbags
  • Manual on-off switch for passenger airbag

  • 2 rear adjustable headrests
  • Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Electric lumbar support
  • Front head restraints
  • Isofix on 2nd row outer seats

  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Keyless smart entry with push button start
  • Power passenger window lock
  • Child safety door lock
  • Driver power door lock

  • Driver and passenger sun visor with mirror and light

  • 15" Two tone alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 190
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 120
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 3.3
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 10
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 150000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 8.8
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 34
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 45
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 28

  • CO2 (g/km): 29
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 67
  • CO: 0.067
  • HC: 0.017
  • NOx: 0.001
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 28
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 28
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 34

  • Engine Code: 2ZR-FXE
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 80.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 88.3
  • CC: 1798
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 13.4:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 1.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 188.3

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Business EditionPlus
  • Coin Description: PHEV
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 122
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.8
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 14.5
  • Engine Power - BHP: 122
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.1
  • Top Speed: 101
  • Engine Power - KW: 90
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5200
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 105
  • Engine Torque - NM: 142
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3600

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Rear: 195/65 R15
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 15" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 195/65 R15
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1470
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4645
  • Width: 1760
  • Wheelbase: 2700

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1530
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1855
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 360
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1204
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.2
  • Max. Loading Weight: 325

  • Metallic paint: £615
  • Pearlescent paint: £925
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special Metallic paint: £925

  • Essential protection pack - Prius: £219
  • Protection plus pack - Prius Plug-In: £299
  • Parking pack - Prius Plug In: £299

  • Metallic - Decuma Grey: £615
  • Metallic - Galaxy black: £615

  • Pearl - Scarlet flare: £925
  • Pearl - Platinum white pearl: £925

  • Solid - Pure white: £0

  • Spirited Aqua - metallic: £925

  • Cloth - Black: £0
  • Cloth - Cool grey: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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