Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid: Nothing is impossible - not even low SUV consumption

Cuts a good figure: the new Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid

The fact that the new Toyota RV4 plug-in hybrid with a system output of 306 hp is only supposed to consume 1,2 liters of petrol per 100 km is only due to the very complex calculation method under EU law. Because the 18,1 kWh battery power must of course be added to the consumption. Nonetheless, the new SUV all-wheel drive actually proves to be really economical beyond complex dimensioning parameters. No other plug-in SUV currently available on the market can move 75 kilometers from the (full) battery without starting the gasoline engine.

What did they smile in some development departments and specialist editors when Toyota launched the first hybrid car, the Prius, 23 years ago (!). "Two heavy drive systems in one car are inefficient nonsense," said a BMW CEO at the time. Toyota was not deterred, not even by us motor journalists. All well-known car manufacturers now have not only hybrids on offer, but also plug-in hybrids. And you can feel that the development of this technology has made great strides. Not all plug-ins are more economical than equally powerful solo burners; but most of them have been found to be very economical with liquid fuel.

306 hp ensure dynamic driving

Well thought-out fittings, quality materials Photos: Toyota

Anyone who can "fill up" the new Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid with electricity every day can get through everyday life with the achievable 75 kilometers range from the battery without having to refill petrol. Not just in theory. However, this requires a very disciplined use of the gas pedal. But it works, as we checked on our test drive. The three motors in the RAV4 plug-in work perfectly together. At the front pulls a quiet two-liter petrol engine with 185 hp and an electric motor with 182 hp, at the rear an electric motor with 54 hp pushes. The system output is 306 hp.

The new RAV4 plug-in hybrid shows a striking face

Because electrified cars are massively subsidized by the state, some buyers will then decide in favor of the "interim solution", known as transition technology, when they are in doubt between electric battery cars and combustion engines. The new RAV4 plug-in hybrid with standard all-wheel drive costs 46.293 euros, thanks to government subsidies (6.750 euros) then around 39.500 euros. And for company car drivers, the normal taxable km flat rate is reduced by half to 1 percent according to the 0,5 percent rule.

The RAV4 plug-in hybrid is extremely quiet

During our test drive, it was noticeable how much effort the Toyota engineers put into fine-tuning, especially since they have years of hybrid experience: the RAV4 plug-in hybrid is extremely quiet, even when the gasoline engine is switched on. In terms of noise, it is hard to tell whether you are driving purely electrically or with Gasoline engine is on the way. The transition to the combustion engine or the battery is hardly noticeable. The acceleration potential (0 to 100 km / h in 6 seconds) encourages you to accelerate and is of course at the expense of economy. The trail mode, which can be switched on at the push of a button, activates the electric limited-slip differential and allows the car to move forward even in rough terrain. There are also the driving programs Eco, Normal and Sport. Driving always takes place in electric mode. The driving behavior can be summed up in a nutshell: comfortable, dynamic and fun.

Driving mode selection placed clearly visible

We do not want to list all of the many assistants here; the list is long. The camera-based rear-view mirror inside is interesting. The panorama picture shows what is happening behind the vehicle in widescreen mode. The system is not ideal for those who wear reading glasses because the video image is rather blurred without reading glasses. However, you can turn the system into a normal rearview mirror by folding it down. The fact that the adaptive cruise control ensures a relaxing safety distance from the vehicle in front even in the basic model is extraordinary. The traffic sign recognition shows you which speed limit is currently in effect. In conjunction with traffic sign recognition, the adaptive cruise control automatically adjusts the preselected speed to changing speed restrictions. Those who actively use this no longer accidentally reach the “points” in Flensburg.

Technical data Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid: Length x width x height (m): 4,60 x 1,86 x 1,69 Wheelbase (m): 2.69 Engine: R4 petrol, 2487 ccm, direct injection, output: 136 kW / 185 PS at 6000 rpm, max. Torque: 227 Nm at 3200-3700 rpm, front electric motor: 134 kW / 182 PS, electric motor torque: 270 Nm, rear electric motor: 40 kW / 54 PS, electric motor torque: 121 Nm, battery: High-voltage lithium-ion battery, 18,1 kWh, system output: 225 kW / 306 PS, electrical standard range: 75 km, top speed: 180 km / h, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h: 6,0 seconds. WLTP average consumption: 1,2, XNUMX liters, efficiency class: A +, CO2-Emissions: 22 g / km (Euro 6d), empty weight / payload: min. 1910 kg / max. 600 kg, trunk volume: 520–1604 Lite, trailer load: 1500 kg, turning circle: 11,80 m, tires: 225/60 R 18, drag coefficient: 0,32, maintenance interval: 30.000 km, base price (without subsidy): 46.293 euros

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