Drive – Toyota Prius V Review

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Clever interior


premium unleaded


Foot-operated park brake

No rear air vents

Boot with seven on board

families looking for four-wheeled and versatility have been migrating to the never-ending influx of SUVs, or four-wheel-drive lookalikes. But wants them to think with its Prius V.

The V is a sibling to the most popular hybrid the Prius, with the extra denoting versatility, thanks to a more spacious body.

and equipment

It’s all about with the Prius V, which is a model. For $35,990 you get airconditioning, control, partial alloy (there are plastic covers), display, tinted rear and retractable sunblinds in the rear There’s also a colour and a detailed trip computer as with many hybrids, no tachometer.


Safety is high on the with a reversing camera and indicators for all seven seats with the seven airbags and control.

Under the bonnet

pure Prius beneath the which translates to a 73kW engine and 60kW electric that combine to produce a peak output. Claimed is a modest 142Nm but the reality is plenty of muscle low in the rev range, for respectable acceleration and easy around town.


Even in eco mode, dulls throttle response, the motor does an admirable job relying on the engine.


At speeds and when driving the Prius V relies solely on its motor, although it doesn’t much of a squeeze of the accelerator to the petrol engine to life. all fairly seamless and well so it drives like a regular


In sport mode more pronounced and a more drive, although fuel use up. Toyota claims the hybrid 4.4 litres per 100 kilometres of fuel, but we it used 6.0L/100km, which is excellent, although the car calls for unleaded.


Power is transmitted a CVT (continuously variable transmission) which means engine are matched to conditions. Again, it well, although it can sound it’s labouring up a hill when it’s not.

How it

The V is anything but sporty on the road, lifeless steering and a tendency to in corners, which dulls its and exposes its limited ability. means it’s unlikely to the heart rate, but that’s not it’s about.


city streets and the school something at which the Prius V is There’s a good view the driver’s seat and the reversing helps with parking. The around-town gripe is steering starts to bind up if you quickly direction – when for example.

Oh, and the reversing beeper can be annoying.

The V’s brakes can feel and don’t initially react in an emergency stop. There’s firmness to the suspension that can be than ideal on a second-rate

Comfort and practicality

A tall console gives the impression will be a cavernous storage underneath, but there’s only a opening (that swings towards the driver only). The of the space is taken up by batteries. there’s room for odds and further forward in uncovered while a second glovebox ample covered storage.


The boot has a relatively floor thanks to the seats below, but it’s a useful with a retractable cargo split-fold seats and sliding seats. The latter fold creating a large, flat


The luggage equation however, if you want to carry people, leaving room for some backpacks and the odd piece of paraphernalia. Large rear make it easy to get in and out (not as in car parks) but the third row of twin that flip out of the floor is left to the littlies.


There’s a quasi-futuristic to the cabin via interesting materials and Everything falls nicely to too, with the main and functions high on the dash. The handbrake feels out of place.

are other whiffs of cost-cutting, they are few and far between; the lack of air vents is one.


The display, while handy, on superfluous given the centrally digital speedo is already to the driver’s line of sight.

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