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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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62 reader reviews for Toyota Prius Hatchback.
  • 1.5 Hybrid T Spirit 5dr

    Philip Bell , Herts . Date: 25/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Have just clocked 19,000 miles in 11 months and can truly say I am delighted. Even now the novelty has not worn off and like another reviewer, I intend to stick with the Prius in the future (A first for me!) I nicknamed my Prius, "The Tardis" as its very deceptive. From the outside it looks small, but inside its huge. I'm a big fellah and usually have the seats right back in most cars. In the Prius I found that even if I did put the seat right back, (not really necessary), I could sit in the seat behind with a good 2 inches clearance in front of my knees. Never been able to do that in any other car.

    Fuel consumption has been great - slightly down in the winter as you use heat from the Internal Combustion Engine, but still a very passable low 50's. Now the warmer weather is back I'm up into the high 50's and last week I managed an average of 65 mpg over a 240 mile trip. (I wasn't in a great hurry so was tending to average around 60 mph)

    This is undoubtedly the most mis-understood car ever. Lots of inaccurate information written about it. You really have to test this car on a reasonable run.

    If you only use a car for runs of less than 10 minutes don't buy it. Like all cars it needs to warm up to reap the rewards. I usually do 50 miles per day minimum.

  • 1.5 Hybrid T4 5dr

    Edward Harris Date: 01/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I get teased endlessly from my work colleagues for always changing my car. I've had 6 in 3 years, 2 VWs, 2 BMWs, an Audi, and a Merc. Yes, I am a bit of a car nut but the reason I've changed so often is I've never been 100% happy.

    My TT was good fun but impractical and rock hard ride, My E270CDi was big and comfy but sounded like a tractor and it kept breaking.

    Now however, I can see myself keeping the Prius T4 for a LONG time. I love it!

    a) I'm 6'1" and I have the seat all the way back but I can still get a 6-footer behind me with loads of legroom, you can't do that in an A4, 3-series, etc. More room than in my father-in-laws Lexus 4x4! b) I average about 56mpg, servicing is cheap, road tax is cheap, insurance is cheap...build quality is great. c) It's SOOOO easy to drive. CVT is seamless, plently quick enough for overtaking and on the motorway etc. d) Last week I drove from Manchester to Leatherhead non-stop. Took 4 hours, I got out the other end without an ache or a pain...and did 57 mpg e) JBL stereo is great, I'm an audiophile and spent a £1000 on a sound system in my TT, Bose is rubbish in comparison. f) Practical cabin with loads of storage areas, incl clever area in boot g) 5-star NCAP rating, so it's safe... h) I don't look like a sale rep (Passat etc) and everyone let's me out at junctions (try that in a BMW) h) Oh, and it is good for the environment.

  • 1.5 Hybrid T Spirit 5dr

    Bob Hallsworth Date: 19/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am delighted overall with the Prius.

    Against: "Mushy" telephone speaker sounds as though it is in a box. Also the Satelite Navigation and Telephone systems do not allow changes on the move - even for the passenger.

    For: Comfortable ride. Quiet on good surfaces (Less happy on "Rumbly" surfaces, but OK). Good acceleration. Excellent MPH (Nearer 52 than 65 though - But I do drive at 70ish)

    And it is fun and has the added benefits of making you drive better and feeling that you are not doing as much damage to the planet as Mr Clarkson prefers.

  • 1.5 Hybrid T Spirit 5dr

    Andy Essex Date: 04/09/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The Prius T Spirit is a very easy car to drive, the accelaration piles on when overtaking with both engines working together.

    Commuting to work and back - about a 22-miles round trip with two thirds on the motorway - I return 55mpg.

    On longer trips, I have returned 65mpg. The sat-nav and Bluetooth work flawlessly, air-con and voice activation also work well.

    The car is a joy to drive and so economical.

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