For The Prius Plug-in has an electric-only range of 15.5 miles, so it could save you a fortune in fuel. It sits in the lowest company car tax band for cars with combustion engines.
Against It costs thousands more than the regular T3 model, so makes little sense as a private buy. Like other Prius models, it’s disappointing to drive.
What Car? says
The Plug-in won’t suit everyone, but it makes sense if you’re a company car driver who does lots of short journeys.
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Target Price team says:
Whichever Toyota Prius you choose, you get a 98bhp 1.8-litre petrol that's linked to a CVT gearbox and backed up by an electric motor. That doesn't mean all models give you the same CO2 emissions and fuel economy, though.
The entry-level T3 comes on 15-inch alloys, and so returns 72.4mpg and emits 89g/km of CO2. The T4 and T Spirit trims come with 17-inch alloys, and that's why they do slightly worse at 70.6mpg and 92g/km, respectively.
That's one reason why the T3 is the one to go for – the other is that it's much cheaper than the others, and still comes with all the kit you need.
Alternatively, if you do lots of short journeys, you might want to consider the Plug-in version. It’s significantly more expensive, but sits in a lower tax band, returns 134.5mpg on the combined cycle and can run for over 15 miles on electric-only power.
Across the range, you'll get a warranty that covers the car for an impressive five years/100,000 miles.
Reader test team says:
I hired one at my own expense for 2 weeks (1500miles) before buying to be sure I had made the right decision - try it and you'll be impressed too. …
I took this as a company car, mainly excited by the fuel efficiency. I have to say that I have been completely and utterly underwhelmed. My main…
Having owned a Prius before, there is a lot familiar about this one - just better all round. More economical, with 62 mpg best trip averages. A bit…