Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Achieved top Euro NCAP score
  • Wide array of driver assistance packages available
  • Much of the kit comes as standard

Toyota Prius child seats

Toyota Prius safety levels are strong, with the standard hybrid receiving a top five-star score when tested in 2016. What’s particularly impressed us is how much of that safety equipment comes as standard. Not only do all Priuses come complete with seven airbags and two ISOFIX child seat mounting points in the back, there are also LED headlights with automatic main beam, LED tail lamp elements, a forward collision warning system with automatic braking and adaptive cruise control to safely maintain a predetermined distance between you and the vehicle ahead.

Most versions also feature a blind-spot monitor to alert you to cars which may have escaped your peripheral vision and a rear cross traffic alert to bring oncoming vehicles to your attention when reversing out of a restricted-view parking bay.

Even more impressive, Business Edition models and higher come with a head-up display projecting key information onto the windscreen while Business Edition Plus adds a self-parking function in the conventional hybrid, with this only standard in the Plug-in version in range-topping Excel trim. Curiously you have to go all the way to the flagship Excel grade for rain-sensitive wipers.

  • Battery location aids practicality
  • Plug-in only has four seats
  • White trims may not age well

Toyota Prius dimensions

In spite of its sleekness, the Toyota Prius is a practical proposition meaning a family with three kids could own one with few, if any, compromises to their lifestyle – provided you steer clear of the four-seat-only Plug-in version. By locating the battery pack under the rear seat rather than beneath the boot floor, Toyota’s freed up space and increased flexibility

Boot space is increased by ditching the space saver spare wheel that comes as standard with models riding on 15-inch wheels. Replacing it with a puncture repair kit ensures the capacity jumps from 457 litres to 502 litres. That’s only 23 litres shy of the Ford Mondeo Saloon hybrid but significantly short of the Volkswagen Passat Saloon’s 586 litres.

The Prius’s trump card over those two is its hatchback design, the tailgate opening making it much easier to load the boot, especially longer and heavier items which require the 60:40 split rear seats to be folded. Tumble both sections over and its potential’s increased to 1,633 litres.

Toyota Prius luggage capacity

Both passenger and boot room suffer in the Plug-in version, however, due to the extra batteries under the boot floor. These make the boot much too shallow. Overall volume of 360 litres is still reasonable, though the shallow gap between the floor and the boot cover limits practicality somewhat. Meanwhile, with just two seats in the rear and a large central armrest, it is not the best car for carrying passengers, though the outer two seats are comfortable.

There’s a useful amount of storage space around the Toyota’s cabin with sensibly sized and shaped door bins, glovebox and central cubby under the armrest. Less convenient is the space below the gear lever which is awkward to get at quickly. At first glance the two-tiered dash looks like it has a shelf along much of its horizontal plane but a quick test revealed cabin detritus soon slides off it into the footwell.

While we liked the airier, lighter ambience of the pale grey and black interior over the all-black alternative, it’s not hard to envisage those softer shades becoming quickly grubby. Similarly the shiny white and black plastic elements of dash look great when new but time will tell how scratch-resistant they prove to be.

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Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Toyota Prius Hatchback.

  • 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
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • 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
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Telephone

Active equipment

Active standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
Active optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Telephone

Business Edition equipment

Business Edition standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
Business Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Telephone

Business Edition Plus equipment

Business Edition Plus standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
Business Edition Plus optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Telephone

Excel equipment

Excel standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Excel optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Telephone

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Toyota Prius Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2016
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 92%
Child Occupant: 82%
Vulnerable Road Users: 77%
Safety Assist: 85%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.