Toyota Prius Plug-in review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £24,360What Car? Target Price from£22,836

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

As with all plug-in hybrids, the fuel economy you achieve in the real world will vary dramatically depending on how diligent you are in keeping the battery charged, and how many short-range, electric-only journeys you make. But even on a long-distance trip, you can get close to 70mpg if you drive in the relaxed style that the Prius Plug-in encourages.

In fact, with a fully-charged battery, close to 100mpg is possible, even on a journey of 50 miles or so. What’s more, around 25 miles of electric-only running is achievable even if you’re driving on a mixture of road types. This figure is likely to be even greater around town, where average speeds are lower. 

The above will come as great news for private owners, but will be celebrated by company car users, too. Despite having a much higher list price, the plug-in’s lower CO2 emissions make it significantly cheaper in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax than the regular Toyota Prius.

You’re unlikely to feel hard-done-by on standard equipment, either. Even entry-level Business Edition Plus trim gets a rear-view camera, keyless go, a DAB radio, a wireless phone charger, LED headlights and heated front seats, as well as Toyota’s full suite of ‘safety sense’ active safety systems. Excel-spec cars add a 10-speaker premium audio system, front and rear parking sensors, a parking assistance system and leather upholstery.

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Overview

The Toyota Prius Plug-in is a lot pricier than its regular sibling, but provides real advantages for company car users. Just bear in mind that while rivals, such as the Skoda Superb iV and BMW 330e, aren’t as fuel-efficient, they’re much better to drive, classier inside and more spacious.

  • Quiet in electric mode
  • Cheap to run if used properly
  • Well equipped
  • Expensive to buy
  • Limited practicality
  • Noisy petrol engine

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