Get behind the wheel and you can 'ghost' out of the neighbourhood. This is a family car and comfortably sits 4 with generous luggage space (if one is inventive in stacking suitcases).
The drive is smooth and there is just enough power to overtake easily on the motorway. Runs at 70 with ease. The mileage - 58 when driven normally, 50 when driven hard and 63 when driven like a typical toyota driver. It is not a hot hatch and ,most of the criticism seems to be from people who confuse it with a golf GTI.
Comfortable to drive even though the seats are a bit on the hard side.
The biggest drawback is the lack of visibility especially rear view.
Parking without sensors is very tricky- I fitted a pair for £30. Overall- its great
I would keep this or upgrade to another hybrid in 2 years. I
The car seemed fine when I test drove it last week but after just one day of ownership, I realised that it was just killing my back. I've tried just about every position that the seat and wheel will move to and I always seem to end up propping a coat behind my back and something else under my leg !
I read all the above reviews before buying the car so I didn't think it would be a problem. I have driven Toyota Corollas for the past 4 years and had no problem at all. A colleague who drives a Rav 4 agreed that there doesn't seem to be any lower back support or thigh support in the seat.
Have I missed a trick or something ? I've owned a number of brands for twenty years of motoring and have never been so creased up.
I was nearly put off buying a Prius by the road test fuel economy figures.
Fortunately I went ahead and tested one, and was so impressed I bought it. I now get 61mpg on a mixture of commuting, long journeys and city driving (in Sheffield with lots of hills).
The drive is quiet and relaxed and I am a much better driver since I bought the Prius. It is definitely the best car I have ever owned and I even like the automatic, despite always having had manuals before.
I look forward to every journey I take in it, and, as a bonus, I have now discovered that for £10 a year I can get free parking on any council car park or meter bay in Sheffield. I can't wait for the city to introduce congestion charging!
Overall the MPG is excellent, even with the climate control on all the time (I'm not one of these people who use it only for the two hottest days of the year! ) , its congestion charge exempt , and as I use it a fair amount in London , all the time its running on its electric motor I'm not using any fuel and thus I'm not polluting!! ..........
I really am thrilled with the Prius. In and out of town is a joy to drive -light brakes and steering , great handling , it has excellent build quality , the DVD with traffic avoidance is a boon , The interior is so roomy - I'm a big guy and its great to be able to keep my seat back in its normal driving position and not cramp the adult in the rear at all - My recommendation -
Go test drive one !!
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