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The archetypal environmentally-friendly car is aiming to stay that way. June Neary tries it.

Will It Suit Me?

When the Toyota Prius first came on the scene at the turn of the century, the very fact that it was a hybrid car was enough to guarantee it success. If I'm honest, the magic hasn't completely worn off and there's still a sense of anticipation attached to driving a Prius, centred around the fact that it remains one of the most futuristic cars on the road. Early on, Hollywood celebrities and city dwellers flocked into ownership of this eco-friendly Toyota in order to project the right image to the world at large, but if the car is to really catch on and sell like the Ford Focus or BMW 3 Series does, there will have to be more to it than a rosy public perception. That brings us to this improved fourth generation model, a hybrid that aims to do more. The Japanese designers were obviously well aware that to take things to the next level of commercial success, the Prius had to pass muster as an ordinary family car. It was no good relying on the hybrid factor to generate sales: there are, after all, now plenty of petrol/electric models on our roads. So things have changed. Today's Prius still feels ahead of its time but it's also better looking and easier to use. I like the sound of that.


The appearance of a Prius must not only be instantly recognisable but also aggressively futuristic. That is, after all, the whole point of it. Were you to want this technology packaged more conventionally, you'd be looking at one of Toyota's more ordinary models - a Yaris, a Corolla or a RAV4. Here, in contrast, is the poster child of the eco revolution, complete with its familiar styling cues - the trademark arching roofline, the slab sides and the double rear screen. Yet somehow, this time round it's different, the concept behind this car reinvented for the modern era by a team of young Japanese designers who set out to make it look more powerful, engaging and sporty. Time to move inside and investigate a cabin that committed Prius people will like. As usual with this model, there are no dials to view through the three-spoke steering wheel: instead, the instrument cluster retains its position top and centre on the dash, in this case made up of a couple of 4.2-inch TFT colour screens. The main display closest to you incorporates a digital speed read-out and also shows the colour for the driving mode you've selected - blue for 'ECO', grey for 'Normal' and red for 'Power'. To the left of it, a further 'Multi-Information Display' gives you information about the hybrid system and eco driving guidance, along with multimedia info, climate control settings, a compass and driving assistance alerts. Anything this can't tell you will probably be dealt with by the 'Toyota Touch 2' media screen that sits a little further down on the centre stack, just below the neatly-branded air vents. The car gets a heads-up display which projects key information onto the inside of the windscreen to avoid the driver's attention being diverted from the road. Enough with the various screens: what about the design? The lower bonnet and the deeper windscreen mean that forward visibility is certainly better than in the past. Unfortunately though, the split rear screen still compromises your view out back, so the standard rear view camera is a welcome feature. Otherwise, as usual with a Prius, it all feels very different, with the layered dashboard as ever prioritising distinct control and display zones. In the rear, headroom is at something of a premium for taller folk. Normally, these seats would have been positioned a little lower to compensate for the swept-back ceiling, but that's not possible with a Prius since they sit right on top of the hybrid system's bulky battery pack. Otherwise though, there isn't very much to grouse about. Legroom at the back is generous and, thanks to the low central transmission tunnel, it's easier to seat three folk than would normally be the case in this size of car. Useful practicalities include provision of a 12v socket, good-sized bottle holders in the doors and sizeable cup holders in this redesigned central armrest. Finally, I checked out the boot space. With previous generation Prius models, the batteries took up cargo room. No longer. They've been redesigned here to be more compact and this, along this MK4 version's compact rear suspension and equally compact hybrid system, means that boot space has is rated at a very decent 502-litre total, 343-litres of it below the window line.

Behind the Wheel

Hybrid cars use various combinations of electric motors matched to internal combustion engines to save fuel. The Toyota Prius is one of only a few such vehicles that you can buy today and arguably the most advanced. From a driver's perspective it's incredibly simple. You can forget about keys, ignitions, clutches and gears. Get in, hit the power button, prod the jewelled joystick of a gear lever into drive and you're off. It happens in near silent electric mode at first but with the petrol engine joining in when required. If you don't particularly like the mechanics of driving, the Prius gets rid of a lot of them. On the move, you'll notice some changes to the Prius this time round if you happen to be familiar with a previous generation pre-2016-era model. For a start, you sit lower down and the driving position's more engaging. That promises a more responsive set of drive dynamics - which are duly delivered through the corners thanks to the extra stiffness and lower centre of gravity made possible by this car's 'TNGA' 'Toyota New Global Architecture' platform. The sharp electric steering rack also helps here, as does the double-wishbone rear suspension which is better at soaking up impacts from our country's terrible tarmac. At first glance, fewer changes seem have been made to the hybrid powertrain, which still comes mated to a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine. Actually though, that VVT-i unit is very different in this car, now working in partnership with a more responsive CVT auto gearbox. The hybrid technology's been developed too and as part of that, you get a more effective battery and a clever heat recovery system which combine to enable the electric motor to cut in 60% more frequently than it did with the previous generation model. That's a major factor in the creation of the substantially improved efficiency stats this time round - 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. To get anywhere near to that kind of return of course, you've got to embrace a very environmentally-minded style of driving, activating the provided 'ECO' mode and keeping an eye on the vast array of electronic read-outs provided to discourage any unnecessary flexing of the right foot. It's the Prius way though - and the pay-off comes at the pumps.

Value For Money

Prius pricing starts from around £25,000 and ranges up to just over £30,000 for a package that's mechanically identical across the range: a five-door bodystyle powered by a 1.8 VVT-i petrol/electric hybrid engine that has to be mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. Toyota also offers a 4WD version. And a 'Prius+' 7-seat MPV that uses much of the same technology. There's also a pricier 'Prius Plug-in' version of this standard body style, a variant featuring batteries able to be charged up from a mains supply to considerably increase your all-electric driving range. For that though, you need to think in terms of spending nearly £35,000, which is beyond the budget of most typical buyers.

Could I Live With One?

I could live with this Prius. You don't feel like you're making major sacrifices with the car in order to get its hybrid drivetrain and excellent economy. That wasn't the case with previous versions of the car which felt small and sluggish by comparison. The latest design looks good too so all in all, I might have to declare myself ready to join the hybrid sisterhood.

  • 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
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Traction control
  • 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
  • Lane trace assist
  • Multimedia switches on steering wheel
  • Intelligent adaptive cruise control
  • Rear view camera with display
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Intelligent parking assist with front & rear parking sensors
  • Electric power steering
  • Lane departure warning system

  • Dusk sensor
  • Electric gear shift

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

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

  • Piano black centre console

  • Gasoline particulate filter

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Audio switch on steering wheel
  • JBL premium sound system with 10 speakers
  • 2 x 4.2'' screen for multi information display
  • USB and Aux in connectors + 12V front outlet

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

  • LED rear combination lights
  • LED High mounted stop lamp
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Auto headlight levelling
  • 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

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

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

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Tyre pressure warning system
  • Acoustic vehicle alerting 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
  • Electric height adjustable driver seat
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
  • Electric lumbar support
  • Front head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Isofix on 2nd row outer seats

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

  • 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

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

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