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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

This Prius scored the maximum five stars in the tougher Euro NCAP crash tests introduced in 2009. This new overall rating covers Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection, Pedestrian Protection and a new area of assessment: Safety Assist Standard. Features on the Prius include seven airbags and active headrests which protect passengers from whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

There's also traction control, brake assist and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+) that works to bring the car under control in the event of a skid. On the outside, the bumper structure is designed to minimise the risk of leg injuries and the front wings feature an impact absorbing bracket to reduce the chances of a head injury.

The Prius is longer than an Auris but not quite as large as an Avensis. It's a good car for families thanks to a large boot with a wide opening and low load lip while a luggage capacity of 445 litres (443 for the Prius Plug-in) is considerably more than a Volkswagen Golf. The rear seats have the usual 60/40 split and fold flat too, creating a long area for items such as bikes.

Total loadspace is 1,120 litres with the seats folded down. There's also a really useful underfloor boot storage tray which is ideal for keeping items out of sight or to stop them sliding around the boot floor. In the front there's good storage including a split-level glovebox and a large central bin between the seats. The small door pockets are a little disappointing though.

If you opt for the Plug-in you'll need to have a driveway or some facility that allows you to charge the car up. A single wallbox is available for home-charging or for small businesses.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Toyota Prius Hatchback (09-15).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Telephone

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Telephone
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim

LE equipment

LE standard equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
LE optional equipment
None available

LE2 equipment

LE2 standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
LE2 optional equipment
None available

T Spirit equipment

T Spirit standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
T Spirit optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Telephone

T3 equipment

T3 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Telephone
T3 optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

T4 equipment

T4 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Telephone
T4 optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav