It’s said that you get what you
pay for, but where Toyota’s new full hybrid
concerned, customers enjoy...
The Toyota Prius Hybrid in its current
'Hybrid Synergy Drive' form with significant body changes has been
available since 2003. Hollywood stars and politicians are amongst
the Toyota Prius owners proud to show off their eco-friendly credentials and
proves that you don't have to compromise on practicality or fashionable
looks to achieve economy or eco-friendliness.
The Prius is not a cheap car to buy, prices start from £18,250 for the
T3 Hybrid and go up to £21,150 for the T Spirit Hybrid. All are
powered by the same 1.5 litre 76bhp petrol engine along the Hybrid
Synergy Drive system. The Toyota Prius combines the low speed torque of an
electric motor (up to 22mph) with the high speed efficiency of a
combustion engine. 0-60mph is therefore reached in 10.9 seconds
thanks to the assistance of the high torque 50kW electric motor.
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CO2 emissions: 104g/km
MPG Combined: 65.7 mpg
Engine: 1497cc Petrol / Electric
Transmission : 4 Speed Auto
BHP/Torque: 76/115 NM
Kerb Weight: 1300 kg
Top Speed: 106 MPH
0-62 MPH: 10.9 secs
Insurance Group: 8
Warranty: 96 months / 100,000 miles on Hybrid system
Economy is quoted as an impressive 65.7mpg although this is slightly
less in the real world, however the economy is still better than most
diesels of a similar size and even some superminis. Carbon dioxide emissions
are a low
104g/km which is the
Prius's party piece. This means
company car tax bills. As an alternative fuel vehicle it
is also exempt from London's congestion charge.
The Toyota Prius has a five star NCAP safety rating which is the highest
possible result helped by its eight standard fitted airbags and curtain
bags and a rigid design. The build quality, reliability and dealer
service are what you would expect from Toyota; all very good. In addition
to the three year warranty, Toyota guarantees the hybrid system for
8years/100,000 miles meaning resale value should be more competitive
than most hybrids.
The entry-level T3 is well equipped. The T4 adds a 6-CD changer,
foglights and cruise control. The range topping T Spirit has a DVD-based
sat-nav system with voice recognition and Bluetooth. It is roomy and
comfortable. Three adults should be reasonably comfortable in the back
however space is short is in the boot due to the battery packs.
There are a limited choice of hybrids available in the UK compared to
the US as they still only make up a small proportion of sales. The
Toyota Prius though is on the road to becoming a mainstream family cars
that demands few compromises, and is extremely cheap to fill up, has
super low emissions and an eco-friendly image.
ECU's software recall on cars built between August 2003 and November
2006 facelift including new front grille and revisions to head and
taillights. Soft-touch materials feature inside and a new leather
interior is on offer.
Toyota Prius Hire
Hertz Green Collection (
) offers you the chance to hire the environmentally friendly Toyota
Prius in London and across Europe.
Ipswich on 13 April 2012
59 Plate Prius T3 1.5: Bought our Prius as 8mth old 8k
miles. Only wish that I had known of the 1.8. Excellent drive, plentiful
legroom for all. With rear seats down it can carry more than you would
think. MPg winter does drop to 45 summer around 52 on the short runs.
Last years trip to Inverness and back showed 58.4 avge. This was driven
at"normal" A1 speeds 75 normal with higher excursions if neede be to get
away from the "gurkins".
Review by Andrew
Wallasey on 08 April 2012
2009 Prius: Don't know why people
complaining about the mpg. My mpg varies between 65 and 80. I
managed to get 80mpg over 2 days driving covering a typical 60 miles
I.e. mixture of urban and extra-urban and this was in the winter
on 28 November 2011
Buyers should know that the fuel consumption of the Toyota Prius depends
as much on the weather as anything else. Mine does 62 mpg for about ten
months of the year but when the weather is cold (say 0 to 3 degrees C)
it falls to as low as 45 mpg.
