Toyota bZ4X range, battery & charging
The bZ4X doesn't set any range or charging records, but gets impressively close to its claimed numbers in real-world driving
|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)|
The Toyota bZ4X is about on par with rivals like the Volkswagen ID.4, Nissan Ariya and Ford Mustang Mach-E when it comes to claimed ranges, topping out at just over 300 miles in its most efficient form. But based on our initial time at the wheel, it’s one of the better EVs around when it comes to matching those on-paper numbers in the real world. Charging speed is also solid but not game-changing.
Toyota bZ4X range
All bZ4Xs in the initial range, both front and four-wheel-drive, use the same 71.4kWh battery. Claimed official range varies slightly depending on which version and trim level you go for, with the front-drive version seeing a maximum of 317 miles in entry-level ‘Pure’ spec and the four-wheel drive topping out at 286 miles in ‘Motion’ trim. Higher-spec models will return less range due to their larger wheels and slightly higher weight.
We saw 3.4 miles per kilowatt-hour efficiency from the top-of-the-range four-wheel drive model we drove. That works out at 243 miles of real-world range on a full battery – which is impressively close to the claimed 257-mile figure for this particular version.
The bZ4X has a maximum rapid-charging rate of 150kW. Many public rapid chargers in the UK can now deliver that speed, so a 10-80% top-up in around 30 minutes while out and about should be regularly achievable. For home charging, the bZ4X initially gets a 6.6kW on-board charger, which is close to the speed most standard home wallboxes can achieve. This will allow for a full overnight top-up in around 13 hours. An optional 11kW on-board charger is available, allowing faster overnight charging at homes or premises with a three-phase electricity supply.
In This Review
- 1Toyota bZ4X reviewAlthough 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 & charge - currently readingThe 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