TOYOTA

TOYOTA BZ4X ELECTRIC HATCHBACK 152kW Pure 71.4kWh 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.4s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

To date, Toyota has sold over 70 million electrified vehicles, but they've virtually all been hybrids. This bZ4X mid-sized SUV is the brand's first purpose-built EV. Since its engineering draws on over two decades of electrified automotive experience, you'd expect it to be a very complete product indeed. You shouldn't be disappointed.

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Toyota's first EV, the bZ4x mid-sized SUV, is a strong contender, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

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To date, Toyota has sold over 70 million electrified vehicles, but they've virtually all been hybrids. This bZ4X mid-sized SUV is the brand's first purpose-built EV. Since its engineering draws on over two decades of electrified automotive experience, you'd expect it to be a very complete product indeed. You shouldn't be disappointed.

Background

What kind of purpose-built EV might the world's biggest car maker bring us? We've been wondering that for the last few years because while other mainstream brands have been busy unveiling full-electric vehicles, there's been little from the Toyota Motor Corporation. Apart from a small Lexus crossover with the lowest driving range in the class and a couple of Toyota vans borrowing someone else's technology. Not too impressive - but Toyota's future plans are. The brand has now unveiled a sneak look at 15 of the 30 full-EVs it'll be launching between now and 2030 - by which time the corporation says it'll be selling 3.5 million EVs a year. This is the first of them you can actually order now, the bZ4X - a mid-sized SUV, the 'bZ' element of its name referring to the Japanese maker's 'beyond zero' electrification strategy. As part of this, the company aims to achieve carbon neutrality for all its new vehicles throughout their entire life cycles - from supply to disposal.

Driving Experience

There are two powerplants available, both of which use a 71.4kWh battery pack giving a WLTP range of just over 280 miles. Things kick off with an entry-level front-driven variant, which has a single motor with 201bhp and which gets to 62mph in 8.4s. The version Toyota wants to talk about though, is the one with the new four-wheel-drive system the brand has developed with Subaru. It's called X-MODE and is supposed to give the bZ4X what the brand calls 'class leading off roading driving capability'; which is presumably what Subaru felt they needed for their version of this car, the Solterra. Having motors driving each axle boosts the power output of the AWD version of this bZ4X, but not by as much as you'd think. Total output rises to 216bhp, which takes seven tenths of a second off the 0-62mph sprint time. In AWD form, the bZ4X also has settings for tackling mud, snow and other forms of tricky terrain. The steering is interesting, Toyota having chosen to implement an innovative 'steer-by-wire' system which removes the mechanical link between the steering wheel and the front axle. Toyota reckons that this enhances control because the directional influences of rough services and braking are minimised. And, to suit the EV mood of the moment, there's a 'single pedal' driving mode, which maximises regenerative braking to the extent that you'll hardly ever have to use the actual brake pedal unless coming to a complete stop.

Design and Build

This bZ4X has been designed as part of a five year project, with input from Toyota stylists around the world. A radical concept car emerged from that process for Toyota to display at the Los Angeles Motor Show in early 2021 and it's hardly been altered at all for production. The front-end exchanges a conventional grille for what's called a 'hammerhead' look with beady LED headlamp 'eyes'. A conventional lower grille channels cooling air to the battery when needed. It's pretty revolutionary beneath the skin too, this being the first outing for Toyota's new e-TNGA electric vehicle platform, shared with Subaru and used by that competing brand's rival Solterra model. Inside the bZ4X, there's a compact instrument pack behind the wheel with a 7-inch screen. And the usual large wide infotainment monitor at the top of the centre stack. It's all very modern and feels particularly light and airy with the twin sunroof arrangement fitted. But what's most impressive about this cabin is the amount of space you get in the back, thanks to this design's particularly long wheelbase. Toyota says legroom here is comparable to the 900mm figure you'd get in a top Lexus LS boardroom-level limo. The boot capacity isn't quite as eye-catching as that, but there's 452-litres of it with the three-person rear bench in place.

Market and Model

Perhaps inevitably, the pricing for this car can get nowhere near the level required for it to benefit from the government's Plug-in grant: the asking figures start from around £42,000 and range up to around £52,000. The base price gets you the entry-level front-driven 'Pure' derivative, but most customers will want the mid-range 'Motion' model, which prices from around £46,000 and offers the option of X-MODE AWD for an extra £2,500. The plushest trim level is 'Vision', which has the same choice of front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. To begin with, Toyota will also offer a top 'Premier Edition' variant at the top of the range in AWD form only. All versions are well equipped. Even the base 'Pure' model gets 18-inch alloy wheels, a multimedia system with an 8-inch display, a 7-inch digital Combimeter screen in the instrument binnacle, a reversing camera, smart keyless entry and a climate control system with a remote operation function that lets owners warm up or cool their car ahead of a making a journey. Options include roof rails and a towing pack. If you want more, mid-range 'Motion' spec gets you a powered tailgate, privacy glass, parking sensors and electrically adjustable heated front seats. Top 'Vision' trim includes 20-inch alloy wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, Remote Control Parking Assist and a heated steering wheel.

