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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Toyota Prius+ running costs make for pleasing reading if you’re pinching those pennies. Fuel economy of 68.9mpg or 64.2mpg on the combined cycle, depending on specification, is claimed by Toyota. So, expect both versions to return over 50mpg in real-world driving if you’re careful with your right foot. The T4 model is definitely the one to pick for the lowest tax bills though, as it’ll cost nothing.

You’ll also get free congestion charging in London, which could save you up to £2,500 per year if you’re working within the congestion charge zone.

The trim to go for if you’re looking for low emissions is the T4, which emits 96g/km of CO2 thanks to its slightly smaller wheels. It’s a shame the T Spirit model can’t dip below 100g/km too but at 101g/km it’s still pretty reasonable.

There’s little to worry about regarding Toyota Prius+ reliability. Although there were widely publicised cases in the USA of throttles sticking open causing unintended acceleration, there have actually been no major recalls to fix any fault with the Prius. In fact, none of the claims have been substantiated. Before the stories were published in the media Toyota had built a reputation as a builder of extremely reliable vehicles, and there’s no reason to suspect anything has changed whatsoever.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.8 VVTi Hybrid 96 g/km (Min) £0
1.8 VVTi Hybrid 112 g/km (Max) £135

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £135
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 11 - 15
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.