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Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-I T3

Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-I T3

Family Cars

1. Toyota Prius

Model/Engine size:
Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-I T3
Fuel:
Petrol Electric Hybrid
Fuel economy combined:
72.4 mpg
Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-I T3

Summary

Toyota has dominated the hybrid market with the Prius for over a decade. The company has now got to the stage where it knows how to make the hybrid bits work and it’s now able to refine everything else. The third generation Prius promises to be more rounded, but does it deliver? Whilst we are in the business of promoting green cars, and the Prius has become the poster child for not just hybrids but the whole green car market, it has never been a driver’s car. The Prius is a technical marvel but the second generation model was certainly devoid of driver engagement.

The third generation is much more engaging and whilst it hasn’t mutated into a hot hatch the dynamics are no longer a reason not to buy it.

Whilst the styling is very evolutionary there are some big changes under the skin. The engine size increases to 1.8-litres to deliver better high speed fuel consumption and better performance. The electric motor is also 20% more powerful, 90% of the hybrid components have been optimised and the drag coefficient is down to 0.25.

The third generation Toyota Prius delivers more performance, more fun, more space and outstanding CO2 emissions. It is a very persuasive package. The only downside is that it isn’t any cheaper. It remains the pinnacle of hybrid performance and looks unlikely to be toppled for some time.

Read our full Toyota Prius review

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
76.4 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
72.4 mpg
CO2 emissions:
89 g/km
Green rating:
VED band A - first year £0
Weight:
1420 Kg
Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
13%
Price:
£21,995
Insurance group:
15
Power:
98 (petrol) 80 (electric) system 134 bhp system bhp
Max speed:
112 mph
0-62mph:
10.4 seconds
Euro 6:
No