Toyota Prius Plug-In reliability & safety
Strong standard safety tech makes the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid a great candidate for family transport.
|Euro NCAP rating||Adult protection rating||Child protection rating||Safety assist rating|
|5 stars (2020)||88%||82%||86%|
As you’d expect, the Prius Plug-in shares much of its electronics and technology with the regular fourth-generation Prius. With more than 20 years spent developing hybrid technology, Toyota has made the Prius Plug-In totally dependable, even though this model features a new Dual Motor System and a bigger battery.
Toyota Prius Plug-In reliability & problems
Toyota was ranked as the sixth-best brand for customer satisfaction in the 2020 Driver Power owner survey and the eighth-best for reliability. This also includes its standard petrol models, but Toyota is known for its reliability so the Prius will be no different.
The fourth-generation Prius finished 16th in the 2020 Driver Power rundown of the best 75 cars to live with, so the Prius Plug-in will likely be just as easy and trouble free to live with. That’s because it uses many similar components, so this information should give you reassurance.
All Prius Plug-ins get Toyota’s Safety Sense package as standard, which includes collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, traffic-sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and seven airbags. Given it shares its body with the standard Prius, it also scores a full five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, which was originally awarded in 2016 and maintained at the latest annual review, conducted in April 2020.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Toyota Prius Plug-In offers genuine zero-emissions range in a plug-in hybrid package that delivers strong efficiency
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Toyota Prius Plug-in offers a competitive electric range and easy charging. The petrol engine reduces range anxiety for longer journeys, too
- 3Running costsThe electric element of Toyota Prius Plug-In helps keep petrol use to a minimum and means it’ll be super-cheap to run
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Toyota Prius Plug-In won’t set your pulse racing, but performance is adequate and refinement good
- 5Interior & comfortThe Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid has some fairly major flaws inside the cabin compared with its main rivals
- 6Practicality & boot spaceBigger battery pack in Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid hampers boot space and means there’s only room for four
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingStrong standard safety tech makes the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid a great candidate for family transport.