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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Toyota Prius Hatchback review.

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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Toyota Prius Hatchback (04-09) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Low emissions and great economy

CONS

Technology still in its infancy, CVT only transmission option

PROS

Low emissions and great economy

CONS

Technology still in its infancy, CVT only transmission option

Toyota Prius Hatchback rivals

This is Toyota's latest stab at the 'Hybrid' market - a car that's both petrol and electric. In fact the Prius was good enough to beat more conventional models and win Car of the Year 2005. Hybrid vehicles work by using a petrol engine to charge a battery. At low speeds, the engine will switch to electric mode. The larger car firms expect the use of this fuel technology to grow in years to come, so expect to see more around.

Toyota Prius Hatchback rivals