The interior layout, fit and finish
The Toyota Prius is a striking car from the outside, and the same is true when you step aboard. Sections of glossy piano black trim lift the interior ambience, but, while you’ll find a few areas with pleasingly squishy plastic surfaces, there’s plenty of harder, less appealing stuff, too. The drive selector is a stubby lever protruding from the centre console, and is very easy to operate once you're used to it, while other buttons and switches feel solid and have a precise action
As with previous generations of Prius, the dashboard layout is somewhat unconventional; traditional dials are replaced by a pair of 4.2in colour screens that sit atop the dash, slightly to the left of the driver's sight line. The right-hand screen covers basics such as speed and fuel level, while the left shows secondary data that enables highly detailed economy analysis, should you want it. All but the entry level Active trim level also has a head-up display that projects information onto the windscreen directly ahead of the driver.