The updated Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid is one of the most economical cars to run, returning a combined 1.0 l/100 km (282 US mpg / 235 US mpg) average consumption and emitting just 22 g/km of CO2, as tested in the NEDC.
This puts it above most competitors, whereas the fact that it’s suited to urban driving, comfortable, relaxing and with a bigger boot than, say, an equivalent Volkswagen Golf GTE, gives it extra points as well.
There are only two grades to choose from and both are well equipped, but going for the more expensive option gets you parking sensors on both ends, a self-parking system that should come in quite handy in city driving and a premium sound system from JBL.
Switching between the different driving modes is done smoothly, but the Toyota Prius PHEV does have a few faults, such as the poor headroom on the two rear seats, some scratchy plastics inside, and a parking brake that’s still foot-operated, which makes it feel somewhat outdated, as CarBuyer noted.
Their review also points out that the infotainment system is quite difficult to use while driving, as it doesn’t have any physical buttons, and the placement of the seat heater controls is not ideal. To find out what but else they have to say about the Prius PHEV, scroll down and watch the following video.