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The Top Gear car review:Toyota Prius

Overall verdict
The Prius gets better in the areas it needed to, but its styling will scare your kids.


Fresh-feeling cabin, urban economy, powertrain now less whiny


Still not much cop to drive, horrendous looks


What is it?

A business phenomenon. Toyota’s shifted 1.5 million Priuses worldwide, but it’s no longer the default eco-darling, as electric, hydrogen and plug-in rivals up their consumption game and swoop in, carving up Toyota’s kingdom. 

So naturally, the new Prius moves the frugality game on again (according to official test figures at least) now offering up to 94.1mpg and a mind-boggling 70g/km of CO2. But you’re not grimacing at those numbers are you? You’re more concerned with those Freddie Krueger looks, which is the 4th-gen Prius’s other tactic to stand out. Yikes. Still, it’s slipperier than before– same ultra-low drag coefficient as a Tesla Model S, in fact.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.8 VVTi Active 5dr CVT
10.6s 78g/km 83.1 122 £24,095
The cheapest
1.8 VVTi Active 5dr CVT
10.6s 78g/km 83.1 122 £24,095
The greenest
1.8 VVTi Plug-in Bus Ed Plus 5dr CVT [Solar roof]
11.1s 28g/km 235.0 122 £33,140
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