Is the Toyota Prius good for city driving?

Actual consumption: Toyota Prius AWD-i in the test

Imagine for a moment that there could be a (perhaps not too large) group of motorists who are more interested in the fuel economy of cars than any other aspect. Now try to come up with the perfect car for these consumers. If you couldn't think of anything, here's a tip: the Toyota Prius AWD-i. We sent the new version with all-wheel drive to our consumption test to see how much fuel the car needs in real traffic.

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On our 360-kilometer standard route from Rome to Forlì, the Japanese shows his economy and sets two records. With 3.20 liters / 100 km the new Prius AWD-i is the most economical full hybrid car ever and also the most economical all-wheel drive vehicle. The fuel costs based on the current German average price are included 4.83 euros / 100 km.

With this extraordinary result, the Toyota Prius AWD-i also took fifth place in the overall ranking of our consumption test. He is behind the best plug-in hybrids and the surprisingly economical Mercedes A 180 d, which came to 3.00 liters / 100 km.

The 3.20 liters of the new all-wheel drive Prius also exceeds the results of the front-wheel drive pre-facelift Prius (3.46 liters), the Lexus CT Hybrid (3.88 liters), the brand new Toyota Corolla 1.8 Hybrid (3.90 liters ) and the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid (3.95 liters). Even the most efficient all-wheel drive model to date, the BMW X2 xDrive 25d, was significantly worse at 4.30 liters.

The Toyota Prius AWD-i will be added to the price list in Italy from June 2019. [Note of the translator: When the car will come to Germany has not yet been announced.] The newcomer has the same hybrid system of 1.8-liter gasoline engine, an electric motor and 122 hp system output as the front-wheel drive, but there is also a second electric motor on the rear axle . This results in an all-wheel drive that is activated when the vehicle is started. Above 10 km / h, the Prius AWD-i returns to pure front-wheel drive. However, the electric rear-wheel drive is reactivated at speeds of up to 70 km / h if the sensors detect insufficient traction.

Apart from the drive, the 2019 model year Prius only received detailed modifications. This includes other headlights on the outside and black piano lacquer surfaces on the inside. There is also a larger area for wireless charging of smartphones and the safety systems from Toyota Safety Sense.

Record-breaking or at least at the top level for cars that cannot be charged is also the consumption in individual driving situations. The most striking example is the use in Roman traffic, where the Japanese hybrid achieved an exceptional value of 4.6 liters / 100 km and thus leads the ranking.

With 3.7 liters / 100 km in mixed city and extra-urban traffic, the all-wheel-drive Prius is also at the top of its category, while fuel consumption on the motorway rises to the still excellent average of 4.9 liters. The consumption in the two extreme tests is also extraordinarily low: at a constant 60 to 70 km / h the result was 2.5 liters, the maximum consumption of the car was 17.5 liters, an absolute record for our "mountain test" with heavy use of gas. At the end of the total of 900 kilometers driven, the on-board computer recorded an average consumption of 4.0 liters, which puts it in second place behind the Mercedes A 180 d.


Vehicle: Toyota Prius AWD-i
Test date: June 7, 2019
Weather: clear, 33 degrees
Total driven: 907 km
Average speed on the Rome-Forlì route: 79 km / h
Tires: Bridgestone Turanza T002 - 215/45 R17

Consumption and costs

On-board computer display: 3.4 l / 100 km
Consumption determined at the pump: 3.0 l / 100 km
Average from these figures: 3.20 liters / 100 km
Fuel price: 1.51 euros / liter (Super E10)
Fuel costs: 4.83 euros / 100 km

And this is how we determine the consumption

If you ask a friend about the consumption of their car, they will likely give you a figure that does not claim to be scientific. Perhaps he has read the value from the on-board computer, or he has kept his fuel bills and calculated consumption from them. We determine our test consumption in a similar way: It is the mean of the on-board computer value and the consumption determined at the petrol station. The test cars are always driven by Fabio Gemelli from Italy. The journalist often travels from the editorial office in Rome to his home town of Forlì (in Emilia-Romagna) for the weekend. He deliberately drives the cars sparingly: He stays just below the maximum speed (on the Italian motorway: 130 km / h), avoids sudden acceleration and braking and drives with foresight. The test route Rome-Forlì is around 360 kilometers long and comprises 65 percent Superstrada (motorway-like expressway, speed limit between 90 and 110 km / h), 25 percent Autostrada (motorway, speed limit 130 km / h), five percent Strada Statale (federal road, speed limit 90 km / h) and five percent city traffic. The Apennines are crossed, so the route also contains gradients. The average speed is usually 70 to 80 km / h. At the end of the route, our tester notes the on-board computer display and calculates (for cars with a combustion engine) the consumption at the petrol pump. "From full to full" is measured, where full means: Refueling ends with the first click of the nozzle. Then Fabio calculates the mean. However, we calculate the costs based on theGerman Prices (average costs according to ADAC at the time of publication). For electric cars, we use the on-board computer consumption and the average electricity price of German households, as stated by For natural gas and LPG vehicles, the average price is shown on

Picture gallery: Toyota Prius AWD-i (2019)