The results of the latest Driver Power Satisfaction Survey conducted by the prestigious Auto Express shows Toyota Aygo, iQ and Prius came up trumps when it came to running costs, taking first, second and third spots respectively. The second generation Prius rounded off the top five, setting the seal on an emphatic success for Toyota.
“Toyota clearly has a knack of keeping costs down”; the survey said, acknowledging the fact that the top performing Toyotas each scored more than 90 percent.
The result confirms the real-world efficiency of Toyota engines and how they help customers keep their budgets under control.
The 1-litre, three-cylinder VVT-i engine which powers Aygo and iQ has been a class winner many times over in the International Engine of the Year Awards. Hybrid Synergy Drive, the full hybrid powertrain featured in Prius, demonstrates how Toyota’s industry leading advanced technologies are user-friendly and reliable, as well as being refined, clean and fuel efficient.
For Toyota, the success offers independent proof that its strategy for designing “cost effectiveness” into its vehicles is working. Long-life components are used where possible and the most often replaced or repaired parts are made simple to fit, saving on labour time and cost.
The Prius family made a strong showing with both the 2nd and current generation models featuring in the top ten. The full hybrid model having “proven its abilities beyond all doubt,” according to Auto Express, and scoring strongly not only in terms of running costs, but also in its ease of driving, use of technology and its reliability and build quality. Notably both generations of Prius ranked in the top 10 in the survey’s category for build quality and reliability.