Driving report Toyota Prius 2016: Not a bit of fun has to be: The new Prius in the first test

Driving report Toyota Prius 2016

Not a bit of fun has to be: the new Prius in the first test

Driving report Toyota Prius 2016: Not a bit of fun has to be: The new Prius in the first test-first
Press Inform Toyota Prius, fourth generation

  • Site author Stefan Grundhoff

Toyota wants to miss a new image. More "wow" instead of "phew" – emotions instead of the drogs. The new Toyota Prius is supposed to start. He does not disappoint hybrid fans – if you like cars without driving pleasure.

For links on this page, Site receives. A commission from the dealer, Z.B. For marked. More information group boss Akio Toyoda has impressively pretended it on the Tokyo Motor Show: Toyota wants to bring the WoW effect into your own house-door openers should be the new, fourth generation of Prius. In the Coastal regions of the United States, the hybrid Urmeter is loved by many as a counterpoint to luxury bodies and full-size pick-ups; In Europe, the Japanese is usually only in the third row against local competition from diesel and petrol engines. This should finally change with the new generation, which starts in the United States at the end of December and in Europe in February 2016.

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Rugged design – but at least brave

"We want to bring the customer a smile on the face with our design," says Motoo Kamiya, one of the project managers of the Toyota Prius. This should be achieved in particular on the main market in the USA, where the three predecessor generations have already sold millions of times. In Europe, however, the now fourth generation with the overly polarizing design and emotionless drive technology is likely to be difficult.The Toyota designers cannot be accused of having no longer risked this time pale prius design. However, despite a lower roof line and the significantly flatter rear, hardly any design prices will patter on the 4.54 meter long five -seater. The rugged design of the front and rear with the unusually far -drawn lights.

Driving report Toyota Prius 2016: Not a bit of fun has to be: The new Prius in the first test-prius
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More trunk, less PS

The Prius is the first vehicle that places Toyota on its new, largely variable TMGA platform, which makes the engine, drive and battery system disappear more compactly in the body. The inmates in the Toyota Prius are now sitting lower than before and the cargo space grew by 56 to an impressive 502 liters. However, an electrical tailgate still lacks and instead of a long -time electrical parking brake, as in the 1980s.

"A beautiful car for a beautiful planet"

"We wanted to improve the Prius compared to its predecessor in all areas", Prius project manager Kazuaki Shingo awakens "a beautiful car for our beautiful planet Earth." So it is surprising that the Prius was driven unusually little. The Japanese is unchanged by a bloodless four-cylinder suction engine with 1.8 liters of displacement and an output of 72 kW / 98 hp and a maximum torque of 142 Nm at 3.600 rpm fueled. The pale engine is supported by an electric motor that provides 53 kW / 72 hp in its latest expansion stage and a maximum torque of 163 Nm. That is even seven kilowatts less than before.

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Anyone who expected the next generation of Prius, of course, with plug-in module and a lithium-ion battery over the country, sees itself deceived. Modern battery technology is initially only available in Japan and then in the USA because, according to Toyota technicians, there are increased demands on air conditioning.

For the time being, no plug-in version for Germany

Since the now expired generation of the plug-in-Prius with a manageable purely electrical range of 19 kilometers is already due to the surcharge of gigantic 10.000 euros The tires in the sales rooms were flat, there will be no plug-in variant for the new new start of the new, which can be strengthened at home or at public charging stations by cable. This should follow in the 2017 model year and then be able to drive up to 30 kilometers purely electrically.

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In the interior, the changes in the Prius are significantly lower than in the exterior design. Thanks to the 2.70 meter long wheelbase, there is still good space. The ergonomics, especially for large people, reaches its limits despite the almost six centimeters downwards. So the adjustment area of the seats and the steering wheel is too small. Switches such as the seat heating can only be felt on the center console. Complete networking of the vehicle via the large multifunctional screen via iPhone, Android phone including WLAN radio honeycomb was missing, at least for the Japanese test vehicles.

"The most efficient petrol engine in the world"

"We have given the Prius a new hybrid system, a lower focus, a stiffer body and thus overall a better driving experience," explains the project manager Motoo Kamiya, "the view is also better than before." However, lightweight construction only played a subordinate role in Prius. The Japan hybrid with an empty weight of 1360 kilograms, despite lighter battery technology, even weighs ten kilograms more than before. Kamiya underlines that the Prius "unchanged is the most efficient petrol engine in the world", which almost reaches a diesel with a thermal use of 40 percent. The hybrid system was 20 percent lighter, the nickel metal hydride battery under the rear seats also lost ten percent volume.

This is how the new Prius drives

When driving a driving experience, the Prius continues to focus on comfort. The steering is more direct than before, the CVT transmission does not make such a lot of roar in the event of a lot of acceleration, and it is also a bit more committed to starting with the front and rear axles than before. However, the front-wheel drive with its narrow 195 tires is still powerful in brisk curves and the wanking movements during alternative maneuvers let you think of hybrid seafaring of the past few years.

