NEW FOR 2016:

– No changes.

Following last year update, the Prius v carries into 2016 without any changes.

The largest member of the Prius family, the v offers buyers a more practical take on the iconic Prius. The tall wagon bodystyle offers limo-like rear legroom thanks to a standard sliding and reclining rear seat, while a wide cargo bay easily accommodates bulky luggage. Fold the rear seats down, and there’s upwards of 1,900 litres of space – larger than most compact crossovers, and considerably larger than its closest rival, the Ford C-Max. While there’s plenty of headroom, tall drivers may find the driving position awkward due to a telescoping steering column that does not extend particularly far.

While the 2016 Prius is completely new with an updated powertrain, the v carries on with the same 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine and Hybrid Synergy Drive setup. Overall fuel economy is, as you’d expect, excellent. Though the Prius v offers four different driving modes including EV-only and a performance-optimizing Power mode, performance from the 134-hp motor is sluggish. Light steering makes for an easy drive, though, and a standard reverse camera makes it easy to park.

The Prius v is offered in one trim with two option packages.

Standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, 6.1-inch display audio system, AM/FM/MP3/CD player, auxiliary input, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, reverse camera, cloth upholstery, six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, four-way manually adjustable passenger seat, 60/40 split-folding sliding and reclining rear seat, proximity key with push-button start, auto up/down windows, automatic headlights, exterior temperature gauge, Eco Drive Monitor with full-colour 4.2-inch multi-information display, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio and climate controls, floor mats, cargo cover, cargo net, cruise control, digital clock, illuminated entry, front and rear splash guards, rear bumper protector, rear spoiler, heated mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, intermittent rear washer/wiper, LED taillights.

The Luxury Package adds eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, synthetic leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation system, SofTex synthetic leather upholstery, heated seats, satellite radio, garage door opener, additional proximity key lock/unlock points, resin panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror and front footwell lighting.

The Technology Package adds 17-inch wheels, resin panoramic sunroof, fog lamps, LED headlights, automatic high beams, radar cruise control, lane-departure warning and pre-collision alert.

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