Review by Andy
London on 26 February 2011
Toyota Prius: i am a cabby...i used to drive Volvo s80,
3-liter engine, filling its tank with 70 liters of diesel, getting
around 700 miles out of it, means almost 10 miles for a liter.... now i
am driving Toyota Prius, filling its tank with 40 liters of unleaded,
getting around 400 miles out of it, again almost 10 miles for a liter...
so there is not much difference for me... i drive 10 hrs a day in
London. i wouldn't recommend Toyota Prius as its just good for
environment which i don't care... i care about my wallet... all they say
about Toyota prios being economical on fuel in non-sense and not true...
my next car gonna be a volvo again!
Review by Mick
Harlow on 25 November 2010
Prius 2006: Love the car - saved money on
petrol, car tax and reliability hence low maintenance costs. One
downside the cost of a new key. My key was stolen which means purchasing
2 new keys - cost £689. My advice ask for Key Cover on your insurance
(which I did not have even though it was a fully comp. policy) - cost
£15-£20. Do it today but do not let it put you off a great green car.
Review by Ray
Chesterfield on 07 September 2010
I purchased my prius in December 09 just
as the cold weather hit the uk so for 3 months the temperature gauge
never went above 5 degrease, for the first month or so i was only
getting the low 40s mpg until i learnt how to drive the car properly
then i saw it rise to the high 40s only doing short journeys, once the
weather started to warm up and the holiday season started i get an
average of 52 mpg on short journeys and as high as 68.9mpg on a run to
the east coast, other journeys i have regularly achieve low 60s so
Toyota's figures are achievable and i drive to the speed limits its by
far the best car i have had.
Review by Leon
SW London on 01 July 2010
09 prius: firstly - ignore what that car
salesman said (as you should always do anyway) Toyota have the best
reputation for reliability so do not ignore a good used buy. As for a
main dealer not being willing to service a cat c/d write off? its a
blessing in disguise, main dealers charge over the odds for what is
basically an oil/filter change just because they do a "full inspection"
which is basically them finding things wrong and charging you even more.
A cat c/d car has to undergo a full inspection to check its
roadworthyness so it "being a mess" is absolute nonsense. Check
autotrader and you'll find lots of cars are now cat c/d write offs as
insurance companies have to fix cars the expensive way and so dont
bother, there is no need to be scared of a cat c/d just be extra careful
and maybe an aa vehicle check for peace of mind.
Review by Elaine Burton
Isle of Man on 16 May 2010
Interesting to read all the comments on
fuel economy. My husband and I have just purchased a second hand Prius
and have only owned it two weeks. We live on a small island and have
managed to achieve at worst 59.8 mpg and at best 61.0 mpg. When we were
in the UK for one week we were getting mostly 60.5 and that included
motorway driving. Of course it all depends (as with any vehicle) how
hard you accelerate and what your top speeds are. On the motorway we
did not go above 70 mph. Don't understand what all the fuss is about as
70 mph seems plenty fast enough to us and we had two people in the car
and all our luggage and our labrador dog so we were carrying a fair bit
of weight. I can only assume other Prius drivers have been driving at
higher speeds thereby only getting 45 mpg. We love the efficiency and
drive accordingly. We are telling all our friends about the car which
we have called the cloud as it is so smooth to drive. We would
recommend it to anyone as an excellent family saloon. The only other
vehicle we own that achieves better efficiency is an all electric
Vectrix scooter but, of course, being all electric the range is limited.
Review by David Betts from
Nottingham on 27 February 2010
Prius T-Spirit: 57 Plate T-Spirit. Bought
four months ago. Been driving for over forty years and this is the best
car I have ever had. The spirit has all the toys you could wish for. It
will even reverse itself into a parking space if you want to. So
relaxing to drive with its excellant CVT gearbox. Averaging around 48mpg
but hope to do better in warmer months.Road tax 15£ per year and going
down to 10£ this year. Only downside is you have to pay it all at once.
Ha ha. Be aware of pedestrians in car parks. They wont hear you coming.
