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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£31,864 - £33,964
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
188-217mpg29g/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.

Battery warranty

Every new Toyota gets a five-year/100,000-mile warranty, which offers buyers great peace of mind. The Prius’ hybrid system components and battery are 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, which offers up to 11 years of warranty coverage with no mileage limit.

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