The Toyota Prius comes in a number of different models but whichever Toyota Prius you choose, you get a 98bhp 1.8-litre petrol that’s linked to a CVT gearbox and backed up by an electric motor. That doesn’t mean all models give you the same CO2 emissions and fuel economy, though.
The entry-level T3 comes on 15-inch alloys, and so returns 72.4mpg and emits 89g/km of CO2. The T4 and T Spirit trims come with 17-inch alloys, and that’s why they do slightly worse at 70.6mpg and 92g/km, respectively.
That’s one reason why the T3 is the one to go for – the other is that it’s much cheaper than the others, and still comes with all the kit you need.
Alternatively, if you do lots of short journeys, you might want to consider the Plug-in version. It’s significantly more expensive, but sits in a lower tax band, returns 134.5mpg on the combined cycle and can run for over 15 miles on electric-only power.
Across the range, you’ll get a warranty that covers the car for an impressive five years/100,000 miles.
The Prius is not easy to start moving. If you have not read the manual and you expect to just jump in the car and drive away think again. It really can mess with your head.
First of all you have to push the main brake pedal in the and then press an on switch. You actually don’t realise you have started the car because it’s so quiet. Then you have to push down with your left foot on an almost invisible pedal and press the brake at the same time whilst pressing a small ‘parking brake’ button. Even then your not sure if you are ready to engage the gears. Then you have to flick a badly designed gear stick to the ‘D’ position and then and only then are you ready to move off. This car certainly shouldn’t be used as a getaway car.
The ride is most underwhelming with little to no noise to make you feel like your actually driving a car and the acceleration is slow to engage when you push the ‘pedal to the metal’. The view through the rear window is ridiculous. The rear view is obscured and rear window very badly designed.
The interior is not well designed. It’s not a pleasant or comfortable cabin to sit in. The stereo system is not bad though.
The price range for this car is approximately £20,00-£30,000. There are better cars out there for this price. However the ‘green’ credentials are excellent 49-92g/kg CO2. If it’s a low emission vehicle you want then this is not a bad choice as the figures speak for themselves.
That said we wont be rushing out to buy this car in a hurry.
Our Verdict: Bad Egg!!