Toyota Prius (2016 – 2022) Review
Toyota Prius (2016 – 2022) At A Glance
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure
The Toyota Prius had been refined to the point of brilliance when this generation was launched in 2016. Brilliant, that is, if you want a low-emissions, easy-to-live-with hatch that’s as undemanding to drive as it is on your monthly budget. Don’t expect fireworks, but it gives the Audi A3 e-tron and innovative Hyundai Ioniq a lot to contend with as a used buy. Read on for our full Toyota Prius review.
This generation of the Toyota Prius offers 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, which provides a sound combination of ride, handling and steering that is much improved over previous versions.
Toyota opted to use the same hybrid system as before, but it was revised and reworked.
The updated engine is paired with 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 Toyota Prius Plug-in was added to the range in 2017.
There was also a facelift in 2019, which added a smoother look to the front end.
The radical exterior looks are mirrored in the cabin, which has a futuristic layout with a large, easy-to-use touchscreen system as standard.
Space is generous in the front and the back row has plenty of legroom, but the aerodynamic roofline hampers headroom for taller passengers. The boot is spacious with a capacity of 343 litres.
On the road, the Toyota Prius is easy 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 serene around town.
Even at higher speeds, it’s 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 used 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 newer 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 undercut the Toyota Prius on price when new.
Fancy a second opinion? Read heycar’s Toyota Prius review.