Toyota Prius Plug-in (2012 onwards)
Sensible blend of hybrid and electric car. Might cover your motoring needs without ever using the petrol part of the equation, though at a cost.
Usable fully electric range, quick to recharge at home, amazing overall economy achievable.
We don't like:
No fun to drive, interior built to a price, very expensive without the £5k government grant.
Should I buy one?
The technology works extremely well and there is every reason to buy the Plug-in instead of the standard hybrid Prius. But as always with new technology, there is a cost issue. Even with the £5,000 grant, £28,345 is a lot for a family car.
Where would we spend that money instead? We'd certainly consider the Ampera/Volt, which is better finished inside, though it doesn't have the astonishing 750+mile range of Prius Plus-in. Or the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics with its claimed 79mpg and 109g.km CO2. Or a Range Rover Evoke. Yes, you can get one for the same price.
But we are getting carried away. The Prius Plug-in transcends the issues surrounding fully electric cars like the Nissan Leaf, works well and the dependability of Hybrid Synergy Drive is rock solid. It's a good car.
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