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Toyota Prius+ (2012–)

Last updated 12 February 2018

Dimensions
Length 4615 mm
Width 1775 mm
Height 1575 mm
Wheelbase 2780 mm
Boot Space 200–768 L

Full specifications

Interior

The Prius+ has a seven seat layout, with two seats that fold out of the boot floor – more or less the standard across all seven-seat MPVs. It works well, with space in the middle row for adults. Children out of booster seats or young teenagers, will fit in the rearmost row and there’s a good degree of flexibility, because the three middle seats can be adjusted individually (they also slide and split).

This is especially handy if you’ve got a bulky item to carry around but you still need to carry two passengers in the back. With the rearmost row folded flat there is a useful 505 litres of storage and there’s a big under-floor storage space because the batteries for the hybrid are further forward.

This does affect the space up front a little though. There’s a huge lump dividing the front seat passenger and driver that looks like a vast storage bin – but it’s actually where the battery for the electric motor lives. There is a neat little compartment above it for storing mobile phones though, plus plenty more cubbyholes dotted around.

From the driver’s seat you’re greeted with a fairly cheap looking dashboard, topped with a centrally mounted instrument binnacle packed with electronic readouts. These look somewhat dated already, especially compared to rival cars, but they’re easy enough to read.

Durable materials have been selected to trim the dashboard, centre stack and doors, but it doesn't have the premium feel you'd expect of a car at this price. That said the layout is neat and reasonably user-friendly (infotainment menus aside). Equipment is decent though – there are electric windows, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry and start, a reversing camera, rear privacy glass and alloy wheels all as standard. The Excel trim adds larger wheels, automatic wipers, navigation and leather seats, but it tips emissions just over 100g/km.

Facelifted models get a 4.2in colour touchscreen that's a bit fiddly to use. There's also a new trim level called Excel Plus, which adds full leather interior and rear seat DVD players.

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