Toyota Prius+

Toyota Prius+ hybrid information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Toyota’s hybrid trailblazer. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Toyota Prius Plus range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.

Background
What to do if you desperately want a Toyota Prius but need to juggle your hybrid motoring with family life? Toyota’s thought of that – there’s a seven-seat MPV version, the Toyota Prius+. For more information on the Toyota Prius Plus, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test
Despite appearances, the Prius+ is a genuine seven-seater. The second row of seats is split into three slidable, foldable elements and with the rearmost two stowed there’s a usable boot. That said, it’s a fair bit more cramped than most conventional MPVs and you’d have to be really keen on the car’s other attributes to choose it over a Picasso or a C-Max, for example. Handling is of the roly poly variety, but that’s fine, it’s an MPV, and the ride is nicely cushioned. A tight turning circle given its length makes it surprisingly wieldy in car parks and performance isn’t as lethargic as you might expect on the open road. Drivetrain, of course, is very closely related to that of the regular Prius, combining a 1.8-litre petrol engine and CVT transmission with an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries. There’s no plug-in version of the Plus at the moment.

The one we’d buy
They’re all the same, really

The one we’d avoid like the plague
See above

Rivals to consider
Citroen C4 Picasso, Ford S-Max, Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

For
Good for dodging tax and fuel bills

Against
There are better MPVs out there

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