New car debrief: Toyota Prius Plug-in, CAR+ May 2016 | CAR Magazine

New car debrief: Toyota Prius Plug-in, CAR+ May 2016

Published: 01 April 2016 Updated: 20 April 2016

► We take a look at the new plug-in Prius
► Revamped exterior design and tech
► Claimed 202mpg thanks to new battery

1) Plug-in baby – Toyota’s given the new Prius Plug-in a much more distinctive appearance than its predecessor. Sharply redesigned front and rear, it’s a deliberate effort to attract tech-savvy customers keen to signify their insight (no pun intended) and eco credentials.

2) Double everything – new 8.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack means a 31-mile electric range, twice that of the last socket-ready version. The car also doubles up on electric torque output by using both e-motor and generator to deliver drive, a Toyota first.

3) Maximum EV – capable of 84mph without troubling the 1.8-litre Atkinson petrol (itself now at world-beating 40% thermal efficiency), the Plug-in claims a class-leading 202mpg and 32g/km CO2. Full battery recharge takes 2hrs 20min on the mains.

4) Pump it up – other developments include solar roof charging and efficient gas injection heat pump air-con. We already know the new platform is a better drive. On sale late 2016, pricing will be subject to the plug-in grant; expect to pay £29k.

Read more from the May 2016 issue of CAR magazine

By CJ Hubbard

Head of the Bauer Digital Automotive Hub and former Associate Editor of CAR. Road tester, organiser, reporter and professional enthusiast, putting the driver first