Our cars: Toyota Prius+ - November

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  • Sat-nav was as lost as Alex at first

    Sat-nav was as lost as Alex at first

  • Leaves hid rubble that scratched our wheel

    Leaves hid rubble that scratched our wheel

  • Panoramic roof is now an £850 option

    Panoramic roof is now an £850 option


Toyota Prius+ 1.8 VVTi T Spirit

Week ending November 29
Mileage 8401
Miles this week 272

Read the full Toyota Prius+ review

This week we say goodbye to our Prius+ hybrid seven-seater. After a year on our long-term test fleet, it's averaged around 44mpg.

That doesn't sound like much until you consider that most of my driving is done on congested London streets, where another petrol car would struggle get near that figure and a diesel would bring the worry over whether the diesel particulate filter will get clogged up without a regular run on the motorway. It also makes up for the fact the Prius+ hasn't been especially user-friendly, good to drive or trouble-free, despite Toyota's excellent reliability record.

Read the full final report next week.

By Alex Newby

Week ending November 22
Mileage 8129
Miles this week 107

Jumped in the car to go to a wedding that I knew was somewhere near Guildford, planning to put the full address into the Toyota's sat nav once we were heading in roughly the right direction. At which point, I discovered that the address on the wedding invitation gave no postcode, just the name of the village – Bramley. Not a problem, I thought; enter Bramley into the car's sat nav and it will surely offer up all villages called Bramley, and I can pick the one near Guildford. Not that simple: the Toyota's sat nav was only able to give one destination: 'Chesterfield, Bramley Vale, S44' – near Sheffield. Frustration soon gave way to initiative, and I was able to find the generic postcode for Bramley by stopping to search the internet on my smartphone. With this information, the sat nav then found my Bramley in an instant, but I was left feeling let down by the sat nav which helps put an extra £3300 on the basic cost of a Prius+.

By Alex Newby

Week ending November 15
Mileage 8022
Miles this week 421

So, it's finally happened: having taken almost obsessive care not to damage the Toyota's alloys when parking, I've ended up having a scrape – but, annoyingly, through no fault of my own.

I spotted this parking space right outside my toddler's nursery and made a dive for it, without realising that the pile of leaves and autumn detritus in the gutter was mixed with rubble and rock-hard cement waste from the council's paving repairs.

I instantly knew what had happened as I heard the inimitable grinding noise of metal on rock, but at least the damage turned out to be less serious than I'd expected, with just a light scuff to the very edge of the wheel that no-one else would spot without looking closely for it. At least I haven't got myself to blame, for once.

By Alex Newby

Week ending November 8
Mileage 7601
Miles this week 322

As with other Toyota models, the names of the two Prius+ trim levels have now been changed from T4 and T-Spirit to Icon and Excel.

There's been an update to the car's equipment list, too, but not – as you might expect - for the better. The panoramic roof, which was standard on every Prius+ when we took delivery of our test car last year, is now a hefty £850 cost option.

This makes a good case for buying a used model, or simply looking for a better value seven-seater.

By Alex Newby

Our cars: Toyota Prius+ - October


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