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
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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, but the average economy figure only ranges from 49 to 51mpg, so you can count on something in the region of 50mpg as the best-case scenario whichever one you go for.
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: 126g/km for the front-wheel-drive car on 17-inch wheels and 129g/km on 18-inch wheels. The four-wheel-drive version emits 131g/km regardless of wheel size. Company-car drivers 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 almost 58mpg. The RAV4 comfortably beats its more direct rival the Honda CR-V Hybrid, though; the latter only returned 41mpg in official 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe latest Toyota RAV4 is a striking-looking and efficient hybrid family SUV, but there are more versatile seven-seat alternatives for similar money
- 2MPG & CO2 emissions - currently readingFuel economy can vary depending on the sort of driving you do, but the Toyota RAV4's CO2 emissions are impressively low
- 3Running costsThe Toyota RAV4 represents a good deal for company-car users, but private buyers are likely to find a diesel SUV cheaper to buy and run
- 4Engines, drive & performanceHybrid drivetrain and CVT gearbox limit ultimate driver appeal, but the Toyota RAV4 rides and handles well for what it is
- 5Interior & comfortA solid but plain interior and poor infotainment see the Toyota RAV4 lose ground on rivals here
- 6Practicality & boot spacePassenger and luggage space are both decent, if not class-leading, in the Toyota RAV4
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Japanese brand is world-famous for its reliability, and the Toyota RAV4 comes with a good package of safety systems as standard across the range