09 June 2015 / Vehicles
Toyota’s most versatile hybrid vehicle, the Prius v has undergone a number of design and specification changes complimented by a competitive price alignment.
With seven seats the Prius v has enough space for an expanding family, and is available for $48,990. Its sharpened city-car agility, superior fuel efficiency and size versatility, also position it as a great business choice.
Prius v has a distinctive new look with updated front and rear bumpers and a new black gloss grille. The headlights and tail lights have been redesigned for a sleeker appearance. The existing subtle rear spoiler and privacy glass provides a more sophisticated look.
The changes have resulted in a 30mm increase in the overall length to 4645mm, with an increased overhang of 15mm at the front and rear.
Exterior colours Eclipse and Rustic Brown have been added, bringing the colour choice to seven, while black synthetic leather and fabric upholstery is now used throughout the interior.
Seating versatility is the strong point of Prius v. The centre row of three seats have slide and recline adjustment and are split equally so they can be adjusted individually.
The third and final row of two seats is split 50:50 and folds flat to lie flush with the floor, while the centre row of seats can fold flat. Luggage capacity varies from 200l when all seven seats are in use, to a generous 1035l when just the front seats are occupied.
There are three tether anchors and two ISOFIX points to complement the three-point seat belts for all seven seats. There are seat belt warning lights for all seven seats with additional warning buzzers for the front seats.
The Prius v sits on 16 inch alloy wheels, with full cap, and 205/60 R16 tyres ensuring excellent grip in both wet and dry road conditions. LED daytime running lights integrate vertically into the newly designed front bumper giving the Prius v a modern appearance. The heated door mirrors with built in indicator can be retracted.
With an ANCAP five star safety rating, the Prius v has a full suite of safety technology, including seven airbags, ABS brakes with brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, vehicle stability control, traction control, a reversing camera and emergency stop signal.
Interior upgrades include a Premium JBL eight speaker sound system alongside the 6.1” display screen which incorporates satellite navigation, SUNA traffic control and Bluetooth capability with USB and audio jack points.
The multi-information display has been revised and now has a high contrast screen with a remote control four way switch on the steering wheel. The tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel also has audio and telephone controls with voice recognition.
A light control system, which adjusts headlights when it detects dim or dull conditions, is now standard on the stand alone Prius v model, while the indicator controls have been moved to the right hand side of the steering column and the wiper controls to the left making it more intuitive with the New Zealand driving experience.
A panic button has been added to the smart key fob with driver’s front passenger door and boot touch sensors.
The Prius v is powered by a 1.8l petrol-electric motor with a CVT transmission. Recharging of the car’s electrical system is carried out by the electronically controlled brake regeneration system.
The hybrid package meets Euro5 emissions standards and has an extremely efficient overall fuel consumption of 4.4l/100km and combined emissions of 101 g/km.
Other standard features include hill start assist control to prevent the Prius v from roll back when starting on a hill.
There is climate control air conditioning, an illuminated entry system, driver’s seat height adjustment and power adjustable driver’s lumbar support.