New Prius at old price

* Prices matched to outgoing model * Starts from 18,370 * On sale from August...

28 May 2009
New Prius at old price

Toyotas new Prius hybrid will start from the same price as the outgoing model when it reaches showrooms in August.

The entry-level T3 model costs 18,370, while the range-topping T Spirit is priced at 21,210, which is also the same as before. Only the mid-spec T4 has an 835 price rise, climbing to 19,990.

Buyers of the new model will get more kit for their money. T3 cars gain a new head-up display, Toyotas Touch Tracer multi-function control on the steering wheel, a drivers knee airbag, heated door mirrors and front fog amps.

T4 versions get 17-inch alloys, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker stereo and rain-sensing wipers. T Spirit gains a hard-drive satellite-navigation and music library, plus improved rear parking sensors with a rear-view camera.

The new cars fuel economy is much better than the old cars, improving 10% to 72.4mpg. Carbon dioxide emissions of just 89g/km are among the lowest of any car on sale. That means owners will pay no road tax, and puts the car in the 10% bracket for company car tax.