Toyota RAV4 Hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

Fuel economy can vary depending on the sort of driving you do, but the Toyota RAV4's CO2 emissions are impressively low

Toyota RAV4
MPG (comb) MPG (high) MPG (low) CO2
48.1-51.4mpg 55.2-57.6mpg 45.6-51.4mpg 102-105g/km

Being hybrid-only means the RAV4 posts some pretty good fuel-economy and emissions figures for a large SUV. A diesel rival will use less fuel in motorway driving, but the RAV4 is usefully more efficient around town, when it can make best use of the electric running, and low CO2 emissions mean savings for company-car drivers on their BiK (Benefit-in-Kind) tax bills.

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid MPG & CO2

Official figures vary depending on whether you go for front or four-wheel drive, and what wheel size you choose. The front-wheel-drive car returns between 49.2 and 51.4mpg, while official figures from the latest WLTP testing for the four-wheel-drive version haven't been confirmed yet.

More importantly, when we tested the front-wheel-drive car, we managed around 40mpg on the motorway, while sedate around-town driving saw that creep up to 45mpg and more, as this slow-speed stuff is where the RAV4 can make best use of its electric running.

CO2 emissions vary, too: 102g/km for the front-wheel-drive car on 17-inch wheels and 105 g/km on 18-inch wheels. The four-wheel-drive version emits 103g/km regardless of wheel size. These are impressive numbers and will be especially welcomed by company-car drivers, who stand to make big savings on their Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) bills compared to a petrol or diesel SUV of similar size to the RAV4.

The RAV4's economy will be at its best if you do mostly urban driving, giving the hybrid motor's batteries a chance to recharge as you slow down and brake. Gentle use of the accelerator when moving away and when in stop-start urban traffic will also ensure you maximise the RAV4's electric range.

If you want a hybrid SUV, but don't need something as big as the RAV4, it's worth bearing in mind the Toyota C-HR can hit up to 57.6mpg. The RAV4 comfortably beats its more direct rival the Honda CR-V Hybrid, though; the latter only returned 40.9mpg in WLTP testing.

Also consider that plug-in hybrid rivals like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and MINI Countryman Cooper S E All4 will offer far more pure electric running if you can plug them in, although the flipside is that they'll be much less efficient than the RAV4 when their petrol engines are running. Think carefully about what sort of driving you do and how easy it'll be for you to plug a car in before you decide what kind of electrified powertrain is best for you.