We recently got a T3 Prius as a company car and are delighted with it. Normal use is a 30 minute edge-of-London commute with a mixture of 30MPH and 50MPH roads and we recently did a 500-mile weekend trip. With both myself and my partner driving (she's more cautious as a driver), we're averaging around 59MPG on all types of driving, which I think is excellent. The transmission, equipment, ride, seats, air conditioning and audio are all great. I'd happily recommend it, particularly as a company car or for anyone who wants to take advantage of the London congestion charge exemption.
Once you have mastered the start sequesnce and you've got used to the silent running at low speed the Prius is exactly the same as any other auto. I found the ride extremely comfortable and the cabin spacious, the car has more legroom than many cars in the 5 series / E class sector and is more comfortable than most too. The boot space is limited due to the high floor but if you lift the boot floor there is a useful sized cubby hole to store the usual boot fillers, plus you can put valuables in there to keep them well and truly out of sight. The fuel economy is very good and the P11d rate is the lowest possible, I would definately recommend the Prius to anyone renewing thier company car.
I changed to Toyota from Mercedes and have found the refinement a giant leap forwards - this car is so smooth and quiet compared to my previous car (ML350). The exterior design is its weakest part, but inside its very smart. Mine looks great in black with black leather interior. No problem with back ache as some have suggested. Equipment is good - excellent sat nav and powerful hi fi, and the numerous items on the big screen are actually pretty useful. The uncluttered dash and digital speedo are fantastic. Boot space is good when using the underfloor space, but a bit shallow for bigger items like a large TV. Economy? Well a tank full takes me 600 miles - the display reads 55 mpg. In fact, half my journey to work uses no petrol at all which makes you feel good. You can't go wrong here - cheap to run, very refined and good to own.
If you type +prius +tall into google you will find numerous posts on various forums from US owners complaining about backaches that they feel are caused by the seats. You will also find posts from numerous people complaining about how poor the Prius is for tall drivers and how uncomfortable it is if you are tall. Some even voice safety fears re tall drivers. You even have people stating how they have had to remove the standard seats and fitted third party seats to overcome either the backache or the height issue or both.
This is absolutely rubbish in a modern car aimed at a global market. With all respects, the Prius might feel a big car in Tokyo but for tall northern Europeans and tall North Americans it simply is too cramped in the driver's seat and the seat is simply too low to step in and out of all the time. Non wonder people are reporting backache problems. It can't be good for your health.
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