Toyota Prius Hatchback Review - Toyota Reviews South Africa
Whichever Prius you choose, you'll get the same engine – a 98bhp 1.8-litre petrol unit that's backed up by an electric motor. All models come with a continuously variable transmission, too.
That doesn't mean all models give you the same CO2 emissions and fuel economy, though. The entry-level T3 comes on 15-inch alloy wheels, and so returns 72.4mpg and emits 89g/km of CO2. The T4 and T Spirit trims come with 17-inch alloys, and that's why they do slightly worse at 70.6mpg and 92g/km, respectively.
That's one reason why the T3 is the one to go for – the other is that it's much cheaper than the others, and still comes with all the kit you need. That includes air-conditioning, front and rear electric windows and a head-up display.
Across the range, you'll get a warranty that covers the car for three years/60,000 miles. That's extended to five years/60,000 miles for the hybrid system components.
Pro's and Con's
Pro: The smooth drivetrain and slick ride mean the Prius is comfortable, while the cabin is roomy enough for families. Emissions and fuel economy lead the field, and resale values are great.
Con: The interior plastics are disappointing, especially as the Prius is so expensive. Rear visibility isn't very good and there's barely any feel in the steering.