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

The Toyota Prius Plug-in offers a competitive electric range and easy charging. The petrol engine reduces range anxiety for longer journeys, too

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Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

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Price
£31,864 - £33,964
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
188-217mpg28g/km34 miles2hrs 30mins (0-100%, 3.7kW)

While the Toyota Prius Plug-In's claimed economy of 188-217mpg should be taken with a pinch of salt, if you recharge religiously, 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 188-217mpg is incredibly impressive, but in reality it’ll be difficult to match that figure 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 34 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.

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 67mpg. Based on these figures, with that 34-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 home wallboxes and public charging points. With an 8.8kWh battery, the car takes around four hours to charge from a domestic socket, while a wallbox cuts this to approximately two-and-a-half hours thanks to the Prius’s 3.3kW charging capability.

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 your home switches over to a lower cost off-peak electricity tariff.

There’s also a solar roof option for £1,500, which uses cells mounted on the car’s roof to draw energy from the sun. It’s not much, but this energy can be diverted to power the climate-control and infotainment, taking the load off the engine and/or battery to improve economy.

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