Toyota Prius PHEV Promises Much, But Does It Deliver?

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rear seats, some scratchy plastics inside, and a parking brake that’s still foot-operated, which makes it feel somewhat outdated, as CarBuyer noted.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.


  • Six_Tymes

    also the ugliest car on the planet. if this didn’t have a Toyota badge people would be bashing the heck out of its design.

    • TheHake

      Agreed. They look terrible. And even worse in the flesh.

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Oh that design… I kinda threw up a bit in my mouth.

  • Bash

    Not a pretty car, Not a pretty girl.

    • Zandit75

      What’s your second point got to do with anything?

      • TheHake

        Relief from that terrible car would have been nice.

    • Finkployd

      Well that’s just mean. I don’t care about the car but she’s lovely and my fav journalist from carbuyer

      • Bash

        Well, and you are just another Brick in the Wall! 😉

    • europeon

      I like her. She is very pretty. I had dreams about her quite a few times.
      But I’ve always been into slightly older chicks.

      • LWOAP

        LMAO. XD

    • Morky

      I’ll bet you’re a real looker.

  • TheHake

    1lt/100km my bee-hind. That is the biggest load of bollocks ever.

  • Donal Maher

    Be interesting to see real world fuel ecomony figures. These test beds suit EV/PHEV etc. as they are allowed to deplete their batteries over the cycle. A longer more demanding drive cycle would give a very different result.

    All irrelevant in this instance though as that car is about as attractive as a maggoty septic wound.

  • TheBelltower

    It’s seriously mangled looking, but less messy in the rear than the standard Prius. I get a viscerally angry whenever I am stuck behind a Prius. Or most Toyotas.

    • Stephen G

      You look up from your phone?

  • MarketAndChurch

    I don’t mind the styling of the front end, it fits its target audience well. But the floating roof from the blacked out pillar loses a lot of the iconic class Prius used to have, and that’s a shame.


    It appears as though Toyota is in a race to the bottom for the ugliest car design currently on the market.

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