The Toyota Hybrid Challenge: How low can you go with your Prius or Auris Hybrid?

Head to your local Toyota Centre to take part in the first ever Toyota Hybrid Challenge! If you’ve never driven one of our hybrid cars before, this is a great chance to try them for yourself, and to get some tips on how to improve your eco driving.

Of course, if you’re already a Prius or Auris Hybrid owner, you’ll be able to put your experience to the test as you try to claim your place at the top of the leaderboard.

Toyota Centres across the UK are hosting the competition throughout April and May, each with their own set route, time limit and prizes.

The official combined cycle fuel figures are 72.4mpg for Prius and 74.3mpg for Auris hybrid, but significantly better consumption has been recorded for both models in independent economy drive events – Toyota GB’s Richard Seymour and teammate Andrew Andersz achieved over 84mpg with a Prius in the 2009 MPG Marathon.

One thing’s for certain: with fuel prices rising and Prius+ and the full-hybrid Yaris joining the range next year, there’s no better time to get behind the wheel of a Toyota hybrid – visit your local Toyota Centre to take part, and don’t forget to let us know your best MPG.

Toyota Hybrid Challenge 2011

Comments (13)

  1. Do all you people work for Toyota? It’s impossible to get that mpg out of a Toyota hybrid, you just try it when the weather is cold. The best I can get out of my less than two month old Auris Touring Sport is 44 mpg and dropping all the time and all I get from Toyota is the same old spiel about how all manufacturers have to do the same test so it’s a fair comparison.
    I am fed up with people who have bought those eco diesel cars coming to me and saying that they are getting 50 to 60 mpg out of theirs and why do I get so little from mine. I wish I had an answer for them apart from batteries are not very efficient when it’s cold! Toyota know this so should advise prospective purchasers of this fact.
    I love the car and I love the idea behind it, but really this car should not be advertised as being able to achieve over 70 mpg, not in the UK anyway.

    1. I got 147.1 in a 2016 Prius in this challenge. I usually get about 80mpg in my friend’s 2006 Prius. It takes wisdom to do, but you can get better than the official figures

    2. August 2019. Drove St Albans to Bushey 10.5 miles, got 84.1mph. Then drove Bushey to Watford A41/St.Albans Rd. Got over 99.9 mpg over 5.5 miles but that is the maximum the dial records. Did just below 40 mph where I could. Auris Hybrid 17’’ wheels 2016 model

    1. WOW so you own one.. That is amassing. So how often do you fuel up? What’s your weekly mileage? Have you worked out your costs.. I can’t wait to own an Auris.. Saving!!

      1. I have a Prius, but it is a plugin version, so does better than the normal one. We do about 130 miles a week for work, and are filling up roughly every 25 days now. My electricity bill has gone up £14 a month since getting the plugin. My petrol bill is about £75 a month, down from about £230 in a 35MPG vectra.

        1. So Aris plugin is out when?? That would be my dream car – Don’t suppose Toyota require a test driver for one??

          1. Hi MarieClare,

            There are currently no plans to introduce a plug-in version of the Auris Hybrid. However the Prius Plug-in Hybrid is just on the horizon. For more information on the Prius Plug-in Hybrid and to keep up-to-date with the latest news, click here.

            Thanks.

  2. hi there I got 99.9 yesterday at toyota Glasgow think I could have done better but that is the limit of the readout on the car!!

    1. I think they mean average mpg not instant mpg. If you take your foot off the accelerator it will automatically go to 99.9mpg – in otherwords its not using any fuel at that precise moment.

      1. Why don’t you call Toyota Glasgow Bishopbriggs?? They took me on the test drive… 🙁 and no it wasn’t the instant MPG

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