If you thought this was going to be a really expensive car, think again. Prices start at what you'd expect for an upper mainstream diesel hatchback, with the Prius+ Icon weighing in at around £27,000 and the range-topping Excel Plus demanding around £31,000 of you. That compares reasonably with upper-end versions of other seven seat MPVs such as Vauxhall's Zafira Tourer. There's a fair lick of equipment offered as well. Both versions come with smart entry and start, a head-up display and the latest version of the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia touchscreen which allows users to link to a number of on-line resources, including Google Search, Google Streetview, Aupeo!, Aha and Twitter. As before, this system that brings with it Bluetooth for mobile phone connection, along with audio streaming and a rear-view camera. A panoramic roof is also part of the package, together with automatic air conditioning and automatic windscreen wipers.
Excel models go further still with 17-inch alloys and Adaptive Cruise control. The top Excel Plus variant adds full leather upholstery and a DVD rear seat entertainment package. The stereo system uses GreenEdge technology to ensure the speakers, amplifier, equalisation and even the positioning of each component work together to deliver high sound quality and low power consumption. The high-efficiency JBL GreenEdge speakers generate twice the sound output levels of conventional levels for the same amount of power use. They have custom-designed acoustic lenses that spread a more powerful sound across an even wider frequency range. If you needed an excuse to go for the more expensive version of the Prius+, grab a favourite CD, lock yourself in one at your dealer and crank the volume up.