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. 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 48.7mpg on paper, whereas the Excel has slightly larger alloy wheels, so economy drops to 47mpg. However, in everyday use, you’re highly unlikely to notice a big difference.

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 £135, rather than the £145 charged for 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 £320 to your annual charge.