Toyota Prius review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Costs & verdict

Toyota Prius 2021 interior infotainment
  • Toyota Prius 2021 front left tracking
  • Toyota Prius 2021 rear cornering
  • Toyota Prius 2021 interior dashboard
  • Toyota Prius 2021 interior rear seats
  • Toyota Prius 2021 interior infotainment
  • Toyota Prius 2021 front cornering
  • Toyota Prius 2021 front right static
  • Toyota Prius 2021 rear right tracking
  • Toyota Prius 2021 front left tracking
  • Toyota Prius 2021 right tracking
  • Toyota Prius 2021 headlight detail
  • Toyota Prius 2021 rear light detail
  • Toyota Prius 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Toyota Prius 2020 RHD front seats
  • Toyota Prius 2021 interior detail
  • Toyota Prius 2021 boot open
  • Toyota Prius 2021 front left tracking
  • Toyota Prius 2021 rear cornering
  • Toyota Prius 2021 interior dashboard
  • Toyota Prius 2021 interior rear seats
  • Toyota Prius 2021 interior infotainment
  • Toyota Prius 2021 front cornering
  • Toyota Prius 2021 front right static
  • Toyota Prius 2021 rear right tracking
  • Toyota Prius 2021 front left tracking
  • Toyota Prius 2021 right tracking
  • Toyota Prius 2021 headlight detail
  • Toyota Prius 2021 rear light detail
  • Toyota Prius 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Toyota Prius 2020 RHD front seats
  • Toyota Prius 2021 interior detail
  • Toyota Prius 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Toyota Prius makes the most sense when considered as a company car. Low CO2 emissions mean that it undercuts the benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax costs of most diesel rivals, and by some margin, while low leasing costs will also appeal to fleet providers.

If you’re a private buyer, there are serious incentives, too. Granted, the Prius costs more to buy than a Volkswagen Golf, but has excellent resale values, low servicing costs and very good average fuel economy – in our real-world True MPG tests it managed an admirable 50.5mpg, and, judging by official figures, adding four-wheel drive will make little noticeable difference to running costs. All of the above make the Prius a sensible long-term private buy, and it beats the Hyundai Ioniq on price and standard equipment.

Overview

The Toyota Prius is a highly cost-effective choice for both private and company car drivers. We like it for its decent ride and handling, good interior space and impressively low running CO2 emissions. It makes for a fine family car, even if you may need an ‘I’m not a Uber’ sticker on the back of it.

  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Urban refinement
  • Low company car tax
  • Sluggish on the open road
  • Grabby brakes
  • Poor rear head room