The Prius offers enough space to comfortably fit three adults, or two can really stretch out. Headroom is decent, and the boot is large enough for a child’s buggy and large suitcases
The Prius’ front seats are soft and supportive and there’s just enough adjustment to help you get comfortable. Unfortunately, the steering wheel doesn’t slide out very far so you might struggle to find your ideal seating position if you’re very tall.
Thankfully, even entry-level Active models come with electrically adjustable lumbar support to help reduce back ache on long journeys and all models in Business Edition trim and above get heated front seats. Unfortunately, the buttons for these are tucked almost completely out of sight under the dashboard.
Space in the back seats is reasonably generous. There’s plenty of knee room and enough space in the footwells for a six-foot-tall passenger to sit behind an equally tall driver. There isn’t quite as much headroom as you get in the taller Kia Niro, however.
Fortunately, there’s enough shoulder room for three adults to sit side-by-side in the Toyota and the slight lump in the rear floor isn’t big enough to get in the way of your middle passenger’s feet. Annoyingly, the central seat is raised above the outer two and it isn’t particularly soft so it’s best left for kids or small adults.
The Prius’ rear doors open very wide which helps make it easy to lift in a bulky rear-facing child seat. Its sloping roof means you still need to stoop down to strap in a child and you’ll have to be careful not to lose the removable Isofix covers when fitting the seat base.
The Prius’ front door bins are big enough to hold a one-litre bottle each and there’s enough space in the glovebox for another equally large bottle. You’ll find another handy cubby hole under the central armrest that’s ideal for hiding some valuables safely out of sight and Business Edition cars and above come with a wireless phone charger tucked under the dashboard.
All models get two adjustable cupholders in the centre console and a folding rear armrest with another pair of cupholders. You also get a handy 12V socket between the front seats as standard but there’s no extra USB port so your back-seat passengers can only charge one gizmo at a time.
Weird styling aside, the Prius’ practicality is one of the reasons it’s loved by app-controlled taxi drivers
The Prius’ 502-litre boot beats both the Hyundai and Kia by more than 50 litres with all five seats in place. It might not be particularly deep, but its wide, square shape makes it easy to pack full of bulky luggage.
There isn’t a particularly large boot lip to lift heavy items over and there’s just enough room inside for a baby buggy, a set of golf clubs and some soft bags all at once. Unfortunately, tall suitcases might not fit under the load cover but you can always remove it and store it in a handy recess under the boot floor.
Need to carry even more luggage? The back seats flip down in a two-way (60:40) split so you can carry up to two passengers and some very long items at once. The boot grows to 1,633 litres with the back seats folded away – that’s significantly more space than you get in either the 1,505-litre Hyundai or 1,425-litre Kia.
Unfortunately, there’s a tall step in the floor behind the back seats so it’s a bit tricky to slide heavy boxes right up behind the front seats. There’s still just enough space to carry a bike with both its wheels attached and you get a few tether points and some handy shopping hooks to stop smaller items rolling around.