Driving report Toyota Prius 2016: Not a bit of fun has to be: The new Prius in the first test-toyota
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The Prius is not unchanged not a car that conveys any kind of driving pleasure. For this, the drive is too limp and the improved CVT transmission is the wrong choice anyway. The official driving performance wants to keep drive expert Fukumara Misumasa to itself despite the upcoming sales start, But it can be assumed that Prius’s driving performance did not improve. Then at the end of 180 there is still the end and the acceleration 0 to 100 km / h takes more than ten seconds.Compared to its predecessor, the Toyota Prius is said to have become 15 percent more economical. That would mean a standard consumption of around 3.3 liters super over 100 kilometers.

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The noise insulation has improved

During the trip, the driver unchanged three driving modes to choose from. In addition to ECO mode, there are normal and power stages, which one should not promise too much according to the terminology. The Prius has obtained in noise insulation, because here too the new, significantly stiffer body is noticeable – and on request there is the Toyota Prius with soundproofing double glazing.

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Less good: In the case of assistance system, the Prius only offers the bare essentials compared to international competition. In addition to an emergency brake assistant, a lane die warning and a high-beam assistant for the optional LED headlights are now moving in. Toyota does not yet want to reveal a prize for the German / European market. However, it can be assumed that the hybrid at around 28.000 euros will start; At the moment it works at just under 27.000 euros.

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Type Toyota Prius (2016)
engine Parallel hybrid drive with 1.8-liter petrol engine and electric motor
Displacement (cm3) 1798
Performance in PS (KW) at U/Min-1 136 (100) at
Max. Torque (nm) at UMin-1 142 Nm at 3600 rpm
Speed (km/h)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (sec.)))
transmission Stepless CVT transmission
drive Front -wheel drive
Consumption EU third mix (L/100 km) 3.2
Exhaust gas standard Euro 6
Addition: (Preliminary values)

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11 thoughts on “Driving report Toyota Prius 2016: Not a bit of fun has to be: The new Prius in the first test”

  1. A report as always!
    I’ve been driving Prius III for over three years and with 4.5 liters of real consumption. The car … Is light years ahead of its time. Sensational quality and I am glad that it does not look optically like any unit porridge like any X-like! Here you can see again how the published opinion can manipulate people. Before you form a judgment, you should simply test it!

  2. approval
    When I read the article, a very similar thought came to me…see threads in his criticism and dubious when you know other sources. Especially since ethical responsibility and son "Shit" How economy is absolutely subordinate in the wonderful FRG…The classic German…Products of others bad because you are lagging behind in hybrid technology yourself.

  3. For what?
    How is a car with 150PS "thick" respectively. be a lawn? 150PS is suitable for a cozy manner, but if you want to race with such a car how does it work with a Vmax of 220 that is not a lawn

  4. Endigent for the
    This misfortune can hardly be explained to the Far Eastern Market Designed. In contrast, the current Prius is the purest beauty. This model will follow many other predecessors, perhaps technically good but only interesting for the buyer layer, which in principle buy the latest generation or value certain details. The rest should consider three times whether he can make friends with this typical Japanese design. For me pers. A clear step backwards.

  5. Think that really seriously?
    The second ugly car since the seven BMW by Chris Bangle! Should the good man have now landed at Toyota? And where is it by far the ugliest car? Of course also with Toyota – but the Mirai has at least a hydrogen drive. Doesn’t make sense, but it has the advantage that you can almost never fill up, so it is also practically never possible. At least this prevents the danger that you will be seen in such a stylistic miscarriage in daylight…

  6. The car is also not for that
    German auto-prol, but for people who, as not quick as 120-130 km/h. may drive, but at prices that 30-40% below that of VW, BMW and Audi are completely okay with the same equipment.

  7. Is the thing ugly!
    This does not get any ugly with purposes. The next golden raspberry for vehicle design is certain for him.

  8. That’s an obvious failure
    I am amazed that only negatives were reported in the article and there seems to be nothing positive. I can not imagine that. I think the PR department at Toyota will be quite acidic.

  9. Supposed disadvantages are advantages
    Citation: "However, an electrical tailgate still lacks and instead of a long -time electric parking brake, as in the 1980s" What is criticized here are positive features for me. I don’t need an electric tailgate, it would be an example of unnecessary components on the car that increase the weight. One "Contemporary electrical parking brake" I would just bother me, I was supposed to be "elderly" Manual parking brake much prefers. It seems to me that the car should be deliberately badly talked about.

  10. I see
    Just like her. There is a equipment features that are not available in the Prius or only a little as an absolute must. Sorry if you can no longer drive without various assistants. The most important attributes meet the Prius, stable, low consumption, acceptable entry price.


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