Toyota Prius practicality & boot space
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The Toyota Prius’s platform was designed with hybrid powertrains in mind, so packaging a battery pack and electric motor means there’s very little compromise when it comes to luggage space and passenger room. It’s a versatile family hatch that should prove easily to live with.
Toyota Prius interior space, storage & comfort
When it comes to practicality we’ll start in the front, where the Toyota Prius offers plenty of room and great visibility.
This stems from the dashboard, as with the low-line design and centrally mounted instruments, your view forward is great. On top of this the centre console isn’t bulky and offers good storage, with two cup-holders, a dedicated slot for wireless phone charging if fitted, big door bins and a central cubby for phones, wallets and other items. The foot wells are deep so you can stretch your legs out as a passenger and find a good seating position as a driver.
In the rear, access is good as those doors open wide. The high tail design also means the roof doesn’t taper too aggressively, so headroom is good. There’s also a good level of legroom and rear passengers will find they can tuck their feet underneath the seats in front thanks to the raised up seating position front occupants benefit from.
The Prius offers 343 litres of luggage space with the rear seats in place, which is enough to rivals conventional family hatchbacks, such as the Vauxhall Astra. Fold those rear seats down (an easy operation thanks to levers on the seats, but they don’t stow quite flat, leaving a little lip) and this figure rises to 1,558 litres.
Thanks to the big opening revealed by the Prius’s hatchback it’s easy to load up even if you’re carrying bulky items. The rear bumper is higher than we might like, but at least there’s not much of a loading lip, so you can set items down into the boot fairly easily.
It’s worth noting that these boot space figures are for cars fitted with a tyre repair kit – if you go for a space saver spare wheel then these figures drop to 297 and 1,512 litres with the seats up and down respectively. Maximum boot height is 715mm, while maximum boot width is 936mm in case you’ll be carrying big loads.