Toyota Prius+ – your questions answered

We asked for your questions about the new seven-seat Toyota Prius+ before we went to the car’s press launch event last week, and now we’re back, we can now bring you the answers.

Read on to find out all about the UK’s first hybrid MPV – you can also find out more about the car here.

Q1: How much does the Toyota Prius+ cost?
Prices for the Toyota Prius+ start at £26,195 for T4 spec. The T Spirit model costs from £29,495.

Q2: What is the official fuel consumption of the Prius+?
The Toyota Prius+ achieves combined fuel consumption of 68.9mpg in T4 spec (which has 16-inch wheels), or 64.2mpg in T-Spirit spec (which has 17-inch wheels).

Q3: How much luggage room is there when all 7 seats are in use?
There is 232 litres of storage capacity in the boot when all seven seats are in use. Fold the back row of seats and this increases to 784 litres. If you flatten the second and third row of seats, there is 1,750 litres of space.

Take a look at these pictures from our Twitter feed showing the seats folded, and in position

Prius+ bootQ4: With all the rear seats folded what is the maximum height from the top of the folded seats to the inside roof? Also what is maximum inside load carrying distance from the back of the front seats to the rear door?
The maximum height of the luggage space is 1,575mm. The measurement from the back of the front seats to the rear door is 4,615mm.

The maximum carrying capacity when the third row seats are up is 232 litres. That increases to 784 litres when they’re folded.
There is 1,750 litres of space when the second row of seats are folded flat. If you want to carry particularly long items, it is possible to fold flat the front passenger seat as well.

Prius+ battery positionQ5: Where is the hybrid battery pack located?
The Prius+ uses a Lithium-ion battery pack, unlike the standard five-seat Prius or our other hybrids like the Auris Hybrid or Yaris Hybrid which use Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries.

Lithium-ion battery packs are more compact, so the one in the Prius+ is stored in the centre console between the front seats. Placing it there, rather than under the boot, gives more space for the third row of seats.

Q6: How much does the battery in the Prius+ weigh?
It weighs 34kg, 7kg less than the Ni-MH battery in the five-seat Prius.

Q7: Are there any plans to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the 7-seater Prius+?
There are no immediate plans for a plug-in hybrid version of the Prius+ at the moment. The five-seat Prius Plug-in is launching soon.

Q8: Is the Prius+ the same as the Prius v that’s sold in the US?
It’s almost the same, but the Prius v has only five seats and uses a Ni-MH battery mounted under the boot floor.

In Japan, the Prius+ is known as the Prius α (Prius alpha). It is available as a seven-seater with a Li-ion battery, or a five-seater with a Ni-MH battery.

Otherwise, the specification of all three cars is the same. The Ni-MH battery provides the same performance as Li-ion.

Q9: What was the main development challenge?
The main challenge was to develop a seven-seat vehicle with a Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain without making any compromise on space, size and aerodynamic performance.

Q10: How many engineers were involved in the development of the Prius+?
About 1,500. The Prius+ development process started in 2006.

Read our interview with Makoto Okabe, chief engineer of the Prius+

 

43 comments

    1. Hi Kashif
      Thanks for your post.
      Unfortunately it is not possible to add two rear seats as the Prius + has been homologated for use on UK roads as a five seater vehicle only. Changing this takes the vehicle outside of manufacturer specification and will affect important issues such as insurance as the car will only have been tested with five seats in place. Your registration document shows the number of people your vehicle is legally allowed to carry. We do sell a Verso model with seven-seats if this is of any help?

  1. I bought my Plug-In in March 2014 and am sure it came with “two free SATNAV updates” in the package. However, I am told by the garage that I will have to pay for any updates to the system. Why is this so – I am certain it was offered free as it was one of those things that swung the deal in favour of buying the car.

    1. Hi Geoffrey, thank you for taking the time to contact us. We recommend speaking again with your Toyota dealer with regards to the free map updates at time of purchase; or contacting our customer relations department who can investigate further for you. Please fill in the online customer relations form via: po.st/O3vN72. Please note: there are two map updates a year which you can download from: http://www.toyota-mapupdates.eu/ or your local Toyota dealer can do this for you.

    1. Hi Marc,
      Thank you for your query. We have made the My Toyota team aware and we will get this updated as soon as possible. Many thanks.

  2. Can I fit a bike carrier to the rear of this vehicle? I’m looking at buying one second-hand. Registration number LS62NFO. In the latest brochure you show a tow bar mounted bike carrier, so I’m hoping this bracket and carrier could be fitted to a 2012 model, but when it was launched in 2012 I don’t think this was an option.

    1. Hi Duncan,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We have checked with the Accessories team at Toyota UK and they have advised that there is a rear mounted bike carrier available (product number = PW962-47000) that can be used without a tow-bar.

      We also need to make you aware that the total rear vertical load is 50kg max (including both bikes and bike carrier) and it cannot be overloaded.

      Hope this helps.

  3. Hi there, with regard to a 2019 Prius+ can anyone tell me the measurement of the tailgate opening please, particularly the height of the opening as I need to work out sizes for my wheelchair hoist. George

      1. Hi Yousef,
        Thanks for your comment.
        We would recommend contacting the Toyota distributor in your region for further help with your query.
        Thanks.

  4. Hi. I have a Prius plus 2013 . When it is parked for 4 or five days then it won’t start and need jump start.
    Could you please advise me on this . If it is a battery issue could you please tell me what kind of battery do I need? Someone told me that need an agm battery.

    1. Hi Abdul,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us. Based on the information you’ve shared with us, we would recommend contacting your nearest Toyota centre for further help. If you could please share with us your postcode, we can find the nearest centre and provide you with the best way to contact their team at this time. We won’t make your comment containing your postcode public.

      In the meantime, you will also be able to find advice on steps to take in an emergency in your owner’s manual which you will be able to find here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/tme#/my-toyota/eManual

      Thanks.

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