Toyota Prius+ (2012): 30 second review

Sean Carson
Toyota Prius Plus
The Toyota Prius has been around since 1997 and the firm's hybrid family of vehicles has grown to incorporate five models, with the seven-seat Prius+ the latest addition to the range, costing from £26,195.
We like:
Low height and therefore centre of gravity, styling, claimed economy.
We don't like:
Some cheap materials inside, cramped rear cabin.
Should I buy one?
Can a seven-seat hybrid vehicle work? Yes, it can. The added weight hasn't dented the attractiveness or hampered any of the qualities the standard Prius possesses.
Efficiency is good and will likely better more conventional rivals in town driving, but in keeping the Prius+ more car-like in its dimensions, Toyota has limited space and therefore practicality.
Surely that's what an MPV is all about? It's not enough to sip fuel at a meagre rate and only offer adequate seating and luggage capacity when a Ford S-Max or Renault Grand Scenic will do both for around £4,500 less.
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