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Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is very fuel efficient for driving in the city



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.5 i 16V WT-i 76 hp + 67 hp 4.2 l/100km Petrol 10.2 s 171 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 450 mm
Width 1 725 mm
Height 1 490 mm
Wheelbase 2 700 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 300 kg
Weight (max) 1 725 kg
Boot space (min) 408 l
Boot space (max) 408 l
Fuel capacity 45 l

 

   The second generation Toyota Prius hybrid is produced since 2004.

   It is powered by two engines. It's electric engine delivers 67 hp and runs the car when it's speed is below 35 km/h. The 76 hp petrol kicks in when car's speed is above that limit. Such combination allows to keep the fuel consumption as low as possible, considering that any car uses the most petrol in heavy traffic. However the new hybrid can stand it's own on the motorway as well. It comes with a variable automatic gearbox.

   The Toyota Prius shares it's front suspension with the Avensis, while the rear suspension is based on the Corolla's. It absorbs all but the worst lumps and bumps. There is plenty of grip and the steering is precise and well balanced.

   There is some wind and road noise at the motorway speed, but it doesn't makes you feel uncomfortable. The main trouble is with the gearbox, which shifts noisy under hard acceleration. However drive more gently and the gearbox will smoothly blend electric and petrol power.

   In some countries the Toyota Prius has some government grants for it's clean energy. The only reason holding some drivers from buying it is because the unusual technology, and pricy servicing. However other running costs are low and the Prius features an exceptional economy. It's resale values should be stronger than any other hybrid, but it is too early to give a verdict on the reliability.

   Inside the cabin there is everything that you expect from the Toyota, including proper materials and a top assembly quality. It's dash looks unconventionally as well as the exterior. Most of the controls are housed on the steering wheel, but it takes time to find the right button and to get used to such arrangement.

   Drivers sits high and the view out resembles one from any MPV. Unfortunately the steering wheel adjusts for height only.

   The Toyota Prius is smaller than an average family car, however it is larger than an average compact car as well. There is enough head- and legroom for an average adult. Three adults can get themselves reasonably comfortable on the rear seats, but the central tunnel restricts the foot space. Boot is large for a compact car. It can also be extended by folding the rear seats.

   All models of the Toyota Prius come with eight airbags. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and stability control are also standard across the range. Security is also on the strong side. Deadlock, locking wheelnuts and marked parts are fitted on all cars.

   The Prius is available in three trim levels. The entry-level T3 comes with front and rear electric windows and mirrors, climate control and a CD player. The T4 adds a cruise control, fog lamps and a CD changer. The T Spirit comes with a satellite navigation and some other goodies.

   Production of the Toyota Prius still continues.

 

   Advantages: Very fuel efficient for driving in the city. It is also spacious and very refined.

   Disadvantages: Servicing might be very expensive, while it is arguable weather the hybrid technology is any better than a common diesel.

   Verdict: A perfect fuel saver for driving in heavy traffic.

 

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