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Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid: power and efficiency

Marketed since 2020 in France, the Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid has been updated since early 2022. It is equipped with the latest Toyota Hybrid technology that offers an exceptional electric capacity. Discover the 2023 version, a powerful, efficient and economical SUV.

New Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid

When it comes to hybridization, Toyota is the pioneer! However, after two generations of Prius, the Japanese manufacturer has launched another form of electrification: the rechargeable hybrid. This solution has just been extended to the RAV4, and allows a record autonomy! So, is the pioneer of the hybrid going to be the king of the PHEV?

Interior style

There are hardly any cosmetic improvements on the outside. Nevertheless, in order to offer an ideal setting for your journeys, the elegance and comfort of the interior are there.

Indeed, the RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid’s black leather upholstery has a sporty look. They are heated in the front and rear, and offer a special moment on every journey.

Floating in the center of its center console, the Toyota RAV4 now offers the new 10.5-inch touchscreen multimedia system. On the driver’s side, the latest innovation can be found on the back of the steering wheel.

The RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid comes standard with an all-new 12.3-inch digital meter. Customizable, you can choose from four different styles: Casual, Smart, Sport and Tough, as well as select the layout and information you want to see on it.

Dimensions and trunk volume

You’ve probably already seen a Peugeot 3008. The dimensions are almost the same as the RAV4 plug-in hybrid, and the numbers speak for themselves. 4 m 60 in length, 1 m 85 in width, and 1 m 65 in height with 18-inch wheels. The wheelbase is 2.69 meters.

Thanks to the compact dimensions of the battery, you benefit from a generous and flexible trunk volume (with underfloor space) of 520 liters.

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Engine and performance of the 4×4

Under the hood is the 2.5-liter Hybrid Dynamic Force gasoline engine with 185 hp. The same as in the RAV4 hybrid. The latter is combined with a more powerful electric motor. Together, they produce a combined output of 306 horsepower. With intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD-i), you get 0-100 km/h acceleration in 6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 180 km/h.

This engine is more powerful than the Hyundai Tucson and any other compact SUV you can think of.

In the combined cycle, this engine has a CO2 emission of 22 g CO2/km and an average fuel consumption of 1.0 l/100 km. It is among the best in its class.

Battery and autonomy

Enjoy instant acceleration and unparalleled range with dual energy from the 4th generation hybrid system and a high capacity lithium-ion battery.

What is the range of the RAV4 plug-in hybrid?

The new large lithium-ion battery on board the Japanese SUV has a total capacity of 18.1 kWh and provides an all-electric range of 75 km in the combined cycle, and up to 98 km in urban areas.

As you can see, by plugging in the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid frequently, it is possible to make your daily trips without using a single liter of fuel.

How does the RAV4 plug-in hybrid charge?

To recharge your RAV4 plug-in hybrid, simply visit one of the 240,000 charging stations available in Europe, and take the Mode 3 (type 2) on-board cable (standard) that can handle up to 6.6 kW. The Toyota brand announces a complete charge in only 2h44.

The finishes (2022): which SUV to choose?

This Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid is offered in three trims: Design, Design Business (a finish reserved for professionals), and Collection. All you have to do is choose the equipment that meets your expectations.

Design

Standard equipment

Headlights and LED lights
Automatic lights and wipers
Black lacquered body elements: side sills and trunk door sills, mirror caps, front and rear fascias and wheel arches
Tinted rear window and rear glass
Longitudinal roof rails
18″ Eole alloy wheels
Electrically heated and folding mirrors
Electric tailgate
Mennekes and home charging cables
8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless
MyT connected services
7-inch digital instrumentation
Power driver’s seat
All seats heated
Keyless entry and start
Remote cabin preconditioning
220V-150W outlet and 5 USB ports
7 airbags
Rear parking radar
Safety Sense 2 (pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, sign reading, adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go)

Design Business

In addition to the features of the Design

Blind spot warning
Rear Traffic Alert
Toyota Touch&Go navigation system
Synthetic leather upholstery
Induction charger
Stage Hybrid Academy

Collection

In addition to the features of the Design

9 inch touch screen
Head-up display
Rear traffic alert with automatic braking
Leather upholstery
Ventilated front seats
Power passenger seat
JBL premium audio with 9 speakers
360° vision system
Two-tone paint

Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid: what is its price?

In Europe, the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid model went on sale in late 2020. For the standard Design trim, the price starts at €49,450. That’s €10,000 more expensive than the base hybrid SUV version.

ActiveDynamicTrailDesignLoungeCollection
Hybrid
4×2 218 ch39 550 €42 000 €48 400 €50 400 €
4×4 222 ch44 050 €48 950 €50 450 €52 450 €
Plug-in hybrid
4×4 306 ch49 450 €57 550 €

Finishes reserved for professionals:

Dynamic BusinessDesign Business
Hybrid
4×2 218 ch44 750 €
4×4 222 ch46 800 €
Plug-in hybrid
4×4 306 ch54 950 €

Our opinion

The RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid offers the best electric range on the market, outside of the luxury SUV. As for the rest, it offers a very smooth ride, a high level of comfort, and performance on par with the competition. There is nothing to complain about with this RAV4, or almost nothing. The price! The only downside, as is often the case. It is still quite exclusive.

To help you make the right choice, OnMyBike regularly offers articles on electric and hybrid cars

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