Toyota Prius V Review |CarAdvice

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Toyota Prius

V Review

Stand-out efficiency and environmental good value; well flexible cabin; drivetrain

Toyota is predicting it will more than a million in 2012, a milestone that be helped by an expansion of its most petrol-electric range that the Toyota Prius V.

It took the brand 15 years to offer its Prius variant – the Toyota city car released in Australia two ago – but the second spin-off is already

Where the C in Prius C stood for the V in Prius V simply stands for

That’s backed by more space and seating for up to seven

To accommodate the extra capacity for bags and two more people, the Prius V, at 4.62 metres, is longer than the regular – with 80mm of that in between the front and rear and the rest taken up by extended and rear overhangs.

The Prius V stands 110mm taller the Prius – helping to provide headroom in the cabin: 25mm up front, 45mm extra in the row, with space created for the third row that otherwise be cramped by the tradtional roofline of the family Prius

Toyota says the Prius V has 64 seating combinations, but we focused on the two key all seats in use and five seats larger boot.

Starting at the the third row offers rear windows to help reduce the effect, is good for headroom but cramped for legroom if anyone’s in the middle row. Even would be hoping friends or of the family sitting ahead of aren’t too tall.

The second row of do slide fore/aft individually by up to at least, which helps to the needs of those occupants the front seats. The middle row offers good legroom if the – comprising three individual, seats – is pushed most of the way

The second row seats flip and forward to allow access to the row, though otherwise are no innovative seating-manipulation touches in vehicles such as the Mazda or Honda Jazz.

Despite the electric focus of the Prius V there are no electronic releases for any of the seats. The rear simply lift out of the floor via straps, reducing boot from 485 litres to 180.

all middle and back row seats and the V has the kind of cargo-carrying volume says could make it a light delivery van.

in fact, says the Prius V is a for a broad range of vehicles, its wagon-cum-people-mover will compete the likes of the Honda Odyssey Skoda Yeti compact Mazda6 wagon, Nissan and Peugeot 508 Tourer.

The third row Toyota to find a new position for the pack that powers the system’s electric motor.

In the Prius the heavier, bulkier battery is positioned at the rear, but for the V Toyota switched to a lithium-ion that gets sandwiched the front seats underneath the console.

Despite being the size of the normal Prius’s (and 7kg lighter), it delivers the performance.

Otherwise the Toyota V employs the same major as the Prius, with a 1.8-litre petrol engine combining an electronic motor for a combined output of 100kW.

So again you press a button to the Prius V, to be met only with a of multi-coloured digital displays.

the foot-operated parking brake contradicts the sophisticated approach of the V, press the accelerator gently and away silently.

It’s to remain in electric-only mode on a throttle for a couple of kilometres, again the slightest gradient or extra of the throttle will bring the engine (seamlessly) into

This will happen if you select the vehicle’s EV (electric mode.

That mode throttle response to help the avoid firing up the engine, both EV and Normal modes are in this respect.

We chose to in Power mode for the majority of our so there was adequate response is beneficial in all types of driving – the city where making manoevres is desirable.

Toyota says the Prius and V have comparable performance – in about 11 seconds – with the 135kg of extra mass for with a shorter final ratio.

A seat-of-the-pants feel the Prius V may be a tad slower, and you can expect to be heavy use of the petrol engine in with the electric motor if the is at full capacity in terms of

There’s a greater effect on consumption and emissions, though the Prius V is inferior to the Prius in respect you won’t find seven-seater on the market offering fuel efficiency of 4.4 litres per and CO2 output of 101 grams per kilometre.

We between 4.5 and 5.1L/100km on a drive incorporated city, town, and freeway roads.

And with two aboard, performance is more adequate, while the dreaded of the hybrid system’s continuously auto (CVT) seems restrained in the V than the regular

Tyre and wind noise progressively louder, however, as seating position moves front to middle to rear.

noise from the tailgate, makes it difficult for third-row to hear those in the front

Although the Prius V is more just a stretched Prius, the experience is similar. There’s the familiar and slightly grabby brake and the familiar firmness to the underpinnings struggle to deliver a compliant on roads that are anything than smooth.

The Toyota V won’t scare you in corners but will it excite you like a Odyssey people-mover.

But it is cheaper. At the Prius V carries just a premium over the normal to make it one of the most affordable available.

An i-Tech variant also be offered from the end of the Toyota isn’t yet revealing for that, but it asks another on the normal Prius in return for features such as leather pre-crash safety system and navigation.

The base Toyota V still comes with alloy wheels, daytime lights, touchscreen, hill-start and reverse-view camera. Stability and seven airbags are also the body is 18 per cent stiffer the Prius#8217;s, and Toyota says it a five-star independent crash from NCAP.

There’s also a head-up that includes ‘touch where the projected graphic on the responds to the respective steering buttons the drive presses – as display and temp controls.

the only display ahead of the as all other information – of which is a lot #8211; is presented in a wide, screen embedded in the middle of the

Parents, though, will the seatbelt warning lights will alert them to any of the in the five seats behind not being strapped in.

The central is about the only colourful of an interior that, if the Toyota V is positioned as a 21st-century motor suggests the future is bleak its dreary-grey décor.

It also manufacturers of hard plastics be doing better business those producing the softer

But overall, for families looking for a efficient, practical and, versatile seven-seater, the Toyota V is here and now.

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