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18 Toyota Prius1.8 VVTi Plug-in Business Edition Plus 5dr CVT

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

8" colour display screenAdaptive cruise control
Adjustable speed limiterBlind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert
Bluetooth hands free telephone kitCollision prevention assist
Colour head up displayDusk sensor
Electric power steeringForward collision warning
Lane departure warning systemMulti-information display with trip computer
Push button starterRear view camera
TFT display screenTouch 2 Go navigation system
Wireless Smartphone charger 

Entertainment

6 speakersDAB Digital radio
Touch 2 touchscreen CD/Radio/MP3 player/ipod connectivityUSB connection

Exterior Features

Auto high beamAutomatic headlamp levelling
Black rear diffuserBody colour door handles
Body colour door mirrorsBody coloured bumpers
Electric heated/operated/retractable door mirrorsElectrochrome rear view mirror
Follow me home headlightsFront and rear electric windows
Front fog lampsFront fog lights with chrome surrounds
LED daytime running lightsLED Headlights
LED rear lightsRain sensor windscreen wipers
Rear wiper 

Interior Features

12V socket in front and rear3 spoke leather steering wheel
60/40 split folding rear seatActive head restraints
Boot lightChrome interior door handles
Cloth upholsteryDual zone air conditioning
Electric height adjustable driver seatElectric lumbar support
Footwell lightsFront reading lights
Front/rear passenger personal lampHeated front seats
Illuminated entry systemIsofix on 2nd row outer seats
Luggage hooksMulti function steering wheel
Rear headrestsRear passenger footwell heating vents
Rear reading lightsShopping hook
Sunglasses holderTonneau cover

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS+EBD+Brake assist
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsDriver/front passenger side airbags
Drivers knee airbagFront and rear curtain airbags
Hill start assistOccupant protection system
Passenger airbag deactivate switchPre crash system
Rear child proof door locksRoad sign information display
Tyre pressure warningVehicle stability control VSC + traction control

Security

AlarmAutomatic door locking
ImmobiliserRemote central locking
Smart entry + Smart start 

Wheels

15" alloy wheelsTyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh8.8Battery Charge Slow kW2.3
Battery Charge Slow Percentage0-100Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)190
Battery Charge Fast kW3.7Battery Charge Fast Percentage0-100
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)120Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km10
NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles39 

Emissions

CO0.067CO2 (g/km)28
HC0.017Noise Level dB(A)67
NOx0.0008Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHC VVTCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1798Compression Ratio13.4:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)80.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)88.3
Engine Code2ZR-FXEEngine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTIONGears1 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionAUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)235EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue

General

Badge Engine CC1.8Badge Power122
Coin DescriptionVVTiCoin SeriesBusiness EditionPlus
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0721EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %88
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %82NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %68NCAP Safety Assist %86
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years5
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)11.1Engine Power - BHP122
Engine Power - KW90Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5200Engine Torque - LBS.FT105
Engine Torque - MKG14.5Engine Torque - NM142
Engine Torque - RPM3600Top Speed101

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front195/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear195/65 R15Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type15" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1470Length4645
Wheelbase2700Width1760

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)43Gross Vehicle Weight1855
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1204Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)360
Max. Loading Weight325Minimum Kerbweight1530
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.2
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Toyota Prius Plug-in

Toyota's Prius is best known as the nation's favourite hybrid car. This second generation model is also available in Plug-in guise, as Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The second generation plug-in version of the Toyota Prius is a much more credible contender in the growing market for plug-in hybrid models. It can run up to 30 miles on pure electric power (twice as far as its predecessor) and EV power is up by 83% thanks to a freshly-developed Dual Motor Drive System. It's the faintly unbelievable figures though, that could sell you on this car: fancy 283mpg on the combined cycle and 22g/km of CO2? Thought so.

Background

A little forgotten today is the fact that it was Toyota who were first to develop the whole concept of Plug-in hybrid motoring. Perhaps the reason for that is that the company's initial contender in this segment, the first generation Prius Plug-in, was so relatively uncompetitive. Not only was it prohibitively expensive but it would only at best travel around 15 miles on all-electric power. Not good enough. So Toyota has gone away and come up with something better in the form of this far more competitive second generation version. This MK2 model matches the class standard for all-electric driving range and develops far more power from its larger lithium-ion battery thanks to technological improvements in three key areas: battery development, maximised EV driving performance and increased battery recharging speed. The car also handles better and looks far smarter with its second generation Prius styling. Let's check it out.

