2017 Toyota Prius Plug-in verdict and specs

This second-generation Toyota Prius Plug-in promises tiny CO2 emissions, up to 283mpg and a much greater electric-only range than its predecessor...

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Matt Saunders
9 Feb 2016 13:43 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Should I buy one?

One reason you might is real-world fuel economy. Like the standard Prius, the Plug-in will miss its official fuel economy claim by a long way, but it’ll still approach 70mpg if you’re gentle with the controls. That’s around a 10% improvement on what a regular Prius will achieve.

Of course, there’s also the Prius Plug-in’s much-improved performance and range under electric power to consider as well. However, the Plug-in version is slow and pretty joyless to drive once its batteries are spent compared with the rest of the current PHEV crop, and it just doesn’t have the interior quality, practicality or roundedness of its competitors, either. Overall, if you want a plug-in hybrid, the A3 e-tron and Golf GTE are much better buys.

What Car? says...

Rated 2 out of 5

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Audi A3 e-tronRated 4 out of 5

Pricey but has all the classiness of the regular versions with potentially cheaper running costs

Volkswagen Golf GTERated 4 out of 5

Makes sense if you do lots of short trips but not as economical as the diesels nor as quick or fun to drive as the Golf GTI

Toyota Prius Plug-in

Engine size 1.8 petrol + two electric motors

Price from £31,695 (including £2500 government grant)

Power 121bhp

Torque unspecified

0-62mph 11.1sec

Top speed 101mph

Fuel economy (official combined) 282.5mpg

CO2/BIK band 22g/km/9%