Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid range, MPG, battery & charging
Range, fuel economy and charging are a strong suit for the Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid, with best-in-class claims in all three areas
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|282mpg||22g/km||46 miles||2hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)|
Depending on your usage, the Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid could save you thousands of pounds in running costs compared to a conventional petrol, diesel or hybrid car. With one of the longest pure-electric ranges in the family SUV class, you can travel further without using fuel; 46 miles is more than a Mitsubishi Outlander, Ford Kuga or Volvo XC60 will manage.
But as is the case with all plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), you’ll need regular access to a charging socket to realise those cost advantages – otherwise you’re carrying around a heavy electric motor and battery pack without reaping any of the benefits. Charging from a wallbox doesn’t take long, and even from a domestic socket you’ll wake up to a full battery by topping up overnight. This is how we’d recommend running a plug-in hybrid.
Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions
All versions of the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid come with 19-inch wheels, which means they all boast the same low CO2 rating (22g/km) and 46-mile electric range. Not only is that best in class – a Peugeot 3008 hybrid will do 40 miles; a Ford Kuga 35 miles – it also means that no matter which Toyota you choose, if you’re a company-car driver, you’ll benefit from a 6% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rating.
But that doesn’t mean the RAV4 is without appeal for private buyers. That quoted 46-mile range is probably closer to 30-35 miles in real-world driving, but if you charge regularly and do mainly short trips, you could find visits to the petrol station reduce dramatically. In truth, like all plug-in hybrids, the RAV4’s 282mpg fuel-economy figure doesn’t mean an awful lot; you’ll see 40-45mpg without charging, but top up the batteries every day and your car could return a whole lot more.
The Toyota RAV4 boasts pretty quick charge times for a plug-in hybrid, thanks to its relatively powerful 6.6kW on-board charger. This means you can top up the car’s batteries and realise the RAV4’s 46-mile range in just two and a half hours using a 7.4kW home wallbox. Like most plug-in hybrids, there's no option for rapid charging. All versions come with two cables as standard, however, which means you can also charge from a conventional three-pin socket. Doing so will take seven and a half hours.
In This Review
- 1VerdictDespite being a little late to the game, the Toyota RAV4 Plug-In is a worthy hybrid family car – but the price will be a sticking point for some
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingRange, fuel economy and charging are a strong suit for the Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid, with best-in-class claims in all three areas
- 3Running costs & insuranceReasonable insurance ratings, a long warranty and proven reliability should make the Toyota RAV4 Plug-in an easy car to live with
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid is quick, quiet and refined, but it’s not as much fun to drive as a Ford Kuga
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortAs ever, the Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid is a quiet and comfortable car to drive, but it perhaps doesn’t feel as premium as its price tag might suggest
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWhile the plug-in model isn’t quite as practical as the standard Toyota RAV4, there’s still plenty of space for a growing family
- 7Reliability & safety ratingToyota regularly tops owner satisfaction surveys, with its ratings backed up by a comprehensive manufacturer warranty