Ten Ninety

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  1. Apparently, the original PiP charges the 12v whilst charging the traction battery, whereas the PHV waits until the traction battery is full and then charges the 12v. However, that information was from people on Priuschat doing their own measurements and not an official source.
  2. My car was due in for service next Monday, but all the local Toyota centres are closing due to Coronavirus and my centre therefore cancelled the booking. This is clearly a sensible move on their part to protect their staff, and one which I fully support. However my car's already at the recommended mileage interval and as a key worker I'll still be putting on the miles, going well past the usual leeway point. I was therefore pleased to get a very swift response from Toyota UK when I queried where this leaves the manufacturer warranty, providing reassurance that this will still be honoured even when the formal schedule has been missed. Nice to know that in these difficult times, Toyota are doing the right thing for both their staff and customers.
  3. I believe the 12v will charge as long as the car is in Ready - EV or HV mode. The ICE does not have to run. I also read on Priuschat that when you plug the car in to charge, the 12v gets topped up after it's 'filled' the HV battery. Therefore, even if you're doing very low mileages, as long as you're plugging in regularly the 12v should be fine.
  4. Thank you for testing - at least we know the Euro spec is no different now for the headlights. White pearl is a fabulous colour for these cars, it really sets off the shape.
  5. If you do get a chance to see whether the headlights respond when turning the wheel to light up the corner, and whether you get anything other than standard dipped beam below 37mph, that would be interesting to know. You make a good point about the system possibly being disabled by a previous owner, but it is actually working above 37mph. I also got confirmation from Toyota UK that this is how it's 'supposed' to work in the UK, despite the UK sales brochure suggesting otherwise.
  6. The light sensor sensitivity adjustment you're referring to doesn't affect the sensitivity of the auto high beams to oncoming traffic. It's just the setting for how sensitive the auto dipped beam is at coming on when it's dark. The problem of responding late to oncoming traffic is an inherent problem with all AHB systems, as witnessed by the increasing number of cars which are late to dip.
  7. I use it every day, because in the UK Toyota crippled the specification and deleted the climate prep option which allows you to automatically pre-heat (or cool) the car when using a timed charge. They left it in the owner's manual of course, just to mock us. Maybe your European spec includes climate prep, in which case I imagine the key fob wouldn't be used a lot. I'm also interested to know whether you get the crippled headlights in Europe. In the UK, despite the false advertising in the brochure, when in auto mode the headlights don't steer around corners and the main beam doesn't go 'wide' at low speeds - it doesn't actually do anything at all until you reach 40mph. If you have a chance to test the car in the dark, perhaps you could let us know.
  8. More on various experiences of Charge mode here:
  9. If you want an 'upgrade' from a Gen4 ordinaire, you could always try a PHV!
  10. I'm not a fan of the Ioniq. Visually, I think it looks like a cheap knockoff of a Prius, although to my eyes the facelift Gen4 is such a step backwards that it actually manages to look like a cheap Prius knockoff itself, so no loss there. However, this is the real problem... Ugh. The Toyota e-CVT is perfectly matched to hybrid driving. Who'd want the perpetual lurch and thump of gearchanges in a car that is resolutely not built for 'spirited' driving, when they could enjoy super smooth seamless progress instead? I'm pretty sure Hyundai only fitted the dual-clutch to appease idiot motoring journalists who were always whining on about the Toyota 'CVT' because they thrash the sorry ***** off everything they drive and didn't like it mooing away at them. Intentional or not, the strategy worked, because the Ioniq routinely fares better with the mainstream motoring press than the Prius and, perhaps as a result, has sold well too. I was going to take one for a test drive, just to see how bad it was, before buying the PHV. However, after sitting in it for 5 minutes I didn't even bother. The interior was so utterly drab and boring, and the seats so unnecessarily rock hard, I couldn't bring myself to waste the salesman's time. As a side note, the plug-in Ioniq inexplicably has the charging point on the nearside front wing, making it completely impossible to access in a tight garage. I totally get wanting a change, but I'm with Tony on the Toyota/Lexus hybrid superiority thing and wouldn't look elsewhere for a hybrid. If I was looking at a Hyundai, it would be a Kona electric, which appears to be a genuinely interesting and original car. Still, we're all different. I hope you enjoy whatever you end up with. 🙂
