The Toyota Prius Hybrid in its current 'Hybrid Synergy Drive' form with significant
body changes has been available since 2003. Hollywood stars and politicians are
amongst the Toyota Prius owners proud to show off their eco-friendly credentials and
proves that you don't have to compromise on practicality or fashionable looks to
achieve economy or eco-friendliness.
The Prius is not a inferiorcar to buy, prices start from ￡18,250 for the T3 Hybrid
and go up to ￡21,150 for the T Spirit Hybrid. All are powered by the similar 1.5 litre
76bhp petrol engine along the Hybrid Synergy Drive system. The Toyota Prius
combines the low speed torque of an electric motor (up to 22mph) with the high speed
efficiency of a combustion engine. 0-60mph is therefore reached in 10.9 seconds
thanks to the assistance of the high torque 50kW electric motor.
CO2 emissions: 104g/km
MPG Combined: 65.7 mpg
Engine: 1497cc Petrol / Electric Motor Transmission : 4 Speed Auto
BHP/Torque: 76/115 NM Kerb Weight: 1300 kg
NCAP: 5-Star Top Speed: 106 MPH 0-62 MPH: 10.9 secs Insurance Group: 8
Warranty: 96 months / 100,000 miles on Hybrid system
Economy is quoted as an impressive 65.7mpg although this is slightly less in the real
world, however the economy is still better than most diesels of a similar size and even
some superminis. Carbon dioxide emissions are a low 104g/km which is the Prius's
party piece. This means low company car tax bills. As an alternative fuel vehicle it is
also exempt from London's congestion charge.
Excellent car for minicab business. The Toyota Prius has a five star NCAP safety
rating which is the highest possible result helped by its eight standard fitted airbags
and curtain bags and a rigid design. The build quality, reliability and dealer service are
what you would expect from Toyota; all very good. In adding up to the three year
warranty, Toyota guarantees the hybrid system for 8years/100,000 miles meaning
resale value should be more competitive than most hybrids.
The entry-level T3 is well equipped. The T4 adds a 6-CD changer, foglights and
cruise control. The range topping T Spirit has a DVD-based sat-nav system with voice
recognition and Bluetooth. It is roomy and comfortable. Three adults should be
sensiblycomfortable in the back however space is short is in the boot due to the
There are a limited choice of hybrids available in the UK compared to the US as they
still only make up a small proportion of sales. The Toyota Prius though is on the road
to becoming a mainstream family cars that demands few compromises, and is
extremely cheap to fill up, has super low emissions and an eco-friendly image.
Toyota Prius Private Hire
Lancaster Private Hire ( LancasterCars ) offers you the chance to hire the
environmentally friendly Toyota Prius in London and across Europe in minicab