Cost of Ownership

Toyota is changing - and quickly. By 2025, the company's line-up will include 70 electrified vehicles - mainly still self-charging hybrids and PHEVs, but also hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and 15 full-electric models, this being the first of them. We gave you the driving range figure for this car in our 'Driving Experience' section - around 280 miles. An 80% charge of the 71.4kWh battery takes around 30 minutes, if you can find a suitably rapid charger. An optional 11kW AC charger in future will help with overnight charges for those with a compatible wall box. The brand says that the battery will hold 90% of its range for the first ten years of its life, aided by water cooling for the cells (something Toyota has never done before), with active thermal management of the battery further aiding durability and range. That range is optimised courtesy of an on-board solar charging system that aims to minimise the effect of cold weather on usability. Plus, as with all Toyotas, the bZ4X is covered by a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, which owners can extend at no cost through the 'Toyota Relax' programme simply by having their vehicle serviced at an authorised Toyota centre, gaining an extra year and 10,000 miles of cover up to a limit of the vehicle reaching 10 years and/or 100,000 miles.

Summary

There are lots of questions to ask when developing a full-EV. Does it make sense to have a big heavy battery that gives lots of range but costs more to buy and impedes agile handling? What about recycling? And carbon neutrality over the full production cycle? With this bZ4X, there's evidence that Toyota has carefully considered each of these issues. And produced a carefully considered result. Future automotive history may well show us that the Japanese brand was wise to wait a little before bringing us its first bespoke EV. The engineering here is certainly complete enough to make other mid-sized full-electric crossover rivals feel a bit 'first generation'. In the future with Toyota, we'll see more extreme electric vehicles than this. But for the slowly evolving target market, right here, right now, we think this bZ4X will work just fine.

  • Rain sensor
  • Rear wiper
  • Auto up and down function on power windows
  • UV-filter on driver and front passenger windows

  • Electronic parking brake with hold function
  • Pre collision system with pedestrian, cyclist and motorbike detection
  • Front to front oncoming car and motorbike daytime detection
  • Toyota safety sense with over the air updates
  • Downhill Assist Control (DAC)
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)

  • Voice recognition
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Wireless smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto

  • Acceleration suppression at low speed
  • Intersection cut in traffic assist
  • Adaptive cruise control [ACC] switch on steering wheel
  • Speed limiter switch on steering wheel
  • Telephone switches on steering wheel
  • Emergency driving stop system
  • Speed limiter with road sign assist
  • Lane trace assist
  • Lane departure alert with steering control
  • Intelligent adaptive cruise control
  • Advanced parking assist
  • Reversing camera
  • Emergency steering assist
  • Power assisted steering

  • Remote boot door release on key
  • Emergency services call system
  • Smart voice assist

  • Intersection turn assist
  • 7" Multi information screen

  • Memory function on door mirrors
  • Electrochromatic auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Electric heated door mirrors
  • Power adjustable door mirrors

  • Black centre console
  • Fabric front door armrest

  • Cloud navigation
  • Rear USB connector x2
  • 6 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 8" Multimedia display
  • USB connector

  • front Calipers
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Black lower front grille
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Body coloure shark fin antenna
  • Rear calipers
  • Lower front grille shape
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Power back door

  • Automatic high beam
  • Automatic rear flashing hazard lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED High mounted stop lamp
  • LED rear combination lights
  • LED rear brake lights
  • Headlight cut-off reminder
  • LED Indicators
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Manual headlight levelling

  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Rear passenger air vents
  • Energy saving heat pump

  • Armrest on front console box
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Rear armrest
  • 12v power outlet - front
  • Black interior door handles
  • Manual tilt steering wheel
  • Multimedia switch on steering wheel
  • Assist grips front
  • Assist grips rear
  • Manual telescopic steering wheel

  • 2nd row rear passenger room LED light
  • Microphone on front personal light
  • LED centre room light
  • Illuminated entry system

  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Rear passenger side airbags
  • Rear seat belt reminder
  • Tyre pressure warning system
  • Child safety door lock
  • Driver and passenger central airbags
  • Driver and passenger front airbags
  • On-off switch for passenger airbags
  • Front seat belt reminder

  • Power height adjustable driver seats
  • 60/40 split folding 2nd row rear seats
  • Single front passenger seat
  • Manually height adjustable front passenger seat
  • Manually sliding driver seat
  • Manually sliding front passenger seat
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Front head restraints
  • Rear head restraints

  • Immobiliser
  • Power door locks
  • Intrusion sensor
  • Tilt detection sensors
  • Glass breaking alarm sensors

  • Light on driver sun visor
  • Light on passenger sun visor
  • Mirror on driver sun visor
  • Mirror on passenger sun visor

  • 7kW AC Charger and 150kW DC fast charger

  • 18" 5 double spoke alloy wheels with wheel caps

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 1860
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 585
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 5
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 71.4
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Engine Code: N

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Description: N
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Badge Power: 207
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27
  • Engine Power - KW: 152
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 195
  • Engine Torque - NM: 265
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.4
  • Engine Power - BHP: 207
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 750
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2195
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1445

  • Metallic paint: £645
  • Pearlescent paint: £965
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Essential Protection pack - BZ4X: £225
  • Protection plus pack - BZ4X: £300

  • Metallic - Dark blue: £645

  • Pearl - Platinum white: £965
  • Pearl - Scarlet flare: £965
  • Pearl - Sterling silver: £965
  • Pearl - Precious metal: £965

  • Solid - Astral Black: £0

  • Towing solutions - Detachable - 13 pin: £600
  • Towing solutions - Fixed - 13 pin: £550
  • Towing solutions - Pintle hook: Included

  • Cloth - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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