Toyota Rav4 plug-in hybrid test (2020): 80 km extension – auto-moto

Toyota took us to the new Rav4 plug-in hybrid in the Danish capital.. A precision that is essential given the speed limits that require constant attention to the extent that they are not only drastic, but vary perpetually, from 10 km / h to 10 km / h, on a scale from 30 to 110 km / h, the maximum authorized on the motorway. In short, driving necessarily suffers. The first kilometers highlight remarkable comfort, both in terms of damping and soundproofing, as well as a great smoothness of driving. This plug-in hybrid, which favors the electric mode, allows you to operate with electricity most of the time. With an ample cavalry since its electric motors, front and rear, accumulate 174 kW, i.e. the equivalent of 237 hp, and above all a beefy torque of 391 Nm. Enough to move this family SUV very correctly which, still weighed down in batteries (18.1 kWh), accuses the trifle of 1,910 kg empty, 250 kg more than its "little" simple hybrid brother. Toyota announces a 0 to 100 km / h in 10 ’in electric mode. A stopwatch that drops to 6 ’’ in hybrid mode, with a cumulative power of 306 hp. Who can do the most can do the least, of course, but one wonders what use such cavalry in a family SUV. On our route, urban and peri-urban, without having a particularly light right foot, our average consumption was 18.8 kWh. What to do, nearly 80 km, a distance more than flattering. Toyota officially announcing 75 km of combined cycle range and 98 km in urban cycle; a record. Only small defect, to increase the brake "engine", insufficient, it is imperative to downshift through the "virtual" gearshift paddles of the continuously variable transmission.

Average consumption of 2.5 liters per 100 m

During the second part of our test, combining city, road and motorway, we operated in automatic mode, our batteries being partly discharged. The on-board computer then credited us withan average consumption of 2.5 liters per 100 km, taking into account the first part of our test, carried out at zero liters per 100 km … Here again a more than convincing figure. Reworked, soundproofing remains very neat in these conditions with a relatively discreet heat engine. Enough to enjoy the excellent JBL hi-fi. As for cushioning, if it serves comfort wonderfully, despite the 19 "rims on our test model, it does feel a bit pumping on the bump. Not enough to disturb the balance of the chassis which has all-wheel drive thanks to the rear electric motor. All-weather safety further enhanced by automatic central differential locking; a “Trail” mode which can be activated manually, in the event of off-road driving for example. Still, this family-oriented SUV is not sporty and does not like to be pushed around. Unchanged, the interior emphasizes neat materials and presentation despite a certain austerity due to black monochrome. If this large SUV, 4.60 m, retains its habitability and modularity of a wagon, its trunk loses 60 liters in the process, even if it still cubs 520 liters.
Rest a base price of € 52,650 which represents an additional cost of at least € 11,000 compared to the AWD simple hybrid version. Knowing that the bonus of € 2,000 is only payable for vehicles whose discounted price does not exceed € 50,000, the price of the “basic” Design finish will have to be negotiated to have a small chance of benefiting from it. . A price that will fully justify recharging its batteries, which not all owners of rechargeable hybrids do … almost 10 hours on a domestic socket (9:47 to be exact according to Toyota!) or “approximately” 2:40 on a Wallbox.

Verdict and opinion

As pleasant to drive as it is efficient, this rechargeable hybrid Rav4 charges a high price for its record range in "full" electric.


Toyota Rav4 plug-in hybrid test
Tested version: 61,500 € (Collection)
Starting from: 52 650 €

Conso manufacturer average / during test (l / 100 km): 1.0 / 2.5
CO2/ bonus : 22 g / 0 €
Fiscal power : 9 CV
Manufacturing country : Japan, Canada

Proposed range

Hybrid : From 218 to 306 hp, from 36,400 to 61,500 €


Engines : 4-cylinder, 16-valve, direct & indirect petrol injection, variable valve timing, 2,487 cm3 + permanent magnet synchronous electric motor 134 kW
Transmission : Integral with lockable piloted central coupler, multiDrive S continuously variable automatic, 7-speed
Power (hp at rpm): 185 hp at 6,000 rpm + 134 kW (front) + 40 kW (rear); 306 hp cumulative
Couple (Nm at rpm): 227 Nm at 3200 rpm + 270 Nm (front) + 121 Nm (rear)
Weight (kg): 1,910
Length x width x height. (m): 4.60 × 1.85 × 1.69
Wheelbase (m): 2.69
Tank (l): 55
Max speed (km / h): 180 km / h
0-100 km / h : 6.0 ’’
Standard tires : 225/60 R 18 or 235/55 R 19
Test tires : Bridgestone Alenza 001 (235/55 R 19)


Elbows width Front / Rear (cm): 147/143
Rear legroom (cm): 78
Chest to 5 / to 2: 520 / 1,604 liters

Among the options

  • Touch & Go navigation (Design): 300 €
  • Panoramic roof (Collection): € 1,300
  • Metal / pearl paint (Design): 700/900 €

Main competitors

  • Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid 225, 225 hp, from € 39,950
  • Ford Kuga 2.5 PHEV, 225 hp, from 38,600 €
  • Mitsubishi 2.4 PHEV, 224 each, from € 39,490
  • Opel Grandland X hybrid 225, 225 hp, from € 42,200
  • Peugeot 3008 Hybrid 225, 225 hp, from 44,300 €
  • Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 300 hp, 300 hp, from 51,950 €

WE love

  • Driving pleasure / smoothness
  • Silent operation
  • Electric autonomy
  • Performances
  • Habitability

We like less

  • Lack of electric motor brake
  • Weight
  • Rate

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