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Toyota Prius Hatchback (15 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5

The name Toyota Prius is synonymous with environmentally-friendly, hybrid technology and it’s almost hard to believe that the first generation car has been on sale since 1997. 

Although some early models were imported, the first Prius we officially received was the 2004 second evolution and came complete with the petrol and electric engine set up it soon became known for. 

Now hybrid technology is used much wider in such cars as the Lexus CT200h and Mitsubishi Outlander

It was also available only with an automatic CVT gearbox and the petrol and electric engines provided a total of 143bhp.

Despite the second motor and associated battery packs, interior space in the old Prius was very good and it even had a 408-litre boot, which was bigger than most of its rivals including the Ford Focus