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Toyota Prius c car review
- Vital Stats
- Untested by ANCAP
The "c" in Prius c stands for "city" and it really is a great little car to drive around the choked-up streets of the urban jungle during peak hour. Its fuel economy is an incredible 3.9L/100km. Seriously, this baby can last on a single tank forever.
Style & drive
We love the original Prius hatch, but we'll freely admit it's not the prettiest flower in the Toyota garden.
The Prius's baby sister - the Prius c - has definitely adopted a far cooler, cuter exterior design. The interior, however, suffers in the name of fuel efficiency. In order to make the car as light as possible to achieve optimal fuel economy, the c's interior has a lot of plastic elements, and feels a bit budget.
The design's extremely simple with a minimal amount of buttons. The digital speedometer and oodles of fuel economy figures are located on a multi-information display (MID) just below the windscreen, and a 6.1-inch touch screen includes satellite navigation and a reversing camera. Standard features also include key-free entry start, automatic climate-controlled air-conditioning, and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with USB/iPod connectivity and Bluetooth compatibility and streaming.
There isn't a huge amount of room in the Prius c. It's designed to be cute and compact - a city runabout. It's not really designed with small kids in mind. With a rear-facing car seat installed in the back seat, the front passenger's leg room was seriously compromised. Rear passengers with long legs were also pressed for space. The passenger in the middle seat in the rear practically has to straddle the centre storage bin, and the boot is on the small side of compact.
The c combines a petrol engine with an electric motor for maximum fuel economy, and it's lighter and smaller than the Prius. The c's 1.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine with Hybrid Synergy Drive technology delivers maximum fuel economy by switching between petrol and electric power according to driving conditions. The c operates in Eco or EV (electric vehicle) mode. In EV the car drives under electric motor power alone, and kicks in when you're reversing or crawling in slow traffic. The c is great for city driving. Steering is responsive and though the engine might lack oomph due to its hybrid nature, it gets you where you need to go.
The Toyota Prius C has yet to be crash tested by ANCAP, but Toyota has designed the C to achieve a five-star rating just like that of its big sister, the original Prius hatch. Safety features include seven airbags - driver, front passenger, front side, curtain and driver's knee airbags. Active safety systems include an electronically controlled Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Traction Control (TRC). There are three child restraint anchorage points, and ISOFIX hooks for both outboard rear seats.
Fuel consumption: 3.9L/100km
CO2 emission: 90g/km.
Describe the car in 3 words
Compact, eco-friendly, fuel-efficient.
What are the best things about this car?
The fuel economy is amazing.
And the downsides?
The interior design is bare bones, and there isn't a great deal of leg room.
What does it run on?
The interior is a bit too utilitarian for our liking, but if you're looking for a compact hatch that you can drive for eternity on a single tank, the Prius c is for you.
If personified, who would this car be?
Get more info at: toyota.com.au/prius-c
(Review by Georgia Bartlett.)