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Toyota Prius+ (2012–)

Last updated 12 February 2018

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Kerb weight 1565–1575 kg
Warranty 5 years / 100000 miles
Servicing 10,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

All versions of the Prius+ come with a 1.8-litre petrol hybrid engine, which is the same system you’ll find in the Lexus CT 200h, the Auris Hybrid and the five-seat Prius. It comes with the same advantages and disadvantages as in those cars too – it’s reliable, generally fairly frugal and relaxed, but it can be loud and coarse. It’s much better suited to town driving than twisting rural roads.

In town it is very good indeed. The standard CVT automatic transmission is very easy to get to grips with in slow, stop start traffic. It will run silently as a pure EV at low speeds over short distances and even when the engine does kick in, it will do so fairly quietly at town speeds. It takes the drudgery out of a string of red lights or a long tailback.

It’s not all good news, though. The CVT transmission is designed to find the optimum engine speed and stay there, in order to deliver smooth acceleration. Unfortunately that means the engine makes a coarse and unpleasant noise if you accelerate hard. If you live in a rural area where you are on and off the throttle all of the time it will grow tiresome quickly. It's not much better on the motorway, where the engine drones and wind and tyre noise is noticeable.

Those who buy a seven-seat MPV, particularly one with a hybrid powertrain, will probably see keen handling as a secondary concern – which is good news because the Prius+ is competent but unremarkable. The steering is light and reasonably accurate, but quite artificial but on the plus side the suspension offers generally good ride quality and keeps body roll to acceptable levels. Sadly it's not enough to imbue the Prius+ with particularly enjoyable handling, particularly compared to something like a Ford S-MAX.

The Prius+ is designed to be relaxing and easy to drive. The CVT gearbox encourages you to be a bit more gentle with your right foot, which should help you achieve better fuel economy. The official figure is 68.9mpg for the slightly more frugal Icon trim grade and you should see more than 50mpg in real world driving.

If you’re an environmentalist you’ll probably appreciate the cleanliness of the hybrid system - it emits just 96g/km of CO2 in Icon trim, which is very low for any MPV. Furthermore, as it’s a petrol it makes far less NOX and particulates – the emissions which are harmful to humans if they’re breathed in – and it’s cheaper for business users thanks to a lower Benefit in Kind rate.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
Plug-In Hybrid 48–69 mpg 11.3–11.8 s 103–105 mph 96–101 g/km
List Price from £27,835
Buy new from £24,696
Contract hire from £259.98 per month
 

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