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New Car Review: Toyota RAV4 PHEV Sport

Published 22nd August 2022Read Time 12 min

Good Stuff 👍

Outstanding fuel economy, good EV range, powerful

Bad Stuff 👎

Very little, Sport model perhaps a little unnecessary

What is the Toyota RAV4 PHEV?

An SUV that offers the best of both worlds

The Toyota RAV4 PHEV is the Plug-in Hybrid version of the popular RAV4, which is available as a standard Hybrid, but the PHEV version offers the potential for longer EV range by installing a much larger battery and electric motor which has the potential to drive you at up to 75km on electric power alone and offer super low CO2 figures and the potential for really good fuel economy. Toyota claim fuel economy figures as low as 1 l/100km for the RAV4, but if you have a home charger you could be driving for days in this car without using any fuel. The RAV4 is much bigger and more competent than in previous generations and while all vehicles of this size are expensive these days, the RAV4 offers serious potency and outstanding fuel economy for the money. Equipment levels are outstanding too.

How about the looks of the Toyota RAV4 PEV?

A striking SUV

The RAV4 is a very handsome SUV, miles away from the model’s quite cartoony origins. It has evolved over the years and the latest version has really strong lines and an almost American look with a strong nose and sharp lines. The RAV4 is much bigger than it looks, and at 4.600mm long is over 100mm longer than a Volkswagen Tiguan and both marginally wider and taller, with a larger boot, even though the PHEV version sacrifices 20 litres of luggage space because of the battery placement (vs 520-litres in the standard hybrid version). There are two versions of the PHEV available, the Sol and the Sport and the Sport adds larger, very pretty 19” alloy wheels compared to the 18” wheels on the Sol (as well as a black roof lining and paddle shifters).

“This car really does offer the best of both worlds.”
Paddy Comyn

What is the inside of the Toyota RAV4 like?

Good quality and lots of space

The interior quality of the RAV4 is exceptional, with really high quality materials used throughout. There is a good mix of traditional buttons and new technology as there is a large screen in the centre console that controls the Toyota Touch 2 Multimedia system. The WVGA screen is also linked to a rear-view camera for safer reversing. The seats are supportive and good for long journeys and there is very good space in the cabin. At the back, there is 500-litres of bootspace, 20 litres less than the standard Hybrid RAV4.

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What is the Toyota RAV4 like to drive?

A big surprise

This is where the RAV4 is one of the most surprising cars we have driven in a long time. You would normally associate the RAV4 and SUVs in generally with reasonably pedestrian performance and not very inspiring handling, but the RAV4 PHEV is seriously fast. When you look at the performance, Toyota could really have called this the RAV4 GR, as it has over 300hp, and is both as fast as, and accelerated to 100km/h quicker than Volkswagen’s ID.4 GTX, a performance EV that costs about €20,000 more. It takes just 6 seconds to get to 100km/h and the handling is almost entertaining, with excellent steering. Comfort levels are good too, and we drove the car to Westport and back across a variety of roads and it performed well. Fuel economy was impressive too as we returned at worst, 5.4 l/100km no matter what we did. As this is a plug-in hybrid, there are a few ways to ‘charge’ the car, which you can do at a wallbox of course, but you can also ‘self-charge’ by holding down a button next to the gear shifter that will fully charge the battery as you drive. This is perfect if you want to drive in the city or near schools etc in EV mode and you want to recharge while you are driving. The EV performance is impressive too. You can get around 70km if you drive it carefully and that will be enough for many owner’s commutes and this means you could, in theory, drive this car without ever putting fuel in it, but you then have the option of driving to Dingle from Dublin at the drop of a hat. This car really does offer the best of both worlds.

Which Toyota RAV4 should I buy?

The Sol is fine

There  is a choice of two specifications, the Sol and the Sport, with the Sol costing €51,890 (Aug 2022) compared to €53,835 and to be honest we don’t really see the need to spend the extra money (€1,945) to get the black roof lining, paddle shifters (which you will never use) and the 19” alloy wheels, which are nice, but do make the ride a bit firmer. Stick to the Sol and you have everything else you could possibly need as it is very well appointed. You get a good infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Toyota elements of the infotainment system look a little dated but few will stray very far from either CarPlay or Android Auto.

Is the RAV4 PHEV safe?

Excellent safety equipment levels

The RAV4 was always a good vehicle but this PHEV version is superb and one of the best SUVs on sale in Ireland today. It isn’t hard to see why there are waiting lists for this car. If you are in the €50k bracket for buying a family SUV, this simply has to be on your list, especially if you need the flexibility that a PHEV can provide.

Verdict 👀

The RAV4 was always a good vehicle but this PHEV version is superb and one of the best SUVs on sale in Ireland today. It isn’t hard to see why there are waiting lists for this car. If you are in the €50k bracket for buying a family SUV, this simply has to be on your list, especially if you need the flexibility that a PHEV can provide.

Spec Check ⚙️

Toyota RAV4 PHEV Sport

Engine

2,487cc 4-cylinder in-line, with 18.1 kWh battery and 53 kW electric motor

Power

306hp

Torque

Petrol 221Nm / front electric motor 270 Nm / rear electric motor 121Nm

0-100km/h

6.0 seconds

Fuel Economy

1.0 l/100km (5.4 l/100km as tested)

Top Speed

180 km/h

Transmission

CVT

CO2

22 g/km

Luggage Capacity

500-litres

Price as tested

€54,125

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