2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid: 302bhp SUV costs £47,395

The Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid combines hot hatch performance and 46 miles of electric range

  • Best-in-class electric range
  • 0-62mph in six seconds
  • Orders open in January

The new plug-in hybrid Toyota RAV4 will be available to order from Monday 4 January 2021 for £47,395. Two trim levels are available to UK buyers and both are considerably more expensive than the standard RAV4 due to a four-wheel drive layout and an advanced hybrid powertrain. Deliveries are scheduled to start in March 2021.

The RAV4 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) comes in Dynamic and Dynamic Premium specifications. Both include LED headlights, heated front and rear seats, 19-inch alloy wheels and a nine-inch connected touchscreen, plus a fast-charging cable. Dynamic Premium adds extras such as black leather upholstery, ventilated front seats with memory function and a panoramic roof, and costs £50,895.

Set to be Toyota’s flagship hybrid model, the RAV4 plug-in will have a combined output of 302bhp and will manage up to 46 miles on electric power. When it goes on sale in the first half of 2021, it’ll be a rival to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4, Ford Kuga PHEV and the mechanically identical Suzuki Across.

The plug-in model will use the same 2.5-litre petrol engine as the standard RAV4 hybrid, but with a more powerful electric motor and a bigger battery. Toyota has revealed the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid will offer 46 miles of range, 282mpg and official CO2 emissions of just 22g/km, making it eligible for exemption from London Congestion Charge zone charging.

Combining the electric motor and petrol engine results in a total output of 302bhp, which is roughly the same amount of power as the performance-focused Volkswagen T-Roc R. As a result, acceleration is similarly impressive, with the RAV4 PHEV reaching 62mph in 6.2 seconds. Aside from the Toyota Supra, no other car in Toyota’s current UK line-up is as fast off the line.

The RAV4 plug-in hybrid gets Toyota’s electric four-wheel-drive system, which places a motor on each axle to power both sets of wheels. Regenerative braking is fitted to scoop up the energy lost in braking, and you can control the level of harvesting using two paddles behind the steering wheel. You won’t be able to drive using just the accelerator like you can in some fully electric cars, but the car’s electric range can be topped up while you’re driving.

To complement its powerful performance, the Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid comes with sportier styling elements, including 18-inch alloy wheels, black trim, a new grille mesh design and a subtly tweaked bodykit.

The sportiness continues inside, with contrasting red stitching on the seat upholstery (which can be trimmed in black leather at extra cost). The RAV4 Plug-in also gets a new nine-inch infotainment touchscreen - the largest screen ever fitted in a RAV4 - with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Despite the batteries being stored underneath the floor, the reduction in boot space is minimal. You’ll have 520 litres to fill with the seats in place, compared to 580 litres for the standard hybrid version.

Read our review of the Toyota RAV4 for more information, or see where it features on our list of best medium-size and family SUVs.

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