Drive – Toyota Prius C Review

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Toyota’s city-sized Prius C a benchmark for hybrid car pricing – but the drive experience match up?

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Strong of equipment


Good response


Very to match the claimed consumption


Expensive for a city car

It was a matter of time until began expanding its Prius The world’s best-selling hybrid car a decade ago was to some a weirdo in the pan has built itself such a that it’s now everywhere the red carpet and Hollywood blockbusters to any big car park.

So a little more than a ago Toyota revealed the Prius C city) and Prius V (for each designed to extend the car’s appeal. The same is used in different bodies, the C now the cheapest petrol-electric car on the market.

on the underpinnings of the Toyota Yaris, the C gets a unique body and

Price and equipment

By city car the Prius C is at the more expensive priced from $23,990 on-road and dealer costs. It the ask with plenty in the way of gadgets, including a reversing camera and key entry and starting, which you can leave the key in your pocket. also climate-control airconditioning, connectivity, USB input, cruise a funky full-colour trip screen and a separate touchscreen for the sound system.

There’s even a full-size tyre, impressive for a city car all saving fuel.


On the front there’s a stability system and seven airbags; front, driver’s knee, and side curtain.


If you more there’s a Prius C which for an extra $3000 satellite-navigation as its big-ticket item. also are alloy wheels, LED self-folding mirrors, a bigger wing and unique interior

Under the bonnet

Good achieving the claimed 3.9 litres per 100 fuel figure for the Prius C. the figure is identical to that for the larger, heavier, more Prius (minus the C), demonstrating how it is for car makers to lower their use figures once they’re at level.


While the trip recorded some drivers us achieving as little as 4.3L/100km, driving mainly around yielded 5.5L/100km for us.


As all hybrids, its lowest fuel use is around town, where the motor can do its best in capturing normally lost as heat the brakes.


The Eco and EV buttons near the handbrake aren’t placed and would seem to better sense quarantined to the side.


Performance-wise the C is a surprise, using its electric to good effect to jump from a standstill. It’s respectably perky when albeit with the constant associated with a CVT, or variable transmission, which engine revs to response.


Only up steeper can the 1.5-litre engine buzz annoyingly, while at other and at lower speeds the work is purely to the electric motor.

How it

It may be high tech in the drivetrain but that doesn’t translate to its dynamics, which are only Sure, it’s light and around town, helped by its steering.


It’s easy to park, with the camera a bonus.


on, though, and it’s easy to the limit of adhesion with the which can also be noisy at speeds when cruising.


Comfort levels are in the OK department and the Prius C struggles a sharp bump; even like a cat’s eye reflector can into the cabin.

Comfort and

Based on the popular Yaris car, the Prius C has some thinking, from the interesting and light greys on darker-grey Some of the patterns, too, away from the norm and the car a more modern feel, we’re not sure about the swirl on the door.


are greeted by a digital speedo the centre of the upper dash, with a multi-function trip that has everything from trip data to a novelty attributed to your eco driving and the of electric driving the car has done. through the many screens can be and some screens leave you handy info (such as temperature) but I’m nitpicking for a car is streets ahead of similarly-priced


Storage is genuinely for such a diminutive car, a shelf above the glovebox, hidey holes in the centre and even phone-sized locators in of the steering wheel.


The seat is perched a fraction for taller drivers and there’s a spot over the left due to the design of the angled rear-most but vision is otherwise good. from the seats is also city comfortable than road hugging, while legroom is tight.


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