>We were on a short holiday in France last week, and while there, I hired out a Toyota Prius. What a wonderful car! Roomy enough inside, and quite zippy on the pickup. But the best news of all was the fuel economy – over a 750 mile gallivant, I averaged a little over 54 mpg. Now that included tootling around town and motorway driving at 130 km/h. Just to compare, the best economy I can get out of my wife’s Toyota Yaris is 51.5 mpg.

The only caveat I have about the Prius is the boot size. It could have done with a sunken boot floor (a few cm would have made such a difference). But apart from that, I would have no hesitation in recommending the Prius.