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Toyota Prius Plug-in (2017 – 2022)

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Toyota Prius Plug-in (2017 – 2022)

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    First arriving on UK roads in early 2017, the Toyota Prius Plug-in was an eco-friendly five-door family saloon – also known as the Prius Prime in the USA.

    Put simply, the Prius Plug-in was the plug-in hybrid version of the standard Prius range, with a larger 8.8kWh battery that can power the electric motor on its own for up to 34 miles without the help of the 1.8-litre petrol engine.

    Like its regular hybrid twin, the Toyota Prius Plug-in was front-wheel drive, and received a mid-life facelift in early 2019, consisting of new interior touches, infotainment additions and an extra fifth seat in the rear.

    While this 2019 refresh did improve the saloon’s review scores somewhat, the general reception of the Prius plug-in remained mixed for its entire lifespan. In one of its more favourable reviews, Driving Electric commended the Prius Plug-in for its “incredible” fuel efficiency and its quiet and relaxing driving experience. Meanwhile What Car?, who gave the PHEV one of its lowest scores to date, explained that there are more practical plug-in hybrid alternatives available for cheaper, such as the Skoda Octavia.

    Practicality was a key sticking point for many journalists, as the Prius Plug-in had a rather shallow boot which offered less storage space than the regular Prius models, as engineers needed to accommodate the plug-in’s chunky battery pack. The majority of reviewers agreed that otherwise the interior was spacious and had some neat practical features, but more flaws could be found on the dashboard – Parkers called the saloon’s infotainment “slow and unresponsive”.

    Described by The Sunday Times as “a smart car at a silly price”, many reviewers concluded that the Toyota Prius Plug-in was hard to recommend considering its price point and tax bracket. “You’re probably better off sticking with the regular Prius and saving thousands upfront”, Heycar said, while Business Car explained that a typical Prius driver “will pay the same in company car tax as the faster and much better-to-drive Audi and BMW”.

    No longer on sale, the Toyota Prius Plug-in holds an Expert Rating of 61%, based on 17 review scores published by the UK media. This score is six points lower than the petrol-electric Prius hybrid, which was several thousand pounds cheaper.

    Prius Plug-in highlights

    • Plenty of safety features as standard
    • Very fuel efficient
    • Quiet driving experience
    • Reasonable battery range

    Prius Plug-in lowlights

    • Shallow boot
    • Undercut by its key rivals
    • More modern alternatives are more refined
    • Slow infotainment
    • So-so performance

    Key specifications

    Body style: Mid-size saloon
    Engines: plug-in hybrid
    Price when new: From £31,344 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2017
    Last updated: Spring 2019
    Discontinued: Spring 2022

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    Safety rating

    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: April 2016
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    Adult protection: 92%
    Child protection: 82%
    Vulnerable road users: 77%
    Safety assist: 85%

    Eco rating

    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    Model tested: 1.8-litre Plug-in Hybrid 4X2 CVT

    Overall score: 4 stars
    Date tested: January 2021
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    Clean Air Index: 6 / 10
    Energy Efficiency Index: 8.3 / 10
    Greenhouse Gas Index: 7 / 10

    Reliability rating

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    As of July 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Toyota Prius Plug-in to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Prius, we’ll publish the score here.


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Toyota Prius Plug-in has received


    • Next Green Car Awards – World Green Car + Best Large Family Car

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    Toyota Prius Plug-in (2017 - 2022)Cheap to run but not cheap to buy, the Toyota Prius Plug-in was a sensible eco-friendly choice that has been surpassed by newer rivals.