Review by John from
Fareham on 26 November 2009
09 Plate Prius T4: 2nd one Ive had.
Reliable, quiet, smooth comfortable ride, plenty of interior room,
excellent sound system. Not as economical as some are suggesting. Summer
best 54mpg, winter 51mpg. Never seen 60mpg or anything like it, and not
driven hard. When it is driven hard or four passengers, economy drops to
40mpg. Still worth considering if you want a roomy quiet smooth ride. No
diesel smell or noise, no expensive fuel price premium.
Farquhar Arbuthnott from
Belfast on 07 October 2009
This is my 2nd Prius
T-Spirit (both bought new). As with the previous one, it is refined,
smooth, utterly reliable and comfortable with reasonable servicing costs
(at my Toyota Main dealership).
Incidentally my best ever tankful delivered an average of 76.55 MPG (in
summer)and my worst ever 55.9 MPG (winter)!
Currently I average 65.5 MPG in my daily 40 mile round trip commute -
avoiding "jack rabbit" traffic light GP's and driving like a Vicar.
These are REAL world figures and I have enjoyed my Prius driving for
almost 5 years. How "Top Gear's Clarkston" and similar air-heads can
only get 40-ish MPG is beyond me. They must drive with the parking
brake on and use lead-filled boots! I've never achieved less than 55
MPG ...in any tankful & in either Prius that I have owned & driven!
Review by Prof Chapman from
Dulverton, Somerset on 08 May 2009
A superb car from driving in town,
achieves 75mpg easily. But on the motorway or rural roads the
consumptions is down to 40-45mpg. Since we are in a rural area we only
achieve 45mpg for a tank full of fuel. Its a great car to drive - but
beware consumption outside town.
Review by Richard Stevenson from Sevensisters on
07 May 2009
Hi Again. Just wanted to answer the last
review and give you a little more info on the new Prius.
There is no problem in buying a Prius
private as long as you do your homework and spend the money to get a RAC
report and HPI Report. I say RAC as when I last asked the AA could not
do a check on the Prius as there Mechanics were not trained on it. So if
you have a Prius and are with the AA better check if they can fix it at
the side of the road/ your home or if they will just take you to the
main dealer. I know a lot of people have AA cover free with the bank.
In regards to the new Prius I've already had lots of people ask me how
the New Prius stacks up against the Honda Insight. Let me put it as
simply as this. Yes the Honda is 15k, But it has almost the same Co2 as
the current Prius and has a 10kw electric motor. The current prius has a
50kw electric motor and the New Prius is 60kw. 60kw = 80Bhp. So better
to spend 14k and buy a year to 2 year old Prius with 10k on the clock.
If thats what you happy to spend on car. It will also hold its value
better than the honda long term. Prius has sold over 1,000,000 units
since it came out. That's a lot of happy people.
Review by Ben from Hertfordshire on 22 April 2009
Toyota Prius T-Spirit: I've owned my Prius
T-Spirit for 12 months and around 18,000 miles now, and despite all the
criticism the car strangely seems to attract, there is simply no better
car for my daily commute in and out of West London.
Forget Toyota's environmental claims - the main thing the Prius protects
is your wallet. The 55-60mpg I get in the warmer months (it dips to
around 50mpg during winter) is just the beginning; group 7 insurance,
Ł15 road tax, 8-year powertrain warranty and arguably the best numbers
of them all - JD Power 2008 Customer Satisfaction Survey winner (and
joint top in 2007).
It's totally stress-free and easy to drive, while being smooth and quiet
too. It's spacious inside and has a terrific specification (the T-Spirit
has touchscreen sat nav, bluetooth, parking camera and MP3 connector).
Interior quality is better than you might expect. Incidentally, a
previous review suggested that tall people may find it hard to get
comfortable; I'm 6' 1" and have absolutely no comfort problems at all.
Only downsides are a lack of performance - especially when the main
hybrid battery is spent and needs the petrol engine to recharge - and
it's perhaps not the prettiest thing on the road, nor the most exciting
to drive hard. But if cheap, easy motoring is your priority, purchase
price aside of course, you'd be hard-pressed to find something better.
