The new Toyota Prius is the best version of the hybrid

The new Toyota Prius is the best version of the hybrid

Other drivers treat you differently too, racing up behind then overtaking aggressively while carpark pedestrians just push their trolleys right up in your grille – a situation which occurred each time I visited the supermarket.

No, the Prius does not get much love at all. From anybody.

It must be getting really boring for Toyota who has just introduced this fourth generation to market here in Australia. How can the company transition its hybrid hero to a car for everyone and put those image issues behind them?

The answer it would appear is to reduce the opportunity for criticism by giving it a fresh edgy design, making it better to drive and stuffing it full of technology that will appeal to a younger buyer group.

We’re not overly keen on the white plastic that covers much of the cabin and some of the steering wheel but its sci-fi-style dominating central screen and the upper readout look like few other cars on the market.

Yes, like the outside, it won’t be to everyone’s taste and takes some time to get used to but we actually quite liked it.

Which is more than we could say for the 1980s-look perforated white leather seats.

The other surprise about the interior is that, despite that sloping roofline, there’s actually a reasonable amount of rear head and legroom, though the 502-litre boot remains shallow.

The new Toyota Prius is the best version of the hybrid

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