Toyota Prius 2010 Review | Cars | CNET UK

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The Toyota is loved and loathed in equal To some, it is a mere gimmick does as much to harm the as it does to protect it. Others it represents the future of motoring, forging a path that cars simply aren’t to follow.

Whatever your it’s difficult to deny the has always been a technological de force, but has the latest iteration sufficiently to silence the brand’s We think so.

The good

Toyota been sitting on its laurels the last Prius. Almost major component inside the generation II Prius has been rejigged or replaced, although in cases these replacements what you might expect. The engine from the previous has been ditched for a larger, powerful 1.8-litre unit, delivers 98bhp and 142Nm of

You might assume it guzzles fuel, but its frugal Atkinson combustion process actually less petrol — on the open road where it need to work as hard as a engine to achieve the same

Toyota has also overhauled its Hybrid Synergy Drive It now consists of a lighter, more electrical engine, which is of driving the vehicle all on its own; alongside the petrol engine to acceleration; or acting as a high-output that recovers kinetic and charges the battery when Total power is increased by 24 per to 134bhp, and it certainly feels it.

The new strides from 0-60mph in seconds — half a quicker than its predecessor. You make the mistake of assuming it well — that’s not this car is about — but most circumstances, it delivers a experience on a par with its non-hybrid

Toyota has worked magic on the emissions and fuel consumption. The official figures say the Prius 72.4mpg on a combined cycle, but if frugally on flowing roads, you can to figures closer to the 100mpg Over a 20km stretch around 70kph, the Prius’ computer told us it was using 3.3 litres of fuel per 100km the equivalent of 85mpg. Carbon are just as miserly – the Prius now just 89g/km of CO2.

As is significantly below the 100g/km the car is exempt from road tax and congestion charge.

The bad

The latest is 70Kg heavier than its and this is largely down to the of new technology inside. It sports a new head unit with a touch-sensitive display that access to  audio, satellite and vehicle control features. But the audio portion of the system has it has big flaws.

Tracks can be ripped from a CD to a hard drive, though of that is reserved for satellite data.

From those albums, users can create playlists spanning tracks multiple albums. That is a we’ve not seen in any previous audio system, but it’s by one one major problem — the (in our test car, at least) capable of recognising proper names. Every track, of its title on the CD, was labelled as Track where the ‘X’ represented its number on the CD.

We’re mystified as to why was the case, particularly as a Gracenote was in evidence, normally indicating the unit is capable of recognising CD data, but Toyota told us this is normall. Songs can be manually, but the process is tedious – an entire album, for example, take upwards of ten minutes.

The Prius is the first commercially-available with an optional solar Press the A/C button on the keyfob and start an electric fan blowing air the cabin. According to Toyota, it has the to reduce cabin temperature 80 to 45 degrees C, while reducing the to run the petrol-guzzling air conditioning system you’ve returned to the car. not so convinced.

The solar cells have enough juice to run for minutes at a time, and even if it run for longer, we’re not sure how hot air into an already baking helps matters. In any case, not a feature that is as necessary in the UK as in the world. Spend your elsewhere.

The 2nd-generation Prius us with its Intelligent Park (IPA) — a feature allowed the car to automatically manoeuvre into a space, but it’s less compelling this around. The feature comes as on the top-end T Spirit model, but is an in the entry and mid-level T3 and T4 variants more details on all these see the www.toyota.co.uk ). To use it, you simply pull a vehicle, engage reverse and tap to identify your space on the displayed by the reverse parking

If IPA believes it can fit in your chosen it asks you to gently reduce brake pressure as it automatically the steering wheel to the appropriate in order to complete the maneuverer. as impressive as it is pointless. Those who are capable of parking will use it, and those who struggle with are just as likely to struggle IPA’s clumsy interface.

The line

The previous Prius was of a gimmick — a car politicians and could use to boost their standing or flatter their own Whichever way you looked at it, there plenty of alternative cars were either more efficient, greener, or both.

The new Prius, however, is the real If driven correctly, its fuel remains impressive, and the fact it such little CO2 is a stunning It’s also worth that despite its eco credentials, it manages to convey the feeling it’s a proper car — the previous model struggled

Rival manufacturers should note, Toyota has set the bar high this one.

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Prius stats

Model tested: Prius T Spirit

Top speed:

Acceleration: 0-60mph: 10.4s

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