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about the all new Prius

Below are some excerpts from independent new car reviews from journalists and bloggers in Ireland.

Impressive 3l/100km (94mpg) will catch the eye - Michael McAleer - The Irish Times

The Prius brand is well-established, customers are waiting for the new car and, to cut to the chase, we can assure them it is worth waiting for. For a start, there’s the headline-grabbing fuel economy of 94mpg in old money or 3 l/100km in modern parlance. Emissions are now 70 g/km. Internal space is noticeably improved: whereas the previous iterations were more akin to booted hatchbacks in the guise of a Focus saloon or a rival to the likes of the Golf, this version is well able to mix it with the rest of the mainstream saloon car market.

The cabin has also been improved. Even within the Toyota range hybrids are increasingly an option on most models. Yet the Prius makes a statement the others don’t and remains a benchmark for the format. Fuel economy of 3 l/100km (94mpg) is still a headline figure in anyone’s book. And there is a host of technology to help you reach that target, including a points system that gives you tips on being a better eco-driver.

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Toyota’s new generation Prius promises improved economy, an appealing look and a fun-to-drive spirit - Geraldine Herbert - Sunday Independent

It was Toyota’s Prius almost 20 years ago that spawned the hybrid revolution and since then these hybrid pioneers have been continuously rewriting the rulebook. While still the familiar Prius, the new model gets sportier styling, is now longer and wider and overall is a much smarter looking vehicle. Inside, the new cabin is more upmarket with a modern, almost space age, feel. The instrument panel is now housed in the centre of the dash and there are nice details such as the Prius logos in the aircon vents.

The smaller battery is now positioned under the rear seats which allows for 56 litres of extra luggage space, bringing the boot size to 502 litres Safety has also been improved with Toyota’s Safety Sense system, a collision avoidance and mitigation package that integrates four of Toyota’s existing active safety technologies: a Pre-Collision System that can detect both pedestrians and vehicles, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, and Radar Cruise Control.

The new Prius is green, economical and versatile and is now just as suitable for the school run as it is for long-haul excursions. And it’s so much better looking, as we zipped around Valencia, a haven of architectural gems, old buildings and stunning bridges people stopped to look at our car, not the one behind us.

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Toyota widens the Prius appeal. Greater efficiency and improved quality make the new Prius much better - Dave Humphreys - Sunday Business Post

What the new Prius does offer much more of is comfort thanks to new seats that give much better support. Despite the environmentally friendly credentials it is a car capable of being hustled along a free flowing road at pace. In one generation the Toyota Prius has gone from being an eco-friendly choice to a genuine alternative to the diesel car.

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Pretty Prius is a joy to behold and drive - Campbell Spray - Sunday Independent

It is very sharp and contoured with a much lower centre of gravity. However it has also meant that economy has improved again, emissions and fuel use are down by about 20pc - to put some much needed clear water between it and a number of diesels. It has developed into a car which has all the roominess of a family hatchback, while being a total delight to drive.

Yet apparently the 2016 model now ranks as the all-time most fuel efficient petrol powered car in the US, without plug-in capabilities. However, the Prius shows that hybrid is the way to go.

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