Toyota bZ4X reliability & safety rating
There’s no hard data available yet, but the bZ4X should perform well in these areas
Safety and reliability are both traditional Toyota strong points, and there are no indications that will change as the brand transitions to electric power. There isn’t an independent crash-test rating available for the bZ4X available yet, but a strong suite of standard active safety kit should see it do well here.
Toyota bZ4X reliability & problems
Toyota is taking its first proper step into the world of electric vehicles with the bZ4X, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be any big concerns over reliability. The Japanese giant has learned plenty about batteries and electric motors from its decades spent building millions of hybrids, and its dedication to quality and dependability is long-standing. It anticipates the bZ4X’s batteries will retain 90% of their original capacity even after 10 years or 150,000 miles on the road.
In recent years, Toyota has adopted a philosophy of offering a complete suite of active safety equipment across every trim level of its cars, instead of reserving the higher-tech systems for range-topping models. That admirable approach continues with the bZ4X, which gets the latest third-generation iteration of brand’s 'Toyota Safety Sense' suite of driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technology.
Standard crash-avoidance systems include automatic emergency braking with collision warnings, cross-traffic alerts, detection of vehicles approaching an intersection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, road-sign recognition and automatic high-beam headlights.
The only features absent on the entry-level Pure trim level are blind-spot monitoring and a sensor that warns you not to open the doors if a car or bicycle is approaching; these are standard on the Motion, Vision and Premiere Edition. All this should ensure a high score in Euro NCAP crash-testing for the bZ4X, however it hasn’t been through the body’s evaluations just yet.
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 & 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 have yet to be confirmed, but Toyota’s ‘Relax’ warranty and all-in leasing packages are plus points here
- 4Performance, motor & driveA genuinely engaging driving experience is one of the Toyota bZ4X’s most surprising and impressive aspects
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortQuality materials, innovative design and top-notch technology all come together in the bZ4X’s cabin
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe bZ4X doesn’t comprehensively outshine any rivals here, but should still be spacious enough for most
- 7Reliability & safety rating - currently readingThere’s no hard data available yet, but the bZ4X should perform well in these areas