  11. Theoretically, if in EV mode, it will switch to HV automatically once you hit 84mph. In practice, the ICE will kick in anyway when significant accelerative power is needed at lower speeds. Somewhat annoyingly, the car doesn't tell you when this happens because it's officially still in EV mode - you've got to listen for the engine (which is usually drowned out by the road noise) to realise it's happened, or spot that the realtime mpkWh display (if you're displaying it) has gone mysteriously blank. Once engaged, the ICE will need to do its full warm-up cycle, so it will then keep running long after it's needed for accelerative purposes. That said, if you drive reasonably 'carefully' in Eco mode then it's perfectly possibly to never engage the ICE - at lower speeds you have to be quite harsh with the throttle (e.g. overtaking, pulling out into a stream of traffic) to trigger it. It gets progressively harder to avoid above 70mph, and you'd really need to crawl the last few mph up to 84 and hope there's no headwind or traffic in the way. If you're determined to avoid the ICE starting at all, then EV City mode does a good job of that - it really is only emergency full-throttle engagement. Howevever, that only works at lower speeds (not sure exactly when it drops out. Maybe around 60 mph?). In HV mode I don't know what the limit for ICE-off running is - possibly the same. It's definitely much higher than the old drivetrain, which makes a significant difference to mpg when in HV mode because it's easily possible to spend 60-70% of a summertime HV journey travelling with the engine off, even starting with no charge in the battery.
  12. Mine is an Excel, on 15" wheels with Bridgestone Ecopia summer tyres running at 39psi. I did sit in a Business Edition and I believe the leather seats are exactly the same as the fabric covered ones - both rather too hard for my liking, and lacking adjustment. If you're comparing range, it's probably worth noting that I have the seat heater permanently on the Low setting and the temperature set to 23 degrees. That's warmer than many people would choose, and would go some way to explaining the extreme difference between my winter and summer ranges. If you're prepared to run in less balmy conditions than I prefer, you'll go further. That may be offset slightly by the fact that my car's used for very little other than communting, so I'm invariably on my own and rarely carrying any extra baggage. Not that my wife would appreciate being referred to as such!
  13. Whilst it would obviously go a lot further than your Gen1, given that (if I recall correctly) you live in Sweden, I'd say getting 50km from a charge would be a very rare occasion. Based on my experience, the outside temp needs to be at least 14-15 degrees to get near that, and that's with committed eco-driving at speeds below 60mph. Range falls off as the temperature drops, dramatically so once it's below 10 degrees. Once it goes below 3-4 degrees, range won't be above 20 miles. 15-16 miles is probably the best you might get once below zero. It is possible to heat the car without the engine but, as already mentioned, the ICE kicks in if you push the front demist button. You can pre-heat when plugged in, but for some unfathomable reason the pre-heat function fogs up the inside because it doesn't activate the dehumidifying part of the air con! It clears slowly once you push Start, but if you need to get going quickly you'll need the ICE running.
  14. Part of the joy of Prius ownership is the car's ability to reduce the stress of driving. The MFD and its myriad screens play a part in this, through providing information during the drive that can encourage a more gentle approach. If those screens were incomprehensible, I think that would be a real loss. Also, trying to navigate the infotainment setup is a little haphazard in English - the stress of trying to do that if it's all in Japanese would be something else chipping away at that relaxed experience. Add in the lack of warranty, which provides useful peace of mind, and the extra hassle of getting it insured, and several key positives of Prius ownership are lost. Not to mention the relative difficulty of selling it on afterwards. I've owned several Japanese imports in the past, and was prepared for the extra hassle because they were all models that simply weren't available over here. Personally, I wouldn't buy an import of a vehicle that's readily available in this country, especially as steeper depreciation could potentially wipe out any initial cost saving.
  15. I don't believe it can. I doubt it could be a simple sensitivity setting anyway, because it uses its camera to 'intelligently' decide when to move the shutters to block the beams. Sadly, it's not intelligent enough to be courteous.