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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service intervals||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|21-23||5yrs / 100,000 miles||1yr / 10,000 miles||From £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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 costs - currently readingThe 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 & safetyStrong standard safety tech makes the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid a great candidate for family transport.