For The Prius swaps smoothly between petrol and electric power, and is effortless to drive around town, plus the cabin is roomy enough for families. Emissions are low and resale values high.

Against The interior plastics are disappointing, especially as the Prius is so expensive. Rear visibility is poor, there’s barely any feel in the steering and the ride can be unsettled.

Toyota Prius Hatchback
33 5stars

The Toyota Prius makes a good family car as well as a good green car, thanks to its spacious cabin and big boot. However, it’s disappointing to drive and makes more sense as a company car than a private buy.

What Car? readers say


Continue to full review »

What Car? buying help and car info

Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive

Buying a car? Need Help?

Get in touch
Read in full

The full Toyota Prius review

There are 4 Toyota Prius versions available

Hatchback 1.8 VVT-i T3 5dr £21,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 VVT-i T4 5dr £23,745
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 VVT-i T Spirit 5dr £25,295
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 VVT-i Plug-In 5dr £33,395
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

Toyota Prius Hatchback 1.8 VVT-i T Spirit 5dr

This is my third Prius and that tells you that I am a fan. I like the drive - the gear selector is brilliant and the automatic gears are smooth and…

David Hales

4 out of 5 stars

Toyota Prius Hatchback 1.8 VVT-i 10 5dr

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. …

John Davidge

5 out of 5 stars

Toyota Prius Hatchback 1.8 VVT-i T3 5dr

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…

Howard King

2 out of 5 stars

Toyota Prius Hatchback 1.8 VVT-i T Spirit 5dr

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…

Danyal Sattar

4 out of 5 stars
Post a reader review for your car View all reader reviews

Prius rivals

Prius used car reviews

Share on Facebook

Toyota Prius Hatchback

Read the definitive Toyota Prius Hatchback review from the expert What Car? team. Check specs, prices and compare with similar cars.


Haymarket Logo What Car? is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media
What Car? is part of Haymarket Motoring
© Haymarket Media Group 2016