- Good to drive
- Exceptional interiorn
- Looks might not be for everyone
- Gearbox still a little noisy
- Not suited to motorway driving
The World’s most popular hybrid- now with striking looks
The Toyota Prius is the world’s best-selling hybrid car. Toyota have over the years been at the very forefront of eco technology, and the Prius is the flagship car in the range. Driven by everyone from Uber drivers to celebrities who range from Leonardo Dicaprio to Miley Cyrus, the Prius is a living motoring icon. Offering incredible fuel efficiency, market-leading C02 emissions, and exceptional reliability, the Prius has brought hybrid technology into the mainstream.
The latest update in 2015 featured a complete redesign, bringing greater efficiency, as well as striking new aesthetics.
Contemporary design and improved quality
Like it’s new extravagant exterior, the interior of the latest Prius features a lavish redesign. The swooping interior resembles something resembling a spaceship. There’s a genuine feeling of quality as well, making the interior of the Prius one of the most unique on the market.
The new dashboard of the Prius really is a joy to behold. The design is contemporary, and is bound to impress most drivers. Materials used are of a high quality as well, with soft-touch materials featuring across the dash, and some attractive gloss materials that finish things off nicely. The Prius finally has the quality to match its impressive technology, and with Toyota’s track record of build quality, it’ll last as well.
Space wise the new Prius improves greatly over the third-generation model. With 502 litres of boot capacity, there’s plenty of room for a big family shop, and you could even fit in a full set of golf clubs. Compare it to similar sized hatchbacks, and it gets even more impressive. The Ford Focus only manages 316 litres, with even the impressively big Honda Civic falling way behind with its 487 litres boot space. The Prius is an incredibly practical car to own.
Spec levels in the Prius are similarly impressive. The Prius comes with hands-free entry, cruise control, a rear-view camera, climate control, and an impressive infotainment system as standard. The interior lighting system in the Prius is also fantastic, highlighting beautifully the contemporary interior design.
The inside of the Prius really is exceptional. It’s well-built, well-designed, and has bundles of practical space. Kit levels are also generous, all of this combined makes for one of the most unique interiors currently on display in any production car.
Surprisingly fun to drive, improved refinement
Compared to Toyota’s previous attempts, the Prius is now a great car to drive, especially around town. It’s not the most refined motorway cruiser, but for a hybrid, it’s an impressive car on the road.
Suspension and Chassis
The changes to the Prius that Toyota have made have been universally praised by motoring journalists. Compared to the old model, the latest Prius is a fun car to drive around town. Steering is sharp, and there’s very little in the way of understeer. It’s also a lot stiffer than before, with a new chassis design that’s geared specifically for the Prius. It’s obviously not as fun to drive as a Ford Focus, but for a hybrid it’s impressive.
Ride refinement is also much improved over the third-generation model. The electric motor puts less pressure on the transmission, which means that interior noise is much reduced. With the strangely designed exterior comes incredible aerodynamics, meaning road and wind noise barely enter the cabin. Steering is a little light for motorway driving, but around town it’s a great car.
Transmission options in the Prius come in only one guise. A CVT automatic gearbox is used in all Priuses, and it’s much improved over previously generations. It’s quieter, and with a high gear range, it’s incredibly nippy about town.
More efficient hybrid engine
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Prius, you’ve only got the one option: petrol-hybrid. As with all Priuses that have come before it, the latest Prius uses a 1.8 litre petrol motor, that supports the batteries on board. It’s quieter, more efficient, though it is a little bit slower than before.
Speed-freaks aren’t the sort of people who usually buy hybrid cars, and the Prius certainly doesn’t offer an option for them. Nevertheless, the petrol-hybrid motor has enough power to cope in nearly every situation. With 136bhp combined, you’ll be able to get from 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds. Hardly ground-breaking speed, but enough for most drivers.
The most eco-friendly of the Prius range is undoubtedly the 1.8 VVTi Plug-in. With just 49g/km of C02 emissions, this Prius is one of the greenest cars currently on sale. Whichever Prius you go for however, you’ll be more than doing your bit, as all cars easily achieve sub-100g/km of C02 emissions, so you won’t be paying any road tax. The Plug-in model is also the most fuel efficient. It can achieve up to an incredible 134mpg, so is a great option for those who want to save lots of money.
Whichever model of Prius you go for, you’re going to have one of the friendliest cars for the planet currently on sale. The Prius is also incredibly good value, achieving astronomical fuel efficiency. It’s not the fastest car in the world, but that’s not really what the Prius is about, and there’s more than enough oomph for most people’s needs.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, impressive safety kit as standard
Like nearly every family hatchback currently on sale, the Prius easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 92% in adult protection, 82% in child protection, and 77% in pedestrian safety, the Prius is an incredibly safe car. There’s also plenty of safety equipment on board. There’s an emergency braking system, active cruise control, and the usual array of airbags. The Prius really is an exceptionally safe car.
Great value for money, so long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Toyota Prius offers incredible value for money. Whichever Prius you choose to go for, you’re going to get remarkable fuel efficiency, and C02 levels throughout the range are low enough to get free road tax.
Insurance wise, this varies from model to model, but not by very much. The cheapest Prius in the range is in group 15, whilst the highest-spec Prius sits close by in group 16. Whichever Prius you go for, you’re going to get good value insurance cover.
Depreciation is one area that particularly affects the Prius. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The latest Toyota Prius is the most complete hybrid car that Toyota have ever made. With an exceptional interior, unique aesthetics, impeccable safety, and incredible build quality, the Prius has everything. And with such an impressive engine, you can save money day-to-day, whilst also helping to save the planet.
Buying a used Toyota Prius online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Toyota Prius for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Prius. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Toyota Prius online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Prius? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Toyota Prius, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Prius, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Toyota to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.