Toyota Prius Plug-in, long-term review

Why we’re running: this Is the next logical step towards full electrification, or a costly distraction? Few cars have the plot more than the Toyota Prius PHEV

Month 1 – Specifications

Living with a Toyota Prius Plug-in: 1 Month

Getting in a tangle with the Prius PHEV cable – 04 October 2017

For a car that is so logically thought out in almost all other cases, the Prius cable to the storage devices that are annoyingly difficult to use.

The compartment is too small, which means that you simply resort to the winding of the cable and clamp in the boot, as far as you can, to compromise the little space even more than it already is.

Mileage: 3105

Welcoming the Prius Plug-in to our fleet – September 06, 2017

It’s funny how the friends, the more often those who do not care much about the cars, to go right to the heart of car issues.

“This thing is all about fuel economy, isn’t it?” says someone who has never bought a decent car in his life, first clapping eyes on my Toyota Prius PHEVS.

I would not have made so baldly. For me, the plug-in Prius is a whole new and fascinating technology. It is built on Toyota’s bold, well-packaged GLOVE to the electric architecture, only the speed raising 53mph at 84mph, has a very low aero coefficient of 0.25, and packs 50 percent more battery power, it may restore nearly two times faster.

Its 97bhp Atkinson-cycle 1.8-litre four-pot petrol engine achieves 40 percent efficiency (30% to 35% on average) and there is even a ventilation system gizmo that knows when there is only one occupant and avoids wasting energy cooling the rest of the cabin.

But the truth is that when my friend spoke, I had been with five minutes solid about how the new Prius’s trip computer was showing 100mpg of 1200 km, even if half of the pipe had been on long motorway journeys. The economy is, in fact, the Toyota PHEVS and purpose of the tower.

I’m not sure what we wrote about this car a year ago is quite what we write today.

In recent months, the diesels have started to look less attractive so that the plug-in hybrid (if you interpret the government’s plans correctly) have been the green light by 2050. It is an important signal. These are cars that we’d better get used to it.

Our new Prius PHEV Business Edition is closely linked to the image and the function of a standard non-plug Prius.

It has the same reasonably spacious four-seater cabin trimmed in shiny, black, the durability of the materials responsible; even located instrument pack full of fascinating functions and the effectiveness of the info; and much the same style (outside of 11cm of extra body length to accommodate the battery under the trunk floor) and a swoopily style carbon fiber hatchback which allows to recover a part of the weight stack.

There is a whole history around this new battery. 8.8 kWh, it has twice the capacity of the previous unit, the increase in electric-only, ranging from 15 to 30 kilometres. In spite of this, it requires nearly two times faster, but it is only 50 percent more heavy (120kg) and 66% larger than its predecessor. The bad news is that the shoe is now 16cm with a depth less than a standard Prius, so carrying holiday luggage is now the family car, the most serious challenge.

At £33,195, our Prius Business Edition in Addition to costs of £7200 more than a similar-spec non-PHEV Prius.

However, the difference, you get a roof-mounted solar panel (which contributes two to three miles from the city driving a day in full sun, or more than 400 km in a year) plus a 30 mile all-electric capacity. There is an extra door to the driver’s side for the charging cable, as well as all the gadgets you need for a full charge from a Type 2 connect two hours.

When you start driving, the first things you will notice is the silence, the softness, easy to not, and the fact that this is not a performance car. You can choose between four modes of transmission (HV hybrid, EV only, EV City and Charging the Battery) that govern the way the car’s two electric motors and a gasoline engine to work together.

With everything that happens as hard as the systems that support it, you get 120bhp to work with. The performance figures are modest (101mph flat, 11.1 sec 0-62mph), but are kept respectable by a listed kerb weight of 1550 kg, and the innate low-end response of the electric motors allows for a more rapid, not in the roundabouts of the bat power leads you to expect.

What I have learned from 1200 miles’ is that the way in which the different drivers deal with the Prius PHEV is highly dependent on the use of the car is made.

The train station and the school users may rarely need anything, but electrical energy. But if, like me, you have no more than 500 miles a week, about 100 km at slow speed in the city, charging the car as often as possible, your bottom-line the essence of the economy is going to hit the high 90s and sometimes reach three figures. You will discover that the 70-80 mph, is the sustainable cruising speed and that, with due diligence, you can get an impressive 65-75mpg even without electrical assistance. So, yes, it is all about the economy.

However, the chassis of the capacity is a surprise. The four-wheel independent suspension (struts in front, double wishbones at the rear) has eased the rate of compression and the car rolls on 15 in wheels with viscous sidewalls, it is thus the speed is absorbent. There is a little tendency to rebound to the mid-range speeds, but the car is comfortable and quiet in the suburbs of bumps.

This makes the steering and the grip of a major surprise. The car corners neatly, grips well and does not ride a lot and fast, joins the management board.

It’s never going to threaten the GTIs, but it grows more and more pleasant and precise to the reader that you explore what it can do. The underbits may be exotic, but the Prius PHEV is fitting that my average charge of the company’s life very well.

Second opinion

For many, the Prius is the Achilles heel may be the asked price, but if the math does work (and for some, they will), then the car itself is the supreme being: economic, stylish, spacious and more. It is yet another example of why there is no reason to fear the onset of electrification

Jim Holder


Toyota Prius Plug-in of Business Edition More specification

Specifications: Price New £33,195; Price as tested £33,990; Options Pearl paint (£795)

Test data: Engine 1798cc, petrol, plus dual-motor hybrid assist; Power 120bhp; Torque 105lbs ft; top speed 101mph; 0-62mph 11.1 sec; Claimed fuel economy 283mpg; Test of fuel economy 96mpg; CO2 22 g/km; Flaws None; Expenses None

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