Toyota Prius+ Review: first drive | It's Got Wheels

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Toyota Prius+ Review: drive

The ‘+’ in Prius+ should you all you need to know about new Toyota that further the company’s hybrid line-up. there’s a little more to the than a third row of seats and extended length.

For starters, the pack in the Prius+ MPV is a lithium-ion rather than the older nickel-metal hydride type in the Prius hatch. On top of this, the battery now resides under the console between the front instead of under the boot This allows more for the third row of seats and a larger

As importantly as the extra space it up by being repositioned, the lithium-ion is more compact than the hatch’s yet delivers the same This is a win-win situation as the battery is 8kg lighter than the and its new position delivers better distribution.

On the subject of weight, Toyota is proud the Prius+ adds 135kg to the overall kerb of the hatch model. The Japanese points out none of its petrol- or rivals gets close to minimal weight gain the hatch models they’re on, which is impressive given the is longer, wider and taller its hatchback origins.

Toyota has made great strides the aerodynamics of the Prius+, which a drag coefficient of 0.28Cd to be the shape in its class. Granted, the appearance is not as distinctive as a Citroen C4 or a Ford S-Max’s, but there’s no the Toyota’s styling helps wind noise at higher to barely a brushing of bodywork the airstream.

On the smooth central highways and byways where we the Prius+, it also made a effort at keeping road to a minimum. We’ll reserve and final judgement on this we drive the car in the UK, but it’s a step on and up the Prius hatch’s mediocre

The MPV version of the Prius also its hatch sister for ride and handling. While it’s no hot rival, and nor should it be, the Prius+ stable and composed in corners and a sufficiently supple ride to undulations and interruptions at bay.

has used the Prius+ to introduce its and Bounce control, which the torque of the electric motor to out some of the floating sensation might otherwise be experienced. no perceptible intrusion from the and the Prius+ provides good so we can only conclude that doing a good job.

If we could say the same for the 98bhp petrol engine. It’s to the same CVT (continuously variable as the Prius hatch and suffers the drawback of the engine gurning when asked to serve up decent acceleration. As well as the the engine only manages to adequate oomph, even the petrol and 81bhp electric are working in tandem for maximum to give 0-62mph in 11.3

The switch between electric and power is seamless and, in mode, the Prius is near Sadly, there’s only juice in the battery for the Prius+ to around one mile on battery alone before the petrol kicks in.

Toyota Prius+

Still, with the mix of working at their optimum, the can deliver 68.9mpg and impressively low dioxide emissions of 96g/km. figures are for the T4 model, which with 16-inch alloy instead of the T Spirit’s 17-inch that contribute to its 64.2mpg and emissions.

Toyota expects the T4 to account for 70% of sales in the UK, which is made all the likely by its £26,195 list compared to the £29,495 asked for the T These are high prices for a seven-seat MPV, especially compared to the likes of the Citroen C4 Picasso or Ford S-Max.

the Citroen and Ford, or any other rivals for that matter, match the Toyota for emissions and but they are considerably cheaper to buy in the place. The Ford and Citroen, others, also offer far engine refinement and a modicum of to their drives that is low on the of the Prius+.

These same also offers as much or cabin space as the Prius+ and interiors made from that feel of a higher There’s no doubt the Prius+ be hard wearing, but it’s Toyota has made the cabin and trim look and feel a low rent.

As for the MPV side of the equation, the Prius+ has space in the third row of seats for or adults for short hops. The row of three individual seats tips and folds flat, and all five of the rear seats down there’s 1750-litres of room. In the more oft-used where the two rear-most seats are for luggage space, there’s of capacity.

In the front of the cabin, the is treated to a raised driving good all-round vision and comfort. A head-up display is on all UK Prius+ models and is clear to where it projects on to the windscreen. The of the equipment and safety is as generous as expect of the two upper trim from Toyota’s repertoire.

Even with the long of standard kit, much of it where it’s an option on the Prius+ is an expensive car in its class. It has its such as electric-only running, low emissions and fine economy, but the ‘+’ quite enough to add driver or appeal to the Prius package.

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