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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

    Michael Boscoe , Bucks . Date: 04/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The US 2008 Prius website lists the petrol consumption as 45/48/46 mpg which is realistic. Besides being half the price as in the UK you get electrically heated and folding wing mirrors as well which are not even an option here in the UK. The problem with the Prius is that the technology is already at least 5 years old and it looks like all the new hybrids in the UK will be diesel (except for Toyota/Lexus)

  • 1.5 Hybrid T4 5dr

    Callum Peters , . Date: 03/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Forget all the bad press about this car - "ooh it's gimmicky, ooh it's not very economical" - this car is actually very economical for a petrol car, and for driving 'round the village or towns or cities or basically under 30mph, it's ideal because it relies solely on electric power - so no emissions or fuel used! The automatic gearbox is great - very relaxing to drive, and with the cruise control set at 60mph on the motorway, it's an economical cruiser!

    Okay, it's not going to be as economical as a diesel Clio or Fiat 500 or MINI, but for a car of this size, it's great, and particularly good for the school fun because it's only a low-speed run to the school, so therefore no emissions or fuel are used! Great!

    The touch screen is NOT a gimmick - if you're not up for something a bit unusual, then you're a BMW driver. The Prius is different, pretty famous and THE green car. The iPod socket is also great, too. It's also got a huge boot and LOADS of storage and tons of rear legroom!

    Can't wait to see what they do with the next Prius!

  • 1.5 Hybrid T Spirit 5dr

    jasmyn smith Date: 20/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Have had the T spirit for 3 years. Excellent run about family car. It is focus sized and the hatchback boot is plenty big enough for shopping. There is storage space under the boot. The interior is not Audi standard but that is because the car is designed to be light to save fuel. £15 road tax and no congestion charge.

    It is not fair to compare it to a deisel for long journeys as this car is home in the city like London and M6. The engine cuts off and no emission/comsumption at the lights or jams. Used it for school runs & city driving and to me it could not be beaten. The touch screen satnav & bluetooth works very well and is one of the best. 100x better than the idrive in the BM. Another plus it the reliability. Never had any problems since new. HIghly Recommended.

  • 1.5 Hybrid T4 5dr

    Nick Fisher , West Mids . Date: 23/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had a T4 for 8 months now as a company car and have covered 26,000 miles. I opted for the Prius due to the very cheap company car tax compared to others I could have chosen (3 series, Lexus IS, A4 etc).

    Whilst I enjoy only paying 65 quid a month tax instead of probably 160-170 quid a month with the others mentioned, I think that when it comes to changing my car again I'll opt for somthing like the Lexus IS even though it will cost me 100quid more per month.

    I dont like the build quality in the Prius, I've had bits fall off in the cabin and it rattles even on smooth motorways. The fuel consumption is about 46mpg with cruise control set at 75mph on the motorway. I've never had it over 55mpg even around town driving very gently or on the motorway with cruise set at 60mph. My previous car, a Mk 5 Golf GT TDI was much cheaper to run than this and more fun to drive. The engine is gutless over 20mph. The boot is really shallow so you cant really get much in it. The colour screen thing is a gimmick.

    All in all if you want to beat the taxman and dont mind driving a poor excuse for a modern car, get the Prius. If you want to enjoy what you drive and need something practical, buy something else!

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