Toyota Prius review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £24,885What Car? Target Price from£23,447

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 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.

We’d recommend sticking with the cheapest Active trim for the best value. This comes with dual-zone climate control, the aforementioned 7.0in touchscreen with rear-view camera, DAB radio and Bluetooth all thrown in, along with safety functions including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking (AEB), road sign recognition, lane departure alert and automatic high-beam on the headlights.

With no smartphone mirroring offered to enable you to use apps such as Waze and Google Maps, the only way to have built-in sat-nav in your Prius is to go for Business Edition Plus trim or above. The Business Edition Plus is also the only model you can have with four-wheel drive. The pricier trims add various comfort and style features, such as heated seats and bigger alloy wheels, as well as a wireless phone-charging mat.

Toyota put in a strong showing in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing second out of 31 brands, behind only Lexus. Judged against other hybrid and electric cars, the Prius itself came seventh. That places it ahead of the Hyundai Ioniq. Every Prius is backed by a generous five-year, 100,000-mile warranty is included; the Hyundai Ioniq’s warranty also lasts for five years but has no upper mileage limit.

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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

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