Toyota Prius Ambleside

The completely redesigned interior features such gadgets as a fighter-jet style head-up display, adaptive cruise control and a touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel. But if you really want to impress, there’s an option of a solar-panel roof which powers a fan to keep the cabin cool and a park assist system, which steers the car for you into tight spaces. Read on for more about the product in the market in Ambleside.

Batemans
01539 534 000
Station Square
Grange-over-Sands
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:12:00 - 16:00

WKB Toyota Chichester
01243 536380
117 The Hornet
Chichester
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:11:00 - 16:00

Currie Motors (Twickenham)-Sales
020 8892 0041
161 Chertsey Road
Twickenham
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09.00 - 19:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:10:00 - 16:00

W R Davies
01785 236 700
123 Lichfield Road
Stafford
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 18:30
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:10:00 - 16:00

Border Toyota (Carlisle)
0845 164 9705
Parkhouse Road,Kingstown
Carlisle
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:08:30 - 17:00
Sunday:Closed

Jim Walton
01768 864555
Cowper Road,Gilwilly Industrial Estate
Penrith
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08.30 - 17.30
Saturday:08.30 - 12.30
Sunday:Closed

Oakmere Toyota
(016) 064-5525
Manchester Road
Northwich
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:09:00 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:10:00 - 16:00

Ipswich Toyota
01473 715 777
1 Augusta Close,Ransomes Europark
Ipswich
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 18:00
Sunday:10:00 - 16:00

Farmer & Carlisle (Loughborough)
0845 1231575
Belton Road
Loughborough
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:00 - 19:00
Saturday:08:30 - 17:30
Sunday:10:00 - 16:00

Thurlow Nunn
01480 460888
Ramsey Road
St Ives
Dealership Hours
Mon - Fri:08:30 - 18:00
Saturday:09:00 - 17:00
Sunday:11:00 - 15:00

Toyota Prius

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Love it or loathe it, the Toyota Prius changed the car industry forever when it brought hybrid motoring to the masses back in 1997. Now in its third generation, the Prius has already proved a huge hit in Japan, outselling every car on the market in its first month. But is it good enough to win over European customers?

The headline figures are combined fuel economy of 72.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 89g/km. That’s a 10 and 14 per cent improvement respectively, while combined power output has leapt by 24 per cent to 134bhp.

Sharper creases in the bodywork and Nissan 370Z-style boomerang headlights have gone someway towards improving the previous car’s appearance. But in Toyota’s quest for a super-slippery drag-coefficient, the curved roof and lumpy rear proportions have been carried over.

Around 90 per cent of the mechanicals have been redesigned to be lighter and more efficient, but essentially the engine and electric motor combination works in the exactly the same way – providing power in tandem for the most part, and running off just the batteries at low speeds.

Drivers can now choose from three driving modes. EV allows electric-only driving for up to two kilometres, while Eco and Power adjust throttle response to either save fuel or boost overtaking ability.

On the move there’s a marked improvement in acceleration and refinement. The extra weight from the battery pack doesn’t inspire confidence in corners, but on the whole it’s a sure-footed and comfortable cruiser.

The completely redesigned interior features such gadgets as a fighter-jet style head-up display, adaptive cruise control and a touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel. But if you really want to impress, there’s an option of a solar-panel roof which powers a fan to keep the cabin cool and a park assist system, which steers the car for you into tight spaces. Overall, the Prius is by far the best hybrid on the market.  

Rival: Honda Insight
Honda has really put the cat among the pigeons with the Insight - undercutting the cheapest Prius by £3,000. Unfortunately the cost-cutting shows in the interior and it can’t quite match the Toyota on fuel economy or emissions.

Author: Jack Rix

Toyota Prius