You’ll note that in the performance section we mentioned only those numbers to do with the car’s fuel economy rather than its acceleration. That’s because beyond the reassurance it’ll easily keep up with traffic there really isn’t much value in knowing whether a Prius can do 0-62mph in 11, 12 or 13 seconds.
Instead, when you talk about passion and the Prius it is done so within the context of the ingenuity required to build a car to be as efficient as possible. That’s where innovations such as the world’s first range-extending solar roof panel (worth about 400 miles a year for UK owners, says Toyota) come in. Whether that makes this model better than a standard Prius is another matter, but as far as plug-in hybrids go Toyota should count it another job well done.
Price tag of our car: £32,090 (including £2500 Plug-in Car Grant)