Toyota Prius (2016) Review

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Toyota Prius (2016) At A Glance

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, brokers can source from £26,890
Contract hire deals from £218.88 per month
Insurance Groups are between 14–16
On average it achieves 76% 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)

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


Real MPG

48–171 mpg

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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.
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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: If you need something larger, the Toyota Prius 1.8 hybrid is also very good:
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We are storing our car due to Coronavirus - are there precautions to take to keep it in good order?
"My Toyota Prius (17 reg) is mainly used for short runs, up to about 35 miles.This has never caused me any problems, however, in the present times, l feel it is likely to be used even less. We're in our 80's and it is garaged. Are there any precautions I should take to ensure that the battery is kept in good condition?"
Consider fitting a trickle charger if you're leaving it for a long period. We'd recommend this one:
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Which Toyota is best for reliability?
"Can you tell me which Toyota cars are very reliable at three-years-old?"
Yaris: Auris: Avensis: Best of all: Prius:
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What does a Toyota Prius (2016) cost?

Buy new from £26,890 (list price from £28,955)
Contract hire from £218.88 per month