Having looked at all passenger cars available right now, the judges gave the win to the Toyota Prius — helped by a consistently high score in all of the areas Euro NCAP tests, as well as some truly innovative safety technology.
The Prius’s reverse AEB system is what tipped the scores in Toyota’s favour, as it could not only save you money, but potentially lives as well.
The fact that you can now drive one of the safest cars around for less than €250 a month only sweetens the deal.
THE PRIUS HAS the highest overall Euro NCAP score of any car tested in 2016, which is a great start.
The judges were particularly impressed with the Prius’s reverse AEB system, which comes as standard on most models. The system can detect objects — whether that be pedestrians or other cars — behind the Prius. This helps when reversing out of a tight parking space, and could stop accidents, because a quarter of all crashes in the UK involve reversing. When Euro NCAP tested the car, they awarded this AEB system maximum points.
The Prius is also best of the finalists for pedestrian protection, with the front bumper scoring top marks.
Like the other two finalists, the Prius also comes with lane keeping assistance, which falls under the umbrella of Toyota’s Safety Shield. Not only can it warn you if the car strays out of line, it can also provide steering inputs if you fail to react.
The Prius gets road sign recognition, which displays the current speed limit to the driver, and issues a warning sound if you stray above the limit. Every Prius also comes with adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam assistance.
The panel said the fact that so much safety technology is being fitted across the Prius range means buyers are getting real value for money.
Toyota are the market leaders when it comes to Hybrid technology. With the Yaris, Auris, Prius, and Rav 4 currently offering a hybrid alternative, Toyota have taken the Hybrid concept to the next level and beyond.
There are more than 8 million hybrid drivers worldwide and, over the last 16 years, thousands of people in Ireland have discovered that hybrids are just...better.
So, what is a hybrid? A hybrid is a combination of a petrol engine with an electric engine but without the need to plug it in. At low speeds, the engine is turned off and the car is driven only by the electric motor. Then, when maximum acceleration is needed, both work together. At stages between, any excess power generated by the engine is used to recharge the batteries that power the electric motor.
So why are they better? They are better because they have up to 40% better fuel efficiency, have on average 30% less maintenance costs, and best of all, a Toyota hybrid emits just one-tenth of the NOX pollution of diesel engines, with no particulate matter, giving us better air quality.
To demonstrate how much better a Hybrid is, Toyota have just launched the Hybrid Challenge.
If you buy a 162 Toyota Hybrid, Toyota are so confident that you'll love it, they will guarantee to exchange it for a new 171 Toyota, in the unlikely event that you change your mind.
We all like to sleep on a big decision, so now you can with a Toyota Hybrid. To compliment the Hybrid Challenge, Crossings Motors Centre are also encouraging customers to take a 24 hour test drive to see for themselves how efficient and responsive a Toyota Hybrid really is.
Drop into Crossings Motor Centre on the Sallins Road in Naas to book your 24 hour test drive today. Alternatively call (045) 897 589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org