Toyota Prius, proof: 4G Prius continues to be the reference in hybrid cars?
Since the market hurl the first Toyota Prius have passed 20 years. Two decades in which Toyota has invested in hybrid technology openly, and two decades that has shown the world how to achieve low power consumption by combining gasoline and simple but very intelligent. The Japanese automaker has sold more than 4 million Toyota Prius since then, and more than 10 million vehicles equipped with hybrid propulsion technology. When Toyota renews its ship full hybrid flagship, worth dedicate a thorough test.
Toyota Prius fourth-generation test
Toyota has launched last year the fourth-generation Prius. Has been the first vehicle group constructed on the global platform tnga-C, same on which recent releases, such as the successful Toyota C-HR, who shares hybrid mechanics are articulated. The Toyota Prius is a hybrid dedicated, and except for the plug-in version it is not possible to order it with other mechanics. It would not make sense: it is a technological showcase of technology. Everything has been carefully studied to achieve higher performance extract every drop of gasoline.
The modular platform tnga-C allows a remarkable increase in rigidity chassis Prius with respect to the third generation.
Let us begin with your body: it has a drag coefficient of only 0.24, 0.25 compared to its predecessor. It is almost a leader in today's automotive world figure, and it is possible thanks in part to its kind Kammback design, or "liftback". Its lines are smooth and stylized, and cutting their defense allows a smaller presence of turbulence, cutting the air with ease. Moreover, we can not ignore the air "techie" that Toyota has given the Prius. Like it or not, it's hard to ignore the design of its front optics, its grille or tailgate, Halved by the rear spoiler.
The combined power of the new Toyota Prius is 122 hp, 14 hp less than its predecessor, also less efficient.
The taillights look like fangs when illuminated at night. Is a personal design that makes it clear that we are not facing another Toyota, but before a Prius. You enter through your eyes is something else, but it's not a car that goes unnoticed. Another key point to achieve average consumption of only 3.3 l / 100 km according to the NEDC cycle It has been the complete overhaul of its hybrid mechanics. It is based on the Hybrid Synergy Drive Prius third generation, but undergoes substantial changes. Without going any further, the combustion engine - the known 2ZR-FXE 1.8 liter Atkinson cycle - increases thermal efficiency of 38.5% to 40%.
It does so through an EGR redesigned design changes to admission, a new oil pump and improvements in its cooling system. Interestingly, loses 1 hp over its predecessor, staying in 98 CV. This engine is coupled to a nickel hydride battery capacity of 1.3 kWh, now installed under the rear seat instead of under the trunk, and new air-cooled. Rivals like Hyundai Ioniq have preferred to mount lithium-polymer Toyota opting for more proven technology. This change in packaging allows the Toyota Prius winning cargo space, achieving a huge trunk of 502 liters.
It does 0 to 100 km / h in 10.6 seconds. It is four tenths of a second slower than the third-generation Prius.
The Toyota Prius electric motor now develops 72 hp, 10 hp less than the Prius 3G. Both the investor - allowing regeneration braking or deceleration battery - as the planetary gear - the mechanism to transmit simultaneously the power of both motors - are 20% lighter and smaller. The result has not been a major final power - 122 hp versus 136 hp Prius 3G - but greater efficiency and a more aquilatados actual consumption. His philosophy regarding its predecessor is absolutely continuo, but more refined in all aspects.
A worthy interior of a spaceship
Enter the passenger compartment of a Toyota Prius is transported to the future. Or at least get away from all conventions of the automotive world. The implementation is completely digital, it is first color and is in central position. The center console has a 7-inch TFT display, and abound throughout the interior trim shiny plastic, both white and black. These moldings give the Prius a technological aspect, but easily trap dirt. Surfaces in "Piano Black" are particularly delicate. You'll spend the day cleaning them with a cloth.
When we drive the Toyota Prius we like to have the flow of energy on screen at all times. In this way we can adjust our driving millimeter.
No complaints about ergonomics with respect to the interior, although there are details that must be used. For example, the shift lever is in a very low position - although being an automatic car it is used very little. No end to convince the buttons on the Infotainment team: no haptic feedback force us to take your eyes off the road, however briefly it. The good news is that virtually all car systems can be controlled from the steering wheel, whose controls are intuitive and easy adaptation - especially for the customer profile of the car.
These buttons allow us to access a valuable information center, daily information consumption, detailed energy flow or operation of active safety systems of the car. If you like to quantify everything and enjoy the torrents of information, the Toyota Prius like you - yes, I confess that I am one of those. A nice touch is the integration in the center console of area wireless charging for smartphones compatible with the Qi standard as well as a specially designed air conditioning mode when only one person occupies the vehicle.
