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2012 Toyota Prius V First Drive

by Brad — 23/05/12

Look at the photos of Toyota’s all-new V and you’ll see Sydney’s South beach. Of all the Cronulla beaches, Cronulla is the one for families — small waves, lots of for sandcastle-building and nice cafes for mum and

Toyota Prius V Overview

You say the seven-seat Prius V is the Prius always needed as families been early-adopters of the whole green’ philosophy but until now had no alternative in the ranks of MPV vehicles.

Prius V Engine

Toyota’s 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle system delivers a combined of power (73kW from the engine) and 142Nm of torque fuel consumption (combined rated at just 4.4l/100kms.

Drive is to the front wheels via a Variable (CVT) automatic

But the big news is the batteries. Toyota V is the first Toyota passenger car to lithium-ion batteries (the Prius models use Nickel-Metal-Hydride). smaller (about half the and 7kgs lighter, the lithium-ion pack is stored between the two seats.

This change has assisted by ramped-up production of batteries. Toyota and BMW are currently collaboratively in developing future lithium-ion batteries and only things can result from two automotive giants working

Toyota Prius V The Interior

says the ‘V’ in Prius V for ‘Versatile’ and that means the All-up, Toyota says the V affords a staggering 64 different combinations (excluding slide and functions)

Second row seats are individual units which not recline up to 35-degrees, they slide back-and-forth individually 180mm (outer two) and (centre) for various load and leg lengths. The third row seat 50:50 and reclines through

Both passenger seating are mounted relatively high for visibility and Toyota’s interior worked hard on space In fact, compared to the regular Prius V delivers better (+90mm front and +75mm row) and new-design seat for the second row provide extra for those in the rear-most seats.

a fold-away picnic table second row seat folded), sun-shades for the second row windows and a power outlet for the third row (handy for electronic games) are for family buyers, so versatile is the Prius V’s interior, you can all seats flat and turn it a light delivery van type as used by medical couriers and

Otherwise dashboard layout, position, steering wheel etc the Toyota Prius with we’re now familiar. Except for the console where the newly-located ion batteries are stored in a box arrangement the two front seats (naturally still plenty of storage, just different to the other models).

Pleasingly, Toyota V comes standard with a camera certainly appreciated by buyers.

Luggage space is the tailgate opening is 1105mm (95mm wider than Prius) and, measured at the row seats, the luggage area is wide. Fold the third row and Prius V delivers 485-litres of space and can easily accommodate full-size golf bags.

Prius V Exterior Styling

similar to other members of the family, but in fact every panel on the Prius V is unique. delivering its spacious, seven-seat stylists developing the Toyota V focused on a relatively long, low with minimal frontal for enhanced aerodynamics (cD is 0.29).

The hallmark Toyota hybrid bumper edges are part of the story as are underbody covers and a rear-end with integrated spoiler. The front bumpers incorporate stylish LED DRLs.

And the extra size, the Toyota V tips the scales just heavier than the regular (helped by an aluminium bonnet).

Prius V On The Road

Toyota us through Sydney suburbia Milsons Point, north of the Bridge, out to Leppington and onto roads and freeways to Thirlmere, in the south-west. That’s a good of the type of roads most families tackle every

And here’s the thing clever, operation of the Toyota Prius hybrid drivetrain means minimizing fuel consumption easily keeping pace the city/suburban traffic. You really notice you’re driving a except the various fuel displays on the centre console just how efficiently you’re

And it’s that seamless which is at the heart of all Toyota vehicles. This easy is what will ultimately skeptics about the benefits of


“Pitch and Bounce Control” is a Toyota’s Prius chief Makoto Okabe uses to the unique suspension calibration for the Prius V. Amongst the changes are a of the rear struts (42mm for enhanced luggage space), a of the shock absorbers in compression and rigidity up by 18 per-cent.

Hard to detect any real in our one-day drive over a number of rural roads, but as you expect from Toyota the V showed real competence to a re-tune of the electric power and larger brakes to handle the weight. Balance and grip were fine and in fact, to some extra sound-deadening, the V is a tad more refined than its stablemates.

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