Driving Experience

Go for the standard Prius model with its old-tech nickel metal hydride battery and you'll find that it doesn't go very far on battery power alone. From start off, it's great fun to waft around in virtual silence, but you only need to have gone a mile or so down the road before the petrol engine thrums smoothly into life. This Prius Plug-in model is different. It gets a more sophisticated lithium-ion battery that can be charged from the mains, a unit that's twice as large in this second generation model, its capacity having increased from 4.4 to 8.8kWh. The downside of that is a 50% increase in battery weight, but thankfully, the bulk has been mounted very low down in the vehicle, which helps keep an admirably low centre of gravity. All-electric driving range is rated at around 30 miles, though you won't get anything like that if you start to really use the increased EV power of this MK2 model. This has risen by 83% thanks to a new Dual Motor Drive System that boosts EV driving power to 68kW, giving better acceleration and more engaging performance. The handling's more engaging too, thanks to this second generation design's use of Toyota's New Global Architecture platform. This stiffer set-up reduces bodyroll and improves refinement.

Design and Build

This second generation Prius Plug-in model is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, just like the standard variant. Distinguishing Plug-in aesthetic touches include prominent acrylic grille treatment at the front and thin, ultra-compact four-LED adaptive headlamp units. In profile, this variant gets a longer rear overhang, a lower cowl and a rear spoiler, plus special two-tone 15-inch alloy wheels that are specific to the model and are designed to provide extra brake cooling. At the rear, the cross section of the distinctive Prius 'double-bubble' screen is carried through into the curve of a spoiler flanked by unique LED light clusters. Inside, there are fewer changes over the standard Prius, though Plug-in buyers do get smarter satin chrome-plated trim, while the dual 4.2-inch TFT meter in the revised instrument panel features PHV-specific graphics. Otherwise, the dash is very similar with a clear structural arrangement of layered information which places the driver's meters at a distance and the displays closer at hand. A large eight-inch infotainment screen dominates the centre of the fascia. The front seats too, are shared with the conventional Prius, offering improved cushion comfort to reduce driver fatigue. In the rear there are two seats separated by a centre console. Out back, the luggage deck has been raised by 160mm to accommodate the larger plug-in hybrid system, resulting in a maximum loadspace volume of 360- litres. That's 142-litres less than you'd get in the conventional model.

Market and Model

Expect to pay quite a premium for Prius Plug-in motoring over what you'd have to find over the conventional version of that car. We're talking around £8,000. Also making this variant look expensive is the fact that it only comes in the two plushest levels of Prius trim - 'Business Edition Plus' and 'Excel'. What it all means is that you'll need around £35,000 for a 'Business Edition Plus' Plug-in model - and around £2,000 more than that if you want the top 'Excel' variant. You can though, subtract the usual £2,500 Government-funded Plug-in Car Grant from those figures. At least the car will me very well equipped for that kind of money, with nearly all the executive toys you would want. We particularly like the clever gas injection heat pump automatic air conditioning system - a world first. This set-up is capable of heating the cabin without having to start the engine, even when external temperatures drop as low as -10??C. This minimises the impact heating the car's interior has on the EV driving range. The heat pump is far more efficient than engine heating or high-power electric water heaters, being able to warm the interior efficiently using heat absorbed from the outside air. The gas injection mechanism mounted on the pump gives the system its ability to operate even when outside temperatures are low.

Cost of Ownership

If you've had a cup of hot, sweet tea to recover from the asking price of the Prius Plug-in, the rest of this section may well help with its restorative effect. As with other plug-in vehicles, quoting a miles per gallon figure for the Prius is largely academic, because in certain scenarios the figure is effectively infinite. Toyota has nevertheless jumped through the hoops of the NEDC test and quotes a figure of 283mpg for this Prius. The emissions figure of 22g/km is also open to a bit of debate, but it spells free road tax and no London congestion charge, so who's arguing? Maximum charging power in this MK2 model has been increased from 2.0 to 3.3kW. The battery can be fully charged up to 65% more quickly - in just two hours using a Type II Mode III Mennekes connector, or three hours 10 minutes using a standard household plug socket. The charging process can now be programmed for a week on a day-to-day basis, including the facility to simultaneously charge the battery and pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin. Toyota has also developed solar charging panels for the roof which can charge the battery to a small extent when the vehicle is parked up in the sun. This, the company says, would increase the car's EV driving range by up to around three miles every day - the equivalent of 620 miles of all-electric driving in a year.

Summary

Is this logical extension of hybrid technology the future of motoring? Probably not - but it's an important step along the way. It won't be very long before Plug-in technology is the preferred route for hybrid buyers - at which point you'd hope for more cost-effective pricing. But would you buy one of these today? We think a significant number of Prius owners might. Now that the Prius Plug-in has a credible driving range, is easier to charge and has a bit more EV power, it makes some sort of sense as an everyday proposition. Ultimately, as before, this Toyota is aimed first and foremost at Prius people and we don't doubt that those who can afford it would love one. Whether it can reach out for broader acceptance beyond these folk will depend largely on whether the whole concept of Plug-in hybrid technology continues to capture the public's imagination. We wouldn't bet against it.

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
80%
Equipment
80%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Initial Rental£1770
Term (months)36
Contract mileage24,000
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