I really wanted to buy this car. I have been wanting to buy this car since 2003 and occasionally revisit Toyota dealerships to see if Toyota have solved some glaring mistakes in the design of the Prius.
I am 6 foot 2 inches tall with long legs and it is simply impossible for me to get comfortable behind the wheels of the Prius. No matter how low I position the driving seat or push it back my thighs are pushed up tight underneath the steering wheel.
I cannot believe any car maker manufactures a car today without an extendable steering wheel! It goes up and down but you cannot pull it out for extra height. How much extra would this cost - peanuts!?
I also find the seats on the Prius to be very low and uncomfortable which results in backache and twisting when you need to get out. It is so so getting out when you can fully open the driver's door but in the UK's cramped car parks, with cars on either side of you, it is a painful back twisting and knee stressing situation.
Toyota does seem to be a car maker who does not make cars for tall Europeans. All their range, except the Verso, seem to have lack of head and leg room for tall people and the Prius is especially guilty of this.
I wish Toyota realised that tall people want to drive their cars. They would have a buyer from me tomorrow with the Prius if only I could feel I was sitting in a roomy cabin! It is such a shame with the Prius! Poor Toyota!
FOR MOTORWAY DRIVING THIS CAR IS UNDERPOWERED BUT WHAT IT LACKS IN POWER IS MADE UP BY THE EXCELLENT FUEL CONSUMPTION, THE MAJORITY OF THE DRIVING I DO IS ON THE MOTORWAY AND I AVERAGE 54MPG
Prius is so-so. I took a Test Drive at my local Toyota Centre and I am not to convinced, nor brainwashed by the whole Hybrid drive.
Its great the fact the it runs on Electric Motors under 28MPH but with the condition of the roads around the UK and if you have the radio off, the all you hear is the tyre noise and the suspension clatter.
And it is a tad expensive for what it is, base price £17,777, rather dear I think. But only £15 for 12months Tax is fine. And emitting only 104g/km CO2 then Gordon Brown will love you but the MPG could be better probably from a Focus diesel. Overall not bad but will give it a 'could do better'.
I get a choice of company car and have had many similar value cars. The reason I went for a Prius was quite simply the huge reduction in company car tax, some £3400 pa less than my previous car, a VW Passat. In 35,000 miles I have found it faultless. It returns an average of over 50mpg which is slightly better than my Passat diesel and while not a "spirited" car to drive it is quiet, comfortable and adequately fast. The Toyota dealership is also the best that I have dealt with.
I suppose there may be better cars for £18,000 and if I were spending my own money I might look elsewhere but as a company car it's a no brainer. I will get the same again next year unless another better hybrid is introduced.
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