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Toyota bZ4X interior, dashboard & comfort

Quality materials, innovative design and top-notch technology all come together in the bZ4X’s cabin

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Interior, dashboard & comfort rating

4.0 out of 5

Toyota says it went for a "living-room" ambience when designing the bZ4X's interior, making use of soft, woven trim textures with details finished in satin and creating a slim, low-set instrument panel to give a greater sense of openness from the driver's seat. A panoramic sunroof is offered as an option.

Toyota bZ4X dashboard

The dashboard layout is undeniably attractive at first glance, finished with a sustainable, ribbed material that brings a sense of warmth. Some of the other plastics used feel a bit low-rent, but it doesn’t spoil the overall impression of comfort and space.

From the driver’s seat, the instrument binnacle with its digital display feels high and quite far away. It’s reminiscent of Peugeot’s iCockpit, in that you set the steering wheel too high, you obscure the bottom of the display and up peering over the wheel to see what you’re missing. Another page from Peugeot’s book is the fitting of a small steering wheel, which is nice to hold and makes the car feel sportier than it might otherwise.

The concept version of the bZ4X seen in April 2021 featured a 'yoke'-style steering wheel – an element of 'steer-by-wire' technology that does away with a mechanical link between the steering wheel and front axle, reducing the need to move your hands around the wheel. However, Toyota says this system is now planned for introduction in Europe "at a later date" and the initial production version has a conventional circular wheel.

Equipment, options & accessories

Four trim levels are offered for the bZ4X initially: Pure, Motion, Vision and Premiere Edition. The Pure is available only with front-wheel drive, the Motion and Vision offer a choice of front or all-wheel drive and the range-topping Premiere Edition (a limited-run model for the launch period) is all-wheel-drive only.

Standard equipment on the Pure includes 18-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch dashboard display, a seven-inch digital driver's display, a reversing camera and climate control. Options include roof rails and a towing pack. The Motion adds a rear spoiler, rear privacy glass, a powered bootlid, parking sensors, heated front seats, ambient lighting and wireless phone charging. Options here include a fixed panoramic roof and 20-inch alloys.

The Vision kit list encompasses 20-inch alloys, rear parking sensors with automatic braking, remote parking assistance, synthetic leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a powered bootlid with kick sensor and a heated steering wheel. Options include the panoramic roof and towing pack.

The limited-run Premiere Edition packs in everything you get on the Vision, plus a nine-speaker premium sound system and panoramic roof. Unlike the other trims, it can only be ordered through Toyota's website.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

A "hands on the wheel, eyes on the road" philosophy sees the driver's seven-inch instrument and infotainment display placed directly in their eyeline, just above the line of the steering wheel, while in the centre of the dashboard on our high-spec test car was a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen. This is the best yet we’ve seen in a Toyota and as good as anything in rivals – lesser models are likely to get an eight-inch screen, but they all have the expected smartphone connectivity.

In-car technology is becoming an increasingly important point of difference between electric cars – but it's another area where Toyota has been behind the curve in the past. The bZ4X looks set to right that wrong, however; the next-generation infotainment system it showcases has sharper graphics, faster responses, more versatile connectivity and a generally slicker feel than what's gone before.

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