Toyota Prius+ MPV updated for 2016

The hybrid Toyota Prius+ MPV gets a quieter cabin and an upgraded infotainment system for 2016

Words By Darren Moss

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Toyota Prius+

The Toyota Prius+ has been updated for 2016, and gets a quieter semi-automatic CVT gearbox, more cabin insulation and an upgraded infotainment system.

What is it?

The Prius+ is the first hybrid seven-seat MPV, and as such comes with class-leading environmental performance as well as the storage and practicality you'd expect from a car in this market.

First launched in the UK in 2012, the car received a major facelift last year and, while we've been impressed with its economical powertrain and safety equipment, it's never been one of our favourite MPVs.

What engines can I choose from?

The Prius+ is a hybrid, and is powered by both an electric motor and by a 1.8-litre petrol engine.

For 2016, Toyota has made the car's petrol engine quieter than before, without losing any power, resulting in what Toyota is calling a more relaxed, smoother and quieter drive.

Toyota says the Prius+ can return up to 68.9mpg, while emitting 96g/km of CO2.

What equipment does it come with?

Another change for 2016 is a quieter cabin, which Toyota has acheived by fitting more insulation around the interior. There's also an upgraded version of Toyota's Touch 2 infotainment system, controlled through a central touchscreen.

The Prius+ comes in three trim levels - Icon, Excel and Excel Plus. Entry-level versions get automatic air conditioning, a rear-view camera, cruise control, Bluetooth Connectivity and 16in alloy wheels, while high-end models get sat nav, DVD players and adaptive cruise control.

How much does it cost?

Prices for the Toyota Prius Plus start from Β£26,995 and rise to Β£31,245. That price makes the Prius+ an expensive choice in this class, but buyers who want a hybrid MPV have very few options to choose from, and that high price will be offset by the Prius+'s low CO2 emissions, which mean it will cost you nothing in company car tax.

How good are its rivals?

Rivals for the Toyota Prius+ include staple MPVs like the Ford S-Max, CitroΓ«n C4 Picasso and Volkswagen Golf SV - although crucially, none of those models offers a hybrid variant.

We ran the previous version of the Prius+ as part of our long-term fleet. To find out how we got on, watch the video below.