Regarding saleman Richard's review, the reason private owners chose to
sell cars themselves instead of to car dealers is because they want to
get something like the real retail value, not thousands less, and
potential buyers should not be put off by private sales.
Review by Richard Stevenson from
Sevensisters on 19 April 2009
I have been reading everyone's views on
the Prius and I think this may be a first. I work for Toyota and
sell the Prius eveyday.
The first thing I would like to share is that I am proud to sell this
car. I have been selling cars new and used for 10 years and I've never
had a Prius customer buy one that did not like it. The new Prius is out
around July/Aug and I expect demand to out strip supply for at least the
first year. It will Do 72 miles to the gallon combined with Co2 of 89
grams per km, aroud 130bhp 1.8 petrol engine and looks more like a sport
car. It makes the Honda look out dated already which it is . I would be
happy to answer any questions you have about it, the current model or
even the new IQ as I understand that not everyone has the information I
have to hand. One thing is for sure Co2 is the new King in car sales and
yes the Prius will cost you more but it will pay you back too! Sorry top
gear but this is a great car. It has a 8 year 100,000 mile warranty on
the bits that scare you and me and just like any other car has a 3 year
warranty on the petrol engine, electric widows sat nav so on. If your
thinking of buying one look out, Don't try and save money by buying
private if it's older than 3 years with little or no history and make
sure you get a HPI as lots out side main dealers have hidden pasts cat C
or D write offs are a no no as it may look ok but when you want to sell
it its value is a 3rd of market price and no Main dealer will service it
because it could be a mess. Always ask yourself why have they not sold
it to a main dealer? Because if its a good clean car with history we
will buy it. At 60,000 miles ish its known that Prius may need drive
shafts changing, seems to be a trend. They are around 1,500 pounds to
replace and the screen in the centre that controls the ac, sat nav and
so on can go on 4 to 5 year old models just like a tv but costs 2,000
pounds to replace if has sat nav and 1000+ if not. So take out a
Warranty. Even if you did not buy the car from Toyota you can still take
one out from us if you have full Toyota history or have it serviced by
us first. Toyota's is one of the best I've ever sold and would cover
both these parts.
One last thing if you have a Prius once or twice a week press the brakes
hard when your driving. The problem is that the car engine brakes, so at
normal speeds when you brake your not using your brake pads or discs at
all, it's the gearbox that slows you down. This means the brake pads
last a long time as one review pointed out, but the discs pit quick and
need changing because they are not being cleaned off by the brake pads.
The Metal used for the discs on most cars rusts if you dont use your
car, on a Prius they will rust if you don't use your brakes.
Review by Mark from
Salford on 16 April 2009
2009 T Spirit: I got the prius as a
company car, mainly due to the tax reduction for the emissions.
The car is the best i have ever had. I work all over the UK, Eire and
Western Europe, so journeys are mostly long and fast. I get 53 mpg at a
steady 68mph. This improves in the urban cycle to 60 ish. Really pleased
with the performance, not sluggish at all. All previous cars were
diesels and the tranquillity of the Prius is all too apparent. Because
of the complexity of the car i don't know I would buy one for private
use beyond the warranty period as the repair bills could be high.
Review by Mr Simpson from Musselburgh,
Scotland on 12 April 2009
2007 Prius T3: 16400 miles with mpg from
51 in winter around or below 0C to 61 cruising at 60 on motorways (drops
nearer 50 at 80). Speedo overreads by 5 at 70, odometer seems OK. Very
pleased with comfort, quietness and space. Quality is excellent. I hope
the MkIII has a 12v dash socket, heated/folding mirrors, AND a spare
wheel (I won't consider the Insight because it has a "kit" to fix
flats). It sounds good with better motorway performance/torque and I'm
almost sold already.
