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
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|188-217mpg||28g/km||34 miles||2hrs 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’ 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.
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’ 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.
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 & charging - currently readingThe Toyota Prius Plug-in offers a competitive electric range and easy charging. The petrol engine reduces range anxiety for longer journeys, too
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe electric element of Toyota Prius Plug-In helps keep petrol use to a minimum and means it'll be super-cheap to run
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Toyota Prius Plug-In won’t set your pulse racing, but performance is adequate and refinement good
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid has some fairly major flaws inside the cabin compared with its main rivals
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityBigger battery pack in Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid hampers boot space, but it is thankfully now available as a five-seater
- 7Reliability & safety ratingStrong standard safety tech makes the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid a great candidate for family transport