The kind people at Toyota decided that since we were promoting families to have a greener holiday and book somewhere in the UK we should travel greener ourselves when checking out places listed.
The kind people at Toyota decided that since we were promoting families to have a greener holiday and book somewhere in the UK we should travel greener ourselves when checking out places listed. So we were provided with the hybrid Toyota Prius ....
133 miles down the M6 – on our way to visit all the people that had agreed to come on our site - and the fuel gauge still hadn't moved. That's when H and I began to feel a little worried - ok the car has a fab reputation for fuel economy and uses a battery to help but we were suddenly convinced that actually we were running on the soon to be dead battery and would be stranded on the hard shoulder with a tank full of fuel!
By the time we reached Cherwell Valley and stopped for the nappy break the gauge had reduced by one bar and we smiled knowingly – it was going to be alright!
Up terrifyingly narrow, bendy country lanes, down slippery tractor tracks we put our car through it’s Away with the Kids paces and had a wonderful time – even when almost ending up in the River Fowey via the King Harry Ferry – I can still hear Helen shriek now. It seemed quite fitting that we could travel through tiny villages, of which there were many, purring away on battery power as opposed to roaring through. Saying that it was also equally reassuring when the surge of power came through on the Motorway in our eagerness to get to our final stop, Bovey Castle – but that’s another story!
We can heartily recommend this car from the perspective of 2 Mums needing tons of stuff (and there was - crammed in every available orifice) with 2 babies with necessary stop-offs for various reasons (!) and a ridiculously busy spreadsheet of properties to visit, the car unfailingly delivered. We did 1200 miles of motorway, country and A and B road driving on 3.5 tanks (a full tank costs less than £38) which is just fantastic – and without any compromise in performance. We didn’t even use the ‘self-park’ – yes it really does – this small point had to be proven via the internet as I was unashamedly convinced that Mr Toyota was trying to spin a yarn that I would never live down! I am a woman and I can park – yes say after me – sometimes though those blokes just don’t leave enough room!
We would like another Prius please. John Brookes, the man from Toyota – who we were sure watched us going round in circles via sat nav - said we’d sooner get 6 numbers on Thunderball. How about a solar-powered sun-roofed Prius instead?