Review by Phil from Stockport on 02
I have a 2004 Prius (T4) bought used in
2006 and consider it an excellent car. My 16 mile commute is probably
the type of journey it is designed for; half very congested urban roads,
half busy motorway (60 - 65mph). Fuel consumption is around 62mpg in the
summer, dropping to 58mpg in the winter when the engine runs more to
provide heat for defrosting (and passengers). By limiting my motorway
speed to 55mph and probably annoying many motorists in the process, I
can achieve 66mpg. These mpg figures are real - calculated from
fill-ups; the mpg display on my vehicle reads approx 2mpg high.
The Prius is very relaxing to drive in slow stop-start traffic thanks to
its two-pedal transmission. It can drive for nearly a mile in these
conditions on electric power alone, and in peaceful silence. I did
test-drive a diesel before choosing the Prius and the engine noise and
vibration in this type of driving put me off.
The car is quite happy on fast motorway trips and even fully laden is
not underpowered, although there is some power lag at high speed. Cabin
space is very good and boot space is adequate. So far the car has been
trouble-free; its brake pads have only worn by 20% in 36k miles and
might last the life of the car!
In all I am very pleased with it. Expensive yes, but I prefer it to a
diesel BMW any day!
Review by Aashit from London on 15 October 2008
Have been driving Prius since Sep 2006.
Minimum 20 miles, 5 days a week,from North London to EC3 and back. Have
done approx 18,000 miles and average mileage is 47 mpg. Best mileage on
a full tank i.e. approx 40 litres and over 400 miles, I have achieved is
52 mpg. Great drive. I am 6ft 2in and all 5 seats are very comfortable.
Only downside is, I am trying to find ways to increase mileage to 65mpg
on full tank, as per Toyota guidelines. Any suggestions ???
Review by Carol Theobald from Esher,
Surrey on 12 July 2008
Prius T3: Bought at good discount.
Spacious, good acceleration, compared with our old Renault Scenic.
Getting 60-62mpg combined. (I am driving carefully having read how to
hypermile!!) Love driving it and a comfortable car with plenty of boot
Review by Archie from Bedford on 09 June 2008
Toyota Prius T4: I bought my Prius new in
May 2007 and have since covered 11000 miles of mostly city driving and
it is returning me 53 mpg. I managed 58.6 mpg on a motorway journey to
Cornwall last summer, so I wonder if Christopher from Newbury who
reviewed on 17 August 2007 claiming that it (The Prius) only does 40 mpg
actually owns or has driven one. I suspect he is one of those people who
review cars on the evidence that he has heard from his mate in the pub
who`s knows somebody who has a mate that test drove one once! The Prius
is an excellent car quiet, comfortable, powerful enough for the average
motorist by which I mean its no slouch and with petrol at around £1.15 a
litre, economical. The build quality is everything you expect of a
Toyota. The cabin is roomier than most family cars, rear leg room is
excellent, my son is 6ft 4ins and with him driving I can sit behind him
in the back in comfort and I`m 6ft 1in, try doing that in a Peugeot 406!
I enjoy driving it and the attention it receives, and yes people really
do ask where do you plug it in! Anybody that is wondering about buying
one can rest assured that they will not be disappointed.
Review by Ian from Herts on 23 May 2008
T4: I've had my Prius for 3 1/2 years, and
regularly get 61mpg (in the summer when the engine doesn't need to run
so much). Anyone who gets less than 55 mpg must be a really lead-footed
driver. The smoother you drive a Prius, the better the economy becomes.
Reviewed by Jean Jackson from Manchester on
17 March 2008
Toyota Prius T spirit: Excellent car in
Comfortable (front & back) responsive, quiet, economical, and reliable.
Toyota servicing is excellent. I've read reviews which say it's
slugguish: NO! I do 20,000+ miles pa on motorways and it accelerates
well. Will buy another.
Reviewed by Kieran from Cheshire on
20 November 2007
I could not agree more the Toyota Prius is
an excellent vehicle, I use my everyday as a sales rep up and down the
UK motorways, it looks good, it runs smoothly and it does so many miles
to the gallon. I was not sure about it when I first started to consider
a hybrid car but after reading reviews which help me give me all the
pros and cons i was convinced, my only worry is its second hand value.
