Toyota Prius+ running costs

The Toyota Prius+ can work out exceptionally cheap to run – as long as you drive it in the right way

The Toyota Prius+ costs around the £30,000 mark, but both versions are eligible for a £2,500 grant from the government. Other non-hybrid seven-seat MPVs (such as the Peugeot 5008 and Volkswagen Touran) start at a fair bit less, but the Prius+ costs about the same as one of the range-topping models in their line-ups. And, when you bear in mind the amount of standard equipment you get on the Prius+, it’s not bad value.

Running costs vary slightly depending on which trim you choose. The entry-level Icon averages 61.4mpg on paper, whereas the Excel has slightly larger alloy wheels, so economy drops to 57.6mpg. However, in everyday use, you’re highly unlikely to notice a big difference, with fuel economy of around 50mpg easy to achieve.

The entry-level Icon emits 106g/km of CO2, attracting a Benefit-in-Kind rate of 20% for company-car taxpayers, compared to 21% for the Excel, which emits 112g/km. However, those CO2 emissions aren’t low enough to make the car exempt from the London Congestion Charge.

Toyota Prius+ insurance group

Whether you choose the Icon or Excel version of the Toyota Prius+, your car will be in insurance group 15. That’s one group higher than the regular Prius hatchback, but better than some other non-hybrid seven-seat MPVs. The Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer is in at least group 17, for instance, although the Peugeot 5008 range also starts in group 15.

Warranty

A five-year/100,000-mile warranty comes as standard on the Toyota Prius+, which is one of the better warranties out there. Buy a Peugeot or Citroen, for example, and you’ll only have three years’ cover.

Servicing

The Toyota Prius+ service intervals are every 12 months or 10,000 miles – whichever is sooner. Three fixed-priced service options are available (Intermediate, Full and Full Plus) and can be booked online. Toyota’s genuine parts come with a 12-month warranty.

Road tax

Because the Toyota Prius+ is a hybrid, annual road tax from the second year onwards will cost £130, rather than the £140 charged on non-hybrid vehicles. And, with precious few options available, you won’t have to worry about taking the price you pay beyond £40,000 – which would add an extra £310 to your annual charge.

Depreciation

As the Prius+ is a unique car – the only seven-seat hybrid MPV on the market – there’s strong demand for it in the used market. That in turn means that its residual values are also strong.

It retains just over half of its value over three years and 36,000 miles, which is considerably more than mainstream Toyotas, such as the Yaris and Auris. It’s even a little better than you'd get on the Prius hatchback.