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Prius Review

Car Tested:  Toyota Prius 1.8 Z6

Price OTR Rs. 40,43,960/-

The Prius is a practical vehicle that offers drivability with environment characteristics.

This time we bring to you a review of a rather vehicle, the Toyota Prius. Why It is modern, full of technology and it is a

It was launched initially in India in and has recently got a refresh in 2012. The Prius is directly imported India as a CBU, hence the price tag. The Prius is different from other cars in terms of looks as as the way it drives. One more important it does what other do not, is offer low fuel and lower CO2 emissions which save mother earth.

So find out what this Rs. 40 car has to offer.

Motor Quest: The Prius was launched in 1997 and the first mass produced car. Toyota has sold than 30 lakh units of the worldwide with majority coming from the USA and Japan.

– Most of the automakers spend more time on the drawing when it comes to designing a or electric vehicle. There are no in the case of the Prius, as Toyota has special attention to the futuristic of this hybrid vehicle. It is an attention seeker because of its design and for the fact that are very few examples on our roads.

Up front the Prius boasts of a headlight cluster housing lamps along with a grille divided by the Toyota which is highlighted in blue to tell that it’s a Toyota. On the front bumper it a wide air inlet that fog lamps alongside vertically turn indicators, which is a touch.

The side profile of the Prius reflects a fish design. The steeply raked blends with the swoopy that ends immediately at the shaped tail of the car. is a sharp shoulder line on the that erupts from the and continues till the tail

The 15-inch wheels look a tad in proportion to the well-sized body. The is the most attractive part of the where the hatch acts as a windshield blended with the which drops flat at the pointed with a sharp that looks like an spoiler. The rear bumper is big and and the vertical tail lamps are treated with shiny attracting good attention at the

Interiors – The distinct design continues on the interiors too. The dashboard layout of the Toyota is highly inviting and as soon as you the cabin you get a good sense of and roominess because of the big panoramic and heavy dosage of light tones. The dashboard gets a two finish which houses a panel information display on the top tells you live functioning of the system, distance to empty, speedometer and similar vehicle details.

In the centre you find a set of air vents that are unusually but are impressively capable of cooling the within no time.

There is a glove box with good space. The steering wheel is to use with all the necessary controls neatly. The centre console is back till the front and has a hollow storage space The console comes with a of buttons and a touch screen featuring JBL audio system good quality sound. In the it houses a funky little joystick that is effortless to

Overall, the build quality is not you would expect out of a Rs. 30 lakh car. It also rattles a bit you hit a sharp section of the road.

All the are supportive and at the rear it offers of legroom and headroom. The Toyota is wide enough at the rear any floor hump to accommodate people in good comfort. view mirrors are wide and all-round visibility is good

There are enough cubby and bottle holders to keep neat and tidy inside the As you lift up the heavy hatch, you a wide boot space can swallow a couple of suitcases but is due to the spare wheel and battery underneath. It is equipped with up display, keyless entry push button start ABS, BA, EBD, VSC, TCS and airbags.

Performance – Powering the Prius is a 4-cylinder, 1.8-litre unit, married to a 60 kW (81 BHP) motor. It produces 134 BHP of peak at 5200 RPM and 142 Nm of peak torque at RPM. Push the button to the vehicle and nothing happens apart from the electronics up and the display welcoming you. A dab on the throttle gets the Toyota moving with utter initially, as the vehicle runs on power at standstill and slow

With gentle throttle it manages to reach 55 km/hr on electric power, post the petrol engine kicks in To gain momentum quickly the beginning, you have to bury right foot and the engine to action much early. It is the way the petrol motor wakes up in and you won’t be able to notice you observe the sound keenly.

The engine of the Toyota Prius has grunt for city driving as as long runs with pushing power. There are modes to choose from – EV, ECO and PWR In EV mode, the car runs only on power, which means speed, slow acceleration and depletion of battery charge. In to engage this mode, the need to be fully charged.

The ECO executes a balanced delivery of and electric power, which is on the side but is well suited for traffic conditions. The PWR mode with all the power available on tap and on the petrol engine most of the The acceleration gets quicker and the collects speed with less throttle input.

with this motor is a CVT that provides continual delivery. Because it is a CVT, is no lag in gear change and there is power delivery but it feels rubbery, which is annoying pushed hard and is quite The hybrid system works in the Prius.


When decelerating or the battery gets charged and the cuts off, even coasting there is no indulgence of the motor, hence you get high efficiency, which the company to be 25 km/l but we got 20 km/l on our test very impressive indeed.

Driving Dynamics – The Toyota is not a car you would like to throw corners as the suspension is softly for good ride comfort. The turns in to corners quickly but is a bit of body roll that you to push the Prius enthusiastically. The feedback is satisfactory, it is light at speeds and firms up when you go but still remains on the lighter

It is effective off centre but on sharp you need to provide more at high speeds.

The ride of the Toyota Prius is at par with a which means it soaks up the and bumps orderly. The suspension gets unsettled when you hit a section of bad roads. High stability is good and lane is not a problem on the highways, it maintains its because of the well engineered with a drag coefficient of which is amongst the lowest in the

Braking performance is effective but the feedback could be better as it feel sure footed and is a bit

Verdict – It is commendable the way Toyota has the Prius to make it a very and practical car to drive. The interior and design is very eye catching as as distinctive. The use of technology and the way it has been put to use is appreciating.

The high price tag just not justify what this car has to and hence only those who to own something unique as well as who would like to do their bit for the would go ahead and buy the Prius, the poor sales of this car in Earlier Honda came up the Civic hybrid but eventually had to off the plug because of similar Toyota is planning to locally the Prius in India, which make it a compelling proposition for lovers.

The Toyota Prius may not be a exciting or engaging car to drive but it has grunt. The ride quality is and the Prius is very convenient to too.

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