Toyota Prius Plug-In range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The Toyota Prius Plug-in offers competitive all-electric range and short recharge times. The petrol engine reduces range anxiety for longer journeys, too

While the Toyota Prius Plug-In's claimed economy of 235mpg should be taken with a pinch of salt, recharge religiously and close to 100mpg is easily possible, keeping running costs incredibly low.

Toyota Prius Plug-In range

Of course, the official fuel-economy test result of 235mpg is incredibly impressive, but in reality it’ll be difficult to match these figures unless you spend 99% of your time driving around town and can recharge your car frequently.

However, with most driver’s average daily mileage rarely exceeding a maximum of 40 miles, with the Prius’s all-electric range of 39 miles it means that if you can plug in at home and your destination, filling up at a fuel station might not be a regular occurrence.

Of course, a plug-in hybrid gives you the flexibility to travel long distances if you need to, and over an extensive road test our sister title Auto Express found that the Prius Plug-In returned excellent real-world fuel economy of 67.4mpg.

Based on these figures, with that 39-mile zero-emissions range built in, you’ll be able to travel 638 miles, which is a big cruising range given the fuel tank is only 43 litres.

Charge time

The Prius Plug-In comes with two different types of charging cable: a regular three-pin plug to give added flexibility and a Type 2 cable that’s compatible with a home wallbox and public charging points.

With an 8.8kWh battery capacity the car takes around three hours to charge fully using a conventional 13A socket, while hooking up to a wallbox cuts this by a third to approximately two hours thanks to the Prius’s 3.3kW charging capability.

However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the pace of progress means this will more than likely be very quickly superseded, although the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In matches it here.

The Toyota has a built-in charging timer, too, so if you’re topping up at home overnight then you can set the system to draw its charge when you switch over to your lower cost off-peak electricity tariff.

There’s also a solar panel roof option you can add for £1,500, which uses photovoltaic cells mounted on the car’s roof to recoup some energy from the sun. It’s not much, but this energy can be diverted to power the climate control system and the infotainment, taking the load of the engine and/or battery to help improve economy further.

Battery warranty

Every new Toyota gets a five-year/100,000-mile warranty, which offers buyers peace of mind. The Prius’ hybrid system components and battery is covered over this same period, so there’s five years or 100,000 miles of coverage, whichever comes first. However, for the battery cover you need to make sure you have the vehicle serviced by a Toyota Hybrid Electric Specialist.

Prius Plug-In owners also benefit from Toyota’s Extended Hybrid Battery Care cover package, which offers up to 11 years of warranty coverage with no mileage limit.