£33,950 - £35,450 Price range
The Toyota Prius Plug-in has become a very common sight in many cities as drivers take advantage of the free road tax and congestion charge exemption offered for this hybrid. It was the one of the first hybrid cars you could buy, but now the Kia Niro, Hyundai Ioniq and Nissan Leaf are just as accomplished, and if you don’t need a plug-in then make sure you check out our review of the all-new non-plug-in Toyota Prius.
An interior that seats five and a practical 446-litre boot are likely to make this environmentally friendly Toyota a good option for families but if a seven-seater plug-in is what you’re after then have a look at the larger Toyota Prius Plus.
The Prius Plug-in uses a combination of electric motor and internal combustion engine to provide power to the wheels or recharge the batteries for an all-electric range of around 15 miles for some silent school runs or trips to the shops that cost pennies. The CVT automatic gearbox makes the Prius very easy to drive, but also makes it sound unrefined under heavy acceleration.
The hybrid Toyota is not a particularly fun car to drive, though it has plenty of grip, direct steering and good balance giving the driver confidence behind the wheel even in adverse weather. Ride quality is impressive and it’s a quiet and refined means of transport, with a small issue being the fairly dismal rear visibility, thanks to the rear spoiler.
All Prius models come from the factory with LED headlights, 15-inch alloy wheels with special aerodynamic plastic covers, cruise control, a touchscreen infotainment system and a rear-view camera. However, front and rear parking sensors are £400 and £295 options respectively.
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