14 Sep 20

Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid promises class-leading performance

The new Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid is the new flagship in Toyota’s hybrid range. It promises a fuel consumption of 1l/100km and CO2 emissions of 22g/km (WLTP). On a full battery, it has an EV range of up to 75km.

With these numbers, the new RAV4 plug-in hybrid outperforms much of its competitors in terms of fuel economy and low emissions.

Toyota claims the RAV4 has a driving range that is comfortably higher than the average European daily commute. The electric top speed of 135km/h with no assistance from the hybrid powertrain should also be sufficient.

Charging the battery can be accomplished in 2.5 hours. As standard, owners can use the MyT app to schedule and monitor battery charging remotely and to set the air conditioning so the cabin can warm up of cool off before your departure.

Extra power can come from the 2.5-litre Dynamic Force powerplant. Maximum output is 206HP/225kW, enabling a 0-100km/h time of 6.0 seconds. In full EV mode, performance should be comparable to a 2.0-litre petrol model, with 0-100kmh acceleration in 10 seconds.

Heat pump

The RAV4 plug-in hybrid is equipped with a number of smart features like a heat pump that draws thermal energy from the air outside the car to heat the cabin, a process which has less impact on the car’s EV driving range.

Other standard features include the latest Toyota multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Images: Toyota Motor Europe

Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck