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The first plug-in hybrid version of Toyota's RAV4 draws on more than twenty years of the brand's leadership in hybrid powertrain technology to offer customers a 'D'-segment SUV that promises to be not only more powerful than any other in its class but also more efficient in terms of emissions and fuel consumption. There's quite a price to pay for this technology but the stats look tempting - a total output of 302bhp, an all-electric driving range of 46 miles and a CO2 reading of 22g/km.


Toyota's fifth generation RAV4 is at its most sophisticated in plug-in form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The first plug-in hybrid version of Toyota's RAV4 draws on more than twenty years of the brand's leadership in hybrid powertrain technology to offer customers a 'D'-segment SUV that promises to be not only more powerful than any other in its class but also more efficient in terms of emissions and fuel consumption. There's quite a price to pay for this technology but the stats look tempting - a total output of 302bhp, an all-electric driving range of 46 miles and a CO2 reading of 22g/km.


It's strange that Toyota was one of the last SUV makers to adopt plug-in technology. Primarily because it was the very first brand to introduce plug-in tech of any kind to the market - with the Prius Plug-in of 2012. A second generation of that car was subsequently introduced five years later and we expected to see its technology quickly spread to other Toyota models. This hasn't happened as quickly as expected but at the end of 2019, the brand announced that the fifth generation version of its RAV4, an SUV it originally said needed only self-charging hybrid power, would gain the plug-in variant we're going to look at here. By that time, the mid-sized SUV market was already well populated with PHEV models following a lead set by Mitsubishi's plug-in Outlander. Brands like Peugeot, Citroen, Vauxhall, Ford and SEAT have all piled into this part of the segment, alongside premium makers like BMW, Audi, DS, Mercedes and Volvo. Even though the MK5 model RAV4 initially sold well for Toyota in its self-charging hybrid form, attracting more than 120,000 customer orders in Western Europe in its first year on sale, it was clear that it would also need a plug-in variant to properly compete.

Driving Experience

With 302 braked horses-worth of combined system output on tap, this plug-in variant offers quite a big step up in power from the standard self-charging RAV4 Hybrid, which offers 215bhp in front-driven form or 219bhp in four-wheel-drive guise. This PHEV variant only comes in 4x4 form and its power increase comes courtesy of a more powerful electric motor paired to a larger high-capacity underfloor lithium-ion battery, with the powertrain featuring a boost converter on the hybrid's power control unit. The 62mph sprint time from rest is claimed to be just 6.0s and this model can run at speeds of up to 84mph with no intervention from the engine. When the limit of EV driving range is reached, the car will automatically switch to its hybrid vehicle (HV) mode. The choice of driving modes means the driver can use HV mode to start their journey, then switch to EV mode to maximise efficiency, for example when reaching an urban area. In Auto EV/HV mode, the hybrid system will automatically come into play when extra power is needed, for example under sharp, sudden acceleration, then returning to EV mode immediately afterwards. You'll want to know a bit more about the engine. It's the same 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle hybrid petrol unit used in the conventional RAV4. Toyota's electric all-wheel-drive system is also carried over without change, a set-up which sees the combustion engine and a front electric motor powering the front axle and an additional rear-mounted electric motor driving the rear axle. Both motors incorporate regenerative charging to charge the battery, the extent of which can be controlled by the driver via a pair of paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. When fully charged, that battery can take the car to a WLTP-rated 46 mile driving range.

Design and Build

As with most plug-in models in this segment, visual differentiation points from the conventional model are few; a bit of bespoke badgework, an extra filler flap for the charging socket and that's about it. Otherwise, this variant is like any other upper-spec MK5 model RAV4, which means that it's styled with a tad more character than previous generation versions of this car. This is a 'D'-segment SUV, which means that it's a size above a Qashqai or a Sportage, with pavement presence closer to, say, a Honda CR-V or even an Audi Q5. Piercing narrow full-LED headlamps and slim nostrils above the polygon-shaped front grille deliver a bit of overtaking presence. And in profile, you notice the Jeep-like squared-off wheel arches and the adoption of larger wheels that here can be up to 19-inches in size. Inside, it's also standard RAV4 fare, though this Plug-in version is the first derivative in the range to add in two features that'll be rolled out to conventional variants - a colour Head-up display and 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring, the latter featuring on an 8-inch centre dash screen. The instrument binnacle features Toyota's usual Hybrid system indicator on the left - with its normal 'Charge', 'ECO' and 'Power' sections. And in the back? Well the rear bench doesn't slide, but the backrest reclines for greater comfort on longer journeys and headroom's good too, despite the low-ish roof line. There are some boot area compromises with the plug-in tech though, cargo capacity falling from the usual 580-litre figure to 520-litres here.

Market and Model

There are two variants on offer, starting with the 'Design'-trimmed model priced at around £43,000. Around £1,000 more gets you mid-range 'Dynamic' trim. And around £47,500 more gets you top 'Dynamic Premium' spec. Obvious rivals include plug-in versions of the Peugeot 3008, the Citroen C5 Aircross, the Vauxhall Grandland X, the SEAT Tarraco and the Ford Kuga. A top-spec RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid may also appeal to a customer looking at a premium-brand SUV of this kind, plug-in versions of the Volvo XC40, the BMW X3, the Audi Q5, the Mercedes GLC and the DS 7 Crossback. Opt to spend your money Toyota's way and you'll find plenty of kit included. The mid-range RAV4 Plug-in 'Dynamic' model for instance, offers 19-inch machined-face alloy wheels, a nine-inch multimedia touchscreen, access to connected services, heated front and rear seats and LED projector headlights. To support its EV capability, it will come with a 6.6kW (32A) cable for fast charging (wall box system required). The 'Dynamic Premium' version adds features including black leather upholstery, front seats with ventilation and memory settings, a panoramic roof, a head-up display and a JBL Premium Sound System. There's also plenty of camera safety kit, including a pre-collision set-up with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beam, road sign assist and automatic adaptive cruise control. Other advanced safety features include a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert for safe manoeuvring. Plus an E-Call service that can automatically alert the emergency services to the vehicle's location in the event of an accident - triggered when the airbags are deployed.

Cost of Ownership

Toyota wanted to improve on the class standard with this RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid and, sure enough, its WLTP-quoted CO2 emission figure of 22g/km is fractionally better than most of its competitors, which of course will mean an attractively low BiK taxation figure (6%). Like most rivals, the brand also quotes a 3-figure combined cycle fuel consumption reading (282.5mpg) but as usual in plug-in territory, this isn't ever likely to be replicated by the average owner. As a feather-foot, we suppose 80-90mpg might theoretically be possible but your realistic average is going to be much less than that - and certainly less than you'd get from an equivalent diesel model. Rely on the petrol engine alone and you'd struggle to average 35mpg. We've already given you the WLTP driving range (46 miles); as usual with this type of car, around 25 miles is more realistic. Charging takes around two and a half hours using a 230V/32A connection. The charging process can now be programmed for a week on a day-to-day basis, including the facility to simultaneously charge the battery and pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin. What else? Well, the five year 100,000 mile warranty is extremely good and even after that runs out, you'll find that most spares are relatively inexpensive. There's also three years warranty against rust and 12 years of anti-corrosion protection.


We don't really understand why plug-in tech wasn't included with the fifth generation RAV4 range from the outset. It's important for a car in this class to offer this option these days, though as a buyer of this Toyota SUV, we'd recommend that you think long and hard over whether you actually really need it. A conventional RAV4 self-charging hybrid is commendably efficient, very eco-minded - and far cheaper. It's unlikely indeed, that in ownership running cost savings, a private buyer would ever make back the premium necessary to choose this PHEV derivative. For a business user of course, it might be different, such are the Benefit-in-Kind taxation advantage of opting for a PHEV model these days. Plus there's the not-inconsiderable advantage of being able to conduct the vast majority of your commuting mileage on an almost fuel-free basis, the typical European buyer's average daily trip to and from work being around 31 miles. In a couple of decades time, the plug-in hybrid phase will have passed us by, but right here and now, its advantages are considerable. If you can afford the cost of the technology.

  • Privacy glass
  • Rear screen wiper - intermittent
  • Power front windows
  • Rear windscreen defogger
  • Power rear windows
  • Automatic wipers
  • Auto up and down function on all power windows
  • Anti-jam protection on power windows

  • Brake hold function
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • Brake assist function
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution

  • Floor mats

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

  • Bluetooth system
  • Voice control system
  • Wireless Mobile Phone Charger
  • Apple car play and Android auto

  • Driver attention alert system
  • Lane trace assist
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
  • Drive mode selector
  • Adjustable speed limiter switch on steering wheel
  • EV audible alert
  • Intelligent adaptive cruise control
  • Memory on adjustable speed limiter
  • Cyclist Detection
  • Night Time Pedestrian Detection
  • Multimedia switches on steering wheel
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Rear parking camera
  • Front parking sensors
  • Electric power steering

