Toyota Prius+ Road Test (2012)

Toyota Prius+ (Interior) (2012)

Toyota Prius Review

Good seat comfort and reasonable roominess make the Prius+ both pleasant and practical for a family on the move.

Comfort and Refinement

Good seat comfort and reasonable roominess make the Prius+ both pleasant and practical for a family on the move. A double-length panoramic glass roof means that the interior is light and bright, and there are screens to pull across the glass for winter cosiness. If you drive the Prius+ in a leisurely style it is very quiet and restful with very little noise to trouble the passengers. Press on a bit, though, and it becomes rather more vocal with quite a bit of engine noise permeating the cabin.

Safety and Security

The Prius+ comes equipped with front, side and curtain airbags, as well as one to protect the driver’s knees and lower legs in the event of an accident. Isofix child seat mountings are provided. Safety kit on the car includes anti-lock braking with brake-force distribution and brake assist, a vehicle stability control anti-skid system, traction control and a electronic hill-start assist. The car has yet to be tested for Euro NCAP crash test safety.

Infotainment

The car comes equipped with a JBL eight-speaker audio system and sound quality is pretty fair. It has multimedia connectivity and satnav via a dashboard screen that doubles up as a viewing point for the reversing camera that helps with rearward parking. Head up display lets you see your speed and satnav instructions in the windscreen without taking your eyes too far from the road ahead. Rear screen sunshades are also on the kit list for higher-spec versions of the Prius+.

Rivals
  • Seat Alhambra2.0 TDI
  • Ford S-Max 2.0 TDCi
  • Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTi
  • Volkswagen Sharan 2.0 TDI
What We Liked
  • Very practical with seven comfortable seats
  • Fore-aft adjustment available for the second and third rows of seats
  • Good economy and low CO2 for a car that can carry seven
  • Good level of standard kit
  • Novelty value, nothing else quite like it on the market
  • Clean, green image
  • Quiet running
  • First time a lithium-ion battery has been used in a non-plug-in hybrid
  • Cachet of driving the world’s first seven-seater hybrid car
What We Disliked
  • Silent switch on, not knowing when it’s ready to go
  • Not suitable for towing
  • Not exactly exciting to drive
What We Would Like To See
  • Other seven-seater hybrid cars to rival this one
Conclusion

If you have a large family and are aching to be green, this could be the car for you. Its seven-seat practicality, hybrid technology and good economy are big attractions for an eco-minded owner. The Prius+ is in a class of its own, with currently no other seven-seater hybrids on the market. If that suits your motoring needs, certainly take a close look at the plus-sized Prius, but also consider a diesel engined seven-seater for similar economy.

9 October 2012 Sue Baker
Toyota Prius Road Test Data
Model ReviewedToyota Prius+ T Spirit 1.8 VVT-i
  
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourDynamic Blue
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph11.3 Seconds
Top Speed 103 mph
  
TransmissionCVT Automatic
  
Fuel TypePetrol / Hybrid
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban74.3 mpg
Extra Urban67.3 mpg
Combined68.9 mpg
  
Insurance Group12
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty5 Years / 100,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 09/10/12)£29,495

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