Reviewed by Mick Williams from Cheshire on
02 November 2007
I am taking delivery of my Prius in
January 2008. The main reason for my choice of car is the tax break I
get on company car tax.
I must however debunk a few comments in another review:
The battery is warranted for eight years or 100,000 miles and Toyota
have a recycling program in place. It may interest you to know that the
NiMH battery contains a large amount of metallic nickel – which Toyota
want to recover, and the electrolyte is a strong alkaline, similar to
cleaning products. The electrolyte breaks down very quickly to form
salts which are not hugely damaging to the environment. As to problems
recycling the car – not true. Aside from the NiMH battery the rest of it
is no different to recycling a traditional car and a PC.
I also note that yet again like for like has not been compared when
looking at MPG figures. I had a Prius on loan from Toyota UK for a week
to evaluate. My current Vauxhall Vectra 1.9 CDTI gives 40-45 MPG over a
week and I go through a tank a week (around 600 miles). I used the Prius
in exactly the same way, same cruising speed on the motorway, same route
to work, same holdups. I returned 50 MPG, which does not seem to be much
of a gain. However, I did not drive the Prius in an MPG friendly way. If
I did I would expect to be closer to the 60 MPG figure.
Yes small diesels are very efficient, but I need a large load space in
the rear for equipment I need to take with me, and in the Prius we got
four adults and a toddler in his seat and all the stuff for a day at the
beach comfortably. More to the point, even fully laden it was still
quite rapid thanks to the torque produced by the 50Kw motor.
The final point I would like to make is the Prius is big inside and has
more effective room in it than my Vectra. There is no transmission
tunnel, no central console as in a traditional car. This gives a very
spacious cabin. I will be very pleased to take delivery of my Prius and
have a car that does not eat my tax code and I can still have fun in.
Reviewed by Christopher from Newbury on 17
The Prius is supposed to be the
economic car revolution. My
friends, it is far from it. A
Prius is "supposed" to average
60mpg, in reality a Prius will
on average earn a 40mpg; when
driven carefully. A Peugeot 406
2.0 litre diesel can easily earn
an average of 45+mpg. The worst
part about the Prius is trying
to recycle the "car". The
battery is next to unrecylable
due to the chemicals used; and
because of the complexity of the
car it requires 3x the carbon
emissions to separate the
different materials, this also
applies to the manufacture.
However these cars are the
quietest cars you will ever
drive, and with it's central
computer it is reassuring
knowing what the car is doing at
Reviewed by Chris from Sheffield on 26th
Excellent car, easy to drive and
comfortable. So much focus on mpg (I average 58) and technology, people
overlook the high seat cushion height, comfortably shaped seats and
relaxed drive that make it the best long distance car I have ever owned.
Internal storage is also brilliant. I only discovered the tray at the
bottom of the armrest block last week!!
Reviewed by Steve from Kendal on 17th
Brilliant. Must be the easiest and
quietest car I've ever driven - and although the speed performance is
not amazing, I'm very happy with the 55+ mpg average over the first
Boot space is 50% more than a Golf, and most of our journeys have been
cross country with boxes of books. Maybe 25% Motorway - 40% A roads -
and then all those wiggly, hilly bits that join Cumbria.
Yeah - it's expensive, but it i very refined and so easy to drive.
Reviewed by Jo from Dorset on 18th
Am very happy with my 2nd hand Prius, with
smooth acceleration, responsive handling & more room than my former
Honda Accord, both in the front & the back! The boot is still roomy
enough for all the Christmas shopping for a family of 4.
When running on "silent" I tend to spook the local horses who see me
coming but can't hear anything! Also, I've discovered that most people
rely on their ears rather than their eyes before crossing the road: I've
learned to be extra alert if a pedestrian shows any sign of stepping off
the pavement, because, chances are they won't look, & if I'm running
silently, they won't hear me either!
Am delighted with the cheaper tax, & services are remarkably short &
My husband is now thinking of replacing his car with a newer Prius as,
even with the Air Con on in the summer, we're still getting an average