  • Power boot opening and closing
  • Remote boot door release in cabin
  • Remote boot door release in key
  • Push button start
  • 7.5m cable with home charging plug
  • 6.6 kw fast charger

  • Analog tachometer
  • Touch 2 Go navigation system
  • Road sign assist - RSA
  • My T Connected services
  • 7" TFT multi information display
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Hybrid system indicator
  • ECO-driving indicator
  • Digital speedometer
  • Trip computer
  • Lights on warning

  • Black door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Automatically retractable door mirrors
  • Turning signal integrated indicators in door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Framed electrochromatic rear view mirror

  • Black centre air vent surround
  • Soft-touch texture on lower dashboard
  • Soft-touch black upper dashboard with silver insert
  • Black centre console

  • DAB audio
  • Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player
  • 6 speakers
  • Toyota touch media system
  • 2 x USB sockets in front
  • 2x USB sockets in rear
  • 9" Multimedia display

  • Black rear bumper
  • Bi-tone black roof
  • Honeycomb upper front grille
  • Black door moulding
  • Emergency brake-light signal (EBS)
  • Black Shark-fin antenna
  • Black front under-run
  • Black rear under-run
  • Black front bumper
  • Body colour door handles
  • Black roof rails
  • Black rear spoiler
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Black front grille
  • Chrome window surround

  • Follow me home headlights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • LED High mounted stop lamp
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear lights
  • Door mirror puddle lights
  • Auto high beam
  • LED front light guide
  • LED dual beam projector headlights

  • Remote dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear passenger air vents
  • Clean air filter

  • Retractable tonneau cover

  • Leather gearshift
  • Folding rear centre armrest
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Front/rear roof mounted assist grips
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front and rear bottle holders
  • Black roof lining
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • Under floor storage in luggage area
  • 12v socket in front
  • Rear view display in display audio screen with dynamic guide lines
  • Dynamic sports seats
  • Telephone and voice recognition switches on steering wheel
  • 220v power socket in boot
  • Dual sided deck board in boot
  • Array microphone
  • Silver gear shift surround on centre console
  • Manual telescopic and tilt 3-spoke nappa leather steering wheel
  • Rear console box
  • Rear door armrests with cupholder

  • Blue ambient lighting on front cupholders and open tray on passenger dashboard
  • Driver and front passenger personal light
  • Boot light
  • Illuminated entry system
  • Front footwell lights

  • Child proof door locks
  • Seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Passenger airbag cut-off device
  • Adjustable front driver and passenger seat belt extender
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Pre collision system
  • Acoustic vehicle alerting system
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Toyota safety sense
  • Front passenger airbag detector

  • 60/40 split fold rear seat back with toyota easy flat system
  • Driver and front passenger Whiplash Injury Lessening seats
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Manually reclining and sliding front passenger seat
  • Power height-adjustable sliding reclining and lumbar support for driver seat
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Front headrests
  • Heated rear seats
  • Reclining rear seats

  • Key in reminder
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • Smart entry + Smart start
  • Glass-breaking alarm sensors
  • Tilt detection sensors
  • Motion sensor alarm
  • Intrusion alarm

  • Trailer Sway Control

  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 19" 5 spoke black machined face alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: N
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: N
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: N
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 74
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 46

  • Noise Level dB(A): 64
  • CO: 0.126
  • HC: 0.013
  • NOx: 0.004
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 22

  • Engine Code: A25A-FXS
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 14.0:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 87.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 103.5
  • CC: 2487

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 282.4

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Dynamic
  • Coin Description: PHEV
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 77
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 306
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 34E

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.1
  • Engine Power - KW: 225
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 167
  • Engine Torque - NM: 227
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3200
  • Engine Power - BHP: 306
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6
  • Top Speed: 112

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R19
  • Wheel Style: 5-SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1690
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4600
  • Width: 1855
  • Wheelbase: 2690

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1910
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2510
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 520
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 725
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 725
  • Max. Loading Weight: 600
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4

  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £310
  • Black side steps with chrome detail: £499

  • Essential protection pack - Rav4: £249
  • Protection plus pack - Rav4: £299
  • Chrome pack - Rav4: £399

  • Metallic - Decuma Grey: £0
  • Metallic - Metal stream: £0
  • Metallic - Obsidian blue: £0

  • Pearl - Scarlet flare: £310
  • Pearl - White pearl: £310

  • Towing solutions - Detachable - 7 pin+13 pin: £599

  • Synthetic leather - Black: £0

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