Toyota bZ4X review
Although it doesn’t move the game on in a major way, the Toyota bZ4X is an instantly competitive contender in the electric family SUV arena
- Very good to drive
- Quiet and comfortable
- Excellent on-board tech
- Average range and charging speeds
- Somewhat generic looks
- Quite expensive
|Model||Range||Wallbox charging time||Rapid charging time|
|FWD||277-317 miles||12hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||32mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
|AWD||257-286 miles||12hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||32mins (10-80%, 150kW)|
To say the bZ4X is an important car for Toyota would be a massive understatement. Having focused mainly on hybrid engines for many years while other big car manufacturers forged ahead with electric cars, the Japanese giant is finally gearing up to go electric in a big way.
It's already showcased 11 new electric models that'll launch between now and 2030 – nearly all of them using the same technology that underpins the bZ4X. Even if it wasn't the basis of the company's future EV strategy, it also has to battle the likes of the Skoda Enyaq iV, Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Nissan Ariya in the highly competitive electric family SUV class.
The bZ4X is available in either front or four-wheel drive form. Both draw power from a 71.4kWh battery, but the front-drive model makes 201bhp from a single electric motor on the front axle, while the dual-motor four-wheel drive version sees a modest increase to 215bhp. Range is between 257 and 317 miles depending on the exact version and trim level you go for.
Like other mainstream brands making premium-priced electric SUVs, Toyota has tried to give the bZ4X a more upmarket feel than its existing products in order to justify its healthy price tag. It looks smart, if not radically different to half-dozen other mid-size electric family SUVs, with perhaps more of a 4x4 feel to it than some rivals. Sharp creases, slim LED lights and a split rear spoiler are among the standout design details.
The driving experience is perhaps the most impressive aspect of the bZ4X – and that’s something not usually said about Toyota SUVs and family cars. Allied to a comfortable ride, reasonably spacious interior and intuitive on-board technology, it makes for a very appealing package.
It’s priced in line with rivals rather than being screamingly good value, but with Toyota’s strong reputation for reliability and customer service behind it, the bZ4X looks set to become a major player in the electric SUV class before very long. For a more detailed look at the car, read on for the rest of our in-depth review…
In This Review
- 1Toyota bZ4X review - currently readingAlthough it doesn’t move the game on in a major way, the Toyota bZ4X is an instantly competitive contender in the electric family SUV arena
- 2Range, battery & chargeThe bZ4X doesn't set any range or charging records, but gets impressively close to its claimed numbers in real-world driving
- 3Running costs & insuranceInsurance groups are higher than most rivals, but Toyota’s ‘Relax’ warranty and all-in leasing packages are plus points here
- 4Performance, motor & driveA fun driving experience is one of the Toyota bZ4X’s most surprising and impressive qualities
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe bZ4X’s infotainment system is a vast improvement on those found in previous Toyotas
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe bZ4X doesn’t comprehensively outshine any rivals here, but should still be spacious enough for most
- 7Reliability & safety ratingToyota’s reputation for reliability is bolstered by an extensive list of standard safety features