The quality of materials and finishes world has improved over its predecessor. For materials and touch the Toyota Prius approaches the premium spectrum.
The space available under the armrest is correct, but the glove has a rather small size and little usable forms. All seats enjoy plenty of space for legs and head, with the exception of the rear center-passenger: it is a narrow and uncomfortable place to avoid long trips. As I commented before, the trunk a few important 502 cubic liters - 1,630 liters by folding down the rear seat - made possible by relocating the battery. Although its loading mouth is wide, you could have more regular shapes. Toyota Prius lacks the spare wheel series only has a puncture kit.
Pretending to be efficient
With a little care, you may see lower urban consumption at 4 l / 100 km. Rondaremos the highway 4.5-5 l / 100 km as a rule.
At this point I will not describe in detail how to drive a hybrid vehicle as driving identically to the third generation Toyota Prius or Auris Toyota Hybrid, whose tests can read on their respective links. What I want to remind you is that driving a Toyota Prius can be exciting and fun. We did not play to get one step fast bend, or look for a brutal push from his mechanics. We play to maximize efficiency, to keep us in the "Eco" potentiometer, area to maximize the distance we can go circulating in 100% electric mode.
However, if we are to certify a marked improvement in the dynamics of the car over its predecessor. The Prius feels lighter and agile, with a not so tarada suspension comfort, with a strong point and a somewhat more informative address. The Toyota Prius has a point of fun dynamism on the right road, although the cut control root slightest hint of slip stability. It sounds more muffled by the engine, which remains at high constant demand regimes since the car a moderate acceleration is also seen.
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his stepless change It remains the protagonist of his driving, which has improved the smoothness of coupling the heat engine, from a movement in electric mode. Surprised by the high quality rolling into town and refinement with both engines working. Nevertheless surprising excessive road noise at highway speeds and the transition between regenerative braking and hydraulic braking is still somewhat abrupt, although it has improved over the Prius 3G. Having said that, you may ask consume as fourth-generation Toyota Prius, right?
On their consumption we have already written an extensive and detailed article, covering all possible situations. So you can check this link. As with other Toyota hybrids, the Prius consumes less an urban area that in a extraurbano field. Taking pains only slightly, it is possible to lose 4,0 l / 100 km city, while in extra-urban journeys averages hover around 4.5 l / 100 km at legal speeds. It is worth mentioning at this point that our unit was equipped with Nanoenergy Toyo tires 215/45 R41 measures R17 low rolling resistance, the Toyota Prius OEM equipment.
Prices, equipment and rivals
The Toyota Prius has several rivals at home and outside it. The Hyundai Ioniq is the only alternative really comparable to the Prius.
He Toyota Prius It is a very equipped car, and Toyota only sells it in a unique finish, priced at 29,990 euros fixed, in which the only extras are metallic paint, or leather upholstery. Not a cheap price, and have lost access versions of itself had in its previous generation. Toyota has neither approved for taxi, looking for a customer already convinced of hybrid technology, leaving the Prius + for the transport sector - which otherwise has been a true ambassador for the brand in our cities. No, it's not cheap, but their equipment is very wide.
It includes a advanced suite of active safety, with lane keeping assistant, autonomous or automatic parking brake. Features browser and premium sound equipment. 17-inch tires in all its versions, speed control or automatic bizone. We do not need more equipment, really. Now, you may scare them many customers the price of Toyota Prius, and with some reason. Although the Prius client know you want a Prius, since last year there is a clear alternative called Hyundai Ioniq - Read here the test of Hyundai Ioniq my partner David García.
Should not forget that there are alternatives Toyota itself, the C-HR and Auris Hybrid.
The Hyundai Ioniq is a dedicated hybrid similar in appearance, power and efficiency only slightly lower, with the peculiarity of having a dual clutch instead of a continuous variable. Starts at 22,100 euros, but its philosophy is different than the Toyota Prius, which still consider Diariomotor reference in the segment. Personally, I've only tried the 100% electric version of Hyundai Ioniq. There is also an alternative called Toyota C-HR, with abundant equipment in its Dynamic Plus version, priced only 1,000 euros more than equal equipment.
Toyota C-HR starts at only 24,750 euros and the Toyota Auris Hybrid, although its mechanical hybrid is a third generation starts at only 19,000 euros in its basic version. Fully equipped, a Toyota Auris Hybrid by about 26,000 euros out, and there is possibility to order with familiar body.