TopGear just got out of the Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid. In TopGear Magazine 196 you will find the complete test report, here are the highlights.
Test object: Toyota RAV4
Performance: Plug-in Hybrid Business Plus
Location: Just in the Netherlands
Weather conditions: Good weather, bad weather, good weather, bad weather
Hey, a Suzuki with a Toyota logo
No, just the other way around, joker. This is the car that the Suzuki Across is based on. Seemed like a pretty hopeless proposition to us, but there are already more than 30 people who paid 55,000 euros for a Suzuki. By the way, Toyota is just as expensive, but for the money you’d rather go for the original, right?
Why is it so expensive?
So this is the Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid, and batteries are always very expensive. In exchange for your money you get more than 300 horsepower and four-wheel drive. And because this is the Business Plus version, it’s also good in the stuff with ventilated seats, leather upholstery and a JBL audio system. Even if you pay 63,595 euros.
300 hp? In a RAV4? What is his Nürburgring time?
Oh, none of that. Car brands nowadays like to give a lot of horsepower to plug-in hybrids. On the one hand because it is probably a nice selling point, and on the other hand because it is easy to do with electric motors. If you want to talk about performance, take a look at the electric range of 75 kilometers – that is above average. Incidentally, with a 0-100 time of 6.2 seconds, it is equal to a new VW Golf GTI.
Earlier you were not so pleased with that CVT box, were you?
True, in other versions the transmission shakes the engine awake at the slightest thought, causing the four-cylinder to roar. It makes the whole thing quite restless. With this PHEV that is a lot less, probably because the electric motor does a lot of work during short intermediate sprints. It builds a lot of serenity into the drivetrain.
Nice thing, next?
Certainly: in electric mode it is nice and quiet and even without the petrol engine it is fast enough. He can also reach 135 km/h without peep assistance. The suspension is comfortable and the interior is nicely finished. On the highway it is not the quietest due to wind noise and tire noise, but it is all fine.
Read our full driving test of the Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid in TopGear Magazine 196, in stores September 23!