The updated Toyota Prius+ gets styling tweaks, more equipment and a slightly higher price tag. It now starts at £26,995
4 December 2014

The face-lifted 2015 Toyota Prius+ will cost from £26,995, with the first cars being delivered to customers in January 2015.

The seven-seater hybrid MPV Prius+ has been updated for 2015, and gets a new look and a revised trim line-up.

The front end has been restyled, featuring a new upper grille and a more prominent Toyota badge. The lower part of the front end gets the same trapezoidal styling that features on other recent Toyota models, such as the recently face-lifted Yaris.

At the rear there are new lights, a new licence plate surround and an integrated diffuser. Inside, there is a new dark silver metallic finish, on the switchgear and a new 4.2-inch colour touch-screen, which comes with the latest Toyota Touch 2 multimeda system.

Toyota also says it has improved the Prius+'s ride and handling.

The 1.8-litre petrol engine and electric motor combination in the Prius+ remains largely unchanged, but it has been tweaked to comply with Euro 6 emission regulations. It emits 96g/km CO2 and averages 68.9mpg when fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels. This rises to 101g/km and 64.2mpg when the 17-inch alloys are fitted.

There are now three trim levels to choose from, with a new range-topping Excel Plus joining the existing Icon and Excel models.

The entry-level Icon comes with 16-inch alloys, auto lights and wipers, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, a reversing camera, keyless entry and start LED headlights, heated front seats, automatic air-conditioning and cruise control.

Excel trim adds 17-inch alloys, adaptive cruise control, park assist and a pre-crash safety system. The new Excel Plus trim adds leather seats and two DVD players with individual screens for the back-seat passengers.

The entry-level price has risen by £850 as a result of the changes, and the Icon trim now costs £26,995, the Excel £29,245 and the Excel Plus costs £31,245.

There are a few options that can be added, including a sat-nav upgrade for £750, a parking pack for £550 and a protection pack for £325.

Toyota has also added two new colours to the range, with a Sienna Bronze and Galaxy Black now available. The 2015 Prius+ is available to order now, with the first cars delivered in January.

Our Verdict

Toyota Prius+

Bigger seven-seat Prius makes for a practical, sub-100g/km MPV. Chassis adequate, but noisy acceleration, an indifferent cabin and steep prices count against it

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4 December 2014
The base version has pretty all much all you'd ever really need with the exception of Sat Nav., but even it you did go up a level or two you'd have to pay another £750 for it. I mean is Sat Nav. less important than a reversing camera or LED headlights which are standard?? Also at £750 that's 50% more than the sat nav on a Audi A3 (price from 3 months ago)

 

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5 December 2014
Given the adverse affect the 17" alloys have on the emissions, I could never understand why they don't offer the top specs cars with the smaller alloys. After all, if you buy a Prius+ (or a Prius for that matter, same problem) then you're buying it because you want very low emissions and superb fuel economy for a petrol auto.

We had this dilemma when we bought our Prius. Either go for the base model (which was quite awful back then) or the top spec car with the great Bose stereo, colour sat-nav etc etc but have worse economy. It was a tough call.

So, come on Toyota, get it right - make it 15 or 16" all through the range and offer upgrades for those that feel they absolutely have to have 17" alloys, for whatever reason.

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