Toyota Prius (2016) Review

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Toyota Prius (2016) At A Glance

4/5

+Low emissions of 70g/km. Relaxed, quiet and comfortable. Spacious cabin. Lots of safety kit as standard. TNGA platform provides excellent ride, handling and steering.

-Expensive to buy new. Official fuel economy figures are unrealistic in real world driving.

New prices start from £24,995
Insurance Group 14
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

The latest incarnation of the Toyota Prius is still king of the hybrids, with impressive fuel economy, extremely relaxed driving dynamics, good build quality and a very comfortable cabin. If you want to glide around effortlessly without using too much fuel, there are few better ways to go about it.

It sits on Toyota's TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform that provides an excellent combination of ride, handling and steering, far superior to Previous Prius.

Toyota has opted to use the same hybrid system as in the previous Prius, but it has been revised and reworked. The updated engine is paired to new aerodynamic styling, providing an official economy figure of 94.1mpg and CO2 emissions of just 70g/km, despite this being a traditional hybrid rather than a plug-in.

The radical exterior looks are mirrored in the cabin, which has a futuristic layout with a large and easy-to-use touchscreen system as standard. Space is generous up front and the back row has plenty of leg room, but the aerodynamic roofline hampers headroom for taller passengers. The boot is spacious with a capacity of 343 litres.

On the road the Prius is incredibly easy and relaxing to drive, thanks to its CVT automatic transmission. At slow speeds the car runs in near silence and will often operate on electric power alone, making it very serene around town. Even at higher speeds it’s very quiet and refined, plus it has safe, predictable handling and light controls.

Standard equipment includes alloy wheels, auto lights, auto wipers, road sign assist, a reversing camera, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control – so even buyers of the basic model won’t be left wanting. Upper trim levels gain luxuries like wireless phone charging and automatic parking.

There are some new rivals to consider including the Hyundai Ioniq, which is available as a pure EV, a plug-in or a traditional hybrid, the latter of which undercuts the Prius on price. However, it’s safe to say that the Prius, despite being more expensive than its main rival, is an excellent choice for those who want to flaunt their eco-friendliness and get around in a bubble of serenity. 

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Real MPG average for a Toyota Prius (2016)

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Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

81%

Real MPG

48–80 mpg

MPGs submitted

286

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Would a plug-in hybrid work for me?
"I have a Toyota Prius, which is approaching 3 years old and 53,000 miles. In normal circumstances, which I hope we can return to soon, I drive approximately 21,000 miles per annum, including a daily commute of 36 miles each way mainly on single carriageway roads. If we return to normal life, I could drive 63,000 miles in three years. The luggage space of the Prius is just sufficient for my requirements, but I'm considering changing the Prius due to the mileage. It has done well for me, I would be pleased to have another. Are there any other cars I could look at? In addition to fuel consumption, would a Plug-In Hybrid have any other benefits and would it be worth investigating?"
I don't think a plug-in hybrid will be particularly efficient for your requirements. They're best suited to short urban journeys under electric power. That said, if you can charge at home and work, it might make sense. The Volkswagen Golf GTE, for example, can officially cover 32 miles from a charge. Otherwise, a straight-forward hybrid could work. We'd recommend the Toyota Corolla. It's available as a Touring Sports estate which'll be more practical than your Prius. Don't dismiss diesels, either. They might be out of fashion, but they make a lot of sense for 21k miles a year.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Which hybrid SUV would you recommend purchasing new or nearly new?
"I'm an engineer and if I were designing an electric vehicle, it would have an electric variable speed motor in each hub, some onboard electrical charge storage, an intelligent hub to manage and deliver power, and also control traction, along with a lightweight petrol engine to deliver additional charge when required. Is that what the motor industry is delivering? Also, which hybrid SUV would you recommend purchasing new or nearly new? Many thanks."
Motor-on-each-wheel technology is expensive but ultimately where the industry will go because of the limitless handling possibilities. That said, expect a motor on each axle to remain for a long time to come, I've heard the industry has barely scratched the surface of what it can do with torque vectoring etc. The BMW X5 PHEV has excellent real-world electric only range – although the battery's have been recalled due to fires... Not so good. For reliability, you can't go wrong with the Toyota Prius PHEV or, indeed, any Toyota HEV – the current Corolla and Yaris are both excellent.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Could you suggest a car to purchase for a taxi?
"Can you please advise on what would be a suitable used car to purchase for a taxi (in Dorset)? Our budget is £10,000. We would need an automatic and would be most grateful for your advice."
As you're based in Dorset, I'm presuming you won't be covering many motorway miles. With that in mind, a hybrid probably makes the most sense. A Toyota Prius or Auris would be a good purchase. There's the Prius+ too, if you'd like a bit more space. Alternatively, consider a Lexus CT 200h if you'd like something a bit more upmarket. They're all extremely reliable cars with low running costs - hence their popularity with taxi drivers.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best hybrid to buy?
"Which are the best self-charging hybrids on the market?"
We think the best hatchback is the Toyota Corolla 1.8 hybrid. It's easy to drive, refined, comfortable and returns around 60mpg on-the-road: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Toyota/Corolla/?engine=1.8&l=0 If you need something larger, the Toyota Prius 1.8 hybrid is also very good: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Toyota/Prius/?l=0
Answered by Dan Powell

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