Toyota Prius+ MPV on sale nowFirst ever full hybrid MPV to hit UK
17 April 2012
Toyota has announced UK pricing and specification for its seven-seat Prius+ hybrid MPV.
The Prius+ is available to order now, with prices starting from £26,195, but customer deliveries don’t begin until July this year.
Toyota Prius+ spec: two trim levels
The range structure for the Prius+ is kept simple, coming in just two trim levels.
The entry-level T4 spec gets a head-up display, automatic air conditioning and a panoramic roof. T Spirit trim adds larger alloys, satellite navigation and full leather inside.
Pricing for the Prius+ T4 is £26,195, while a range-topping T Spirit model will cost you £29,495.
First hybrid MPV
The Toyota Prius+ is the first full hybrid seven-seat MPV to go on sale in Europe. Toyota is claiming combined fuel economy of 68.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 96g/km for the new car, meaning zero car tax (VED).
Competition from other seven-seat MPVs is strong – Renault’s Grand Scenic Dynamique dCi 110 with stop-start offers an identical 68.9mpg combined.
How efficient is the Prius+?
Boot space is on a par with its competitors, so the Prius+ should offer decent practicality. But whether it warrants the premium over a conventional eco-diesel depends on how much – and where – you intend to drive it.
Efficiency is not as good as the conventional petrol-electric Prius hatchback, but around town and on the school run, the hybrid MPV should be at its most frugal.
However, stray into territory where the electric motor and battery pack will be used less, such as motorways, and the Prius+ will likely be no more efficient than a normal high-efficiency diesel MPV.