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.
What Car? says
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.
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There are 4 Toyota Prius versions available
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…