Toyota comes with an illustrious history, and we know for one that this company holds sway over a massive base here in India. The Toyota Prius is just the type of vehicle that the company gets its audience to prey on. Slick design, strong comfort and an overall pleasing drive experience make this vehicle a model to remember. Nevertheless, the Prius does lose out on some other facets, and we're here to cut the balance between the two of them for you.
1. Astounding looks, and we've got to say, very few vehicles can come up with a theme so unique.
2. The handling is neutral, and we're sure all type of drivers can easily adapt to it.
1. The legroom at the rear could disappoint people.
2. Most people of the day expect a Touchscreen Infotainment system, and the absence of it does let the appeal slip.
1. It comes with a slew of techno systems, including ABS, EBD and many others, and this is sure to ease the ride experience.
The Prius strikes as a one of a kind experience, with modern design that is mixed with some never seen before features. At the exterior facet, the model invokes a sporty appearance, with a graceful body format that is sure to get heads turning. Aside from this, the interior has been lavished with a serene environment that comes along with many comfort facilities, ranging from the air conditioning and power windows to the audio system. The machine is driven by a 1.8-litre petrol engine that enables decent performance as well as mileage.
We enjoyed the Prius’s unique and classy design, and we're sure that it would have great appeal for the younger generation. It takes a low and streamlined stance, and when you can have a glimpse of some fine design elements here and there, you feel a more wholesome image put together. The skin texture is flawless and attractive, and the soothing curvatures add delight to the visual field.
Starting off at the front, the thin grille strapped over the face makes for some delicate touches. The emblem of the company is posted at the centre, making for a more distinguished air. The sharp headlamps flow into the side profile, and we thought this added some a grittier look to the vehicle.
When you take a look at the intricate detailing of the headlamps, you're sure to appreciate the company's bold design and strong safety elements.
At the bottom of the front skirt, the large air dam harmonises the front look, adding to the sporty demeanour. The fog lamps rest by the corner of the skirts, and we thought they integrated into the image perfectly. One has to admire the manner in which the bonnet slides down gently from the windscreen, giving the vehicle's image a more aesthetic flavour that we're sure most people would love.
The skin of the hood wraps sideways over the wheel arches, adding a more masculine feel to the area. The well designed wheels project a mix of sportiness and plush, and we thought they were a great element of the side body.
The serene lines that glide over the door-sides bring a more enriched effect to the look. Meanwhile, the body coloured door handles and mirrors blend into the picture well, bringing forward the refined fabric of the design.
When you stand before the vehicle, you're sure to feel a mark of perfection in the balanced, slender shape. The roof-line takes off from the bulkier region of the rear, flowing over the cabin gently, before slotting right into the bonnet with utmost precision.
The black effect of the window frames looked great in our opinion, adding some diversity to the image. At the rear, the tail-lamps streak upwards by the corners of the rear, and a large black garnish that spreads over the region invites some true glamour into the vehicle.
The cabin of the Toyota Prius is moderately spacious, and there are some noticeable, fine themes that bring a more resplendent feel to the place. In addition to this, the cabin is blanketed by this air of pure sophistication that we thought was dazzling.
Aside from this, legroom was plentiful in the front row, but the same for the rear could have been improved slightly. Room for shoulder is also plenty, and most of our team found little to complain about during the drive.
Aside from the roominess, the cabin has a silky touch that passengers would surely enjoy, and with the coupled benefit of a many exciting comfort features, the ride is nearly impeccable. The dashboard stretches downwards towards the leg-region of the vehicle, giving a better fashioned look to the front.
At the centre of the dash is an advanced looking music system that comes with the display screen at the top and the buttons stacked below.
The centre console streams down and melds into the front armrest, and this latches a marvellous tone into the entire look. The steering wheel at the side has been conditioned with the same, sporty design that most vehicles of the day wear, and we personally thought it was amazing.
The centre of the wheel has been beefed up, giving a more distinctive look to the place. The silver elements on the wheel further rejuvenate the image, while the Toyota emblem at the centre of the wheel wraps off the look. Coming to the seating and comfort, one has to agree that rich upholstery, together with headrests, armrests and adjustable facilities would leave just about flattered.
Powering the vehicle is a 1.8-litre engine that features various systems such as a cooled EGR system, electric water pump, along with a variable valve timing feature. It is composed of four cylinders and sixteen valves put together through the double overhead camshaft arrangement. A displacement of 1798cc is decent in our opinion, although there are many in the models' rivalling factions that have done much better. This machine has a power of 97.8bhp and torque stands at 142Nm. A crucial element of the engine is the hybrid synergy drive, which enables it to optimise fuel efficiency, while at the same time, keeping the drive smooth and flawless.
Ride and Handling:
Strong disc brakes clamp down on the front as well as the rear, and we thought that the overall braking quality was superb. Cornering is easy, and slowing down and halting requires little strain. There is no body roll, but high speed does shake up the inside a bit. Coming to the suspension system, there is a McPherson strut armed onto the front axle. We thought that the overall ride was comfortable enough, but conditions could defer depending on the road terrain. The vehicle absorbs moderate road anomalies well, and we thought an average Indian passenger would feel quite satisfied with the overall comfort.
We were quite satisfied with the safety parameters enforced by the company. Advanced techno aids cement control, and this includes conventional facilities including Anti lock braking system and the Electronic brake-force distribution system. The two of these together help to regulate control when driving, and this eases the ride while at the same time, boosting safety. Next, there is vehicle stability and traction control systems as well, helping to insulate the vehicle from anomalies. A strong airbag system shields all of the occupants, and this includes dual front airbags, side airbags, curtain and knee airbags as well. Further strengthening this is a supplement restraint system, which ascertains a higher level of safety. The body has been given a well toned structure, with crumple zones at the front and rear that minimise damage during a mishap.
There are two variants in the model series, Z5 and Z6, and the differences between them are negligible. Both of them come along with many beneficial elements, including an automatic climate control system, rear parking sensors, power windows for the front and rear, cup holders at the front and rear, cruise control and many more, automatic headlamps and many more.
We'll give it to this Japanese major, for they know exactly what gets the market going here in India. Toyota Prius has got the style, the looks, the comforts and a mediocre performance as well. It has genuine themes in its architecture that you're probably never going to see elsewhere in a vehicle. Nevertheless, there are things that could put people off as well, and this includes the lack of space within the cabin, the less than average mileage and the lack of personalisation schemes. At the end of the day, the machine comes with its bag of pros to woo you, and some let downs as well, and it's best if you approach this model with a simple state of mind without too much to expect.
Toyota Prius price
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