To get the most out of the NC500, where weather conditions are subject to change from moment to moment, switching suddenly from glorious sun to brooding cloud or even snow and ice, far from normal city driving. This requires a capable, agile vehicle that’s enjoyable to drive.
It also needs a good range. Petrol stations are few and far between in the northernmost sections and drivers are warned to carry extra fuel cans if necessary.
Fortunately, we are driving the New Toyota Prius. As well as a striking new look, upgrades for 2016 include fourth-generation Toyota hybrid technology which has improved the car’s range and drivability.