Toyota Prius Plug-In running costs

The electric element of Toyota Prius Plug-In helps keep petrol use to a minimum and means it’ll be super-cheap to run

Rating
Running costs Rating
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervals2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
21-235yrs / 100,000 miles1yr / 10,000 milesFrom £641 / £1,283

The Prius Plug-In is exempt from the London Congestion Charge, so if you travel into the capital during the week, you’ll save £11.50 per day. If you’re a business user, the breaks are even bigger. Emitting just 29g/km CO2 puts the Prius Plug-In in the 10% BiK tax bracket.

Toyota Prius Plug-In insurance group

On that subject, the Business Edition Plus Prius falls into insurance group 21, while the higher-spec Excel model sits a few groups higher in group 23. To give an indication of how much you should expect to pay, our sample middle-aged driver with three points on their licence was quoted around £692 per year fully comprehensive.

Warranty

As we’ve mentioned above, Toyota’s five-year/100,000-mile warranty package extends to the Prius Plug-In, so there’s plenty of peace of mind for buyers. Many used examples of this car will have some coverage remaining, given this generation of Prius hit the market in 2016.

Servicing

With 206 dealers nationwide, it’ll be easy to get your Prius serviced – and we recommend you go to a main dealer, as being serviced by an official Toyota franchise means you’ll keep the extensive warranty cover on the hybrid system components and the battery pack. Service intervals are every one year or 10,000 miles and alternate between interval and major services. Expect to pay around £169 for the former and £219 for the latter.

Road tax

The Prius Plug-In is an affordable hybrid, so even a top-spec car fully loaded with options will cost a lot less than £40,000. This means you pay the standard rate of road tax for an alternatively fuelled vehicle of £140 per year.

Depreciation

Our spec of choice, Business Edition Plus, will depreciate the least of all the trim levels in the range, according to our experts, but even then the predicted residual values aren’t great. The Prius is expected to hold on to 43% of its price from new, so after three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes sooner, the car will be worth £13,626 based on these figures.

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