The selection process was tough and the response was surprisingly great. The a uto motor und sport readers should explain to us in detail why they are the ideal testers for the one-month long-term test of three Toyota Prius Plug- would be in hybrid. But the chance to drive this future-oriented model electrified the readers in the truest sense of the word. Hundreds of letters and e-mails wrote us, six of which convinced us the most with their letters.
After four weeks, the first three reader testers Sylvia Gable from Ludwigshafen, Matthias Sautter from Weißbach and Sascha Mark from Hilzingen shared theirs in detail Experiences and impressions with, and they meticulously recorded the gasoline and electricity levels of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.
Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid feels like a spaceship
For Sascha Mark the days passed 'like in a flight, because the Prius feels like an airplane or spaceship at the beginning'. Sylvia Gable even awarded the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid the rating “blonde safe”. In her private life, the Ludwigshafen resident drives a Prius II and got along with the new version straight away. 'The displays are clear and almost self-explanatory.'
It was not only the Palatinate mother who was clearly delighted to keep pushing the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid to the limits of its electric range. On a Saturday she proudly noted in the logbook: “The really quiet Prius has made 23 kilometers!” A radius of action that fits perfectly with Sascha Mark's 21 kilometer commuter route to work. Several times he drove purely electrically to work, where he could recharge the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid at a normal socket. The BMW driver also praised how quietly the Prius moved - in contrast to the motorway operation: 'Thank God the sound of the hi-fi system in the Prius is very good even at higher volume, so that I could drown out the howling engine.'
Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid beeps and whines
Matthias Sautter, as an employee of the energy company EnBW, used to dealing with electricity, had to deal with the background noise of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Make friends with Hybrid first. The frugal Japanese likes to beep when maneuvering and to 'howl' at high freeway speeds. But: “When you arrive on the country road, the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid feels visibly more comfortable. Everything slideseverything flows, it goes harmoniously following the curves. We feel comfortable here, ”noted the Mercedes owner in the driver's log. Similar to Sylvia Gable, however, he dislikes in the “plushy” interior the insufficient storage space and the tailgate that opens far upwards, the cover of which, according to the Palatinate woman, is “limp and wobbly” -in hybrid in all three testers for its consumption. Sascha Mark notes in the driver's log: “During the course of the days, I really enjoy the car. Not driving fun like you have in a sports car, but fun saving. The current average consumption of 3.6 liters /100 km is convincing. In the next few days, after refueling, I'll try to drive so that I can get by with as little gasoline as possible - I'm curious to see what's possible. '
3.8 liters on average
Matthias Sautter compares his consumption with the factory specification according to the EU standard:“ With fully charged batteries and the appropriate route, the Toyota Prius Plug - Realize consumption of less than three liters per 100 km in hybrid. The stated 2.6 liters are laboratory values that can hardly be achieved in practice. When driving overland with city, rural and motorway operation, an average value of 3.8 liters was displayed after 300 kilometers. '
The few public charging stations, the long charging times and the power cable are a handicap for the Swabian:' The cable is relatively heavy and unwieldy and therefore not suitable for everyday use. ”Sylvia Gable had less trouble with the charging, but with the range of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid:“ Daily e-charging has quickly become part of the everyday routine, but a little more electric range wouldn't be bad. ”The second part of the report on the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid explains how the action radii turn out over the entire test and what experiences the next three reader testers had.