The Stig’s flying hybrids
The Stig tries to make ultra-frugal hybrids oversteer, and then jumps them over a humpbacked bridge
Posted: 09 Nov 2010
They are very different cars from the driver's seat. The Prius is like nothing you've ever driven, unless you happen to have driven an electric golf buggy. God knows I've driven a few of those on golf courses all over the world, and driven them to the very edge of lunacy. Yes, they're good fun, and you get a very direct relationship between the throttle pedal and the way the buggy accelerates, but it's not like a normal internal combustion-engined car. The Prius isn't, either. Not really. It moves away silently and there is no sense of ‘engine'. It feels heavy, the instruments are in the centre of the dash, and it has an ovoid steering wheel. You are not encouraged in any way to drive it zippily, and that's the whole point. You should drive it to be efficient and to save fuel.