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Toyota RAV4 PHEV

With combined forces

The RAV4 PHEV is Toyota's most powerful SUV – and at the same time the one with the lowest fuel consumption: This is made possible by a plug-in hybrid drive.

Toyota RAV4 PHEV

Plug-in hybrids combine an electric drive with a rechargeable battery and a conventional petrol engine.

In addition to the possibility of being locally emission-free over short distances, this drive often has a pleasant side effect, as can also be observed on the new Toyota RAV4 PHEV: the system performance is surprisingly high. Because both types of drive must be strong enough to be able to drive the vehicle, which is heavy due to the complex technology, on their own. This is the only way to drive either purely electrically or with the petrol engine when the battery is empty.

A four-cylinder petrol engine with 185 hp is used in the Toyota RAV4 PHEV. In addition, Toyota installed an electric motor at the front with a maximum of 182 hp and one on the rear axle with a maximum of 54 hp. If all three engines work together, the all-wheel drive SUV achieves an impressive 306 hp system output; the sprint to 100 km/h could be done in just six seconds.

Toyota RAV4 PHEV - With combined forces-forces

Toyota RAV4 PHEV

But what is much more important: The drive feels very confident in everyday use – despite an unladen weight of more than 1.9 tons. With a fully charged battery (18.1 kWh, 4.5 hours on a wall box), up to 75 kilometers are possible purely electrically, according to the factory. In the test, it was around 60 kilometers that the SUV managed without the petrol engine having to start. Even in E mode, the drive always offers enough torque to confidently keep up with traffic. You never miss the additional boost that the petrol engine could deliver – especially since driving with electricity is pleasantly quiet. In this way, you can easily cope with everyday life – provided you have the right charging options – purely electrically.
If you accelerate harder, the petrol engine will start; Only in isolated situations does the continuously variable CVT automatic transmission cause the engine to roar louder. Most of the time, however, the drive remains discreetly in the background and is not noticeable either through noise or unnecessary jerking.

Frugal with petrol too

A problem that is often observed with plug-in hybrids is the massively increased consumption over longer distances if you only drive with petrol. Here the Toyota benefits from its very efficient engine; the engine manages without the turbo technology that is widespread today, but relies on a comparatively large displacement of 2.5 liters. Even if the battery is empty, the hybrid system continues to support the motor. It now works like in the full hybrid models known from Toyota, in which the battery cannot be charged at the socket. When braking, the energy is converted and fed into the battery; the hybrid can then drive purely electrically again for a few meters or use the electric motors as support when accelerating. In the test, the RAV4 PHEV had an average consumption of just under 5.5 l/100 km on the motorway stages with an empty battery. The kilometers that were driven purely electrically are not included here!

Toyota RAV4 PHEV - With combined forces-combined

Toyota RAV4 PHEV

This means that the SUV remains very reasonable even without electricity from the socket – especially when you consider what this car has to offer in addition to its economical drive. The chassis is completely trimmed for comfort, which goes well with the low noise level in the interior. Here the Toyota offers a navigation system, which looks a bit old-fashioned, but can be operated easily and reliably. There are also comfortable seats and a good view in all directions. This makes the RAV4 a practical everyday companion, especially because with a length of 4.60 meters it is not a small car, but it is anything but unwieldy even in parking garages. The trunk is quite generously calculated with 520 to 1604 liters.

Toyota RAV4 PHEV - With combined forces-toyota

Toyota RAV4 PHEV

Of course, all this also has its price at Toyota. The RAV4 PHEV costs at least 55,900 francs – but not only offers a lot of technology and low consumption, but also a guarantee of up to 10 years!

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