Toyota Prius Plugin review (2012 onwards) MSN Cars UK

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Toyota Prius Plug-in (2012 onwards)


— Toyota Prius

Where — Epsom,

Price — £28,345 £5,000 OLEV grant)

We — Usable fully range, quick to recharge at amazing overall economy


First impressions

The Prius has not been without its notably among the hierarchy of the press. Many have it achieves nothing that a modern diesel car can’t do.

Yet hybrids have been an worldwide success. Toyota has nearly four million with ‘Hybrid Synergy including a whole bunch of

Owners have truly into the idea of a clean and there is still little to the minimalist CO2 output of a Prius. that is, the fully electric car along.

Today there are a few choices. Nissan Leaf, Volt and Vauxhall Ampera same car with a different and Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Citroen Peugeot Ion (these three the same) and Renault Fluence are the key

Recharging takes 90 minutes and 50p

Conveniently overlooking the initial that the Prius received, now sprouts the phrase range at every possible opportunity, to remind anyone thinking of an electric car instead of a Prius if they run out of juice they be in real trouble. It’s but disingenuous.

The Prius Plug-in the electric car fray as a sort of house. It has all the attributes of a regular but with a bigger battery it can be for up to 15.5 miles on electric alone.

Not far, you might but that covers perhaps 80% of car And it reverts to a regular Prius the battery is exhausted.

Recharging a home mains socket 90 minutes and costs a max of 50p, if your tariff allows. good, so what’s the catch?

The price. Available only in the top T-Spirit specification, the Plug-in is £8k than the standard model. At the there is a £5k government grant, brings the price down to

That grant, which all plug-in electric vehicles, last for some time. To 30 2012, just 1706 car and 99 van had been taken. There are up available.



no perceivable difference between and the standard Prius when in the hybrid mode. Performance is and the standard automatic transmission its job effectively.

Stick it in electric (EV) mode and there’s a of silence as you glide along. The is 50kg heavier, but the electric power it away happily in traffic.

As you join a dual and exceed 51mph, the petrol cuts in and the car reverts to hybrid saving the battery for lower use.

It all works seamlessly and effectively. If you you can switch straight into mode when you leave to save the battery for low-speed driving as you get nearer to your

On our test we managed close to 15 on fully electric power, trying particularly hard. meets Toyota’s claims, as makes no difference

Ride and

The Prius Plug-in does the and handling bit adequately. It has no faults but again it is so uninvolving to drive if you want entertainment, it’s to play with the multiple screens on the dashboard.


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It’s pretty roomy the Prius. There’s plenty of and the rear legroom is generous. And a five-seater, unlike the Volt and which take only

Luggage space is said to be 443 which average for a family But the Prius, with its batteries the boot floor, has its capacity in its not height, so standing cases on side won’t work. seats fold flat, as in any

Despite the climate control, and electronic wizardry of the Prius, is also a sense that of the interior have been down to a price. Certainly for a car to £30k, there’s little with a base Evoque or the new BMW 3

Economy and safety

Here’s the card. Even if it costs you 50p to the Prius Plug-in — and it be less — that to 180mpg when compared petrol at £1.30 per litre, in electric mode over 15

Run the Prius for twice that before recharging, the second in hybrid mode, and it’s going to be more than when the two power sources are

The Plug-in makes economical

These are, we reckon, achievable figures, and shouldn’t be with the increasingly nonsensical numbers for the ‘combined’ economy of and diesel cars.

So the Prius makes sense from an perspective and is particularly attractive if you the opportunity to drive, at least of the time, with nothing coming out of the exhaust pipe.

The Toyota Prius has a five EuroNCAP safety rating. The hasn’t been tested yet but it is to be different.

The MSN Cars verdict

The works extremely well and is every reason to buy the Plug-in of the standard hybrid Prius. But as with new technology, there is a issue. Even with the grant, £28,345 is a lot for a family

Where would we spend money instead? We’d consider the Ampera/Volt, which is finished inside, though it have the astonishing 750+mile of Prius Plus-in. Or the BMW 320d with its claimed 79mpg and CO2.

Or a Range Rover Evoke. you can get one for the same price.

But we are getting away. The Prius Plug-in the issues surrounding fully cars like the Nissan works well and the dependability of Synergy Drive is rock It’s a good car.

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